Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m old-fashioned about a lot of things. One of them is expecting respect and decorum in certain situations, such as when conducting the nation’s business in the US House and Senate. I expect neat, businesslike attire for those participating. But the Senate has just adopted a new dress code or, more specifically, abandoned its dress code. Reportedly this is to accommodate one man, Sen. John Fetterman, Democrat from Pennsylvania. He prefers to wear sweatshirts, hoodies, shorts, and the like, and does so as he conducts business at the Capitol. To date he has been casting his votes from a doorway rather than the Senate floor. But now he can schlep to his desk wearing whatever he wants — and so can everyone else.
I’ve been cutting the man a lot of slack until now. He’s been ill, recovering from a stroke. And yet he managed to get through a campaign and election. Good for him. Now he should don a suit and get down to business. But no, apparently his casual attire is a personal preference that he intends to continue.
So, no more slack. Not in my book. Dress like you mean it. Dress like you take your job seriously and respect the institution. Please. Because I can’t bear having to agree with — ugh —Marjorie Taylor Greene who posted:
“The Senate no longer enforcing a dress code for Senators to appease Fetterman is disgraceful. Dress code is one of society’s standards that set etiquette and respect for our institutions. Stop lowering the bar!”
Photo: Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA). (Credit: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)