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Nicole Nason

This is Nicole Nason, thirty-seven, the Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the past year and a half. A photo of her — not this one — appears in the Car and Driver 10Best issue (January) with the questionable caption RILF ALERT. The R is for “regulator,” I presume. And despite releases like this, which argues that fragile old people are more likely to be injured in accidents than the young and hearty, somehow she’s a lot less controversial than, oh, let’s say, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.

I realize that this is something less than Breaking News, but the alternative item in the can was a bit about those ghastly Manolo Blahniks for Men, and I wasn’t about to look at them every day for the next week while they slowly move down the front page. Contrary to popular belief, even I have standards.


  1. Francis W. Porretto »

    11 December 2007 · 6:49 pm

    “…those ghastly Manolo Blahniks for Men…”

    “Ghastly” simply isn’t strong enough. I’d rather go barefoot.

  2. miriam »

    11 December 2007 · 9:04 pm

    Dreadful shoes.

  3. fillyjonk »

    12 December 2007 · 6:21 am

    I think the answer to the headline (on the link) about those shoes is, “No. Not just ‘no,’ but, Hell, no!”

    I can’t think of any man (gay or straight) that I know who would think those are a good idea. And if they were being marketed for women, I don’t know of any women who’d wear them either.

  4. McGehee »

    12 December 2007 · 9:00 am

    You have to admit, if you walk into a bar where the men are wearing those shoes, you know exactly what to expect.

  5. McGehee »

    12 December 2007 · 9:02 am

    …and if I were Ms. Nason, I’d probably be a bit miffed that all the comments on a post featuring that pic, were about dreadful shoes for men.

  6. CGHill »

    12 December 2007 · 10:00 am

    Like she’d prefer snarky comments about her?

  7. McGehee »

    12 December 2007 · 8:08 pm

    …or her shoes?

  8. CGHill »

    13 December 2007 · 7:02 am

    I suppose it would be interesting to find out just what sort of shoes she prefers. Of current Administration figures, the only one we’re pretty sure of is Secretary of State Rice, who has a taste for Ferragamo.

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