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Palin Outfits Cost RNC $150K

By Juliet Eilperin
The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 on clothing, accessories and makeup for GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her relatives since John McCain selected her as his running mate, according to federal election records.

The expenses at high-end department stores, first reported by Politico, included spending nearly $50,000 at Saks Fifth Avenue's New York and St. Louis outlets and more than $75,000 at a Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis. The tally also includes $4,716.49 on hair and makeup.

As Palin campaigns across the country on behalf of the GOP ticket, she has a makeup artist and a hair stylist who accompany her on her campaign plane. During the GOP convention, Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella said that the RNC bought clothing for Palin after her election because the Alaska governor did not have time to return home after McCain announced her selection in Dayton, Ohio, in late August.

Last night, Palin spokesman Tracey Schmitt issued the following statement on Palin's fashion expenses: "With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it's remarkable that we're spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses. It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign."

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What charity will be receiving those $8000 suits? Are the clients at Community Action agencies going to get their wardrobes upgraded?

Posted by: enchilada1 | October 23, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Given Gov Palin's sense of entitlement for others to support her children (hotel bills, airplane tickets, etc) I wonder how much of that $150,000 was used to dress up her children?

Posted by: enchilada1 | October 23, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Had she not accepted the new clothes and makeover I wonder which one of you Obamabots would have been the first to point out her $150.00 Carabou Barbie dress or her trailer trash pantsuit? What no outrage over the expenses on the Obama trail? $500 for dinner before the Alfred E. smith dinner? It's Sarah's no-win world. we just live in it.

Posted by: joe18 | October 23, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

re: Shop, Baby, Shop!

Posted by: HughBriss | October 22, 2008 1:03 PM |
....................
ROTFLMAO--definitely grist for SNL--as long as it doesn't include offshore shopping which I'm unalterably opposed to.

(Yeah, that's a prepositional ending--get over it)

Posted by: wotten1 | October 23, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Up North Girl
(Uptown Girl, Billy Joel)
WilliamBanzai7

Up North girl
Shes thinks she's livin in Joe Six Pack's world
But she spends it like a jet set girl
Until last month no one ever bought her pearls

Now their voting for an Up North girl
Shes been living in a trailer trash world
As long as anyone with hot blood can
And now shes running with a Neocon man
And she's wearin nothin but Louis Vuitton

And she knows just what
She wants from Saks and Bloomingdales
And when she wakes up
Shes already made up her mind

Shell see its not so tough
Just because she can't get enough
The RNC'c in love with an up North girl
You know they love her in her $150,000 uptown clothes
She'll never tire of her high class toys
And all her presents from all the GOP boys

Up North girl
You know we cant afford to buy her threads
But maybe someday when her ship goes out
Shell understand what kind of hypocrite she's been
And then we'll win

And when shes walking
Shes looking so politically refined
But when shes talking
Shes just one big political land mine

Up North girl
Shes an up North girl
You know those RNC slugs
they're in love
With an up North girl

Posted by: williambanzai7 | October 23, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I feel a little like Apostle Paul who said, "Don't give me any BS. I am a Roman Citizen who can take my case clear up to Caesar." And, he did.
I am a Republican who is still disgusted with the series of events in Y2K when the U. S. Supreme Court handed "W" the presidency. Instead of respecting the Democrat majority and uniting, he went headlong into Republican policies and appointments. He got us into a war in Iraq to take out Saddam H. and to prove that there were no WMD's. Those were accomplished, so, why are we still in Iraq? Talking heads and top Republicans say that to leave Iraq would be defeat. Why can't we say that we did what "W" said we were to do and bring the troops home?
Among the talking heads, Laura Ingraham had an isolated moment of truth and said that the Republicans have virtually handed victory in this election to the Democrats. Sarah Palin is drop dead cute, but her selection was a think tank decision made with the glands. And, if something cataclysmic happens in our country, I would feel safest if Presidents Carter, Clinton and candidate Mitt Romney were called upon to guide our nation.

Posted by: jhurley1 | October 23, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

SARAH FEEL'S PRETTY

(I Feel Pretty, West Side Story)

WilliamBanzai7


SARAH
I feel pretty,
Oh, so pretty,
I feel pretty and witty and even bright!
And I pity
Any trailer girl who isn't me tonight.

I feel charming,
Oh, so charming
It's alarming how charming I feel!
And so pretty
That I hardly can believe I'm real.

See the pretty hockey mom in that mirror there:
Who can that attractive mom be?
Such a pretty Vice Presidential face,
Such a pretty $5000 dress,
Such a pretty red lipsticked smile,
Such a pretty me!

I feel stunning
And entrancing,
Feel like running and dancing for joy,
For I'm loved
By a bunch of GOP red necked cowboys!

GIRLS
Have you met our good friend Sarah,
The craziest girl on Joe sixpacks block?
You'll know her the minute you see her,
She's the one who got a broken clock.

She thinks she's smart.
She thinks she's got a great campaign.
She isn't smart,
She's merely shopping McCain insane.

It must be the campaign heat
Or some rare hypocritical disease,
Or too much foies gras to eat
Or maybe it's media fleas.

Keep away from her,
Send for Gap Chinos!
This is not the
Sara we thought we knew!

SARAH
I feel pretty,
Oh, so pretty
That the District should give me its key.
A Senate committee
Should be organized to honor me.

GIRLS
La la la la . . .

SARAH
I feel dizzy,
I feel sunny,
I feel fizzy and funny and fine,
And so pretty,
That the Miss GOP title can be mine!

Posted by: williambanzai7 | October 22, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight. I am among millions who lost my job, I live in a county with a very high rate of unemployment, my unemployment check is $156 per week, (there are no jobs to be found), I eat with food stamps and Sarah Palin get $150,000.00 to spend on clothes. I guess the economy and what middle class Americans are going through are NOT the first thing on her mind!!!!

Posted by: Missmarilyn | October 22, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

$150.000 and she STILL looks like an overdressed hillbilly ...

Posted by: la-mute | October 22, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

re: ashirklpn | October 22, 2008 2:27 PM |

well, their mission is accomplished!

if you are scared by some manipulative, out of context and incorrect information (see how much of these unsubstantiated claims originate from Andy Martin who was depicted in NYT recently) of this highly biased piece, read the recent news in the post.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/21/AR2008102102477.html?referrer=emailarticle

mr not so smart, a self-proclaimed "indifferent student," hannity tried the same shenanigan with his meritless hannity's america.

this is how the rove model scare tactics operate. similar fear mongering was tapped many times before, of which its success led us into the present mess we are right now.

have you recently seen any yellow, orange etc alerts? because it was bogus and devised to keep us scared. now they moved into the cold-war scare mode which is "c" and "s" word. luckily, this generation of citizens are smarter and have more access to reliable information.

i hope people are now more informed about the tactics of these ideologues. sadly to say some people will go extremes to exploit unsuspecting people's fears. do the people who support sen obama look like they would be endorsing a socialist take over of america? yeh scary, buffet and gen powell are cahooting to make revolutionary take over of this country for dictatorship!

common guys, we are smarter than these pinheads think we are.

sorry mr baxter, it won't work - you are 50 years too late.....

Posted by: atezcan | October 22, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

As Fernando would say, "you look marvelous!" ...now if we could something about your apparent intelligence.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | October 22, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post used to be a really great newspaper. It turned itself into the "Daily Enquirer" with its in depth coverage of trivia and its extreme partisan political "journalism". As an Independent, and a long time reader of
this paper, I totally question anything that appears in this rag. Also, from reading the postings on this site, I have to say that the mentality of its current readership has also seriously diminshed.

Posted by: depoulins | October 22, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

ashirklpn,

You gave yourself away when you said you were "scared". We all know that fear is the main tactic of the Republicans. Go away!

Posted by: 1freethinker1 | October 22, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

SHE'S A CELEBRITY! what do expect!

You know how those Republican men LIKE bright shiny objects!

PALIN=BUSH IN A SKIRT (no pun or sexism intended)

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

So if Palin spent $75,000 at Needless Markup does that make her an "elite"? And is this the type of shopping we do in "real America"?

Posted by: rblack2 | October 22, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

ATTENTION AMERICA: I AM A NURSE, MOTHER, WIFE, VERY SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND I ONLY WANT THE TRUTH. PLEASE WATCH THIS CLIP AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK... I AM SCARED!http://www.eyeblast.tv/Public/Video.aspx?rsrcID=2036

Posted by: ashirklpn | October 22, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Unbelieveable!! I can go with dressing for success...but $150K for clothes. Not to mention for her husband and kids. At a time when folks having it hard to feed their family, stay warm/cool and dry and hold on to there life savings...what a selfish act on the Republicans side. McCain why didn't you get out your red veto pen and veto that pork spending. Seems like the pot calling the kettle black.

Posted by: the_mitchellville_1 | October 22, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

re: dan3 | October 22, 2008 12:48 PM

really?

so does that endorsement mean that no al-qaida attack if obama wins?

phew, i thought they were waiting for inexperienced obama to win so our country would be weak - of course this economic downfall did not make it ever more vulnerable. ya betcha, our enemies are laughing their lungs out how we caused more harm to ourselves than they could muster up.

well, i hope your sources are good because that alone is good to vote for obama...

Posted by: atezcan | October 22, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Who is paying for the angry, weird Michelle Obama's outfits and how much has she spent on clothing and stylists?

We already know from a NYT article that the Obama camp has spent money on a coach to make Michelle Obama appear like a normal person.

After coaching, Michelle has dropped the "America is a downright mean country" and "never really been froud of my country" talk.

Posted by: mehuwss | October 22, 2008
----------------
We don't know if the DNC paid for Michelle's clothes but we DO know that the RNC paid for Idiot Palin's clothes.

Maybe you should tell your buddy Palin to go to school to learn the constitution. She is obviously clueless on what the VP does. What an airhead. At least Michelle Obama doesn't blatenly give off those vibes. Palin is a waste. She should never have been picked for VP. That will be the one factor that will ensure that McLame loses.

Nice try mehuwss to save Missy Palin. She still is a LOSER!

Posted by: Classic60 | October 22, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

C'mon folks, this was just part bail-out of Saks Fifth Avenue, Neimann Marcus, and Macys. Joe the Plumber will understand.

Posted by: IpiTombi | October 22, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

all the while talking about fiscal responsibility!

i don't think i have spent 150k total for appearance in 47 years of my life - and yes, i belong to the bracket that earns more than 250k per year. having a total makeover for appeal is one thing but spending 150k to get there?

well, i thought gov palin's executive experience was more important than how she looked.

perhaps these are still legitimate expenses to get those people's votes who care as much for the looks as the crumbling economy - or more.

when we cannot afford the high society life ourselves (as we did for so long thanks to made in china goods), we might as well watch it done as a reality show....

Posted by: atezcan | October 22, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

This makes John Edwards' $400 haircut look trivial, you betcha!

