Palin’s $150,000 wardrobe: She’s a one-woman earmark!

The Obama campaign has generally avoided “turn around is fair play” because they play fair. They’ve objected to personal attacks against Obama but haven’t responded tit for tat.

In this wardrobe case the chickens have come home to roost in the Republican hen house and it is all their own doing. They tried to paint a picture of Sarah Palin as a blue collar every woman, Joe the plumber’s counterpart with breasts instead of a butt crack, a hockey mom shopping for her brood at Walmart. (Public domain photo of a typical Neiman Marcus, click to enlarge)

Instead they painted Palin with $13,000 worth of make-up.

What cheese in his ears bungler thought it was a wise political decision to dress her in a $150,000 wardrobe that screams cognitive dissonance?

If Palin’s coaching team has any sense they’d have her announce she is keeping the cloths and will pay the taxes. Taxes couldn’t be more than about $40,000 and she probably could make that much back selling them as memorabilia to the likes of Pat Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh and George Will on eBay.

In fact, Rudy Guiliani might buy them all for his next cross-dressing party.

See transvestic fetishism.

By the way, I think two stores aren’t being characterized accurately. They enjoy their upscale image, but someone on a limited budget can shop at either store.

I’ve walked through Saks and Neiman’s in Boston’s Copley Plaza mall and there are lots of cloths both on sale and on the regular racks that while not Target-level prices, aren’t outrageous.

My wife tells me that both stores have sky’s the limit designer sections, but you can also shop the sales and not break the bank.

The best quote on wardrobegate that I’ve seen comes from the comments section of Politico, the website that broke the story “RNC shells out $150K for Palin fashion” By Jeanne Cummings comes from someone in the comments section:

My goodness! Palin is a one-woman earmark!!

At least she looks a lot better than she did addressing the loonies from the Alaska Succession Party. Check this out:

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  1. Hal Brown

    Maureen Dowd on the Palin makeover:

    “A Makeover With an Ugly Gloss” link here

    …with the economy cratering and the McCain campaign running on an “average Joe” theme, dunderheaded aides, led by the former Bushies Nicolle Wallace and Tracey Schmitt, costumed their Eliza Doolittle for a ball when she should have been dressing for a bailout.

    The Republicans’ attempt to make the case that Barack Obama is hoity-toity and they’re hoi polloi has fallen under the sheer weight of the stunning numbers…

    information I hadn’t known about: $10,000 for Palin’s hair stylist for the first two weeks of October and putting expense of her pre-convention voice coach under Operating Expenditures and Get-Out-The-Vote consulting in the finance report.

    This is starting to read more and more like the script of a movie about the manufacturing of a president, how to mold a hunk of plastic into a candidate.

    If you have some time, read this, an excellent three page profile of McCain. It verifies what we already know about McCain’s temper. What I found interesting is that McCain is the most unlike Bush and Palin in a way that has not come out in the campaign. He is both very well read and intellectually curious. He encourages advisers with opposing views to argue things out so he can hear both sides and make a more informed decision.

    The insanity of this is that he then goes and chooses Palin. Now that he has gotten to know her I can’t imagine him not having buyers remorse, which was evident in his body language in the Brian Williams interviews.

  2. Hal Brown

    Horrors! You mean this was kind of rigged in advance, sort of like a no-bid contract process? Where have we heard that before?

    Hmmm… did I hear B USH

    Let’s see what the AP discovered:

  3. Despite promises and legal guidance not to talk directly with potential bidders, Palin had meetings or phone calls with nearly every major candidate, including TransCanada.
  4. The leader of Palin’s pipeline team had been a partner at a lobbying firm where she worked on behalf of a TransCanada subsidiary.
  5. A former TransCanada executive served as an outside consultant to Palin’s pipeline team.
  6. Could it be that Palin is as ethics challenged as her predecessor? Dare we think she isn’t the reformer she claims to be?

