I have not heard of Palin's $150,000 shopping spree for new clothes. Have you?

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    Oct 23, 2008 2:59 PM GMT
    I must have missed this in the news....but there is a group discussion going on about it on the Washington Post..

    "OK, political candidates are supposed to look good. But when the votes are counted, rank-and-file Republicans should sue the McCain campaign for gross incompetence, the Palin clothing episode being only the most recent example. First, there's a problem with converting campaign money to personal use, which is why Sarah Palin's Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt quickly said in a statement: "It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign," Hmmm..."always the intent," huh? But let's take them at their word. If the McCain folks felt Palin needed new outfits, who had the brilliant idea of spending $75,063 at Neiman Marcus, a store that is a favorite of the pampered rich. Joe the Plumber doesn't shop at Nieman Marcus. Maybe these Republican operatives never heard of other stores -- stores other than Saks Fifth Avenue, where they dropped another $49,426. Absent further information, let's let Palin off the hook on this one and ask: What is going on inside McCain's campaign? What were they thinking? I'm with Saul Anuzis, the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, who told The Post that the shopping spree was a "dumb political decision" not likely to play well. "You're talking to a guy who wears Lands' End shirts," Anuzis added. I like Land's End shirts, too, Saul. What do you make of the Neiman Marcus caper? "

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  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 23, 2008 3:04 PM GMT
    Yes, I had heard about the shopping spree, compliments of the RNC.
    I was going to say something, but thought I had said enough about the Palin governor yesterday. It will all be over when the voters have their say a week from Tuesday.

    I wonder what happens to the clothes? Will she keep them as a gift or recycle them for another?
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    Oct 23, 2008 3:17 PM GMT
    To charity? Like a thrift store where the money on items sold goes to charitable purposes? The Salvation Army clothing store perhaps?

    And how much of the original value would be recovered on clothes bought from N-M and Saks that way? Pennies on the dollar?

    Or perhaps they'll give them directly to homeless shelters for distribution to the needy? A cocktail dress from Saks is sure to be popular.

    What a lame justification for spending money like that. No doubt a cover story concocted after-the-fact, when the media learned of it.
  • Fiveldsp

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    Oct 23, 2008 6:46 PM GMT
    Caslon, I agree with you 100% which is why I said what I did at her Rally. I'm sorry but spending more then 3 times what most people make in a year on clothes in a one month period of time from the RNC's wallet does not portray the image of you representing the middle class of a struggling nation.
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    Oct 23, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    Oh, there is nothing better than a Jeanne Moos report...

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2008/10/22/moos.dressing.palin.cnn?iref=24hours
  • auryn

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    Oct 23, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    But it's the RNC's money. They have to make their poster child look good; she's got nothing else going for her. Oh! and sound good; they're spend thousands on a voice coach too, to teach her to not say new-kyoo-ler. anim_lol.gif
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    Oct 23, 2008 7:00 PM GMT
    Well it's made the TV news in the UK so yes, I guess you could say we've heard about it.

    £2,000 for one particular jacket. So, much for being a hockey mom.
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    Oct 23, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    It's been all over the news. Even Fox is making a big deal out of it.
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    Oct 23, 2008 7:20 PM GMT
    one aspect of it that I think one could point out is that she is touting how outsider she is and how she is going to bring change to Washington, yet..bam...right out of the gate, she is conforming to the standards. If she wanted to show how she would be able to resist Washington, then she should resist changing her style of dress. "What's good enough for Wasilla is good enough for Washington, by golly" ... icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 23, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    How does that expression end? Let's see, oh yea, "...it's still a pig.".
  • Fiveldsp

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    Oct 23, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    I think it's funny how power hungry she is and she's not even in office yet. She's constantly butting heads with McCain when she's interviewed alone about how she stands for the Republican Platform of No Abortions and a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage... where as McCain (the one actually running for president) has said that he believes both of those issues should be left up to the states to decide on their own.

    How can you call yourself an outsider and a bringer of change when you so firmly believe in the hardcore ideologies of your party that represents everything but change?
  • styrgan

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    Oct 23, 2008 8:30 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidYes, I had heard about the shopping spree, compliments of the RNC.
    I was going to say something, but thought I had said enough about the Palin governor yesterday. It will all be over when the voters have their say a week from Tuesday.

    I wonder what happens to the clothes? Will she keep them as a gift or recycle them for another?


    Kind of like how Jackie O used to trade in designer clothing for a Jag.

    Women amaze me!!
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    Oct 23, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    OMG, I love Jeanne Moos reports! She is one of the best things on CNN. Thank you Caslon7000 for this one, which I had missed. What a fool she made of Palin.
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    Oct 23, 2008 8:56 PM GMT
    Totally blows away her middle class, Joe Six Pack image she was trying to shill.

    Campbell Brown had a surprisingly supportive stance on this:
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/22/campbell.brown.looks/index.html
  • auryn

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    Oct 23, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    styrgan said
    HndsmKansan saidYes, I had heard about the shopping spree, compliments of the RNC.
    I was going to say something, but thought I had said enough about the Palin governor yesterday. It will all be over when the voters have their say a week from Tuesday.

    I wonder what happens to the clothes? Will she keep them as a gift or recycle them for another?


    Kind of like how Jackie O used to trade in designer clothing for a Jag.

    Women amaze me!!


    Ya know, I have not problem with people like Cindy McCain or Jackie O that have the means to afford such luxuries. Most of the price of Cindy's much talked about outfit was jewelry, but the c**t (and no I don't have a problem with saying or spelling cunt, I'm just being nice to those of you that don't like seeing the word cunt, but don't forget, that's what her husband calls her) has money so she can spend it on what ever she wants. I just hope that IF America votes the wrong way and she gets in [God PLEASE! NOOOO!] that she'll spend her own money (even the salary that she'd be paid for the position is fine, just no more than that) or more Republican money on her extravagant wardrobe.

    I know McCain wants to make her famous for her earmarks, but come on.
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    Oct 23, 2008 9:42 PM GMT
    1969er saidTotally blows away her middle class, Joe Six Pack image she was trying to shill.

    Campbell Brown had a surprisingly supportive stance on this:
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/22/campbell.brown.looks/index.html


    Thanks! Great link, and I enjoy Campbell Brown.

    Barack Obama is now getting dinged over his $1500 suits by Hart, Shaffner & Marx. Now that's what I mostly wear, a mid-range label that tends to fit my average American build rather well. Ultra-expensive Euro stuff may be stunning, but I no longer fit into it. And $1500 is about right for a good-quality man's suit.

    Some years ago my late partner and I were shopping in the Galleria in Houston, and I tried on an Italian dinner jacket (tux). I've never had a jacket "snap" onto me like it did, and we both gasped at the perfection of the fit as it was, even though it was basted. It didn't need a single stitch changed.

    So he urged me to buy it. The jacket alone, without trousers, cost over $3000, and I refused. We had no trouble affording it, but something inside me said "It's wrong to spend this amount of money on something I'll only wear a few times a month." (I later bought a HS&M tux for less than half that, which I still wear)

    I have no problem with a gentleman, or a lady, buying moderate quality clothing to look presentable in public settings, whether in business or in politics. But luxury clothing is un-American in my view, and especially for a public official.

    Clothing can be symbolic, and spending $150,000 just to enhance your existing wardrobe suggests that either you were living in animal skins up in Alaska, or else you aren't remotely connected with the people you'd like to vote for you.