Surely after the debacle of Robin Givhan's inane essay on “Hillary Clinton's Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory”, the Washington Post (DeLong deathwatch now down to four years) has learned its lesson, and would avoid wasting column ink on the candidates' — and especially the female candidate's — sartorial choices and perhaps instead try to write about their policy choices?
No such luck. Robin Givhan is at it again, with an equally inane article on “How She Looks” headlined “Wearing the Pants: Envisioning a Female Commander-in-Chief.” It's all about the colors of Senator Clinton's pants suits.
To be fair, it begins as it means to end, with a signal that the author hasn't got much upstairs: “The mind, so easily distracted by things mauve and lemon yellow, …” Um. Not the minds of most people I know.
Amazingly, given that start, it's actually downhill from there.
It's enough to make you channel Brad DeLong: Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps?