December 12, 2006

Tie Him Up

Jeff Greenfield, that is. His ludicrous behavior continues unabated from the days when he lied about Hillary Clinton, though his unseriousness has found a new target: Barack Obama's lack of tie ...

The senator was in New Hampshire over the weekend, sporting what's getting to be the classic Obama look. Call it business casual, a jacket, a collared shirt, but no tie.

... But, in the case of Obama, he may be walking around with a sartorial time bomb. Ask yourself, is there any other major public figure who dresses the way he does? Why, yes. It is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who, unlike most of his predecessors, seems to have skipped through enough copies of "GQ" to find the jacket-and-no-tie look agreeable.

... Now, it is one thing to have a last name that sounds like Osama and a middle name, Hussein, that is probably less than helpful. But an outfit that reminds people of a charter member of the axis of evil, why, this could leave his presidential hopes hanging by a thread. Or is that threads? ...

For one thing, Greenfield himself noted other politicians, Bush and Kerry for example, who often campaigned without ties. But only Obama, whose name clearly fries a circuit in Greenfield's brain, gets compared to Ahmadinejad. Is Greenfield a racist, or just a twit? You decide.

Mary touched on this in her previous post, but I wanted to expand a couple other points. First, there's Ahmadinejad's wardrobe. The previous presidents of Iran were clerics, so they didn't wear collared shirts at all, but rather, layered robes or tunics. Ahmadinejad doesn't dress differently than they did because he reads fashion magazines, it's because he's an engineer by profession instead of a cleric. It may come as a shock to Greenfield, but Iran isn't like Saudi Arabia in adherence to traditional dress among the general, urban public and hasn't been for a long time.

Ahmadinejad dresses, in fact, exactly like a typical Iranian professional or civil servant of his generation. After the revolution, ties became associated with the forced westernization that came in with the Shah. Strong supporters of the revolution considered ties offensive even at private gatherings, reinforcing what rapidly became a social stigma. It has nothing to do with what GQ might or might not be recommending at the moment, as cute and clever as it might sound to suggest it.

Second, Greenfield refers to Iran as a "charter member of the axis of evil." The axis of evil is a phrase invented by Bush and first presented in a speech notable mainly for extraordinary mendacity. (And shouldn't Greenfield know this?) It never referred to an active, real world alliance working towards some common goal, definitely not any sort of group that would have a charter generated by the members.

And heck if I recall this alleged axis getting bigger. Are there any members of this arbitrary, Bush-defined clade besides the initial three that would require a person to create a distinction like 'charter member'? It hangs together nicely as a sentence, but it means frak-all. Much like the original phrase itself.

Jeff Greenfield, yet another member of the political press who seems like he might be happier if he'd gotten a job in the fashion or cultural media. Maybe GQ is hiring, he might want to check up on that. He's got a trite, pop cultural perspective that he's willing to apply to everything from election politics to foreign relations and a fixation on wardrobe trivia to spare. Though he shouldn't even try for a job at Playboy, I hear that people actually read those articles.

Posted by natasha at December 12, 2006 03:59 AM | Media | Technorati links |

Seems like the Demmycrats has got themselves a new darling as they seeks to steal the white house in 2008.

Now I don't want none of this to come out the wrong way. But these Demmycrats what is already puttin they hopes on this junior senator from Illinois... is they out of they damn minds?

Now you know the Trucker Pundit ain't no racist. In fact, I am clearly a paragon of virtue and tolerance, bar none. But anyone who thinks that this here Barack Osama is gonna git elected Preznit is just plumb crazy.

Fer one thing, there's the issue of "race." I mean, just what the hell kinda race is he? Is he one of them Afro-Americans? Is he one of them ay-rabs? Is he a Hispaniel? What the hell kinda name is Barack? I mean, when I was in the Navy, I lived in BARRACKS, is that the single word, for just one barrack... or "barack"?

And whoever's handlin' this dude's public relations needs to talk to him about his last name. It's gonna be a long friggin' time before anyone named OSAMA gits elected to ANYTHING in America.

It's nonsense. That's all it is. Nonsense. Yet this here Barack Osama makes ONE trip up to New Hampshire, and the liberal communist mainstream media is all ready to declare this dude Preznit. Which ain't gonna happen, like I said, for the reasons I mentions, and because Hilary has a ... way ... of "disposin'" of goomers what gits in her way... if Vince Foster has taught us anything... and because there ain't gonna be an election no how cuz Preznit Bush Jr. is gonna declare martial law and nip this nonsense in the bud. You just wait and see, and remember where you heard it.

Posted by: The Trucker Pundit at December 13, 2006 11:28 AM