Appearances Matter -- At Least for Female Nominees
Apparently the write-in favorite was Emperor Palaptine.
The Palpatine resemblance is a bit unnerving, but I'd probably have to go with Florence Henderson -- it's uncanny. And O.K., the smile does have a sort of The Joker thing going on. But I'll leave it entirely to scathing fashion critic Robin Givhan to critique the eye makeup. All that said, it figures that we'd immediately judge the woman candidate on her appearance, while discussion of Roberts's looks pretty much ended with "clean cut." (Robin Givhan's assessment, focusing more on Roberts's children, is something of an exception.)
Note that Wonkette isn't the only blog writing about Miers's looks ....
*On the Detroit News Web site, blogger Bonnie Bucqueroux says the black eyeliner "makes her look like a raccoon in heat."
*A reader of Redstate.org commented that Miers is "a fashion train wreck."
*The Swanshadow blog equates facility with makeup application with the ability to comprehend complex legal arguments. (Excuse me? Justice Scalia has bushy eyebrows, but the fact that he's not a master with tweezers doesn't mean he's not qualified to be on the Supreme Court.)
*Even my old Debate buddy Julian Sanchez jumped on the bandwagon with what he admits is a "cheap visual joke." (Note to Julian: Of course I know you didn't mean anything by it. But how about balancing it out with a cheap visual joke about Roberts?)
Really, I have no problem with the physical appearance of public figures being noticed or even ridiculed, and if I did have a problem with it, I still wouldn't expect it to stop. It's just awfully tiresome that these superficial judgments are applied to female politicians (and journalists, ahem) so much more frequently than to their male counterparts.
I say if Wonkette and others are going to offer up the female Supreme Court nominee for criticism based solely on her looks, in the interest of equal opportunity, we should do the same for the man who preceded her in the process:
The new Chief reminds me of Darren #1 from "Bewitched" or (if I'm in a charitable mood) a slightly askew version of Christopher Reeve circa "Rear Window" ... or perhaps Liev Schreiber. The few comparisons I've seen have noted Roberts's resemblance to a robot, to Gumby, and to both Larry Hagman and Bill Daily from I Dream of Jeannie. I believe Wonkette at one point mentioned he looks like Pat Sajak.
We'll defer judgment on Roberts's sense of fashion, but feel compelled to point out that he has a long way to go before he measures up to his predecessor who, after all, designed his own judicial robes.
Any likenesses I've missed? Cast your vote for one of the above-mentioned look-alikes, or another of your own choosing, in the comments section below.
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