Skip to comments.Fred Thompson's Guccis and the Iowans Who Love Them
Posted on 08/20/2007 7:58:29 AM PDT by hardback
Apparently, Fred Thompson had lapses of judgment during his trip to Iowa last week. No, he didnt suggest he would bomb Pakistan. He didnt state that he was going to take anybodys earned profits, nor did he make any similar political faux-pas. That was someone else. He did, however, wear Gucci loafers and ride around in a golf cart.
Thats right. According to Fox News, Thompsons Iowa travels involved mistakes such as wearing Gucci loafers at a country fair.
Really? Thats the mistake? Before we even get to the merits of wearing Gucci loafers (which in the video look a lot more like Ferragamo loafers, but I digress), it would be captivating to examine what that statement is saying about the people of Iowa.
Are all Iowans really so poor, backwards and unfashionable as to be offended by Gucci loafers? Apparently, to Fox News (and certainly much of the remaining media), Iowa is not too far above a Third World country, and wearing Gucci loafers to one of their country fairs is equivalent to driving your Ferrari through an impoverished Sri Lankan village while gnawing on a filet mignon. In both cases, it just might cause those sandal-wearing commoners a collective seizure.
By suggesting that a candidate might actually hurt his image among Iowans by wearing decent shoes and using a golf cart, the media is essentially treating Iowans much like the movie Borat treated southerners. What are presidential candidates supposed to wear when they go to Iowa anyway? Boots and overalls? Perhaps come in riding in one of Howard Deans pick-up trucks with a confederate flag on the back. Why dont we throw in a pitchfork, too? And knock out a couple of teeth, just to complete the image.
There is simply no reason for Americans to care what these candidates are wearing. After all, altering ones wardrobe solely for political advantage reflects a character worse than the one being avoided in the first place. It is a much lesser sin to dress and act in a manner permitted by your riches than to mislead others about your lifestyle of choice.
And so what if presidential candidates are rich? With the exception of John Heinz Kerry, they have earned the money they now have every right to spend as they wish. If dropping a few hundred dollars on a pair of shoes can satisfy a potential president and clear his mind even a tiny bit, then we should all be in full support of it. If he has become accustomed to a life of comfort that involves moving around in a golf cart, well, that just sounds like a much more efficient use of a valuable persons time.
By that logic, would it be a double-standard to disapprove of presidential candidate John Edwardss $400 haircut? Well, not necessarily.
We shouldnt mock John Edwards for being a peoples politician who spent $400 on his hair. We should mock him for being a human male who spent $400 on his hair. The idea here is that it is acceptable for politicians to take with them publicly what they are comfortable with in normal, private life. And while it is customary for the average Joe, or the average comfortable Joe, to wear Gucci shoes, little justifies that much money spent on a hair cut. What did that stylist do, trim each hair individually?
Well, also, the thought of John Edwards going on his poverty tour with a haircut that could buy someone an old car is fairly amusing as well.
But again, it shouldnt matter what he does with himself. In fact, we should encourage (legitimate) behavior that makes politicians more comfortable. For one, it encourages more qualified rich individuals to enter the political scene. Further, it decreases politicians stress levels, puts them in a better mood and gives them a more comfortable environment in which to brainstorm. And of course, it allows us to have a better view of who they really are.
Maybe in that new environment, Edwards can realize that when he forces up the minimum wage and raises taxes on the rich, including his favorite salon owner, that owner is going to have to fire many of his hair-sweepers and cut back on hiring more stylists which would just be so blasphemous.
Leave them alone. Let the politicians wear their Gucci loafers and get their magical haircuts. Let them get Gucci haircuts, whatever those are, for all we care. There are far more important things to worry about. Apparently some of the people running want to take our profits and bomb Pakistan with them
Two America’s. One where metrosexuals get $400 haircuts and one wear they wear shoes.
I'm a LOT more worried about the other end of his body. It's obvious that FDT is not like John Edwards--for whom the only reason for his head is to hold up his hair.
Guccis are OK. I draw the line at Cole Hanns.
That would be an Edwards supporter.
I love that last line. Good article, but we wouldn’t want politicians to become too genuine and unaffected. Wouldn’t they then stick to giving speeches at large venues and forget about pressing the flesh at diners, kissing babies and eating hideous food at county fairs?
And they wonder why the media is tanking....
Betcha the Gucci’s aren’t made in China.
My shoe repair guy says buy Italian; they are worth repairing.
Can I get me a huntin' license here?
They really need o start reporting about substance. Like is he in touch with his inner woman?
Yah, main thing to do is avoid asian manufactured shoes . . . pieces o’ junk.
Frankly I'm surprised that Thompson would be wearing Gucci loafers. He looks like a Deer Stag kinda guy to me.
Gee! Looks like he was passing gas!
My best loafers ever were Cole Hanns. I bought them at TJMaxx for $100.00 and wore them for at least six years resoling them several times until the sides finally broke down. I now carry a purse I bought at TJMaxx for over $300.00 and plan to carry for probably the rest of my life. In fact, maybe I’ll have them bury me in it. Okay, it’s not that big but I’ll probably leave it to my daughter in my will, it’s that nice. The last purse I bought was for $9 in a consignment shop. It’s a Kilim and they retail for about $100.00. I carried it for about five years. Anyway, the point is, buying quality when you can afford it is worth the expense in the long run.
There are some people that just shouldn’t be around firearms...
Stock on the shoulder, John.