Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Really, Sarah Palin??

The big buzz in the "liberal media" world today is's article on the Republican National Committee having spent more than $150,000 for VP candidate Sarah Palin and her family during this campaign. According to financial records, the RNC footed bills from Saks Fifth, Neiman Marcus, Barney's, and Bloomingdales, among others, as well as from high-end baby store Pacifier, suggesting that even the littlest Palin got the ultimate treatment during the campaign so far. Really?

Right, cause every other plain-Jane hockey mom can afford to have a wardrobe/hair/makeup bill that costs more than some people's houses. Let's see, you guys want to 'relate to 'real' Americans?' How about you not spend $3,500 on a jacket that will be worn half a day before being tossed for another?

Obviously, the RNC's strategy for Palin is this: looking good and being able to change your outfit two, three times a day takes front seat to... being coherent, informed, and capable of being the second in command. Oh, well I mean, I guess it all makes sense. It's a distraction point, right? Be pretty, and no one will know that you don't know what the hell you're talking about.

Here's the kicker though. In response to the obvious backlash to all of this, Tracey Schmitt, a spokesperson for the John McCain and Sarah Palin campaign said: "With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it's remarkable that we're spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses. It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign." ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME? Yes, with all the important issues facing the country right now, you're damn right we're spending time talking about the exorbitant amount of money your party has spent making Palin look like the Caribou Barbie she is, even if the clothes are being donated to charity (a BIG FAT PUH-LEASE on that front, btw). In the collapse of the economy and during the beginning of a probable recession, it boggles my mind that the RNC went ahead and did something SO SO stupid, WHEN, the campaign is based on appealing to the average Joe-the-plumbers of middle-class America.

I'm all for women in power, and despite our differences, I wanted to like Sarah Palin, I really did. But just when I think she can't possibly sink lower, she does. All I know is, her and her Brady Bunch of a family need to go back to Alaska and continue leading quiet lives after November 4th. It was nice knowing you, Sarah Palin, you're done.


Anonymous said...

The clothes and whatnot are meant to motivate and energize potential McCain voters, and if the clothes piss off devoted Democrats, I don't think the RNC is going to be crying about it. A lot of Palin's appeal is based on whatever image will get people excited. And looking good is a big part of it. Besides, they've probably done all they could on making her appear capable. Really, given their situation what should the RNC spend their $150,000 on that would clearly make more sense?

I have no idea, but wouldn't Hillary's bill have been comparable? I do remember them testing four different colors of the same pantsuit before her talk at the Convention, so it didn't seem like she was being frugal either. And the article itself talks about $3,000 for two hairstyling appointments in '06. And that can't be donated to charity.

It's all part of the billion dollar game.

Not sure why the big "PuhLEASE" with selling the clothes for charity?