The media are fixating on Rod Blagojevich’s helmet hair as a sign that he’s “nuts”, as Vanity Fair dubbed the Illinois Democrat. It allows for plenty of cheap jokes–and we’re as guilty of that as anybody. But as P.J. Gladnick writes, it also allows journalists to ignore the bigger question they’d much rather avoid:
Will other media outlets also promote the idea of Blagovich as insane due to perfectly groomed hair? Hmm… John Edwards also had an obsession over his hair so there just might be something to it. Of course, insanity as evidenced by great hair is a much more palatable excuse for Democrats and their media allies than the fact that Blagojevich was a typical member of the corrupt Chicago political machine.
And for background on that machine, Reason.TV looks at “Crook County“: