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Pearls With a Flak Jacket

July 18, 2010 - Joselyn King

 It has to be the quintessential "politically fashionable" statement.

 
During her recent trip to the war zone in Afghanistan, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., wore a flak jacket and pearls. (Check out the photo.) It's the combination of armour with classic elegance.
 
Fifty years ago, there were very few female members of Congress. And even 20 years ago, it's doubtful any would have felt comfortable enough expressing their femininity while on the job -- in a war zone, if they were even permittted -- by wearing pearls. 
 
Practical? Why not. The pearls don't seem to be fussy enough to cause her problems. 
 
And why shouldn't you always try to look your best and put forth a good image?
 
These days all eyes are on Capito. U.S. Senate Republicans would love to see her make a run at West Virginia's vacant seat, while  House Republicans would like to see her stay among their ranks as they seek to regain the majority this election year.
 
Still there is yet another option. Regardless of whether current Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin runs for the U.S. Senate seat, wins and leaves office before then -- West Virginians will pick a new governor in 2012.
 
Capito said "it's nice to have options." But I have to agree with Mike Myer one blog down -- she shouldn't consider a U.S. Senate run now.
 
Her political capital is strong, but Manchin's is stronger.
 
And even if Capito does think it is better to be one among 100 in the Senate, as opposed to one among 435 in House, isn't it better to be one among one?
 
As governor, she would be the one in charge. And she already lives in Charleston. She might actually get to see her husband Charlie -- a bank executive -- once in a while.
 
Of course, as governor and in charge of the state -- she might want to keep that flak jacket and pearls close by.
 

 
 

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