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July 22, 2005

Ye shall know the extremist by the Necco wafer clothing ...

As is usual, when the high priests of the Church of the One Wing Media issue an edict about how to treat an offender (and if you can't get him, get his wife, his kids and his little dog, too) to their beliefs, they don't leave it just on the editorial pages. Such a mantra is to be taken up in all sections...worked into movie reviews, features and even Fashion pages.

It has been a long time since so much syrupy nostalgia has been in evidence at the White House. But Tuesday night, when President Bush announced his choice for the next associate justice of the Supreme Court, it was hard not to marvel at the 1950s-style tableau vivant that was John Roberts and his family.

Jelly Bean Extremists
There they were -- John, Jane, Josie and Jack -- standing with the president and before the entire country. The nominee was in a sober suit with the expected white shirt and red tie. His wife and children stood before the cameras, groomed and glossy in pastel hues -- like a trio of Easter eggs, a handful of Jelly Bellies, three little Necco wafers. There was tow-headed Jack -- having freed himself from the controlling grip of his mother -- enjoying a moment in the spotlight dressed in a seersucker suit with short pants and saddle shoes. His sister, Josie, was half-hidden behind her mother's skirt. Her blond pageboy glistened. And she was wearing a yellow dress with a crisp white collar, lace-trimmed anklets and black patent-leather Mary Janes.

Hot damn! Wifey and kidlets appeared in pubic, in pastel colors! And the kids are BLONDE too!

Earl, get out the tar and feathers.

The wife wore a strawberry-pink tweed suit with taupe pumps and pearls, which alone would not have been particularly remarkable, but alongside the nostalgic costuming of the children, the overall effect was of self-consciously crafted perfection.
Nope. Cannot have people dressing in what was, at one time, called "Sunday best." Surely, we'll just add this to Roberts list of disqualifying qualities..you know, he and his family :::gasp::: attend church on a regular basis. The clothing proves it! Shocking.
They are not classic; they are old-fashioned. These clothes are Old World, old money and a cut above the light-up/shoe-buying hoi polloi.

...the Roberts family went too far.

There it is. I'd say Fashion Editor Robin Givhan certainly has taken up the cue from those editorial board meetings. Can't attack the nominee on his education, or work or even experience as a appellate judge ... so let's go after his religion, his church, his wife and his kids.

the Roberts family went too far Get it? Extremists. Who knows what a man who takes his kids to church and allows saddle shoes and mary janes on his little kids will do??

Oh, btw ... Over the jump is a picture of Ms. Givhan and what she finds appropriate to wear to an awards ceremony.


Poor woman, so bravely smiling after some one stole her dress and left her standing in her slip and underwear.

hattip Captain's Quarters via Jeff Goldstein

Posted by Darleen at July 22, 2005 03:58 PM


Excellent take down. It was much warranted, and well executed.

Posted by: AlexC at July 22, 2005 07:36 PM

"One can't give in fully to private aesthetic preferences. Instead, one asks what would make other people feel respected?"

And "one" must write fashion crtiques as though "one" had an oversized broom handle shoved fully up "one's" nether regions.

Posted by: Kevin at July 22, 2005 09:15 PM

You are right Darleen. She has no room to talk. It is just unbelievable to me that they would be so mean about what the wife and kids are WEARING!! I mean, has that EVER been done before???

Posted by: rightwingsparkle at July 24, 2005 05:16 PM

Which gave me an great idea. Check out my latest post Darleen!

Posted by: rightwingsparkle at July 24, 2005 05:26 PM

Well, well, well, it's good to see the Right Wing Victimization Patrol is on the job. Yes, that one reporter from that evil Washington Post just gives you your daily fix of why you are made of such superior stuff to those petty meanspirited libruls. ...And oh by the way, let's rag on HER outfit. Meow!!! And haven't you noticed how those Democrat women are homely! OOOh, twittertwittertwitter. I would never stoop to their level and mock someone. Too bad they make it so easy LOL!

But anyway, i can rest easy because I've gotten my daily dose of being reminded how those powercrazy libruls are victimizing us.

Posted by: Louella at July 25, 2005 05:51 PM

That's Robin Givhan?

Wow, that's a nice potato sack she's wearing. Is it the latest from Gilroy, CA or Los Banos, CA? And where can I find one to use as a horse blanket?

Jihad Jimmy, Minister of War Crimes and Chief Defender of the Faith

Posted by: Jihad Jimmy, Minister of War Crimes and Chief Defender of the Faith at July 26, 2005 11:11 AM