Posted by: pierredubois | October 22, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Charitable purposes?

So, what, the RNC/Palin are going to donate $1,000 blouses to the Salvation Army? If you believe that then I cry for you. I really do.

Have any of you been inside of a Saks, btw? I was in there a couple times and oh boy. I think it was the worst sticker shock I'd ever seen. Nice clothes but just ridiculous prices. Not that I intended to buy anything there. :)

Posted by: hijikatatoshizo | October 22, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Shop, Baby, Shop!

Posted by: HughBriss | October 22, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Yonkers,New York
22 October 2008

Who can believe that the reason Sarah Palin had to use $150,000 of Republican National Committee funds to buy herself clothes and accessories at high-end Saks Fifth Avenue and Neimann Marcus, as well as to have her hair and nails done, because she had no time to go back to Alaska after John McCain picked her his running mate?

Give me a break!

The more likely explanation which could prove closer to the truth is that Palin saw her opportunity to buy all that stuff not using her own money--and seized it without missing a beat.

Note that in Alaska, as governor, she had gotten into the habit of freely dipping into taxpayer money--such as paying for the travel and hotel expenses of her children! Her husband, too?

It is clear that Sarah Palin is incapable to dropping that very bad habit.

Mariano Patalinjug
MarPatalinjug@aol.com

Posted by: MPatalinjug | October 22, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

150k? Her personal shopper should be fired because she still looks tasteless.

Posted by: marSF | October 22, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain and his 8 houses, Palin and her $150,000 worth of clothes, makeup and hairdressing, the Republicans without any black folk or other people of color in their party, McCain living off his wifes money, the campaign borrowing fromt the Republican party coffers. Did I miss anything. And these people are called loyal Americans who want to solve the problems of the disappearing middle class? These people understand the sorrows of being dispossessed from your house? These are the people that we should entrust with our faith and confidence? These are the people who are going to look after raising our salaries? These are the people so concerned about change? These are the people who dont think Obama is experienced enough to change Washington? These are the best people the Republican Party could find to lift the US out of recession? These are the best and the brightest Republicans to save our democracy? These are the best we can do?

Tony Gillotte
Vacaville, CA

Posted by: gillotte43 | October 22, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

YOU CAN TAKE THE GIRL OUT OF THE COUNTRY...

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | October 22, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Palin is trying to help us avoid a recession. Like her answer to the energy crisis (drill baby drill), her answer to the the recession is spend baby spend. Hey, wasn't that George Bushes response to economic issues shortly after 9/11. Do we really need 4 more years of the SOS (same old sh1t)?

Posted by: YUTZ | October 22, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Who is paying for the angry, weird Michelle Obama's outfits and how much has she spent on clothing and stylists?

We already know from a NYT article that the Obama camp has spent money on a coach to make Michelle Obama appear like a normal person.

After coaching, Michelle has dropped the "America is a downright mean country" and "never really been froud of my country" talk.

Posted by: mehuwss | October 22, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Buck up GOP failures, at least you got an endorsement today............from AL-QAIDA!!!!!

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAA

Posted by: dan3 | October 22, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately people in general vote for brain not outfits, unless it’s fashion show.

Posted by: Mike79 | October 22, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I think the McCain's should have paid for the clothes. It was a last minute decision by John McCain. He had months to make that decision and need not have waited.

Posted by: YUTZ | October 22, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain took public funding, so essentially, taxpayers footing the bill for this wardrobe.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | October 22, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, they can dress her up but she will still be who she is, an unqualified candidate.
I am tired of how the campaign keeps repeating that she is one of us.

How many of you from the average Joe and Jane crowd shop at Nieman Marcus or SAKs of New York? How many any of you, have all your families clothing needs paid for by some political party?

How many of you have all your expenses by by donations: given to the GOP to support a candidate? $150,000 is a lot of money to have spent on the Palin family.
Heaven knows, the cost for travel, lodging and meals for the whole family. But then, Palin, is used to this. I have read that she billed the people of Wasilla and Alaska for all her trips which were highly questionable. Trips to raise donations for her religious interests.
She is highly corruptable.
I tell you this, she has aquired
a 2 million dollar estate from her time in office and that is amazing since, their tax reports, do not show an income to make this possible.
It is almost over I am hopeful people will not sweep her and her family, in with McCain, the good old boy of Washington.

The monies spent on the Palin family would have been better donated to the
Downs foundation or to help families with Down syndrome children.

McCain is no maverick now, he might have been when he was young, but now, he is desparate to win, it is his last chance, so he will do and say anything.
Even Republicans cannot figure him out,he changes with the wind.
He is for the Rich no doubt about it.
So if you want more of what is happening on Wall street just let him finish the job.
I am sure McCain and the part of the GOP that is pushing him, will be glad to take up, where Bush leaves off.
Apparently, 8 years and a recession is not enough.
The GOP part of the Republican Party wants to continue to follow the Bush Doctrine of Preventive war so McCain will just keep invading until we are totally bankrupt trying to fight wars everywhere.

People don't ask the most fundamental questions like, how many wars can we afford?
It would be different if someone was attacking us but we are attacking others.

Bin Ladin is still free and he probably had no idea we would destroy ourselves, after his one attempt to hurt the US.

Thanks to Bush/ Cheney and the Neo cons that influenced Bush's doctrine.
The truth is our government lied to us to gain a foothold in the Middle East and it has failed, miserably.

Palin and McCain is Just more of the same.
The Republicans had there chance.
THEY BLEW IT. No Palin No McCain

Posted by: crich520 | October 22, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

What was that she was saying about redistribution of wealth?

Posted by: suekzoo1 | October 22, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

COME ON pgr88!

Palin gives GOOD gaffe!

(Much better than Joe Biden.)

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

They paid full retail?

Real American's can't afford to do that anymore.

Palin has just discovered why the rich needed their massive tax cut and I think she likes it.

Posted by: KHMJr | October 22, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

As predicted by Mr. Gaffe Joe Biden, Every dictator in the world is waiting for the neophyte and "let's hug it out" Obama to come to office.

Unfortunately, Obama will not be able to vote "present" as he usually does.

Why don't we focus on Joe Biden's comments instead of Sarah's glasses?

Posted by: pgr88 | October 22, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Silversprings25: With all your education and extensive research and traveling, If you do not have Bill Gates and Warren Buffet finances then maybe you need to get otu of your wife's basement and quit being an under achiever. How dare you think because you have a college education that you can blog about other bloggers credentials. Maybe you were the only student in clas or maybe you taught yourself you self rightous prick.

Posted by: ddbubbapa | October 22, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Is the next article going to be on how much Michelle Obama spends having her hair straightened?

Just wondering.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 22, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

dbubbapa posted: "Cograts Flavio, you just graduated from Head Start. Valadictorian I do believe."

Thanks. Now I'm off to get my Plumber's License so I could make more than $250,000/yr so I could donate it to the RNC to pay for te Veep's wardrobe

WAIT! That's right! I don't need a plumber's license.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

trailer trash.

Posted by: ronaldtennillegeorgia1 | October 22, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Cindy better watch out. The guy is capable is dumping wives. Why did Johnny boy get so much expensive dress for SHALLOW PALIN?

Posted by: nri1998 | October 22, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

As we are finding out, the RNC has spent more than $150,000 on clothes and accessories for Palin and her family!

Palin wears expensive designer clothes on the campaign trail now, while lecturing "Real-America" values to voters who are struggling with basic needs of their families while wearing expensive designer cloths that cost more than the yearly earnings of 90% of the population. If this is not hypocrisy, I don’t know what it is. It’s patronizing! "Real America" can't afford 150K wardrobe!

Spending records filed with the Federal Election Commission show the RNC paid for "campaign accessories" from upscale department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, where nearly $50,000 was spent, Neiman Marcus, $75,000, and $4,700 for hair and makeup.

The problem with this for the campaign, at a time when everyone is cutting back on their own spending, they see a candidate looking extravagant.

Posted by: VAFormerGOP | October 22, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

partysandWITCH --

Gee, it must be wonderful to be perfect, like you.

And I'll bet you're just like Sarah Palin, too -- a loud-mouthed bully who insists on prescribing and proscribing how everyone else should live. Just the kind of dreadful creature I can't wait to get away from at the craft & hobby stores.

You were probably chosen as school hall monitor every year you were in the third grade, too, huh?

No wonder you're voting for the same miserable policies that got us into the mess we're in today.

Posted by: thesuperclasssux | October 22, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The cost for women's makeup is insane. The skin care items and makeup are far more costly than for men. The hair and makeup costs I can understand, especially when you throw on the cost of a celebrity stylist.

The clothing cost is excessive - she didn't need to wear Valentino or carry Louis Vuitton bags.

Posted by: Charlene-K | October 22, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sdecker

In fact, that whole Oz thing might be the perfect Halloween theme for the McCain camp. McCain as the Wiz. Cindy as the Wicked Witch of the East. Sarah as Dorothy. Todd as the Cowardly Lion. Rove as the Tin Man (which is perfect, because the man already has no heart!). That just leaves the guy that doesn't have a brain. I guess we'll give that part to whichever numbskull picked Palin as the VP candidate!

***************************************

ROTFL!!

Posted by: 1freethinker1 | October 22, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The wonder of the internet- badly educated people who only read blogs written by other badly people write nonsense and copy lies that they think people like me will believe. Unlike you and your "heroine" Sarah, I not only went to college and graduate school(2 degrees- 2 colleges- 5 years), I traveled, I continued to study and read(books- ever seen one of those?). And my parents didn't support me(and I'm not writing from my computer in my parents' basement where I am sure some of you are right now). Your dishonest silly rantings and your idolization of this woman are pathetic. I suggest you get off your computer and go to the library and pick out a book- any book- and read. Maybe take a class-pay attention and listen to the teacher- and learn to respect education and honesty.

Posted by: silverspring25 | October 22, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she will auction off her clothes at the end of the campaign to raise money for her buddy Joe the Plumber so he can buy the hypothetical plumbing business he claims the government is preventing him from buying.

$150k is more than most americans including my own annual salary. It is excessive. It also begs the question - why can't she buy her own clothes?

Posted by: del3 | October 22, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote: "McCain was not "last" in his class at Annapolis."

Oh right. He was 6th from last (class rank 894 of 899). Thanks for pointing out that important distinction.

Posted by: bevjims1 | October 22, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Sewell, you are probably right, but what makes this stink is the hippocritical tone of the Republicans. How can anyone justify spending $150,000.00 tax payer dollars on a Candidate and her family and then turn around in front of thousands of people and laugh at another candidate for wanting to boost the nations economy by "spreading the wealth" around? Thats the hipocracy in this.

Posted by: ddbubbapa | October 22, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Who needs socialism? Why don't we all run for office as a Republican and get Joe the Plumber to send us his grocery money so we can shop at Saks Fifth Avenue because we've spouted "Country First" and made him so afraid of Barrak HUSSEIN that he believes Obama is Osama, a Muslim, terrorist, socialist devil bent on teaching sex education to kindergarteners.

Posted by: SarahBB | October 22, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

petrarca1, this was RNC money, not taxpayer funds.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 22, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

And of course, 150,000 of taxpayers dollars since John "Guns" McCain is on Federal Money.
Good example.

Posted by: petrarca1 | October 22, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

NotoriusFlavio, The idiot already has his finger on the RNC finances. Cograts Flavio, you just graduated from Head Start. Valadictorian I do believe.

Posted by: ddbubbapa | October 22, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Makes John Edwards' $400 seem like a bargain, doesn't it?

Please, Ms. Palin, no more talk about Jane Six-Pack. Your rank hypocrisy is on display now for the world to see. You just spent three times my annual salary on clothes, makeup ad your hair.

What I find funniest is that these expensive threads were bought in New York City, that hotbed of liberals who hate America. Do most people in the "real America" shop at Saks Fifth Avenue?

Posted by: lpm123 | October 22, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a big fan of Sarah Palin, but $150 per day to have hair and makeup professionally tended while making a large number of potentially-televised campaign appearances doesn't actually seem all that unreasonable, especially given that some travel is presumably involved for the hair/makeup folks. While it doesn't rise to the level of an urgent national spending priority, I'm not sure that it deserves all of the moral disapprobation being piled up.

Posted by: bobsewell | October 22, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

pgr88 eructated: "WaPo and the Left really have a hard=0n for Sarah Palin!...

Kindegarten is in session:

It' because we don't want an idiot's finger on the "RED BUTTON".

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I believe Michelle Obama is very fashionable, and doesn't spend anywhere near this amount of money on her wardrobe. In fact, if memory serves correctly, she has been known to shop at regular mall stores.

And I do also remember an appearance by the Obamas on Access Hollywood where Michelle and the girls teased Barack Obama for wearing the same old pants, belt and shoes for years:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvxk3st-p_I

Posted by: kmcnyasha | October 22, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy of the GOP knows no bounds. Now we have the Wonder of Wasilla using 150 thousand of taxpayer dollars sent to the McCain campaign to buy a wardrobe for the would-be vice president.

Of course people are outraged over this. We are shopping in K-Mart and Target while Sarah Palin goes on a spree in Neiman Marcus. How tone-deaf can the Republicans be?

Maybe if Palin got out of her Rovian cocoon and spent a little more time in the "pro-America" parts of the country she would know how the rest of us live.

Debased and debauched is the only way to describe the Republican party under Bush and McCain.

Obama is right on tax policy, right on health care, right on international policy, right on the insane war in Iraq, and right on how to deal with this dreadful economic downturn.

McCain and the high-spending Ms. Palin just. do. not. get. it.

Posted by: dee5 | October 22, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

PartySandwich spewed: "[about $150K/per month wardrobe. This is nothing new and it is not wrong.

PartySandwich,PartySandwich,PartySandwich. Tisk, tisk, tisk.

Ya see! That apathetic attitude has landed our country in the hole we're in.

Wake up and smell the reality.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember the fuss over John Edwards' $400 haircut (which he paid for himself)? Compared to Palin, he seems to have gotten a bargain. I hope all those posters who are saying this should not be covered by the Post said the same thing about Edwards' far more modest expenditure.

Posted by: polprof | October 22, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

WaPo and the Left really have a hard=0n for Sarah Palin!

Pricing her clothes, smearing her baby and daughter, stealing the garbage from her home, raiding her e-mails, creating lies about her husband and other women, "investigating" her son-in-laws hockey statistics, etc...

Is this really supposed to make us vote for Obama?

Posted by: pgr88 | October 22, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

JohnD:

Only Vice President Palin can answer that. How comfortable would she be presiding every day. Ted Stevens was very comfortable doing so. Other Vice Presidents have done more than just cast tie breaking votes.

bevjim:

McCain was not "last" in his class at Annapolis.

Posted by: JakeD | October 22, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

My My My, seems as if Mrs. Palin is an elitist after all. How hippocritical. But some how you people who support her will find a reason to blame Obama or use him as an excuse to justify $150,000.00 for the clothing to her and her family. You laugh at Barack for wanting to "spread the wealth around" but I guess its ok for you rich people to donate that type of money for show and glow when most americans are just trying to survive in this crisis. Republicans want credibility for their party and yet they do things like this. PAY ATTENTION TO THE MESSAGE BEING SENT INDEPENDANTS.

Posted by: ddbubbapa | October 22, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Right on, Chico13! ("The beauty of [this story] is that it didn't cost Obama a dime. And it cost you saps $150,000.") I hadn't even thought of it in those terms.

Posted by: sdecker | October 22, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Hate to break it to you Repugs, but this article is not a waste of time nor is it just here on The Washington Post site. It's now a national byline and it's helping shape perception across the country painting the McCain campaign as a bunch of hypocrites. The beauty of it is that it didn't cost Obama a dime. And it cost you saps $150,000

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 22, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

NObama.....You like to label people 'adulterers'. Here's a good article for you and everyone else to read: www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1024927/The-wife-John-McCain-callously-left-behind.html
I was leaning toward McCain, with ambivilance until I read this article. Go see what Ross Perrot says and then get back to me.

Posted by: BakedAlaska1 | October 22, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I think this shows very well the Republicans fiscal prudence. After the election think how much money will be made by auctioning the clothes. Just the money to be made when Rush Limbaugh buys her undergarments will cover it all.

Posted by: mikemclennan | October 22, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Okay. Let me get this straight. Caribou Barbie is spending $150,000 on hair, makeup, clothing, and shoes? Why doesn't she just give that amount to Joe the Plumber so that he can make a big down payment and buy for $250,000 a business that's worth only $100,000? Wouldn't that show genuine concern for the middle class? Or is Joe supposed to run for public office as a reformer and then squeeze as much as he can out of it?
Republican spending gives me a headache and a huge pain where my wallet used to be.
And SARAH PALIN? Daggone, McCain, what were you thinking?

Posted by: jlhare1 | October 22, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

$150,000 for Palin's clothes = AIG's $447,000 spa junket

Those who indulge in gross acts of gluttony before a desperate and near bankrupt nation epitomize elitism and callousness.

Palin spent $150,000 for clothes, accessories, hair, and make-up in 7 weeks! Good god, Palin and her family live more like the Crown Prince and his family, than the Hockey Mom and Joe Six Pack she claims to be. Palin took the "Queen" part of "Beauty Queen" seriously.

$4,716.49 for hair and make-up in one month! That's about 2 months worth of mortgage payments on our home in Florida. We knew our house in Florida lost tremendous equity and value during this housing crisis, but we didn't realize our home's value was reduced to the cost of a haircut and make-up job!

If times were prosperous for Americans, we would probably drop this news in a footnote. But Palin went on her extravagant shopping sprees as Americans lost more than $2 trillion in retirement savings; at a time when our government forced us to pay $850 billion in Wall Street bailouts and earmark pork projects; and after the announcement that the nearly one million jobs already lost to Americans this year, thousand more job cuts are on the horizon. American are in crisis and Palin goes on an ostentatious spending spree at Neiman Marcus. Even in prosperous times, the vast majority of Americans can't afford to shop at Neiman's.

$150,000 for Palin's clothes = unemployment benefits for 728 Americans in Ohio

$150,000 for Palin's clothes = median annual income of 3 American households

$150,000 for Palin's clothes = median house price of a home in Ohio

$150,000 for Palin's clothes = 10 Ford Focus or 7 new Ford Fusions or 6 Chevy Malibus

How in god's name does a woman spend the equivalent of 10 brand new cars on clothes, accessories, hairstyling, and make-up while her country collapses?

Posted by: jandcgall1 | October 22, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The GOP front woman (Palin) gets all the frills and trappings of a first class lifestyle, while working mothers and grandmothers have been forced to tighten their belts, and not necessarily get to buy new clothes this season. What a waste of money, during this time of economic downswing, the Palin's should be ashamed for taking this money, and also the money of hardworking Alaskans (they have been sucking up state funds) for their own personal expenses.

Posted by: jmr862003 | October 22, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

What a STUPID story.

Posted by: failsafe | October 22, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

1freethinker1: I never thought of it that way, but McCain as the Wizard of Oz is the perfect anology! Come to think of it, I have never seen the two of them together at the same time. ... Hmmmmm?

In fact, that whole Oz thing might be the perfect Halloween theme for the McCain camp. McCain as the Wiz. Cindy as the Wicked Witch of the East. Sarah as Dorothy. Todd as the Cowardly Lion. Rove as the Tin Man (which is perfect, because the man already has no heart!). That just leaves the guy that doesn't have a brain. I guess we'll give that part to whichever numbskull picked Palin as the VP candidate!

Posted by: sdecker | October 22, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

This article is absolutely a waste of time.

Sarah Palin would be criticized if she appeared in public looking tacky. Support her or not, she has looked very classy at all times.

Yes, I have donated many dollars to the campaign, and I feel NO regret that money was spent on her and her family's clothing.

Win or lose, it was MY CHOICE to give the money putting it into their hands to spend it as they saw fit. No qualms about it.

Don't kid yourselves, both parties will spend money on these things. This is nothing new and it is not wrong.

To the Washington Post, if you'd like to report on money being spent, why don't compare percentage wise of income, how much money each presidential and vice presidential candidate has spent on charity in the last five years. THAT would be a lot more telling.

Posted by: PartySandwich | October 22, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

They wanted to dress her up to look attractive. They didn't spend enough. You put lipstick on a fool you still have a fool.

How much would they need to spend to dress up McCain? How much to wake him up to what's going on with the economy?

Posted by: AbolhassanBaniSadr | October 22, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I thought Palin was dressing more like Cindy McCain, than the Governor of Alaska who earns $130,000 a year.

Really look at the short/fitted RED leather jacket Palin was wearing recently and compare that to the short/fitted leather jackets Cindy McCain has worn since January 2008. I've seen Cindy in black, red, and purple leather jackets.

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 22, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

PartySandwich:

I like you already. If you were McCain's VP pick, then he'd have a chance.

If more Republicans were like you, our country would have been better off the past eight years. Unfortunately the vast majority of Republicans aren't like you.

You sound like a democrat actually. Unless, of course, everything you said was a lie. But Republicans don't fabricate.

Hmmmm.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how much the RNC paid to slap that rock on Bristol's finger in time for the convention?

Posted by: eed017 | October 22, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

NObama is correct. If you haven't donated to the RNC it's not an issue. But the perception this casts on McCain/Palin is priceless. Obama couldn't be happier with the way the neo-cons have run this campaign. They've shot themselves in the foot at every conceivable turn.

If you look at the polls the biggest negative draw on McCain's campaign has been Sarah Palin. So the facists can dress her up in all the $5000 suits they want. She's still an anchor around McCain's neck.

