Add in those multiple touchups on her makeup during the Iowa GOP debate, and Bachmann begins to appear to be a lot like Edwards -- all image, little substance.
Americans like a president who can relate to the average voter on the street. George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were often photographed in casual wear. Clinton would sometimes pop into a fast food joint for a snack. He was like the guy down the street. Both Bush and Ronald Reagan spent time at their ranches, cutting brush and working like any typical American man.
Edwards, on the other hand, was slick. That is one of the reasons that his campaign could not bust out as the frontrunner. Behind the slick, carefully crafted image was Edwards the jerk. It seems so apparent now. Edwards was a crafted image of a pretty boy wonder, but everything inside him was rotten.
Bachmann has that same crafted image, and her bills make Edwards' self-indulgent splurges look like exercises in penny-pinching. She may not be hiding the dark secrets that Edwards did, but her obsession is also a bit too slick.
The problem is that may be what Americans look for in a female candidate -- a pretty face, fancy hair and impeccable makeup. It would be much more comforting if there was an outrage over Bachmann's $4,700 beautician bill. At least then American voters would not be seeing the presidential election as a fashion show. Unfortunately, there is no outrage, and a fashion show is what the presidency has become.
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