The late Illinois governor, US ambassador to the United Nations and two-time Democratic nominee for president Adlai Stevenson was captured in a photograph with a hole in his shoe, which became very much a part of his national image. "Better a hole in the shoe than a hole in the head," he replied.
It's an enduring part of his legacy. There's even a statue of it:
Enter John McCain in 2008, who, according to a very entertaining diary by an eagle-eyed Isabel Wilkinson on the Huffington Post, doesn't have a hole... in his $520 dollar pair of imported Ferragano Ferragamo loafers.You can't make this stuff up:
I'm one who believes that small details like that can have more impact on public perceptions and opinions than policy position papers or press conferences.
I mean, what kind of a person wears $520 shoes?
Update: A contrasting photo from our ever-alert and unparalleled cast of Field Hands in the comments section...