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Gender Politics: Ivanka (part 1 of 2)

The Curmudgeon has never had much interest in anything the relatives of candidates for public office have to say. He didn’t care that Billy Carter was an idiot, didn’t care that the Bush daughters had a wild streak, and would have been thoroughly uninterested in anything Hillary Clinton had to say back in 1992 when her husband was running for president. He also has no interest in hearing what political and campaign functionaries have to say – people like professional political consultants and party officials and party and candidate spokespeople. That explains why he had no interest in hearing Ivanka Trump’s speech at the Republican convention last Thursday night, whether she was speaking as Donald Trump’s daughter or as an important member of his campaign staff (it was both – she’s a two-fer); he just doesn’t care. He read that she did quite well, and he’s happy for her and, as much he dislikes The Donald, is happy that she made her father proud.

But what didn’t please The Curmudgeon very much was opening his morning paper the following day to the headline

Ivanka Trump at the RNC: Great speech and great fashion

Seriously? A major political party gives a person – any person – an important slot in prime time during a national convention and the Philadelphia Inquirer comments on… her clothing?

This wasn’t a Hollywood red carpet event, but the Inquirer assigned a lifestyle reporter to write about Ms. Trump’s clothing.

Trump relayed this message beautifully, not just through her excellent speech, but through her look as well. She was styled perfectly, from her (probably) Keratin-ed hair, appled-cheeks and a smooth (Botox’d?)  forehead. But the best part of this look was the total affordability of her ensemble.  

Couldn’t you just vomit?

Putting aside the snarky, gratuitous, and even fatuous comment about what Ms. Trump may or may not have done to enhance her appearance, why in the world would the Inquirer assign a style reporter to write about what a convention speaker was wearing?

If it had been Donald, Jr. speaking the Inquirer wouldn’t have done it.

House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed last week's Republican National Convention but the Philadelphia Inquirer neglected to inform its readers about who made his suit and tie.

House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed last week’s Republican National Convention but the Philadelphia Inquirer neglected to inform its readers about who made his suit and tie.

If it had been John McCain or Mitt Romney or George W. Bush speaking the Inquirer wouldn’t have done it.

Or if it had been Marco Rubio, John Kasich, or Lindsey Graham speaking the Inquirer wouldn’t have done it.

And it certainly didn’t assign a reporter to write about the fashions worn by Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Rudy Giuliani when they took their turns addressing the convention.

So you have to wonder: why in the world would the Inquirer choose to marginalize the major role a woman played at a national political convention by assigning a reporter to write about her clothing as if it was Melissa Rivers or Giuliana Rancid interviewing an Academy Award nominee walking down the red carpet and asking the inevitable question “Who are you wearing?”

As much as it annoys The Curmudgeon that candidates for public office keep forcing their spouses and children and political operatives on us, as if any of them matter even a little bit, the fact remains that Ms. Trump had a serious role at this convention and the Philadelphia Inquirer didn’t take her seriously and reduced her contribution to a lifestyle article describing the clothes she wore.

The Inquirer should be ashamed of itself.

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