Thursday, January 18, 2007

DCentric Media Alert: Mary hates your outfit

Today's New York Times coverage was shockingly DC focused. And I'm certainly not talking about their coverage of real political issues, hard hitting news or current events.

I mean the fluffy style sections!

Puh-lease, you know that is totally what I flip to first.

First up, a huge article about the fashions of women in the Capitol. The main gist of the article is that paying attention to what your wearing while you stalk the halls of Congress is no longer makes you a moron. Close up on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's sharp suits (apparently she favors Armani and pearls the size of my head) and I have to say I do love that eggplant suit that she wore to the swearing in.

Other highlights: Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA) hates St. John suits and the women who wear them (no word on how she feels about Angelina Jolie's Golden Globe dress though)...Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) splurges on Ferragamo pumps...Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D-SD) got flack from constituents for highlighting her hair...Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) shops for St. John suits on eBay (and probably gets nasty looks from Mary).

My take? I appreciate the acknowledgement from women of power that it's okay to care about how you look and know that I don't have to dress like Mamie Eisenhower to come to work, but I have to say, I once saw Mary Bono in Rayburn and thought she was a staffer up until the moment she swung her Crystal Gale hair away and I saw her member's pin. True story.

Second on the agenda: a laugh out loud piece in the Home section about bunkmates Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) who crash with Reps. George Miller (D-CA) and William Delahunt (D-MA) at Miller's crib on Capitol Hill. Apparently, these guys pay less in rent than I do to share a house with three other members of Congress.

Notable discoveries: They have no food in the house (not the House) and live among vermin. The shocker? Chuck Schumer's dirty habits! Allegedly, he never makes the bed and bogarts the cereal. What up with that, Chuck?

My take? Boys living together is gross anyways. Add power to the mix and its like Lord of the Flies meets All Politics is Local. If Schumer picks his nose and puts his finger in the peanut butter, the whole government might come crashing down around us.

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Third, G-Steph is moving up in the world, finishing second in whatever TV sweeps race he is in. Must be all those early morning sessions at WSC next to me on the elliptical.

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DC Celine said...

Puh-leese. Totally agree that it's good to have it stated that it's ok to care how you look if you're a woman in power. But really, my initial reaction is: fluff story on women in power. How encouraging (insert massive amount of sarcasm here). On an aside, when any one of these women learns how to really dress - and accessorize, more importantly - then we can write an article.

Parisjasmal said...

Go George S! I like his wife--she cracks me up!

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