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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 22, 2005 07:48 AM

Time and again, Washington Post Style reporter Robin Givhan hides behind fashion snarking and culture reporting to savage conservatives. She did it with Katherine Harris and Dick Cheney and John Bolton–and I’m sure you can remember many more examples of partisan mockery.

Well, today’s conservative-bashing Style commentary sinks to the lowest low. The piece, “An Image A Little Too Carefully Coordinated,” attacks the wife and children of SCOTUS nominee John Roberts for the neatness of their clothes:

It has been a long time since so much syrupy nostalgia has been in evidence at the White House. But Tuesday night, when President Bush announced his choice for the next associate justice of the Supreme Court, it was hard not to marvel at the 1950s-style tableau vivant that was John Roberts and his family.

There they were — John, Jane, Josie and Jack — standing with the president and before the entire country. The nominee was in a sober suit with the expected white shirt and red tie. His wife and children stood before the cameras, groomed and glossy in pastel hues — like a trio of Easter eggs, a handful of Jelly Bellies, three little Necco wafers…

For God’s sake, a mother and her children just wanted to look nice for the most historic moment in her husband and their daddy’s life–and the Style attack dogs turn it into an opportunity to sneer at and dump on a loving family. Read the whole thing if you can stomach it.

I guess Givhan and her Style editors would have been happier if Mrs. Roberts dressed more like Alexandra Kerry and the children were outfitted in more modern-day wear.


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Update: Captain Ed agrees.

Meanwhile, Charmaine Yoest looks at the latest attack on SCOTUS nominee John Roberts’ sexuality. (Update: The “closet gay” meme is spreading in the swamps.)

And related: The Anchoress and Betsy Newmark double-team against liberal slime.

Update: Dirty Harry wades into the New York Times’ slime.

And Mary Katherine Ham is fired up.

John at Wuzzadem spoofs: The latest in liberal fashion

More! Matthew Hoy takes on Robin Givhan’s fashion (non)sense–illustrated.


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