- Edwards is an idiot. He knows perfectly well that a $400 haircut is exactly the kind of dimwit story our modern media loves to pile on. He never should have put himself in this position. See, e.g., Ezra and Garance.
- It's not Edwards's fault. If he gets an expensive haircut he's a sissy. If he gets a cheap haircut he's pretending to be a working stiff when everyone knows he's not. He's screwed no matter what, so he might as well get any haircut he wants. See, e.g., Matt Yglesias.
- Maureen Dowd is an unbearable prig and should be banished from American journalism. See, e.g., Paul Waldman.
- Edwards did the right thing but then blew it. He should have taken a page out of Karl Rove's handbook and turned the $400 haircut into an attack on Republicans. See, e.g., Gar Lipow.
In the end, though, I vote for #4. Gar Lipow makes a very persuasive case. And as long as we're on the subject, be sure to read Neil's explanation of why Edwards spent all this money. Just, you know, so you know.