Washington Post: Syrupy Sickness

July 22, 2005 — 2 Comments

As Michelle Malkin reports, the Washington Post, my hometown liberal newspaper, which I was glancing at the other day, has sunk to an all-time low.

“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…”

What kind of writer is Robin Givhan? Well, that’s only the beginning…

“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.”

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The caption on the photo states: “Even the clothes are conservative.”

Well, according to this peice of junk, we’ve got a good candidate.

Givhan claims that the outfits were too bland, to modest, to formal, to “dressed-up.” You nitwit! Their father was becoming a Supreme Court Justice! Don’t you think they’ll want to look their best? They should have dressed like the kid below to please the Post.

“Dressing appropriately is a somewhat selfless act. It’s not about catering to personal comfort. One can’t give in fully to private aesthetic preferences. Instead, one asks what would make other people feel respected? What would mark the occasion as noteworthy? What signifies that the moment is bigger than the individual?

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“But the Roberts family went too far. In announcing John Roberts as his Supreme Court nominee, the president inextricably linked the individual — and his family — to the sweep of tradition. In their attire, there was nothing too informal; there was nothing immodest. There was only the feeling that, in the desire to be appropriate and respectful of history, the children had been costumed in it.”

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2 responses to Washington Post: Syrupy Sickness

  1. That poor boy. What kind of mother dresses a boy in an outfit that is for sure going to get the stuffing beaten out of him by his friends?

  2. Lighten up. Have we in the VRWC become so uptight — so full of ourselves — that we are offended like the 18th century French court. As John Riggins told Justice O’Connor: “Loosen up, Sandy baby.”
    You’re being pundiculous

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