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 22, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

tinyjab40 posted: "I guess the thing that bothers me is that Sarah shopped at Saks Fifth Avenue and the like at a time when ordinary people have lost homes, jobs, pensions, health care, and retirement funds. I might have felt better if Sarah Palin had bought her clothes at Dillard's or Macy's."

I think you hit the nail on the head, tinyjab40! The backlash from Couturegate is that the "everywoman" facade that the McCain camp tried to create for her -- the one that was supposed to make every woman in America rush to the polls on November 4 and pull the lever for Sarah Palin -- has now been exposed to be just that: a tissue-thin facade that shows what the McCain-Palin campaign is all about. Supporting the rich by buying at stores that cater to the rich. What gets me is that Sarah and Todd Palin earned $170,000 last year. That's a whole lot more than most Americans earn. With that $170,000 income, plus all the things that the State of Alaska pays for on the Palins' behalf, she had plenty of her own money to buy clothing. It is utterly nonsensical that she could not have worn her own clothing, with perhaps a few additions from moderately-priced department stores. Perhaps the answer here lies in the fact that the McCains themselves are wealthy beyond the dreams of most Americans. Forcing the Palins to stand onstage with Cindy and John McCain in anything less than high-end designer clothing was, I'm sure, not even a consideration for the McCain-Palin campaign.

Posted by: sdecker | October 22, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I like her wardrobe - the boots are really cute. Maybe next year she can be a guest judge on Project Runway.

Posted by: SwingStateCindy | October 22, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

sdecker, you said it. McCain reminds me of the Wizard of Oz. The whole "maverick, reformer" image is just a bunch of smoke and mirrors. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!!

Posted by: 1freethinker1 | October 22, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

NOBAMA spewed: " if he's elected on 11/4...soon America will realize what a grave mistake they have made

Now is that the "Real-American", the "PRO-America", the "non-anti-America" or just southern Virginia?

Lemmings? I've been using Limbaugh Lemmings for a while now.

You see Liberal think for themselves. Conservadrones (such as yourself) rely of FOX News and reich-wing-extremist radio do to the thinking for you. Case in point: all your very unoriginal posts that aren't only regurgitations of right-wing talking points, they're not even funny.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Adrienne....

I am not tax-phobic. I gladly pay a boat-load in taxes.

I am not selfish. I give generously of my time and money.

I am not a religious-hypocrite. I live by the bible and love EVERYONE.

I am not mean-spirited. I never call names, pick fights, or act ugly towards others.

I am not hateful. see all of the above.

I am not sexually repressed. Ask my husband.

I am not anal retentive. I think you might have that turned around. Since democrats want to tell ME that I can afford to give more.

I am not self-righteous. I believe that I can make mistakes, just as you can.

I AM voting republican, and I'm not even a redneck!

hmmm.

Posted by: PartySandwich | October 22, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Nobama:

Since you laughably fear the worst, you are setting yourself up to be pleasantly surprised come November.

Is that your tactic? Or does the drivel just come naturally to you?

Posted by: AlaskaMelts | October 22, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

adrienne_najjar - you forgot hegemonic, clueless, condescending ... oh who are we kidding? The list goes on and on!

Posted by: 1freethinker1 | October 22, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

sdecker gets it. Post of the day!

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 22, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, these Republicans are just the people we need to balance the budget.

Posted by: TheDukeStir1 | October 22, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

All this fuss about how much the RNC has spent on Sarah Palin's wardrobe...
Posted by: NObama | October 22, 2008 11:02 AM
I know, all this fuss really is unfair, isn't it? Especially after all the time the media spent blithering about John Edwards' $400 haircut. So unfair.
Posted by: tellthetruth01
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the difference is, our tax dollars were going for the adulterer's haircuts (and who knows what else - can we say "hush money")...

I think $150,000 for clothes is ridiculous myself...but unless you have donated to the RNC or McCain's campaign (and my guess is you haven't)...then it's not an issue

Posted by: NObama | October 22, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

nursehope posted: "[Palin] decorated her office to look like a brothel"

What ya mean "look like"?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The problem with this entire controversy is:

1) It brings the economy back into focus in a way that very pointedly works against McCain. In a time when every American is thinking about his/her long-term economic well-being and how to just survive the current economic crisis, and most of us are trying to figure out ways to cut back on expenses so that we can continue to save money AND pay our bills, $150,000 in clothes made by some of the world's top designers is a luxury that 95% of Americans absolutely cannot afford.

2) It turns the McCain-Palin argument of Republicans being for the average American into a punch line. How many average Americans shop at stores like Neiman-Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue? Very few!

3) It makes Sarah Palin look greedy. Why couldn't she shop at more moderately-priced department stores, such as Macy's, Nordstrom, J.C. Penney's, Sears? Does Sarah Palin suddenly feel entitled to wear outrageously expensive European couture clothing? (Speaking of which: Why isn't Governor Palin concerned with buying American? Does that make Governor Palin anti-American?)

4) It completely destroys the "maverick" facade that both McCain and Palin were striving for. Spoiled, over-indulged elitists are never mavericks. (When this story broke this morning, the first thing I thought of is the mattress commercial with the potato chip heiress lounging around in her daddy's fabulous mansion!)

5) It once again makes the McCain campaign appear completely disorganized and out of touch. Sarah Palin didn't have time to go back home and get her own clothes? Has the McCain campaign ever heard of FedEx? They could have overnighted the entire contents of Sarah Palin's wardrobe for 1/1000th of the cost of the Saks/NM outfits!

Having said all that, I do agree that the McCain campaign couldn't very well send Palin out onto the national stage wearing those windbreakers that she sported so frequently before her VP selection. However, that doesn't mean that she had to go from windbreaker to Valentino in a heartbeat!

Posted by: sdecker | October 22, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Joe the P should take a look at what is important. When was the last time his family got 150K to spend on his families clothing? Ans. NEVER! But the RNC can foot out your donations to Palin and her family so they can go out on a Saks shopping spree.
No wonder she said she has nothing to lose if they don't win the election. She comes away with a clothing give away. Better than a TV Bob Barker show.

Posted by: beachbum1938 | October 22, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

All this fuss about how much the RNC has spent on Sarah Palin's wardrobe...
Posted by: NObama | October 22, 2008 11:02 AM
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I know, all this fuss really is unfair, isn't it? Especially after all the time the media spent blithering about John Edwards' $400 haircut. So unfair.

Posted by: tellthetruth01 | October 22, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"Nobama, you're so clever. Did you make that up yourself? Oh, that's right, the people who think for you sent you that along with millions of other McSamebots that can't think for themselves. Posted by: xconservative |

I'm quite capable of thinking for myself, thank you..unlike lemmings like you who follow Obuhmuh's chants of "hope and change"...

But you're right...Obuhmuh is not merely an "empty suit". He's far too dangerous to be classified as that. And if he's elected on 11/4...soon America will realize what a grave mistake they have made. But by then it will be too late, because it will probably be illegal to disagree with "the one"

Posted by: NObama | October 22, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Palin spent $50,000 to redecorate her office to look like a brothel. That's a true Conservative!

Posted by: nursehope | October 22, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I didn't spend $150,000 even on my college education. What a b!tch.

Posted by: vmunikoti | October 22, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

This lady is a joke every time I read something about her. What was McCain thinking?

Posted by: mofares | October 22, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

To me it doesn't seem unreasonable that the GOP should clothe Sarah Palin and her family for the campaign trail. She is surely not as rich as Cindy McCain (who wore a $300,000 outfit at the convention). I guess the thing that bothers me is that Sarah shopped at Saks Fifth Avenue and the like at a time when ordinary people have lost homes, jobs, pensions, health care, and retirement funds. I might have felt better if Sarah Palin had bought her clothes at Dillard's or Macy's.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | October 22, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

SherryKay2004 - Remember this quote because it pertains directly to you.

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." - Abe Lincoln

Posted by: 1freethinker1 | October 22, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

attucks --

aspergirl is a charter memer of the Clintonista Dead-Enders Club -- so, go figure. This is her lame attempt to cheerlead for Team Palin-McSame: pushing the how-dare-you-attack-any-woman angle.

Of course, by defending the expenditure of $150K on clothes, as being "important" to a woman, aspergirl sets herself up to be the arbiter of womens' values -- what arrogance! Hey, aspergirl! I'll bet you were school hall monitor every year you were in the third grade, right?

I only hope she contributed a shiitload of money to the Palin-McSame campaign, so it could be frittered away like this!

Posted by: thesuperclasssux | October 22, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The new mayor of Wasilla was recently interviewed. She said she was qualified to be President too based on her experience as Mayor. When asked what she does as Mayor, she could barely think of anything then said she held a staff meeting on Monday and signed checks on Thursday. She also stated she didn't control any major services like fire department or schools. This was the experience that Palin bragged about having to make her qualified to become Governor and then President. It's laughable....and delusional!

Posted by: nursehope | October 22, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

SherryKay, I have to congratulate you. That was the best stream-of-consciousness, foaming-at-the-mouth rant I've read in weeks...

Posted by: jerkhoff | October 22, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

"It's clear that a McCain/Palin administration would dig us deeper into the black hole that George W. has dug us into."

Come on. Give Bush some credit. He set a very high standard for failure, one that cannot be easily topped. Now, if McCain were to die, and Palin were president, then she might be able to pull it off. McCain cannot out-Bush Bush on his own.

Posted by: billy8 | October 22, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: NObama - Look at how much the DNC has spent on ONE EMPTY SUIT...the one named Barack
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Nobama, you're so clever. Did you make that up yourself? Oh, that's right, the people who think for you sent you that along with millions of other McSamebots that can't think for themselves. I guess you have mastered the art of copy and paste while on break from your job as head slurpee maker at the quickie mart. You'd better run, those slurpees don't make themselves!


Posted by: xconservative | October 22, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how many years salary $150,000 is for some people. Sarah Shame ?

Posted by: adevine1 | October 22, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

$150,000 for outfits?

WTF !?

Posted by: free-donny | October 22, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

What makes the $150k figure important is the amount of time the media spent talking about John Edwards' $400 haircut, the fact that Sarah Palin's time as governor has been riddled with investigations into abuse of power, and that the McCain/Palin ticket keeps making false, hypocritical attacks against supposed Democratic elitism, because they can't make an honest argument for why John McCain would make a better president. It's clear that a McCain/Palin administration would dig us deeper into the black hole that George W. has dug us into.

Posted by: johnc_80 | October 22, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

All this fuss about how much the RNC has spent on Sarah Palin's wardrobe...

Look at how much the DNC has spent on ONE EMPTY SUIT...the one named Barack

Posted by: NObama | October 22, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

SherryKay2004 wrote: "Oh okay I know I was a bit "typical white female catty" here,but does Amercia really want a Marxist/Socialist Democrat/Communist
Sympathizer Liberal Looney Toons Fraudlent
Messiah Barak Hussein Obama and his black
power fanatic white folks hater wife the
hateful Michelle Obama and an old has been
know it all loud mouth phony Joe Biden and
Discredited WMD Liar Failure Sec of State
and Failed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs,
Affirmative Action Army General Colin Powell and Mad Madame Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Running the Show?"

Its gotta be better than Bush/Cheney! And better than Wimp'Cain and Pretty Palin. As for Joe the plumber, well, I know a plumber, that plumber is my friend, and Joe is no plumber. He doesn't even have a license. So in your world you want a president who was last in his class at Annapolis but thanks to family and friends is so wealthy he has no idea how many houses he owns. You want a VP who does not know what the duties of the VP are. You want a Sec. of State who is not licensed to do the work he says is his primary source of income. My oh my how far down the bucket the republicans are scraping. Do you and other republicans who are supporting this ticket know how silly you sound?

Posted by: bevjims1 | October 22, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

People who vote republican fall into one or more of the following categories:

1. homophobic
2. tax-phobic
3. selfish
4. religious hypocrites
5. mean spirited
6. hateful
7. sexually repressed
8. anal retentive
9. self-righteous

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | October 22, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

SherryKay2004 spewed [ A LOT OF NASTY SPEW]

You're letting your true conservadrone colors shine through!

And that would be YELLOW. You coward!

You "people" (and I use that term loosley) are so AFRAID of everything that your willing to comprimise our beloved Constitution by selling our right down the river with the Patriot Act, support Trickle Down economics so the REAL Plumbers of the country can get TINKLED ON and have our brave men and women in uniform put do death in a "WAR" that we were all conned into!

I can't wait till you go extinct-you idealogic dinasour.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

She does look great, but I'm still voting for Obama, mainly because Joe Biden actually knows what the job of the VP entails.

Posted by: Obama--08 | October 22, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

It's very Pro-America to charge taxpayers for your kids' travels. And very six-pack Joe to shop at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Sarah Palin is opening up new horizons for me.

Oh I'm sorry, did I just attack a "defenseless" mother? How dare I?!!!

Posted by: Tanja43 | October 22, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Aspergirl - what?????

Posted by: idunno1 | October 22, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

The fact that the press would focus on the clothes the RNC had to buy her as being some kind of attack line that smells of corruption, shows how little men understand the culture of womens' clothing and what it reveals about her character as a modest woman.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 22, 2008 9:08 AM

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LOL...Palin a modest woman?

What I see is raw arrogance and an eagerness to capitalize on any photo op, microphone, or flashbumb that pops within fifty feet. Make no mistake about it, Palin is hoping to sign a massive contract with Fox the second Obama wins. She was never running for VP. She wants her own show and the cover of People, and that's all.

Posted by: Attucks | October 22, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

USA3 - sounds a little crazed to me..... quick, go take your meds.

Posted by: idunno1 | October 22, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

This show's that McCain&the RNC.are big time PIMPs.John is still a player player.But he pimped out the entire Palin Family.Is this not considered WELFARE?No its not because if McCain was thinking about the WELL-FARE of this country instead of one-up-ing.Clear headed Obama he would not have made such a BONEHEADED CHOICE IN THE PALIN FAMILY.Truly another bad choice the new Welfare Queen.

Posted by: VRH32 | October 22, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

MASTERCHARGE (McCAIN)
(Mastercharge, Albert Collins)
WilliamBanzai7

I got my Veep running mate a platnum card
Just the other day
I owe $150,000 dollars
Just for yesterday

I said, "Sarah, here's a present
Go out and shop around,
Buy you a couple a-dresses,
Browse around downtown"

She did just what I told her
Bought one, two, three and more
Came home lookin' silly
Makin' goo-goo eyes at me

Mastercharge, I'll break an' bury her card
Mastercharge, I'll break an' bury her card
Mastercharge, I'll break an' bury her card

Oh yeah, charge it!

Said, "Did you get your dress?"
"Yes, one or two"
I needed me some shoes,
I needed some bags and jewelry, too"

Two thousand dollar dresses
I could-a made, I can't sew
It made me so mad
I could call her a so and so

Mastercharge, I'll break an' bury her card
Mastercharge, break an' bury her card
Mastercharge, break an' bury her card

Oh yeah, charge it for me, charge it, baby!

Hey! Ow!

For one-a that gal's dresses, yeah
I paid more than one week's campaign gas
I'm so mad, I just had to laugh

I could see in my mind
On a horse like Paul Revere
Hate to check my mail boxes
'Cause these bills keep comin' here

Mastercharge, break an' bury her card
Mastercharge, break an' bury her card
Mastercharge, break an' bury her card

Oh, let's charge it!

Posted by: williambanzai7 | October 22, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

SherryKay2004, darn, based on incoherent stringing of refuted talking points I could swear you are Sarah Palin.

P.S. Do please shop more, my Needless Markup stock is plunging...

Posted by: ualec1 | October 22, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The amount is unsurprising, though still disappointing. It possibly says more about the public than about the Republican campaign.

Haven't we all watched a television news broadcast and heard people comment on the anchor's hair/coat/tie and not about any of the information presented during the program?

One hundred fifty large in a presidential campaign isn't much, though it interesting and worth noting. If someone is paying money to influence the way we think or perceive something of public importance, we should know.

The campaign is wrong to imply that questions about the wardrobe by an enterprising reporter are trivial. The phrase "it's remarkable that we're spending time talking about" translates as "We wish you hadn't noticed this embarassing fact."

It would be nice if spokespeople sometimes said something straightforward. "Many voters are shallow so appearance matters a lot and we couldn't get the look we wanted for the candidate on the cheap."

Posted by: gretel1 | October 22, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Lets see, let me try to explain this in simple terms so that some of the braindead or brainwashed on this forum will understand:

McCain = 8 houses, 13 cars; just one of Cindy's outfits cost $300,000 but then she did make $400,000 last year. VP pick Palin spends $150,000 on outfits and steals Alaskan taxpayer's money for her own kids'expenses.

Obama = 1 house, 2 cars, wife shops at Target for outfits.

What does this all mean to you and me? McCain/Palin have no clue what Americans are going through and feeling in this time of economic crises.

Posted by: idunno1 | October 22, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Kinda makes a $400 haircut seem like the bargain of the century.

Don't worry, If Sarah Palin is elected VP, we taxpayers will get to pick up the tab for her Neiman Marcus shopping sprees from now on...

Posted by: jerkhoff | October 22, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

It was always the intent that all the clothes would go to charity?

Riiiiiiiggght.

The best response isn't a lie, the spokeswoman's initial response was sufficient. e.g. "these kind of topics are a distraction from the core issues in an election".

After that you take your lumps.

Posted by: JPRS | October 22, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, it takes thousands of dollars of makeup, and kilobucks of designer clothes, to field-dress a moose! Thanks for showing us how it's done, Caribou Barbie.

Posted by: seattle_wa | October 22, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

So, come on here WAPO OBAMA SHILL & All The
Kool Aid Drinking Obamabots Tell Us How
Much The DNC and the Obama/Biden Campaigns
PAID for the Hateful Michelle Obama's Fancy
Costly Outfits and Numberous Failed Makeovers as well,since Good God even old
FOX News is becoming more "Fair & Balanced"
then WAPO the Official Obama/Biden Mouth Organ Newspaper! McCain/Palin 2008!
Joe the Plumber for Sec of State!

Oh okay I know I was a bit "typical white
female catty" here,but does Amercia really
want a Marxist/Socialist Democrat/Communist
Sympathizer Liberal Looney Toons Fraudlent
Messiah Barak Hussein Obama and his black
power fanatic white folks hater wife the
hateful Michelle Obama and an old has been
know it all loud mouth phony Joe Biden and
Discredited WMD Liar Failure Sec of State
and Failed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs,
Affirmative Action Army General Colin Powell and Mad Madame Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Running the Show? Hell NO We Don't!

McCain/Palin and Joe the Plumber 2008

Posted by: SherryKay2004 | October 22, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

dosomething123 - Please don't make a comparison between Hillary and Palin because there is none. Hillary could tell you what magazines and newspapers she reads, she could tell you what the Bush Doctrine is, she could could tell you Obama's policy if VP choice - not say she'll find out and get back to ya! As a woman I am insulted by McCain's pick because he seems to say as long as its in a skirt it doesn't make a difference. Hillary is an amazing woman who is not finished by a long shot. If we don't see her appointed to the high court soon I'm sure we'll see her in 2012 or 2016 going for the gold again. She was not villified anymore than the other candidates. Mrs Palin on the other hand was treated with kid gloves by both Obama AND Biden who were given ample opportunity to do otherwise (see past debates). She is called stupid because well let's face it...Like I said before, who ever heard of getting a VP nominee up to speed on current events? That in itself should tell you something.

Posted by: 1freethinker1 | October 22, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Oh she will turn over all clothing to charity. How nice. How noble of her. Wonder how much she plans to spend on shopping trips if she ever becomes VP? Oh we will never know that something about executive privilege I am sure.

Posted by: jimfid100 | October 22, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

So Jake, then what would her role BE, other than a figurehead, presiding over the senate? What would the role of the majority leader be under those circusmstances. I will admit that the constitution indicates that she would be president of the senate, but precisely what would that mean? She is not a member of the legislative branch, she's not an elected senator, so what point would there be in her doing anything? That's without pointing out over 200 years of tradition in which the Vice President has not taken any active role in the senate.

This is just her personality shining through. "I'm going to do whatever I feel like doing, I don't care what other people think about it, and you know what, I'm just so damn confident that I know I'm right" Usually those types of people shine brightly for a little while and then crash and burn, leaving other people to pick up the wreckage behind them.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 22, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I went shopping once this year. Bought a blouse. Felt like a big spender.

Just watched my 401k implode and decided that's all for 2008...

Now how to I come up with the tuition money for the winter semester? I shouldn't have bought that dang blouse.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: AlaskaMelts | October 22, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

It bears repeating that we're talking about $150,000 spent in just one month.

"Let's make this clear ...

The expense was for one month only, September.

And for those who think it's the same for Obama and the Democratic side, there's this quote from the Politico article:
"A review of similar records for the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee turned up no similar spending."

At the end of the day, she's still a not-ready-for-prime-time, small town mayor, small state governor (with less than passing knowledge about the US Constitution) who is in the midst of an abuse-of-power investigation. Dress that up all you want. It still is what it is.


Posted by: bjalexa | October 22, 2008 8:56 AM |"

Posted by: simpleton1 | October 22, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a Repubican, but she AIN'T a Washington outsider - with her "Troopergate" role, her refusal to cooperate with that investigation, her "amended" expense reports to cover her kids, and now her "golden parachute" shopping trips, she's rapidly acclimated to being a typical Washington Republican!!!

