Just before President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term, Senator Claire McCaskill went all Joan Rivers on the men of the Supreme Court and their curious taste in headgear.
Justice Antonin Scalia got it the worst for an odd little chapeau that looked a bit like an overturned bowling ball bag. McCaskill actually predicted the appearance of the "weird hat" on her Twitter account before Scalia even appeared.
After all the solemnity and decorum, it was apparently just what the doctor ordered. The internet went bonkers.
Here's how it started. Back in 2009, McCaskill made a little observation at Obama's first swearing-in:
Scalia in a really weird hat.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) January 20, 2009
Since this ceremony was all about history repeating itself, she marked the occasion accordingly:
Four years ago today I began tweeting. One of my first tweets was a comment on Scalia's weird hat.Will he wear it again? Stay tuned.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) January 21, 2013
She is so seriously cool. And she's gonna give Scalia's hat a run for its money. twitter.com/clairecmc/stat...— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) January 21, 2013
Ok. Men of the Supreme Ct.Breyer's scaliawannabehat, Kennedy's stocking cap.And then there's Alito in the shades. twitter.com/clairecmc/stat...— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) January 21, 2013
In case anyone is curious, the hat is apparently "a gift of the St. Thomas More Society, in Richmond, Virginia--a replica of the one worn by More in the portrait by Hans Holbein." That would be this:
Everyone from the Today Show to Huffington Post to BuzzFeed to The New Yorker made some mention of McCaskill's keen fashion eye, though PoliticMO's Eli Yokley probably said it best: