Should Fashion Matter in Politics?

 There's an article in the New York Times called "Speaking Chic to Power" (a UChic shoutout, perhaps?) about all the fuss being made over Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's clothing choices.

Basically, the article says that Pelosi is impressing her peers and the media for her stylish pantsuits and Tahitian pearls, and her style is influencing others on Capitol Hill. It seems like she's the Nicole Kidman of Washington D.C.!

Which is all well and good, by why do people care so much about what Pelosi wears? She's not in a career where the focus is on her looks, but her political opinions and policies. And yet even the New York Times is covering her style like she's walking the red carpet. I don't think anyone ever cares that much about what George W. Bush or Dick Cheney wear.

What do you think? Is it okay for the media to obsess over Pelosi's appearance?

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