Posted by: southernbutnotstupid | October 22, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Classic60, mauddib, and trisha4:

Last time I checked, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE means she can take charge. Political reporter on GMA, David Wright, got it wrong too. He said: "Technically, she's right. The Vice Ptesident does preside over the Senate. But the most they EVER really contribute is a tie-breaking vote". WRONG! Vice Presidents have actually led the debate in the Senate. If she wants to (and not let the President Pro Tem preside), she would be in charge. Ted Stevens could easily show her the ropes.

Posted by: JakeD | October 22, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Bcamp55 spewed: "HATE TO CONFUSE YET ANOTHER LIBERAL WITH MERE FACTS"

Ok. So when are you going to get to the facts?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Since she's now in the lime-light, it was a good opportunity for her and her family to spice up their wardrobe on someone else's dime. Of course now that she's found out... the clothes were to be donated. What kind of people stand to benefit from that kind of donated wardrobe? No one of lower income that I can think of. How convenient to write off your kids plane flights as a business expense. I wish I had thought of that. Yeah, she's just a regular mom alright... a loose canon with an expense account.

Posted by: tgolamb | October 22, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

LEAVE SARAH ALONE! All you people want is MORE! MORE! MORE! LEAVE HER ALONE! Your lucky she even performed for you bastards!

LEAVE SARAH ALONE! PLEASE! (substitue "Sarah" for "Britney")

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

asd2 HATE TO CONFUSE YET ANOTHER LIBERAL WITH MERE FACTS BUT HERE GOES ANYWAY -

The slide in secondary lending started with the insistence from the "give a low life a break" crowd back with LBJ, continued under pressure from a democrat controlled congress during Nixon’s administration, and was expanded under Clinton/Reno.

If you are so unenlightened to be referring to Keating; you might want first to learn to read and then review what the democrat attorney charged with prosecuting the case said less than 2 weeks ago –
Bob Bennett – Keating 5 prosecutor – "I’ll stick to the public record. What my role was –
“I was hired by a bi-partisan Senate Ethics Committee to investigate what was known as “The Keating 5″. And in essence, what it was, was that there was something called the Direct Investment Rule which Charles Keating was opposed to. What it did was it basically said that Savings and Loans, which he owned one, couldn’t, were limited in where they could invest their money. Senator DiConcini scheduled a meeting with several Senators to meet with the head of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and pressure them.
And, Senator McCain attended that meeting. And one thing led to another and the Ethics Committee conducted an investigation. And I investigated it for a long, long time, well over a year. For the purpose of determining whether or not the Senators, including McCain, violated any standards, rules, ethical prohibitions. And at the end of the investigation, I concluded that Senator McCain and Senator Glenn should be exonerated, that is, that there should be no further action against them, but that was rejected by the Committee and there were some twenty-six days of public hearings.
As you know, Mark, ’cause on the occasions we’ve met, I- we argued some. I’m a Democrat, as you know. But, I had to call it the way the evidence dictated, and I called it that John McCain did nothing wrong. How Heflin, who at the time, was the Chairman of the Committee, was very concerned that there be twenty-six days of hearings with only Democrats in “the docks”, so to speak, so my recommendation about exonerating Senators Glenn and McCain was rejected and we went forward. But… it’s….and at the end of the day, it was pretty clear, from all the evidence, that there was no violation by Senator McCain."

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 22, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"Didn't have time to go home."

Awww, poor woman has been SWAMPED giving press interviews!

Pity she has no family or staff to do such an errand. Besides, with no telephones available to her or them, she has no way to assist via speaker phone as they go through her closet to select garments to pack up.

It's a pity, because charity would rather have the money that sweat-stained suits - not that the lovely Ms. Palin perspires except when lying to media elites.

Posted by: jhbyer | October 22, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

To anyone who loves Gov. Palin because they "connect with her:"

News Flash!

Gov. Palin is nothing like you. She is reasonably wealthy (assets >$1M) and takes advantage of state perks and RNC contributions.

The suggestion that she's a "Regular Hockey Mom" is bunk. What regular hockey mom that you know has a full-time stylist and make-up artist?

What regular hockey mom has over $1M in assets?

What regular hockey mom gets the state to pay for her kids to travel with her?

The Republican party continues to perpetrate the MYTH that the party is composed of "Regular people." It is not. George Bush was sold as a regular guy. A regular guy who's daddy was president, who went to Yale and Harvard, who OWNED a baseball team, whose family friends repeatedly bailed out his failed business ventures...

If you like Gov. Palin's policy positions that's fine, but don't be fooled into thinking that she's just like you!


HOCKEY MAMAS FOR OBAMA!

Posted by: biercuk | October 22, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

This makes the AIG hunting trip look like hotdogs at the yellow umbrella.

Posted by: williambanzai7 | October 22, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I think the money would have been better spent on civics lessons. Maybe buy her a copy of the constitution to memorize.

I think they've now lost her pitch on being just a regular hockey mom. Yeah, just a regular Jane with a $150,000 wardrobe. That's more money that a whole lot of people make working.

Is there anything authentic about Mccain/palin? It sure doesn't appear so.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions | October 22, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Time to take another poll in Alaska on Miz Palin's popularity?

Posted by: ScoutieDog | October 22, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

MASTERCHARGE (McCAIN)
(Mastercharge, Albert Collins)
WilliamBanzai7

I got my Veep running mate a platnum card
Just the other day
I owe $150,000 dollars
Just for yesterday

I said, "Sarah, here's a present
Go out and shop around,
Buy you a couple a-dresses,
Browse around downtown"

She did just what I told her
Bought one, two, three and more
Came home lookin' silly
Makin' goo-goo eyes at me

Mastercharge, I'll break an' bury her card
Mastercharge, I'll break an' bury her card
Mastercharge, I'll break an' bury her card

Oh yeah, charge it!

Said, "Did you get your dress?"
"Yes, one or two"
I needed me some shoes,
I needed some bags and jewelry, too"

Two thousand dollar dresses
I could-a made, I can't sew
It made me so mad
I could call her a so and so

Mastercharge, I'll break an' bury her card
Mastercharge, break an' bury her card
Mastercharge, break an' bury her card

Oh yeah, charge it for me, charge it, baby!

Hey! Ow!

For one-a that gal's dresses, yeah
I paid more than one week's campaign gas
I'm so mad, I just had to laugh

I could see in my mind
On a horse like Paul Revere
Hate to check my mail boxes
'Cause these bills keep comin' here

Mastercharge, break an' bury her card
Mastercharge, break an' bury her card
Mastercharge, break an' bury her card

Oh, let's charge it!

Posted by: williambanzai7 | October 22, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure she and Toddy and her brood will get to keep those lovely parting gifts.

But that's going to be a hell of a tax bill....right ?

Posted by: mathas | October 22, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

i find it unbelievable that people still defend this woman. after all the stupid things she said (just yesterday she said that the VP was "in charge" of Senate!), now the AP news report of her fraudulently billing her childrens' expenses to Alaska, and now this... spending 150,000$ on a wardrobe is OBSCENE.

if you're going to portray yourself as "one of us," you don't go out and buy 150K in clothes. you say "thanks, but no thanks." this is yet ANOTHER example of the hypocrisy that has somehow embedded itself in the Republican party. i actually feel sorry for those people who still defend this hypocrisy. THEY are the one's being taken advantage of. they are the ones mired in a sinking economy, yet throw their support around someone who spends more on clothes in 1.5 months than 3 average people make in a year! how is this OK?

Posted by: muaddib420 | October 22, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

And awww...look! Piper has a Louis Vuitton bag.. how cute!....wait a minute..who paid for that?!?


Scoundrels.

Posted by: distance88 | October 22, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Serious question -- what happens to the clothes after the campaign? If she keeps them, will she pay tax on their value?

Posted by: OliverKlozov | October 22, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

$150K???!!??

That's a LOT of LIPSTICK for ONE PIG!!!

Posted by: vote4magoo | October 22, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Palin has more executive experience? She doesn't have a clue.

It's two weeks from the election and Sarah Palin doesn't even know the role of a VP. She just claimed that the VP is in charge of the Senate. You really have to watch this, it's amazing. Can you say Constitution Sarah?http://thinkprogress.org/2008/10/21/palin-vp-senate/

Posted by: trisha4 | October 22, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

jAKED esq. eructated: "That gives Sarah LOUISE Palin more chief executive experience"

jAKED likes Palin because he can sit at home and watch her on FOX News and spank his pygmy marmoset at the same time. Two for one.

A little advice. Go chase a couple of more ambulances to make up for the extra tax you're going to have to pay.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

That's unfortunate. They should have spent all that money 'dressing up' the words that come out of her mouth.

Posted by: distance88 | October 22, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I wonder where on the WAPO and other papers this story would have been if it had been Michelle Obama who had spent $150,000 of her own money much less donations!!!!

I would have been nice is the MSM had done some decent investigative journalism regarding Palin's so called executive experience rather than leaving it to the Daily Show. The mayor of Wasilla is not responsible for the fire department, the schools or any kind of social services.

Posted by: rds7481 | October 22, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"Let them eat cake"

Marie Antoinette

(before shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 22, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

How about the Botox that Biden is getting-- I think is 16 shots to the forehead: how much is that costing?

Posted by: dcpsychic
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If he is paying for it WHO CARES!

Posted by: Classic60 | October 22, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

SHE'S A CELEBRITY! what do expect!

You know how those Republican men LIKE bright shiny objects!

PALIN=BUSH IN A SKIRT (no pun or sexism intended)

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

How about the Botox that Biden is getting-- I think is 16 shots to the forehead: how much is that costing?

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 22, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

IF PALIN IS SO QUALIFIED...

Then why didn't she run for president?

Makes you wonder what the Republican Primary would have looked like? ...

"I've been Governer for TWO WHOLE MONTHS and I'm READY to be President"

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18 Million people voted for Obama in the primaries because of his vision for America not his experience.

Palin got one vote (Karl Rove moving McCains mouth) Palin's and the only vision I know of from her is her view of Russia (so she claims).


Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Gee, I need eye and hearing examinations, and my two pairs of jeans are worn and torn ... maybe the RNC will give me a hand ... that would be so nice .... but then, people like me are invisible to people like them. After all, the economy is strong said Mr. McCain. I think I'm not as skinny as Todd and not female like Sarah, so I can't just take hand me downs. Lost my job, by the way, one I'd had for about 8 years with no bad reviews ever.

Posted by: egburton | October 22, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

You do realize that she is currently GOVERNOR, right? That gives Sarah LOUISE Palin more chief executive experience than both Barack HUSSEIN Obama and Joseph ROBINETTE Biden combined!

Posted by: JakeD |
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That fool Palin doesn't even know what the VP position does! She is trying to give herself more responsibility in that position than what the constitution allows. She is clueless. Yes, she is a governor but it is Alaska! It may be the largest in size but surely not as demanding a job as other governor's in more populated states.

