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Mrs. Jeb Bush’s jewelry spending spree–back before the potter’s wheel was invented

February 25, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Karen Tumulty can’t believe that a rich man’s wife bought herself a Rolex ca. 1999

When Breitbart writer John Nolte jumped on Tumulty for her “hit job” on a GOP candidate’s wife, as he called it, Tumulty proffered via Twitter an even more bizarre example of what she seemed to regard as the WaPo’s bipartisan journalistic fairness.

“[W]ritten lots about cost of michelle clothes, which republicans have questioned,” Tumulty tweeted.

But the link to a 2012 Washington Post blog item that Tumulty included in her tweet, instead of being about Michelle Obama’s yen for designer clothing, actually included still more Republican-bashing and exonerated  Obama from charges that she was overspending on her attire. The blog post—not by Tumulty but by another Post writer, Suzi Parker–made fun of former GOP New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu for questioning whether a designer dress that Mrs. Obama wore to deliver a campaign pitch for her husband’s reelection actually cost only $350. Parker chuckled at Sununu’s ignorance of fashion pricing—and also seized the opportunity to hurl some stray darts at Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, for wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress that had “been priced at between $1,990 and $2,490” during the 2012 GOP convention.

My riposte: Rich people—the Bushes, the Clintons, the Romneys—can afford to buy expensive stuff.

And if I were Columba Bush, I’d start playing the victim card: the Latina victim card. I’m half-Hispanic myself, and believe me and my female relatives, Latina women are jewelry junkies. When I read Tumulty’s article, my first thought was: “That sounds just like [fill in the blank]!” So Columba, get in touch with your inner Eva Longoria and start whining about ethnic discrimination.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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