Mitt Romney has named his running mate and it’s Rep. Paul Ryan. If you want to read about what it all means and why he picked him you’re in the wrong place. If you want a silly rumination on why they dressed the same for their first on air appearance together on 60 Minutes, welcome. Current TV’s Jo Piazza and I are at it again, in our continuing series in which we very flippantly and casually discuss on GChat what politicians are wearing and what it all means as November 11 creeps ever closer.
Jo.Piazza: What did you think of Paul and Mitt’s matchy-matchy outfits on “60 Minutes” last night?
Leah.Chernikoff: I think it shows that they’re unified. They’re on message even when it comes to their outfits. The navy blue blazer/flag pin on the lapel is the standard political uniform but the fact that they’re both wearing faint gingham button down dress shirts underneath, no ties, shows that they’re really on the same page. They’ve even got it down to the undone top button–which suggests a sort of easy, down-to-earth-ness. Not uptight. It’s worth noting though that blazer and button down, no tie, is Obama’s style, too. He kinda owns it.
Jo.Piazza: So you think they planned it?
Leah.Chernikoff: It’s likely it was planned. Don’t these people have a million people watching and approving everything?
Jo.Piazza: They do. And gingham. That’s a thing right now?
Leah.Chernikoff: Sure. It’s not cutting edge or anything but it is popular with a certain sort of conservative gentleman who disapproves of your birth control. Kidding! I mean, yes, though. Have you walked into a J.Crew lately?
Jo.Piazza: You don’t think it is inherently creepy when grown men dress alike?
Leah.Chernikoff: Oh sure, it’s a little twinsy/clone-y. They are different people right?
Jo.Piazza: Allegedly. Can you think of any historical precedents for gentlemen dressing the same?
Leah.Chernikoff: Kris Kross