And his $400 haircuts combined with his "rich lawyer" status makes people uneasy about his true commitment to the middle/lower class.
So how much does each candidate spend on their haircuts? Since that's never been disclosed or even asked, it's really a bullshit issue. Think about it: does any candidate have time to spend waiting two weeks for a bad haircut to grow out? Of course not. Also, they have to maintain a level of consistency which not even celebrities have to: they need to look the same during the entire campaign. So the haircut thing was one huge exercise in attack reporting.
I think that had he stayed a Senator, he'd have a more robust resume to get away from the "rich lawyer" perception, but he didn't. Also, I think he was banking on the demand for an outsider candidate in 2008, but that's not really the case. As such, he's really not what many people are looking for right now - had he stayed in the Senate, I think he'd have been a much stronger contender.
Definitely. It just seems like a move which takes you "out of the game". And the timing was awful- not only did he leave, but the seat was lost to a Republican. Plus, staying would have given him a stronger track record to run on.
 BTW, my bad. I said Edwards came in second in New Hampshire. He came in second in Iowa.