Today’s post comes from Congressman Loomis Beechly, representing all the water surface area in the State of Minnesota.
I am often asked who I support for President in 2016. Whenever this comes up, the first thing I have to do is check to see if I’ve thrown my own hat into the ring. So far, every time I’ve looked I’ve discovered that I’m not in the running. But I do like politics and I enjoy watching the debates for the color and pageantry, although usually with the sound turned down.
I know a lot of people complain about the number of candidates we’ve produced but I take it as a point of pride. The United States is bounteous in all things, and when I see a platoon of prospective presidents take the stage, my heart swells.
And I have to say I do like the uniform. Black suit. White Shirt. Red tie.
That’s for the men. For the women, simple dresses in bright colors, with red a clear favorite because back in the day it was the one eye-catching color that could get Ronald Reagan’s attention at a crowded press conference.
There is very little room to depart from this formula. Remember the shock and horror last summer when President Obama wore a brown suit? People are pretty clear about what they want. Like Top 40 music, presidential fashion has been thoroughly focus-grouped and the results offer very little room for improvisation.
I guess the tie can lean a little more toward burgundy, if you’re daring.
I want a commander-in-chief who will do whatever is necessary to serve our nation. So I was pleased to see that at their debate last night, most of the Republican candidates toed the line and wore the uniform. After all, if you’re going to win an election to lead the Land of the Free, you can’t be too independent. Those two guys who chose totally non-red ties must not want to be President very much.
I know they all have policy positions too, but it’s still so early in the process I don’t have time to pay attention to that. Those positions are bound to change anyway, as the pitch broadens out to include more Americans. I’ll catch up with the political survivors in August of 2016, when things like ideas start to matter.
But for now, it’s all about appearances. That’s why, when I see the uniform on display, as it was so clearly last night, I shake my head in wonder at the marvelous system we have created!
How do you dress for success?