Washington, you’re forgiven if you don’t know what to make of your “Housewives.”
Are the stars-to-be of “The Real Housewives of D.C.” representative of our city? Of course not. Four out of five are white, all are affluent, and most live in the ‘burbs.
Are they prominent Washington players? Not really. A few have social pull in limited circles, but none are A-listers.
Should they all be on TV? Federal and Virginia prosecutors, still weighing charges against Tareq and Michaele Salahi for the White House dinner-crashing and certain business practices, didn’t have a say.
But who cares! This will be reality TV in all its semi-staged glory. Bravo touts the series as portraying “connected D.C. power players” navigating “the unwritten social rules of the Beltway.” But none of these women works in government or politics; for the most part, neither do their husbands. Friends tell us most of the cast didn’t know each other before taping began last year. Bravo gave serious consideration to a lobbyist and a fundraiser, but both dropped out, because their jobs either required discretion or were too boring.