Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Governor's New Clothes

Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, looking suitably color-coordinated. Photo from her #1 fansite, Fox News.


The Obama campaign needs to hammer at the Palin Family's clothesgate, which I initially blogged about here:

The Republican National Committee appears to have spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.
Certainly, most of us working class schlubs have at some point received "clothing allowances" on several gigs, but this is ridiculous.

Over at Politico, Drew Westen astutely comments:

If the economy continues to tank and the stock market continues to plummet, nothing McCain or Palin can do or say will make much difference. But it would certainly be helpful to the Obama team to connect the dots for voters—that as middle class voters are struggling to pay their mortgage, Palin and her husband are spending hundreds of thousands on their wardrobes on a shopping spree at “elite” stores, courtesy of contributors big and small, and that this is just one more example of how out of touch with what the average American family is going through that McCain and Palin are. The impact of a story like this depends on the story you tell about it, and if it’s just “Palin bought nice clothes,” it will have no effect. If the story is that this is yet another index that they don’t “get it,” it would have a very different meaning to the average voter, since that’s already a concern they have about the GOP ticket.
Meanwhile, McCain sounds like he had to get Palin up to snuff in a hurry; as an Alaskan ragamuffin, she didn't possess the necessary bling to be a good Republican:

John McCain defended the Republican National Committee’s decision Thursday to spend more than $150,000 dollars on clothing and accessories for running mate Sarah Palin.

“She needed clothes at the time,” McCain told a group of Florida reporters.

The Arizona Republican said that the clothing will be donated to charity and that there was nothing unusual about spending the committee’s money on Palin’s look.

“They'll be donated at end of this campaign. They'll be donated to charity,” McCain said.

“It works by her getting some clothes when she was made the nominee of the party and it will be donated back to charity,” he added. “It works that the clothes will be donated to charity. Nothing surprises me.”

According to financial disclosure forms, the RNC shelled out thousands of dollars in the days following the announcement that Palin would be McCain’s running mate.

Since the news broke Tuesday, the RNC has taken heat for choosing to spend so much to clothe Palin during such a daunting year for GOP candidates across the country and in the midst of an economic meltdown.

While McCain defended the decision Thursday, he does not have Republican donors pay the tab for his shopping.

“I pay for my suits,” McCain said in an interview with WSLS, a Roanoke, Va. television station.

“I pay for all of my own clothing.”
And so, I guess the answer to the question posed as the title of my first post about clothesgate is now apparent: Does she get to keep the clothes? No.

I'll bet she's pissed to find that out now.

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Bryce said...

with 8 houses he *better* pay for his own damn suits!

David Wornica said...

Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving! She has made this long and drawn out election cycle entertaining. I'll miss her antics when Obama is elected. Maybe they can roll her out every now and then when things get tense so we can see how bad things can really be.

Renee said...

Yeah let's just wait and see if that clothing actually does get donated to charity, somehow I think that Palin will be keeping the wardrobe either way. If this little expenditure does not make it clear that the GOP does not understand what it is struggle, I don't know what else is.

I was watching CNN tonight and one pundit whose name I didn't get claimed that even though the Palins earned 250K because they had a family of 7 they were struggling. I started screaming bullshit so loud I didn't get his name. WOW what a hard life those Palins must have, no wonder that are forced to eat all of that caribo meat.

g said...

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My comment about Palin's "clothes-gate" is - with the RNC's assertion that they will donate the clothes to charity after the election, it makes me wonder.

so, they decided she needed to dress up as a Vice President for the campaign.

Why do they seem so sure she won't need to dress up as a VP after the election?

Is it because they know they're going to lose?

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Dave Dubya said...

I hear the clothes will be donated to the Constitutionally Challenged Armageddonist Association.

JoJo said...

This whole situation just makes me sick.

ZenDenizen said...

What's with the $22,000 make-up artist from So You Think You Can Dance? What's with the red leather jacket from the Michael Jackson Thriller collection? 10 more days!

Vanessa said...

There's a video on youtube with the Obamas on access hollywood or one of those dumb shows. But they were talking about the Obamas as "fashion icons" and Michelle was talking about how she shopped at the Gap and H&M and maybe occasionally splurged on a pair of fancy shoes or something. You know, how normal people shop. And she looks great.

If you look at earlier footage of Sarah Palin, it's clear that she also dressed primarily in this mode, maybe with a more "outdoorsy" style. Maybe the outdoorsy image wasn't what they wanted and they needed to give her a makeover, fine. But I have no idea, other than that McCain is so wealthy that he can't concieve of buying clothes in any other way, they chose to spend 150,000 dollars instead of just going to the Gap or H&M like Michelle Obama does. said...

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