Time magazine introduced Paul Ryan as a very likely presidential runner up in the article titled “Paul Ryan: The Prophet” as early as in its December 14, 2011 issue, and I was interested in the following line of the article:
If 2012 turns out to be a clear choice between very different answers to a genuinely important question – instead of the usual vague contest between competing slogans and haircuts — give the credit to Ryan.
Does haircuts simply mean “looks” or “character” (e.g. masculineness symbolized by GI cut) of the candidates in the above sentence, or it has meanings more than that?
If haircuts simply means “looks” or “character”, can I use haircut and hairstyle as an alternative to one’s appearance and character, for example, “He/she has a good (bad) haircut/hair dressing”, for an attractive (unattractive) person?