In Card's world, apparently, decorum trumps important matters such as policy, intellectual seriousness and even competence.
Here's Card's quote, delivered this week on (where else?) talk radio:
I found that Ronald Reagan and both President Bushes treated the Oval Office with tremendous respect. They treated the Office of the Presidency with tremendous respect. And some of that respect was reflected in how they expected people to behave, how they expected them to dress when they walked into the symbol of freedom for the world, the Oval Office.As John McEnroe always put it, "You cannot be serious." Alas, Card has so little of substance to say that he's reduced to criticizing Oval Office decorum.
And yes, I’m disappointed to see the casual, laissez faire, short sleeves, no shirt and tie, no jacket, kind of locker room experience that seems to be taking place in this White House and the Oval Office.
Apparently, the Republican Party really is out of ideas.