For normal people, the wearing of a coat is simple. It’s cold, you put one on. It’s warm, you take it off.
But politicians aren’t necessarily normal. What coat they wear matters. Dick Cheney wore a parka once, and got grief because it wasn’t formal enough. It was at a ceremony to honor the liberation of Auschwitz, and Cheney looked like he was making a beer run at deer camp.
Today, Gov. Tim Pawlenty didn’t wear a coat in New Hampshire where it was 27 degrees — cold enough for a coat, perhaps, unless you’ve been living in 2 degree weather for a week.
That discussion , cougars, H1N1 and more on today’s Fresh Eye on the Radio.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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