    “I’m not saying someone’s getting paid off for a sweetheart contract, but it’s very hard to ignore that this is your former partner and your former client standing there before you. Every time it was mentioned to the governor or to the commission, it was like, ‘How could you question such a wonderful person?'” from ,” said Republican Sen. Lyda Green, a Palin critic who in August was among the handful of lawmakers who voted against awarding TransCanada the license. (AP article)

    Halloween horrors from Her Hockey-puck Highness.

  7. pollchecker

    Turns out, Palin’s wardrobe is not the only thing that is questionable. Check this out!

    AP INVESTIGATION: Palin pipeline terms curbed bids

    Gov. Sarah Palin’s signature accomplishment _ a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 _ emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows.

    Beginning at the Republican National Convention in August, the McCain-Palin ticket has touted the pipeline as an example of how it would help America achieve energy independence.

    One more controversy for Palin, less that two weeks before the election. Of course the Bushies will claim it’s just more of the Liberal Media. But it’s AP for crying out loud, the one news source that has been the nicest to the McCain/Palin ticket.

  8. claypigeonbx

    Freedom and Justice for All!

    Guess we know why when Obama made a reference to “Putting lipstick on a pig,” the G.O.P. just naturally assumed that he had to be talking about Palin.

  9. Hal Brown

    Going out on a limb, I’d venture a guess that women are more upset about the wardrobe-make-up-gate than men. This may be reflected in the following:

    The declines in Palin’s ratings have been even more substantial among the very voters Republicans aimed to woo. The percentage of white women viewing her favorably dropped 21 points since early September; among independent women, it fell 24 points.

    More broadly, the intensity of negative feelings about Palin is also notable: Forty percent of voters have “strongly unfavorable” views, more than double the post-convention number. Nearly half of independent women now see her in a very negative light, a nearly threefold increase. from “Perceptions of Palin Grow Increasingly Negative, Poll Says” Washington Post Oct. 25, 2008.

  10. barak

    Oh come on. Pay taxes on clothes someone gave her? That’s as silly as asking her to pay for her kids when she goes on a fact-finding (read “shopping”) trip. Its just bizness as usual in the oval orifice. Monkey see, monkey do. Bush/Cheney steal, so why not everyone in Washington jump on the bandwagon–Dems included. Nancy P set the example when she tried to get a private jumbo jet to ferry her lazy ass back and forth from CA to DC. After that it was more-open season for everyone! The feed trough was open to all congressmen, executive branch pigs, and judges who took whatever perks they could be invited on…
    Now they have wiped out the surplus, the banking system (benign neglect is NOT oversight!), and the stock market. Why should they care? They have free everything including postage, and a retirement plan to rival that of Nero. Would that it were Julius Caesar’s!
    But politicians are honorable men and women. They just don’t give a care about the American people.

  11. Hal Brown

    Moderately priced, hell, you can’t even run that much up buying the expensive brands full price. They bought her the kinds of clothes movie stars wear to the Oscars and you’d expect a new first lady to wear to an inaugural ball.

    The latest revelation that the highest paid person in the entire campaign for the first two weeks this month was her make-up artist at some $21,000.

    This would all be trivial if she wasn’t such a hypocrite. If Carly Fiorina was running for V.P. and wearing her own expensive clothes what she wears would be relegated to the style sections, but nobody would be making an issue of this.

  12. Hal Brown

    On the sign, a friend got it from another friend in email. I don’t know if it’s real. The lettering looks photoshopped.

  13. acf

    Sure, you can find things on sale and competitively priced at Saks and Niemans, but you don’t run up $150,000 in wardrobe costs for about 60 days by buying moderately priced clothes.

  14. woody188

    I only get new suits when they have the $99 for 2 suit sales. I have no idea how these people live.

    Love that geezer/dingbat sign! Where can I get one?

    This stuff kind of reminds me of flag pins though. It really does not matter in the end.