Posted by: Classic60 | October 22, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

RNC is just trying to stimulate economy, one unqualified candidate at the time. Remember, we would not be in this mess if we just went shopping like W asked us too.

Posted by: ualec1 | October 22, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

She does love the spotlight. This is a women who want to be famous. I don't think she cares how she becomes famous.........she just wants to be famous.

Look at her background... Hmmm. Beauty queen, TV sportscaster, Mayor, Gov who hired a PR firm, and now fashion icon VP nominee. She admitted that her staff shields her from bad press. This women thinks the world loves her as much as the crazy people at her rallies.

Posted by: trisha4 | October 22, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

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What the Washington Post SHOULD be talking about is how Sarah Palin bilked Alaskans out of all that money so she could take her children with her on expensive trips.

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Posted by: asd2 | October 22, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Classic60:

You do realize that she is currently GOVERNOR, right? That gives Sarah LOUISE Palin more chief executive experience than both Barack HUSSEIN Obama and Joseph ROBINETTE Biden combined!

Posted by: JakeD | October 22, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

This is news?? Gov. Palin is on campaign trail almost everyday. She needs the clothes. Why can't the post publish other relevant news like Barack Obama once gave a glowing endorsement of a book by former domestic terrorist William Ayers
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Blah, blah, blah, Can't you Repubs come up with anything new? You spout the same crap. Stop your whinning!

Posted by: Classic60 | October 22, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Bcamp55,

First of all, Obama didn't vote for the bailout.

And, if you want to see who is more responsible for our financial woes, look no further than John McCain -- The KING OF DEREGULATION.

Fool.

Posted by: asd2 | October 22, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

This is news?? Gov. Palin is on campaign trail almost everyday. She needs the clothes. Why can't the post publish other relevant news like Barack Obama once gave a glowing endorsement of a book by former domestic terrorist William Ayers and was mentioned by name in the book itself (http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/20/obama-praised-searing-timely-book-ayers/)

Posted by: election20081 | October 22, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Give me a break! Obama is raising over $150 million a month and spending it at his own leisure. We don't even know where the money is coming from and here are people complaining about $150K spent on necessary clothes for Sarah Palin? If she wasn't dressed properly you would call her "tacky". Get real!

Posted by: voice2 | October 22, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

You have the slant all wrong. Sarah Palin was just supporting a "small business" during this econimic crisis. Neiman Marcus has lost considerable profit revenue during this economic down turn. Sarah and company were just doing their darndest to let a small business know that we're there for ya!

Posted by: bamn | October 22, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

RIPRussert:

It was the Waldorf, not the Ritz.

Tony in NC:

You don't know the difference between compulsory taxes and donations to the RNC?

Posted by: JakeD | October 22, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Thinking it through, this sounds reasonable. It's tough to find hunting clothes at Nieman's or Saks - you have to go back into the "Camping Investments" section. It'a all very utilitarian, which is what a "real american" needs: The red dress hides the blood stains when you're gutting a moose. The brooch has an 8 inch blade behind the lapel, which comes in handy. And the silk blouses have stainless steel wire embroidery, which acts like chain mail in a bear attack.

Altogether the price - which is about what my house will be worth in a few months - is really no big deal, because she's a "real american" who loves this country. I mean, I love this country too, but for $150K in clothes per month, I'd be full-on crazy about it.

Posted by: Rozinante2 | October 22, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

No, I believe that the LEAST qualified Republican woman is your city's dogcatcher.

Posted by: JakeD
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And Palin isn't even qualified for that job! The Denver dog catcher has my vote!

Posted by: Classic60 | October 22, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Funny how Palin is slammed by this driveway liner masquerading as a mullet wrapper rag but I don't recall reading anything regarding "THE ONE" accepting $126,000 from Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae at the same time he was scamming his own mortgage deal while voting against S.190 to bring oversight to secondary subprime lenders (Freddie/Fannie for you imbeciles on the left).

Yeah; I suppose it's much more important to talk about $150,000 in clothing than Obamorons role in what really caused the American tax payers to cough up $700,000,000,000.

After all; because someone's great, great, great, great grandfather might have been a slave 400 years ago, those of us who never owned slaves and never had relatives who owned slaves need to cover all those mortgages that went belly up in the lefts efforts to buy votes with their "give a bro a loan" program.

I dare you to talk about McCain not addressing the “real” issues after this banal, mind numbing drivel.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 22, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

The fact that the press would focus on the clothes the RNC had to buy her as being some kind of attack line that smells of corruption, shows how little men understand the culture of womens' clothing and what it reveals about her character as a modest woman.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 22, 2008 9:08 AM

Oh, pulllleeease. Did you stand up for John Edwards over the $200 haircut? I think not. I don't know how any political supporter who espouses the tenets of fiscal conservatism or who considers being frugal a virtue could condone either pattern of expenditures.

The RNC is free to spend it's resources in any way it pleases, and it's up to this registered Republican to point out that these expenditures don't speak well for a party who purports to care about fiscal health. The social conservative wing doesn't give a damn about economics and fiscal responsibility. See above for example.

How can our party represent small government, small businessmen and the Joe The Plumbers of this great country when its standard-bearers own 7 houses, 20+ vehicles, and spend thousands of dollars on clothing in less than 90 days?

Posted by: CindyLouHoo1 | October 22, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Is Ms. Joe the Plumber shopping these days at Nieman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and paying almost $5 grand of the $150,000 tab for a makeover, facial and hairdo? Gee, one knows that plumbers make great incomes, but one must ask how many plumbers can shell but $150,000 for their wives to replenish their wardrobe and looks? How many plumbers have wives who can write off travel with five kids on company business? "Joe the Plumber" in Ohio allegedly can't even pay his taxes, and he supposedly earns only $40 grand a year. Unless he is hiding more income than the IRS has penalized him for not paying taxes on, his wife or girlfriend won't be shelling out $150 grand for new clothes. One thing for sure: that kind of money may be spreading taxpayer's wealth, but it ain't socialism. It's exploiting a loophole in election campaign finance for selfish personal gain. But that's alright with Mr. Campaign Reformer, fightin' John ("BIFF, BAM, POW, POP, THUD, CRACK, ZAP, KERPLUNK, CRUNCH you liberal !@*&#+!)McCain!

Posted by: thedefendantX | October 22, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

DenverVoter:

No, I believe that the LEAST qualified Republican woman is your city's dogcatcher.

Posted by: JakeD | October 22, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Breaking News

In recognition of Sarah Palin’s new wardrobe from Neiman Marcus, the store is launching a major new perfume named “Eau de Moose” in its Christmas Catalogue.

Posted by: mcdcl2 | October 22, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Heck yeah.

You betcha.

If John Edwards' hair stylin' bill is fair game, so is the moose hunter from Alaska.

Why?

She says she's running as a "no taxes" fiscal conservative. Well, that's funny to me, because she's real good at spending other people's money--in government and out.

Oh, and if you don't have a job, can't get a job, can't get into a college, can't get decent veteran's benefits, can't pay for health care, can't hold on to your 401k, can't hold on to your house, can't use a decent infrastructure to get to your job or protect your house...

...well then, worrying about taxes will be the least of your problems, won't it?

Just sayin'.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | October 22, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Aspergirl and Do Something

Once again, you don't get it. Sarah Palin's nomination was an insult to women who think, who care about their families, themselves, their country and the future. I don't care what stupid clothing she purchased(ooh, in NYC- home of the not- real Americans). To suggest Palin should even be nominated- much less elected- because she is a woman is pathetic. In that case, we can look for Britney Spears to be nominated when she is old enough.

Posted by: silverspring25 | October 22, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DenverVote

"Republicans:
Never support women in higher political or executive business."

Please back up this silly statement. Are Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman two of the Republicans who never support women in higher executive positions?

Your criticism is based on mindless hatred of any who don't vote as you do. Try basing your criticism on facts some time.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 22, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Re: "Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella said that the RNC bought clothing for Palin after her election because the Alaska governor did not have time to return home after McCain announced her selection in Dayton, Ohio, in late August."

So, she didn't know that she was being selected as the vice-presidential nominee and thus couldn't pack some suitcases with clothes?

So, when she went back to Alaska to see her son off when he entered the National Guard, she couldn't pack some suitcases with clothes?

So, for less than $150,000, a staffer (or the First Dude) couldn't get a plane ticket to Alaska (or charter a plane for that matter) to pack some suitcases with clothes?

Of course anyone might need some new clothes for a new job opportunity, but $150,000 is just obscene. Then again, to Cindy McCain, that would be like shopping at Walmart.

Re: "Last night, Palin spokesman Tracey Schmitt issued the following statement on Palin's fashion expenses: "With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it's remarkable that we're spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses. It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign."

So, campaigns are actually supposed to be talking about issues? What a concept! Somebody better get that info to the Republican attack machine...

It would seem obvious that Palin has realized that she is on a gravy train and wants to get everything out of it that she can. I wonder if she is still charging that perdiem expense for living elsewhere than the governor's official residence.

Posted by: allenofwoodhaven | October 22, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

During the same time period I spent $0 on clothing and $13 on a haircut. And yet I am one of those tax and spent liberals.

Posted by: homer4 | October 22, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

USA3 is a LOSER!

Posted by: Classic60 | October 22, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

liberals and democrats
are sexist elitist's;
the republicans nominate
women and minorities
according to qualifications.
I am insulted that the former
presidents wife is considered
an 'experienced' candidate.
of course, we have jesse ventura
and arnold and american idol.
trashing Palin does not hide
your own feelings of sexism
and racism that must be just
riddling you with quilt.
I see no stories about biden
and his every receipt.
or obama and his indonesian
youth.
his 'typical' white woman grandma'
his Racist Rev.
his Marxist buddy.
his Syrian Slumlord sponsor.
get real POST!
you suck,
NOBAMA08

Posted by: USA3 | October 22, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Michele Obama has been proven NOT to have stayed at the Ritz, nor did she order lobster and caaviar at her hotel. It was a lie.
Meanwhile, she did appear on "The View" in a dress that cost less than $100 and was widely complimented. "Real American" women purchased the lovely dress in droves.

Posted by: RIPRussert | October 22, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Brooks Brothers provides suits for Colbert, so? Speaking of which, you Obamaniacs better watch out for eagle attacks (especially in Oregon ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 22, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

ibnrn06 - Well said!

Posted by: 1freethinker1 | October 22, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

And they couldn't spend $200 for UPS to ship her clothes to her? Instead they spend $150,000 to buy her a new wardrobe? They also need to fire the hair stylist. Her hair is ugly

Posted by: elle330033 | October 22, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Well, excuuuuuuse me. . . . But Palin has a hairdresser???????

Posted by: Suzanne45 | October 22, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Let's see:

Democrats:
Had a female running for president during the primaries. McCain called her "lipstick on a pig" and other Republicans called her much worse things. Despite a strong battle, she lost the primaries.

