Power shirts

A little thing I've been noticing for more than 20 years:

When  men  in Washington want to tell the world that they're now big shots, they stop wearing button-down shirts, replacing them with starchy-looking and usually blindingly white ones with cufflinks. For some reason, they think that this sartorial shift makes them more powerful, or at least makes them look more important.

The upwardly mobile Washington media talking heads move to mimic this politician-and-K-Street-lobbyist dress code, with the idea that we'll then take them and their usually erroneous predictions more seriously. Take a look at the news and  "public-affairs'' shows on The Tube.

-- Robert Whitcomb