There’s been little question that John McCain has been winning the diminishing mane coverup contest with Barack Obama. McCain’s attempts to arrange purposely overgrown strands from distant segments of the scalp over the badly balding crown may seem a sign of a lack of self-esteem. But that would only be the judgement of the yet-to-recede. While some youngsters who have yet to see their curl-less destiny think of the effort as a covering the obvious with the more obvious, in reality, it is seen by the majority of men sharing the problem and the baby-boomer women who have learned to accept it, as a sign of maturity. Maturity that includes knowing how to please the electorate, though perhaps not for as long as they used to.
Clearly, Obama’s full head of hair, though closely cropped, sends off crippling messages of inexperience.