Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Lying, the Rich, and the Wardrobe
I'm not one to deny that political theater is called that for a reason; everyone knows that politics is largely show, and what you say isn't half as important as how you say it.
Hence, the interesting and by-no-means accidental location and fashion choices for today's big GOP "Pledge to America" announcement. The fact that the Republican elite chose to hold their event at a small lumber business in Sterling, Virginia -- Patton Oswalt's hometown, by the way -- isn't a surprise given that they're trying to project an image that takes the whole "elite" thing out of the equation. But that they went so far as to all dress in conspicuously humble, understated Gap and J. Crew wear -- oxford shirts with no ties, khaki pants, Dress Barn-style blouses, as if to say that the hurricane of change coming from the tea bagger uprising literally blew the $2,500 dollar suits off their backs -- was really worth a good chuckle.
It honestly screamed, "See, we're just like you and nothing like that pretentious coastal asshole in the White House."
It also screamed, "We're sorry!"