Sen.-elect John Fetterman (D-PA), who often wears a hoodie and occasionally dons a suit, has been included in a list of America’s “most stylish” compiled by The New York Times.
The entry for Fetterman, which included a picture of him wearing a baggy hoodie, knee-length shorts, and shoes with no socks, says simply: “The senator-elect from Pennsylvania is going to bring Carhartt to the Capitol.”
Yes, we had to look up what that meant. Turns out Carhartt, Inc. is an American clothing company founded in 1889 that makes heavy-duty work clothes like jackets, overalls, vests, jeans, and hunting apparel.
The Times explained its list, saying, “Love them or hate them, all have at least one thing in common. At some point over the past 12 months, they made us talk: about how we dress, how we live and how we choose to express ourselves. We welcome dissent. But we are, without a doubt, correct.”
The list of 93 people — and fictional characters, along with the James Webb deep-space telescope — includes all the typical entries, from Rihanna to Harry Styles to Kourtney Kardashian to Beyoncé.
Not surprisingly, there was some pushback on Fetterman’s inclusion on the list.
“How does @nytimes justify putting John Fetterman on the same list as the late Queen Elizabeth?” Sheridan Nolen, a staffer for Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, wrote on Twitter.
“Total liberal bias, @nytimes!” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) wrote on Twitter tongue in cheek. “I not only have the best hair in Congress, but I brought [Carhartt] to Capitol Hill four years ago.”
“What is @nytimes smoking?” asked Nachama Soloveichik, a D.C. political consultant.
Author John Hawkins got in a good zinger. “No one can possibly believe Fetterman is actually stylish. He dresses like someone who hangs out around a vape shop or convenience store all day.”
And social media influencer Ian Miles Cheong was able to work in the Word of the Year, as deemed by Oxford. “2022 is the year of the Goblin Mode. Dress up like a slob and make the NYT’s list of most stylish people,” he wrote.
There were a couple of other political people on the list, including “Squad” member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).
“The Massachusetts congresswoman, who has alopecia and has worn her bare scalp with aplomb, this year co-sponsored the CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair), legislation that seeks to reframe the politics around everyone’s ‘crowning glory,’” the paper wrote.
Yes, this is what U.S. lawmakers spend their time doing as Americans struggle with sky-high inflation and soaring crime. So cute!
The list also included Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominated to the bench by President Joe Biden. “The newest Supreme Court justice has brought statement necklaces to the Marble Palace,” whatever that means.
Democrats and liberals (duh) dominated the list, which also included New York Mayor Eric Adams, who the paper called the “Party Mayor” and said he was picked for his “impeccably tailored suits.”
Yup, that’s the most important thing. That’ll fix New York City.
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Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent for a national newspaper. He was also the a.m. editor of the Drudge Report for four years. Send tips to [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @josephcurl.