The Real Housewives of D.C.?
Politics, plastic surgery and pettiness on the Potomac
First there were the Real Housewives of Orange County. They begat the Real Housewives of New York, then Atlanta, and now New Jersey. Who’s up next?Possibly the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But maybe even before those Rodeo Drive shopaholics hit the small screen, Bravo has announced that they are now looking for the Real Housewives of Washington D.C. - “those women who have their pulse on the most important cultural events, political galas, gallery openings and fundraisers in Washington society.” And why D.C.? Because it’s “the most powerful city in the world,” according to Bravo’s press release.
Makes sense. Let’s admit it, the appeal of all the Housewives shows are watching the girls go at each other. And in D.C., you have women who dislike each other not only because a competitor might be younger, sexier, have better plastic surgery or a bigger bank account, but because they hate each other’s politics. Democrat vs. Republican, liberal vs. moderate vs. conservative. Along the Potomac, even the guys are prepared to scratch each other’s eyes out. Certainly the girls can be every bit as combative.
And when it comes to potential Housewives, unlike viable Republican presidential candidates, there are just so many to choose from. What about a millionaire’s wife addicted to Armani suits, South Sea pearls, and buckets of Botox. But, then, Nancy Pelosi has such a short memory; she’d never be able to remember her lines.
Or what about a hard-working woman who has been standing by her man through indiscretion after indiscretion. You just know Bill would love to be on the show, but, we guess, these days Hillary has another man in her life who is impossible to deal with. Come to think of it, Kim Jong Il, who wears high heels and loves American TV, would probably want to be on the show as well.
Seriously, glamour could be provided by gorgeous Desiree Rogers, the White House Social Secretary who is always decked out in designer clothes and has already been featured in Vogue. Just as glamorous is Hillary’s assistant Huma Abedin, who also has been featured in Vogue. Why do we feel these two might agree on health-care policy but would still want to step on each other’s Manolos once in a while?
Other girls sure to be in conflict? Blond, beautiful radio and TV commentator Laura Ingraham, we guarantee, would certainly snarl at red-headed Maureen Dowd, the New York Times plagiarizing liberal columnist. But, hey, Laura would definitely get into it with Republican Meghan McCain as well.
In fact, here’s the problem we see with the Housewives of Washington D.C. – too much hand-to-hand conflict. And that would be even before election season rolls around.