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July 22, 2005

A Kossite at WaPo

While not digging into a 5-year-old's private life (does he even have one?) Washington Post writer Robin Givhan "givhs" into her inner Bush-basher and goes after Judge Roberts' family for looking too traditional:

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.


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.


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.

Too traditional? "Costumed" by history? Yeesh! To Lefties like Givhan everything personal is political. As Michele Malkin points out "a mother and her children just wanted to look nice for the most historic moment in her husband and their daddy's life."

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Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Law at 02:20 PM | Comments (1)