Finally, something the scribes understand!


Candidate Ryan’s wardrobe: Explaining Medicare is hard work! Luckily, some pursuits aren’t.

The Post’s Katherine Boyle is busy today, displaying the soul of the press corps:
BOYLE (8/16/12): On Saturday, Mitt Romney introduced his running mate, Paul Ryan, describing their shared ideals and shared vision for America.

The two, evidently, do not share a tailor.

Romney, with carefully rolled sleeves and an ice-blue tie, looked polished, the way presidential candidates often do.

But Ryan (Wis.) appeared rumpled, slightly sloppy for a vice-presidential candidate. As if he'd flown in hours before and mistakenly picked up someone else's suitcase. His pants sagged at his ankles. His starched, white shirt bunched at his stomach. His dark jacket drooped,
better suited for a man of the cloth than a man on a presidential ticket.
“Perhaps his raw, slightly unkempt suit balances out Romney's snazzier, controlled appearance,” Boyle mused a bit later. “Ryan's Midwestern sensibilities and baggy pants may appeal to swing voters who think cuff links are wasteful expenditures.”

Who are these life-forms? Are they flesh of this earth? And no, we don’t want to single out Boyle.

This morning, in the New York Times, Cathy Horyn is thinking hard too:
HORYN (8/16/12): The idea of politicians deliberating over what message their clothing conveys enchants editors. They tend to overestimate the effects of a generic blazer or give too much credit to mysterious back-room handlers. It amounts to an idealization of the image-making process, a hoax. In truth, there are no real differences of style and message in the clothing of the current presidential candidates, which is too bad.

But one thing bugged me about Mr. Ryan's appearance on the day of the announcement in Virginia, on the symbolic deck of a battleship. He had on a blazer with an open-neck shirt and dark trousers; Mr. Romney was in his familiar shirt sleeves and a tie. Polished but relaxed. Yet if Mr. Ryan was chosen to bring youth and vigor and a kind of Ayn Rand boldness to the G.O.P., as the commentators kept saying, then his jacket was killing it.

So much for his lethal six-pack. He was swimming in his coat, like Tom Hanks in ''Big'' when he becomes a kid again.
Despite the literary reference, Journalist Horyn wasn’t finished. “I asked my colleague Bruce Pask, the men's fashion editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, for his thoughts on Mr. Ryan's sizing problem,” she wrote.

For the text of Pask’s thoughtful reply, you can just click here.

Our national culture has died to the world, although the corpse is still breathing. And yes, we refer to Rachel and Lawrence along with Horyn and Boyle.

This may be the election which seals our ruin. If not, it will be the next. You can’t survive with a culture like this.

Our IQ is dead to the world.


  1. You skipped an important statement from Ms. Horyn, The New York Times reporter:

    My editor asked me to write a critique of the two men’s attire on the day of the announcement in Virginia, thinking there might be something in their casual look.

    This news item was commissioned by her editor.

  2. Off the thread, but Tobin Ryan, Paul's brother, worked for Bain & Company.

    Who will say this is a terrible state of affairs, and who will say it is, irrelevant, immaterial,
    and nothing but a low political attack?

    Will this change the game? Will it even get in the MSM?

    Will editors commission the copy-boy to out-scoop the competition?

  3. "we don’t want to single out Boyle"

    I would.

  4. It is interesting that voters would consider voting for Willard, because he is an expert a gaming the system. Bain Capital's profits came from purchased companies that were either failing or on the verge of failing. In order to qualify for government guarantees on the risk taken by the purchaser Bain Capital had to give the "appearance" of trying to save the purchased company, but the profit came from allowing it to fail. Bain Capital could invest seven million dollars in a company valued at thirty million dollar. When the company failed the government guaranteed the purchaser a percentage of the company's value. The percentage of the value in this example could result in the government paying taxpayer dollars in the amount of twenty-three million dollars. Therefore, Bain Capital's seven-million dollar investment became a sixteen million dollar profit as long as Bain met all the government requirements as the purchaser. It is a complicated game, but if the rules are understood a company like Bain could realize profits that far exceed other types of investments and as usual it was taxpayer dollars and a government guarantee that made this type of gaming of the system possible. It isn't that Bain or other companies of its type are exceptionally talented or intelligent, but they do know something about tax loopholes that permit them to get over on the government, (taxpayers.)

    Why would taxpayers vote for a president who is an expert at exploiting tax laws that end up profiting Willard in taxpayer dollars. They must believe that it is intelligent for an expert to exploit them. It must have something to do with self-loathing.

  5. What the Times is failing to make clear is someone with rolled up sleeves and no tie who isn't a Protestant is obviously some kind of punk. As the Simpsons said, look he's sitting in his chair backwards! I can relate to him!

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  7. Why would foreign investors trust the business they could have with the U.S. when anyone paying attention can see that the government has a predatory view of its citizens and if big business interests are willing to do harm to Americans, what wouldn't they do to foreign investors and lenders?

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