Is Vogue editrix and roman à clef supervillain Anna Wintour qualified to succeed Louis Susman as the U.S. ambassador to the U.K.? That's the question everyone, with varying degrees of thinly-veiled sexism, seems to be asking after rumors started gamboling wildly about the press that Wintour was President Obama's top pick for the diplomatic gig. Observers like The Guardian's Catherine Bennett, for instance, don't see a Wintour appointment as playing out particularly well, but not necessarily because the sartorial suzerain has a huge dearth of diplomatic experience — it's because that Wintour is almost too qualified to deal with the passive aggressive quibbling that is diplomacy. Also because she's under-qualified, but that's really beside the point, isn't it? Diplomatting, especially for a U.S. fashion editor in King Arthur's court, is the easiest job in the world.
Jezebel · Doug Barry