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11:24 AM, Jul 24, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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You'd think the editors of elegant women's fashion magazines would learn.  But they seem unable to profit from experience, much like Huma Abedin, wife of Anthony Weiner, about whom we all know a lot more than we would like, while Abedin, herself, seems to know and have learned ... nothing.

The about-to-be-released September issue of Harper's Bazaar includes a bylined piece by Ms. Abedin, telling the world (well, the well-frocked and expensively bejeweled part of it, anyway) why it is important that New Yorkers elect her husband mayor.  

Anthony has always been a smart, caring, and dedicated person, and while he’s the same public servant who wants what’s best for the people he represents, he is now something else—a better man. New Yorkers will have to decide for themselves whether or not to give him a second chance. I had to make that same decision for myself, for my son, for our family. And I know in my heart that I made the right one. 

Quite simply, I love my husband, I love my city, and I believe in what he wants to do for the people of New York. I didn’t grow up in New York, as Anthony did ...

And so, revoltingly, on.

Well, long lead times do expose (pardon) magazine editors to this sort of thing.  But, then, Harper's Bazaar could have learned from the example of Vogue's experiment into the world of politics, which turned out badly.  Worse, in fact, since Vogue endorsed, gushingly (it's the only way they know how) the wife of Syria's strongman killer Bashar al-Assad:

Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic--the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies. Her style is not the couture-and-bling dazzle of Middle Eastern power but a deliberate lack of adornment. She's a rare combination: a thin, long-limbed beauty with a trained analytic mind who dresses with cunning understatement. Paris Match calls her "the element of light in a country full of shadow zones." She is the first lady of Syria. 

The article was published just about the time the killing started up in earnest and the magazine had to hustle to get it off the website. 

Vogue's celebrity editor was, unsurprisingly, a prominent supporter of President Obama in the last election and mentioned as a possible ambassador to the Court of St. James.

Of course she was, darlings.

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