An Open Letter to the Washington Post

Edward W Hackett
3 min readSep 22, 2023
Photo by Stephanie Klepacki on Unsplash

Some thoughts on proper attire.

The much respected Washington Post has been so upset by a change in the dress code for the U.S. Senate they were forced to write an opinion piece denouncing this draconian change.

The cause of this change in the Senate’s unwritten dress code appears to be the attire favored by Senator John Fetterman (D-PA). Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has declared, “Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor.”

The Editorial Board further states dressing formally conveys respect for the sanctity of the institution and the real-world impact of the policies it advances. Additionally, they suggest some Senators might appear in T-shirts emblazoned with the name and mascots of hometown sports franchises or inflammatory partisan messages.

Let us look at the “sanctity of the institution and for the real-world impact of the policies it advances”:

  1. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) refused to support the extended child tax credit. This refusal has nearly doubled the number of children living in poverty. He was not alone in this refusal but is one of the most prominent voices against its passage.
  2. Some of the Senators have been seen pumping their fists in solidarity with the insurrectionists. Where is their oath of office and their support for the Constitution?
  3. Senator Tommy Tuberville won’t release his hold on military promotions, regardless of the harm done to serving members of the armed forces or the country’s ability to respond to a military crisis. All of this is due to his personal opinion about the possibility of payment for travel expenses to get an abortion.
  4. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) bragged about blocking President Obama’s attempt to fill Federal judicial vacancies for two years. Then he laughed about it as he discussed the Republican Party’s efforts to stack the courts with conservative judges under President Trump.

There are many other examples of Senators wearing coats and ties, making a mockery of the sanctity of the Senate. As for the concern about T-shirts — every serving politician should be required to wear a T-shirt or a coat with the names of their biggest donors on the back. This way, we will…



Edward W Hackett

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