From a reader:
Here’s one for The Corner. I work as an assistant district attorney in NC. At our regular morning meeting we somehow got off on the subject of men’s dress shirt collars. My boss and a colleague, both proud conservative Republicans, had between them coined the term “commie collar” to refer to a buttondown collar. I, the only male at the meeting wearing a buttondown collar and also a proud conservative Republican, resented this term and argued to the contrary; namely, that a buttondown collar is no “commie collar” but a sign of a true conservative. After the meeting, I searched for and found (very easily, I might add) a picture of McCarthy wearing a white dress shirt with a buttondown collar and in my zeal to prove myself right I only realized after showing this picture around the office that it was a photo of Eugene and not Joseph McCarthy! Having perhaps proved my opponents point, I immediately set about finding a photo of WFB in a white dress shirt with a buttondown collar, which I did (and very easily, I might add). Can the man responsible for the rebirth of American conservatism have actually preferred dress shirts with “commie collars”? I think not! What think the readers and contributors of/to The Corner? What say you?
Well, first I think you should spend more time putting bad guys in jail. Beyond that, I think this is just plain crazy. Everyone knows the issue isn’t button down collars versus non-button down collars. It’s between tie-wearers and turtleneck-wearers. Turtleneckers are the sans-culottes of the 21st century.