Thursday, January 11, 2007


Political Symbolism

In an earlier post, I reacted to the New Year's wishes from two French presidential candidates. I missed a possibly crucial element in Ségolène Royal's video. In the U.S., a few decades ago, presidential candidate Richard Nixon announced that his wife Pat wore a "Republican cloth coat"; times have changed. But can the 21st century French Socialist really consider it more appropriate to wear a jacket trimmed with fur, as the fuzzy "braid" trimming her jacket lapel and cuffs looks to be? Is it possible?

Perhaps it is New Zealand opossum, or Australian rabbit--surely not Easter Island rats; some such fur which could be argued to come from invasive rather than endangered species, and not farmed or otherwise produced in conditions worse than those in Gitmo. But hopefully not trapped, either.

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