Skirting the Issues

Will Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama in the clothes horse race?

As the campaign heats up, so can we expect the closet analyses to gather speed. Already, no stranger a personage than Donatella Versace, an early responder on the campaign-appearance-bashing beat, has weighed in on Clinton's style. And no, Versace didn't recommend that Clinton grow her hair long and turn it platinum and wear massive false eyelashes and pour herself into patent leather dresses and always have a cigarette dangling from her pulpy lips, as the designer herself has done.

On the other hand, Versace's advice is hardly what you would call progressive. "Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should tap into her feminine side and wear dresses and skirts instead of trousers," she recently told the German newspaper Die Zeit. "I can understand (trousers) are comfortable but she's a woman and she is allowed to show that." She goes on to instruct Clinton that her skirts should be knee length (aren't they already?) and that "she should treat femininity as an opportunity and not try to emulate masculinity in politics."

As of this writing, Versace, along with virtually everyone else chiming in on campaign matters, hasn't had one word to say about why Joe Biden isn't dressing to show his feminine side, or the length of John Edwards's shirt cuffs, or how Barack Obama could brighten up those somber suits.

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