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July 22, 2005
Let Me Revise -- Attack The Wife And The Kids

Yesterday I wrote that when opponents of the Bush administration couldn't find anything nasty to say about SCOTUS nominee John Roberts, the Los Angeles Times decided to attack his wife and her devout Catholocism instead. That looks positively Churchillian next to the fashion-police anklebiting coming from the Washington Post's style section, in which "reporter" Robin Givhan makes fun of the kids as well as the wife:

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.

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. ...

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. The children, of course, are innocents. They are dressed by their parents. And through their clothes choices, the parents have created the kind of honeyed faultlessness that jams mailboxes every December when personalized Christmas cards arrive bringing greetings "to you and yours" from the Blake family or the Joneses. Everyone looks freshly scrubbed and adorable, just like they have stepped from a Currier & Ives landscape.

In a time when most children are dressed in Gap Kids and retailers of similar price-point and modernity, the parents put young master Jack in an ensemble that calls to mind John F. "John-John" Kennedy Jr.

Separate the child from the clothes, which do not acknowledge trends, popular culture or the passing of time. 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.

Got that? The Roberts' children were too perfect, a slap in the face to the workin' man who has to buy his kids light-up shoes instead of saddle shoes. The wife looks like she worships Donna Reed. Why, it's just another example of how stuck up and old-fashioned the Bush administration is!

For God's sake ... this wasn't a fashion show! In fact, on Fox the only shot we saw of his family during the announcement was a head shot of Jane Roberts. I didn't even know the kids were there until I saw still shots of Jack getting impatient. To me, it looks like a normal family outing in what used to be called their "Sunday best," trying to look nice and unobtrusive for Roberts' nomination announcement. Perhaps Givhan would have considered it more realistic if Jane showed a little bit of a thong and Josie dressed like a Bratz girl?

Highly disappointing. I thought that the Washington Post took politics, and journalism, a bit more seriously than this. Using the Roberts kids to cheapshot George Bush and John Roberts goes off the scale for cowardly sniping. Givhan and the editors owe their readers an apology for letting this get to print. (via Michelle Malkin)

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 22, 2005 6:54 AM

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