Vogue's Gag-Arama Piece on 'Dr. Jill' as They Try to Sell Her New Key Player 'Role'

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Melania Trump was a professional model and. let’s face it, she dressed with a lot of style from her inauguration outfit all throughout her husband’s term in office.

But because she was Melania Trump, style magazines like Vogue that would have touted her and promoted her 24/7 if she were a Democrat completely ignored her.

The left: worn well; the right, not so much.

But now after ignoring Melania for four years, Vogue is falling all over themselves to praise “Dr. Jill” and tout her “style.”

I confess not to know or care much about clothes but that dress looks a bit like a couch. But I do agree that’s better than this dress she was wearing the other day.

The Vogue article itself goes over the slide with all kinds of bootlicking, calling her “A First Lady for All of Us” and saying “She is, quite simply, a joy multiplier.”

Part of what makes the Bidens’ right-out-of-the-gate successes so extraordinary is that they seem to have perfectly read the room: We have been through this enormous, collective trauma, and here’s a calm, experienced, empathetic president, and here’s a first lady who is driven, tireless, effortlessly popular, but also someone who reminds us of ourselves.

Gag. Scarcely has there ever been an administration less successful and more calamitous right out of the gate. No, I’m sorry, she doesn’t remind me of me. I’m not putting a husband who clearly has issues out there to be embarrassed before the world because I want to have power and feel good about myself. So, no, please stop with the “she reminds us of ourselves.”

Jill Biden’s press secretary celebrated the take, basically a press release on her behalf.

But the article also appeared to be pushing a recast of Jill’s role in the administration, “neither first lady nor professor but a key player in her husband’s administration, a West Wing surrogate and policy advocate.”

The December debate over titles seems awfully small in the face of all of this: Jill Biden opening schools, visiting vaccination sites, traveling to red states to sell the American Rescue Plan, telling folks that “help is here.” The role she’s fulfilling on these visits is, in many ways, neither first lady nor professor but a key player in her husband’s administration, a West Wing surrogate and policy advocate. “An underestimated asset,” as Mary Jordan, the Washington Post reporter who’s written a book about Melania Trump, put it to me. “It’s hard to imagine Joe doing this without her.”

That’s a pretty big admission right there. Yes, she’s clearly more involved in running Joe than she should be, as even she appears to want people to think, despite the fact that she wasn’t elected for anything. If they’re trying to normalize that, no, it’s not normal, nor is it right.

Edith Wilson, redux?