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Sarah Palin, Just Like You, Spends $150,000 on Clothes

The Republicans are marketing Sarah Palin as someone who is just like you. So why is it that they spent one hundred and fifty thousand dollars to make her look like someone who has more money than you could ever dream of?

The John McCain campaign has used its donations to pay for Sarah Palin to get luxury fashion from stores like Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, along with special hair and makeup treatments. Remember all those vapid articles about how ordinary folks can do the Sarah Palin hairstyle? The simple answer is that you can’t, unless you happen to have tens of thousands of dollars to spend on it.

If you donated money to the McCain campaign, some of it went for this: Not on efforts to convince Americans to follow the Republican political platform, but to put lipstick on Sarah Palin. During this time of a troubled Main Street economy, that sort of spending smacks of economic elitism.

At the same time that Sarah Palin was playing dress-up with $150,000 of the McCain campaign’s money, she was not talking to reporters because, McCain’s aides said, she just wasn’t ready.

Why, it’s almost as if the Republicans were thinking that what matters most about Sarah Palin is not what she thinks or what she is capable of doing, but just how she looks.

11 comments to Sarah Palin, Just Like You, Spends $150,000 on Clothes

  • I’m not sure why you’re attacking this spending, friend.

    After all, this is encouraging Americans to support retailers, and the campaign HAS stated that all the clothing will be donated to charity after the election!

    Check out my blog for more details, including some of the groups which may well benefit from these donations!

  • Oh, that’s funny. By this line of reasoning, we ought to encourage bribery, so that politicians can go out and spend that money on stuff for themselves, and thus stimulate the economy.

  • Mark

    After donating these clothes to charity will Palin get a nice tax deduction as well?

  • I think the statement “the clothing will be donated to charity” is a polite way of saying, “we intend to surrender these clothes so we may entitle ourselves to a return via a taxable donation”. Of course everyone knows better. The vast majority of people who shop at church bizarrs, Goodwill, The Salvation army, etc are looking for designer pant suits and professional apparel. It all makes sense to the average middle income American. Wonderful response to this embarrasment of the GOP.

  • Elle

    They had this on the news, and it said that the clothes were bought by the republican party, not the campaign.

    This can really be seen as a kind of example of the whole republican philosophy on elections; style over substance.

    The republicans will pose and preen and try and come out with the right sound bites and photo ops, but as far as ideas go, they are as bankrupt as the government. They are so bankrupt that they are trying to rerun the whole “red menace” style of campaigning and governing. Hinting that Obama is a ‘socialist’, which is of course code for commie.Attacking him for using the phrase ‘spread the wealth’ which is one of those code phrases, again, for commie.

    The republicans have a bunker mentality, stuck in the “glories” of the cold war, and ever fighting aginst the insidious stain of communism, and it’s poor relations, socialism, which everyone knows is still just communismin a pretty dress.

    They are right in a sense, both philosophies came out of class struggle, the fight between the haves and the have nots, the nobility versus the common man. Of course, so did the ideals of democracy, the very ideals on which this country was founded.

    Kind of makes you think doesn’t it.

  • Jim

    Well, I agree with some of what you say, but socialism is not “just communism in a pretty dress.” Communism embraces violence and dictatorship, while socialism is demonstrably compatible with democratic government.

  • Bitter

    May 84 year old father in-law lost nearly as much from his retirement account in the same time period! I guess he should be happy that it wasn’t Cindy on a shopping spree.

  • Elle

    Jim, I know that true socialism is not Communism in a pretty dress, I was giving a statement about how republicans or conservaties may view it.

    And not all socialist movements are non-violent, some seek a ‘benevolent’ form of tyranny through revolution and violent coercion, to ‘guide’ the people to live under their rule.

    Not all communist movements are violent also, some of the more spiritual or agrarian forms seek change through education and personal growth, not violence.

  • SpudBreau

    At least she does look good in clothes, not the horrific pants suits that Hillary wore to hide her gigantic thighs. BTW, how much is Michelle Obama spending on clothes on the campaign trail supporting her husband? Who is paying for those? Why isn’t that also legitimate news?
    Also, why does she turn sideways on camera and let us see that beer-shelf butt?

    The truth is most designers gave $5000 suits to Hillary for free, so that they can use it in their advertising and get the designer’s name across.

    If Palin had wore more normal “Alaska” clothes of her own, you’d have made fun of the way she dresses anyway, so it’s impossible to be treated in a fair, normal manner by some people.

    This is all just part of a big election, and isn’t really an issue. How much airplane fuel is Obama spending jetting around compared to McCain? Aren’t all the donors paying for that? How much of his 500+ million raised is being spent on “fluff”? In reality, all of the election stuff is fluff.

  • HareTrinity

    Don’t start to wander onto politics when you could be focusing on clothes, SpudBreau!

    Tell me, what do you think Obama’s pants say about his thighs?

    Do you think McCain’s put on weight? Would glasses frame his face better?

  • Secularist

    It’s not so much that socialists embrace violence, but their understanding that capitalists will not allow the peaceful transition of society.

    Well…from Palin’s clothes to revolutionary debate.

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