I recall decades ago reading about voters who cooed about which candidate looked more presidential and thinking those must be the less-educated, soap-opera watching*citizens who had never heard of Nietzsche and were easily swayed by Madison Avenue into buying hundreds of dollars of useless lawn and laundry products.
The was some quasi-conservative in 2008 who was impressed with Obama's pantleg crease - was it David Brooks? There has also been an unending stream of comments about how classy Barack and Michelle look, but I always took that as little more than a calculated sneer at conservatives of "See? Black people can look really good dressed up you racist bigots." They look fine. Presidents and First Ladies are supposed to have a good sense (or hire people with good sense and listen to them) of occasion, and they have done that. But I regard all that commentary as essentially neutral.
But this year I keep hearing elite liberals - graduate degree and/or wealthy liberals - so impressed that Hillary "looks so presidential." (I can't recall any conservative using phrases like that in my lifetime.) What? Does that matter? I grant that Trump looks a little strange in terms of World Leader, but I thought ignoring that sort of thing was where liberalism originally came in. Not judging people for long hair or not wearing ties. Looking beyond tattoos and piercings.
Guess not. I guess that was just a ruse. Mean girls. Your dress is so 1974, Linda.
* A prejudice I might have reversed a full 180 at this point.