I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot', so....
The right has always portrayed Democratic men as feminine and themselves as the masculine daddy party. What got me about this one, though, was how they said it was about Edwards being out-of-touch for spending so much money on his appearances, but clearly they don't care about that.
Sure, Palin's not going to be attacked so much by Fox News because she's a Republican. But it was dishonest then and it's dishonest now to say that the haircut controversy was all about the amount of money spent. It wasn't. It was all about calling Edwards a faggot.
Update: And she responds, saying that criticizing her now is sexism:
Still, much of the media attention Palin has received -- on the issue of the clothes, for example -- has not been about public policy issues. She points to that as evidence of a bias against women candidates.
"I think Hillary Clinton was held to a different standard in her primary race," Palin said. "Do you remember the conversations that took place about her, say superficial things that they don't talk about with men, her wardrobe and her hairstyles, all of that? That's a bit of that double standard."
It's interesting how Republicans now somewhat kinda care about women's equality.