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No More Senate Slobs

After John Fetterman (and a few of his colleagues) decided that shorts and a hoodie were just fine for the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body, Bill, Steve and Scott tore into this idea and trashed it so thoroughly that two days after the episode was recorded (and the raw footage sent to 100 Senators), the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to institute a dress code.

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John Staley
October 1, 2023 7:57 AM

I want to see Senators looking like NASCAR drivers so we know who bought them and who the Senators owe their allegiance to!!

David Pimentel
Reply to  John Staley
October 1, 2023 8:15 AM

Same goes for all of Congress.

ACTS (TM)
September 30, 2023 7:21 AM

I don’t own a suit anymore and haven’t worn one in almost 30 years. I do own a couple of nice blazers/sport coats, a few pair of dress slacks, dress shirts and a few ties. Some people would call that stuff a suit, it’s not. The last time I wore any of those was 5 years ago when my nephew graduated from High School. I was probably the most over dressed man in the auditorium. I didn’t care. That was a big day for my nephew. I dressed up because of him, not because of me. The same applies to… Read more »

Jim Carroll
Reply to  ACTS (TM)
September 30, 2023 9:28 PM

That was supposed to be a like. Damn iPhone keyboard and fat fingers. Sorry

ACTS (TM)
Reply to  Jim Carroll
October 1, 2023 7:09 AM

You can undo and redo like and dislike buttons simply by clicking them again. If you accidentally click a like button just click the dislike button to remove your vote. I.E. if there are no other votes the count reverts to zero. If you accidentally click the dislike button click the like button once to remove your vote and again to add a like. I’m not in this for the likes so I don’t really care what anyone else thinks of my posts. But it’s frustrating as hell when you can’t get the site to work the way you want… Read more »

Dan Broucek
September 29, 2023 9:55 PM

I think it was Susan Collins of Maine who suggested that she would wear a bikini in the Senate floor. (We always knew that deep down she was too casual to be a Republican, lol).

David Pimentel
Reply to  Dan Broucek
October 1, 2023 8:17 AM

Aaaargh!
I now must pour bleach into my third eye to erase that gawd-awful image.
Thanks for that.

Brian Thomson
September 29, 2023 5:52 PM

Unfortunately, I have a medical issue that normally prevents me from wearing a suit. I have spent my entire life trying to cool down. I can put on a suit and, within about one hour, I will pass out due to simply being too hot. This means that I can manage at an interview, just take off the jacket the moment I am seated. I can manage at a wedding as long as I am able to change immediately after. I would love to be able to wear a suit more often. Unless I can convince a place to set… Read more »

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Lawrence Roth
September 29, 2023 2:26 PM

For starters, if restoring the dignity of the Senate is a worthy cause, how about repealing the 17th amendment? I’ve retired from my primary job going on 18 years now. I served as a technician for a defense contractor & was among a fair number of techs (>40.) We worked on the ground floor of our building and our dress was casual generally. On occasion executives and tours would walk through on a mezzanine above us and stop to observe. Once in a great while, the techs would get together and agree to “dress up” on a specific day, which… Read more »

Dan Broucek
Reply to  Lawrence Roth
November 30, 2023 9:37 PM

“Clothes make the man.” (was it Alexander Pope who said that?)

Road Rider
September 29, 2023 1:44 PM

Ok, I’m confused and conflicted about this episode. And my confusion has nothing to do with what’s going on in the U.S. Senate. Years ago, when I was a younger lad, I saw this show on the internet, where some guy is, in the early episodes, first sitting in front of a screen, yapping away about something. Then a few years later, that same guy is walking into an amazingly ornate 3d computer graphics created studio stage, again yapping about something. Regardless of the stage, this yapping guy was wearing a handsome natty suit and tie, looked sharp, shaven, good… Read more »

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Road Rider
Reply to  Road Rider
September 29, 2023 2:02 PM

Oh, and Fetterman’s the perfect representative for the fine folks who voted for him.
And, to beat anyone else to the punch in telling me, I’ll save you the typing….
“Lighten up, Francis”…..

ACTS (TM)
Reply to  Road Rider
September 30, 2023 4:55 AM

Nice jab, here’s the counterpunch you’re probably expecting from someone … Your comparisons are fallacious because you’re comparing unlike things. A carefully scripted and choreographed presentation with CGI graphics in front of a green screen is not the same as an informal discussion between friendly peers of long acquaintance. Those are two completely different formats. Neither of those things is the same as being elected Senator and making an appearance on the Senate floor. Appropriate attire for the circumstances encountered. I’m a little surprised you even went there. Words are not important by reason of originating from a man in… Read more »

Road Rider
Reply to  ACTS (TM)
October 2, 2023 9:58 AM

….from someone like…..ACTS! Not only expecting it but hoping for it. Yeah, you’re right, Afterburners / Firewalls are indeed different from TSL’s as you described, and both are completely different from the role of senators in our congress. And Yes, Bill’s not a hypocrite, for I’ve seen him in person and indeed, when he’s at a public speaking event, it’s a suit. Was I low blood sugar? Probably. Grumpy from a hard night’s sleep? Undoubtedly. Was I quibbling?….Maybe. Should I probably not have hit the “post comment” button, yeah, probably. But I did, and I received a cogent, thoughtful response… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Road Rider
ACTS (TM)
Reply to  Road Rider
October 2, 2023 5:07 PM

Lol, well if you’re going to drop the trap door in your long handles and hang it out there in the breeze … I’m gonna take a shot at it. I can’t resist a target like that. No harm, no foul. I’m sure someone else was thinking the same thing you were and what you posted allowed us to take that out, turn it this way and that, have a good look at it and see if that sort of critique had any merit. You’re allowed your low blood sugar and hard night’s grumpage. At least you have excuses, I’m… Read more »

Phil LeMay
September 29, 2023 1:15 PM

Festerman stated that this new rule wouldn’t affect him, because on those occasions where he is running the Chamber and in the Chair, he would put on a suit anyway.
But he’s already put the lie to that, as he’s presided over the Senate twice already. In a hoodie and shorts.
Even the “Conservative Shaman” guy looked better in that chair than Festerman did. Utterly disrespectful.

Rick Notkin
September 29, 2023 12:57 PM

John T. Molloy “Dress for Success”.

David B
September 29, 2023 12:01 PM

Service jobs mean giving up your personal likes and dislikes in order to serve, and if that means dressing like a gentleman or lady, so be it. Anybody unwilling to show proper respect to those they serve don’t deserve to be holing any kind of leadership position. This guy is one of those who pushed the meme “Trump is un-presidential.” Hypocrisy much?

Jonathan Lee
September 29, 2023 11:18 AM

When its all a show, bought and paid for, natty dress is everything. Dressing down then makes everyone more aware of the fakeness.
To Bill’s point, when you are _acting_, clothes make the man.
Scott is tearing up due to his belief that some of the Senators actually care about what he cares about, the U.S. Constitution. Sadly, 99% of them do not and even the ones that do are corrupt (Multi-millionaires within 1-2 terms, with a salary in the low six-figures).