It felt like Fashion Week in Statuary Hall before the State of the Union address.
It is, perhaps, a testament to the advancement of women in government and journalism that a gaggle of female reporters staking out the Capitol on Tuesday night had an opportunity to admire the wardrobe selections of female senators and Supreme Court justices.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the best-dressed ranking members of the federal government. She wore a red overcoat that would have impressed even Maureen Dowd.
After the line of dignitaries had passed by and Ginsburg was safely out of earshot, HOH articulated that sentiment to a colleague. A Senate page overheard the comment and blurted back her own critique. “Oh, my God! Kelly Ayotte is rocking the mint green!” the young woman exclaimed, referencing the junior senator from New Hampshire and Armed Services Committee member. After the speech, Ayotte returned to the hall, and the issue was addressed.
“That I was [rocking the mint green]?” she asked, laughing in disbelief.
For a few seconds, Ayotte was utterly perplexed. She stalled while pulling together a response, not unlike a freestyle rapper.
“It’s the first I’ve heard of it, but I, obviously, I’ve got some Irish in me. I’m half-Irish,” she said. “My mother’s name is Kathleen. I always appreciate when I can find a nice green suit.”
Can’t wait to see what she’s got planned to wear for St. Patrick’s Day.