Hair stylists. Handwriting experts. An astrologer. Body language experts. Feng Shui experts. Some embarrassing, prepubescent-looking guy who wrote a book…

Is there an “expert” whose wisdom has not yet been tapped by the political press this election season?

Ah, yes. Today, the New York Times’ Elisabeth Bumiller brings us what “etiquette experts say” about “hugging protocol” for the candidates (brace yourself for the insight: “times have certainly changed;” today, male and female politicians can hug since, in the words of one “expert,” “we accept anything now.”) Christine Todd Whitman, Bumiller reports,”said that she…had embraced many of her male counterparts, as long as she knew them well.”

Don’t mean to be rude, but…

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.