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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.
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: