It's okay, Cuccinelli. Starbucks is into modesty, too
Doesn't Ken Cuccinelli know that it's never, ever okay to joke when you hold public office?
Alas, no. A jest he made last week snowballed into a frantic blitz by bloggers and pundits accusing the attorney general of changing Virginia's state seal to mesh with his socially conservative views.
Like King David, it all started for Cuccinelli with a glance. A glance at an antique flag in the state Capitol, that is.
The flag bore Virginia's state symbol, the goddess "Virtus" clutching a sword and spear. The modern and most popular version has Virtus wearing a blue tunic that exposes her left breast. But the flag Cuccinelli spotted displayed an older version of the symbol, in which Virtus's entire chest is covered with armor.
Cuccinelli chose that older image for some lapel pins he handed out to his staffers. And too bad for him. "Boobgate!" one blogger cried. After the Virginia blogosphere exploded, Cuccinelli announced he would abandon the pins.
I say Virtus comes out the winner. She escaped being a candidate for "What Not to Wear."
As for you, Mr. Cuccinelli, you were on the chopping block the moment that unfortunate joke popped into your mind. Just own it. Tell Virginians that, yes, this is an effort to banish obscenity from the public square.
After all, you'd only be copying Starbucks. The long tresses of the Greek siren stamped onto our favorite white and green coffee cups weren't always so strategically placed. The original image, taken from a 16th-century Nordic woodcut, showed the siren with bare breasts and a split tail.
So Starbucks gave her two modesty makeovers. In 1987, she got long wavy hair. In 1992, she was cropped to exclude her navel and most of her tails.
Maybe Virtus is envious.
Paige Winfield Cunningham is an investigative reporter and managing editor at Old Dominion Watchdog . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.
Paige Winfield Cunningham
| May 4, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
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