Republicans:
Never support women in higher political or executive business. But this time they just had to have one, to placate the angry Clinton supporters. (What a tremendous insult!)

To add insult to injury, they selected the LEAST qualified Republican woman available.

And now they're spending $150,000 to doll up the Joe Six Pack-Momma.

Hillary didn't have hair & makeup artists, Hillary had a brain.

I was a delegate to the Republican convention this year, but now, for the 1st time ever, I voted Democrat in early voting!

Posted by: DenverVoter | October 22, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

she didn't have expensive, chief executive-brand label clothes already, even though she was Governor of Alaska. She had modest, obviously thrifty dresses and suits, unlike most of her male counterparts.

Did you read the article? It said she didn't have time to go back and get her clothes, not that her clothes were modest and thrifty. Give me a break.

Posted by: aat04 | October 22, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

The expenses at high-end department stores, first reported by Politico, included spending nearly $50,000 at Saks Fifth Avenue's New York and St. Louis outlets and more than $75,000 at a Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis. The tally also includes $4,716.49 on hair and makeup.

See. She's just regular folks. Har har har.

Posted by: chadwboyer | October 22, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

A spokeperson for Palin says "she did not have time to go home for her own clothes" maybe they could have sent McCains plane.Or, maybe her taste in clothes is so terrible she needed the RNC help. Really, this woman is so inept- the $$$ spent by RNC is of little importance. Let her keep the stuff- it will be all she will have left.

Posted by: luwltr | October 22, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Who much is the RNC spending on maternity clotes for Palin's pregnant, unwed, teenage daughter??

Posted by: bobby20 | October 22, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

This certainly seems excessive, but it would be interesting to know how much other candidates spend on clothing, just so that we get a feel. Do they get special suits for the campaign trail, or do they just use the ones they've already had?

Posted by: sharedgum | October 22, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I think they should've spent that money on a tutor teaching her civics and english.

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 22, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, Aspergirl, I often agree with you, but squandering $150K on wardrobe is NOT a sign of modesty, present or past. As to the aspersion you cast on Biden's wardrobe, I point out that $150K is more than half the Biden familly's annual income, so what you suggested is that Joe severly shortchanges his family so he can prance around in designer suits. These assertions have no basis in available evidence.

Posted by: lonquest | October 22, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

If Palin is supposedly representing "the real America", why does she need $150,000 worth of high-end clothing? In my elitist, East coast, liberal world we shop at Target and Wal-Mart.
Poor John Edwards was ripped apart by the Republicans for spending $500 on a haircut while Embarracuda travels around with a multi-thousand dollar hair stylist.
The hypocrisy never ends on this ticket.

Posted by: RIPRussert | October 22, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

All that money spent and her clothes look cheap and from the 1980's. I'll be glad when Nov.5 comes so she can take her azz back to Alaska.

Posted by: bobby20 | October 22, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

It's nice that Palin's spokesperson realizes that there are important issues for the country to be worried about. She should whisper that to Palin and McCain. I don't see how Palin's appearance on SNL and McCain's appearance on Letterman, to "patch things up" , helped our economy. McCain is more worried about whether or not Letterman likes him than he is worried about America's opinion of him.

Posted by: tgatsby | October 22, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"the clothes will go to charity"

hahahaha. Sarah Palin is like an AIG exec who says he donates part of his golden parachute to the local charity. "Let them eat cake" says the RNC.

I hope the Obama people put out an ad on the economy and make Sarah Palin, and Lehman Brothers and AIG execs the stars of the ad. Hey, she's always wanted to be "in pictures," here's her lucky break!

Posted by: Route1 | October 22, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

To UnSeenHope:

So what. RNC spends too much money on Palin. Yes, and the DNC spends too much on American flags on which the stars are replaced by an "O."

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You must have gone to the same schools as Missy Palin. The 'O' flag is OHIO! DUH!

Posted by: Classic60 | October 22, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin have proved that they are absolutely disconnected from the average American. She spent enough on cloths for just a couple of months of use which would be the cost of a modest house for someone. This is TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE and shows bad judgement of McCain and Palin.

Posted by: dlanet | October 22, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Ha ha ha ha...this on top of her embezzlement of state funds for her kids' travel expenses.

McCain sure picked a winner.

The best part is watching their wacko supporters contort themselves to prove that all of this is perfectly befitting a vice-presidential candidate.

Posted by: itchy2008 | October 22, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

A beautiful woman and top state executive, Sarah Palin had very modest, frugal clothes.
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She sure is making up for her modest clothes purchases now. Isn't she. She is useless, the worst pick for VP ever. Go back to Alaska honey.

Posted by: Classic60 | October 22, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Palin's preparing for her post-election role as a real-life Caribou Barbie Doll (clothes not included - must be purchased separately).

Posted by: AndyfromVA | October 22, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Stick a fork in this one. She's done.

Posted by: dparks2 | October 22, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

About Palin's wardrobe: I think that the men writing about this don't get what it really says about her: she didn't have expensive, chief executive-brand label clothes already, even though she was Governor of Alaska. She had modest, obviously thrifty dresses and suits, unlike most of her male counterparts.

The press is way off the mark on this attack. Palin's original wardrobe -- the dresses and suits of a beautiful woman and top public executive of her state -- probably cost a fraction of what Joe Biden's wardrobe this year has been (and he bought no special clothes for this campaign, supposedly).

The fact is that males in Congress, public executive jobs above the level of mayor, and other top executives, spend a great deal of money to get that extra bit of tailored look that makes them look like buff executives.

A beautiful woman and top state executive, Sarah Palin had very modest, frugal clothes.

The fact that the press would focus on the clothes the RNC had to buy her as being some kind of attack line that smells of corruption, shows how little men understand the culture of womens' clothing and what it reveals about her character as a modest woman.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 22, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

This comment goes to "dosomething 123". I think you are falling for the trap Mccain and Co. devised by nominating a woman to draw female voters, no matter how unqualified that nominee is. Palin does not have a track record of fighting for issues concerning women. I am an african American male. If the Republican party nominated Micheal Steele or any other person of color, They won't automatically get my vote. Hilary came up against a formidable foe in Obama and came up short. There will be other women that will be successful, it's just a matter of time.

Posted by: gueambe | October 22, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Can't Governor Palin buy her own clothes? Can't she get herself together for an appearance without someone's help? She is an opportunist, and now she is getting a wardrobe at someone's else expense.

Posted by: oliver6 | October 22, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

How much are Obama and his wife spending? You think they are not?

Posted by: dosomething123 | October 22, 2008 8:35 AM
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There not stealing like the idiot Republicans Palin and McLame. That woman is a waste. She is stupid and clueless. If any of you vote for that idiotic Repub ticket you are in the same boat.

Posted by: Classic60 | October 22, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

These are the people who went nuts over the Clinton and Edwards haircuts. Yet she has a private stylist with her every day. Turnabout is fair play, Tracy Schmitt -- maybe the Repubs shouldn't have made so much of it before. In any event, it is difficult to portray yourself as the common man and shop at Neimann's!

Posted by: fmjk | October 22, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are spending large sums of donation money at Saks and on personal stylists in order to convince you she's a real person.

I guess after years of trickle down economics, even Republicans can't afford to pay for their own retail therapy.

Posted by: sarahabc | October 22, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

The fact that the RNC spent about $150K to outfit Sarah Palin and her family members, assuming it’s true, is a relevant fact for voters to consider, I think. This is because Palin and her supporters have claimed that she is an authentic Washington outsider who represents ordinary American, and one who is fit to cut wastes in spending. Now, spending $150K in about 2 months for clothing and accessories is hardly ordinary for middle class Americans. Furthermore, spending that large amount of public money (RNC’s donors) is quite contradictory to her aim of cutting wasteful spending in Washington.

In short, Sarah Palin has not gotten to Washington DC yet, but she is enjoying the perks like a Washington insider

Posted by: Avle | October 22, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Another example of how this fool Palin is stealing. What a loser.

Posted by: Classic60 | October 22, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

To spend that much money in these economic times is appalling behavior. She should be setting an example and conserve the amount spent but than again she has to look exceptional when she looks out her kitchen window and sees Russia.

Posted by: sultanofbaseball | October 22, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

to dosomething123: You have got to be kidding me; you voted for your candidate only because there is a woman on the ticket?? Your diatribe just doesn't wash well with the facts. I was initially pleased as well, but then she opened her mouth. Like GWB, if she isn't completely and totally scripted, she is as inarticulate as a third grader. She has demonstrated a complete lack of care and knowledge for the world events so devastating to us as an economic issue and as a world leader. She insults every American patriot with her rants questioning opponents' patriotism, and about not paying taxes--I would remind you that whether we like it or not, taxes fund your voting ability, your infrastructure, and your lifestyle; I would then posit to you that it is UNAmerican to try to get out of that. And as more information comes out about her acceptance of tax monies meant for the bridge, for something else of dubious value, her use of taxpayer funds to ferry her daughters about and get paid for working at home, her use of divisive, hateful and unpatriotic language when challenged, her willingness to play the "aw shucks" folksy idiocy when asked questions befitting a VICE PRESIDENTIAL nominee, her complete apparent cluelessness about the dichotomy between proclaiming an "outsider" status while partaking in the extravagances we've come to know is inherent in our government--oh, I could go on. And you provide as a defense of your vote that she's a "woman"? Thank God it wasn't Imelda Marcos on the ticket, though apparently Palin is attempting to match her in obscene profligacy.

Posted by: ibnrn06 | October 22, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

No problem. Obama sent more than to ARORN.

Posted by: newyorkerphil | October 22, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, and when Michelle is ordering $700 champaigne and lobster lunches for herself at the Ritz - she's only wearing Sweats!

Posted by: pgr88 | October 22, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Looks like that pig needed a bit more than lipstick, she needed designer clothes, expensive shoes and jeweles and her very own make-up artist and hair stylist - THANK AMERICAN TAXPAYERS!!

See here's the difference - The Obama's and Bidens pay for their own clothes and don't need a traveling crew of stylists to make them something they are not.

Posted by: robind_nc | October 22, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Let's make this clear ...

The expense was for one month only, September.

And for those who think it's the same for Obama and the Democratic side, there's this quote from the Politico article:
"A review of similar records for the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee turned up no similar spending."

At the end of the day, she's still a not-ready-for-prime-time, small town mayor, small state governor (with less than passing knowledge about the US Constitution) who is in the midst of an abuse-of-power investigation. Dress that up all you want. It still is what it is.

Posted by: bjalexa | October 22, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

How much does it cost to dress a Wal-Mart Hockey Mom? Now we know -- more than even the elitists spend!

Marie Antoinette, step aside for the Right Wing Barbie doll, complete with a wardrobe bigger than Alaska!

Posted by: somerseten | October 22, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

to dosomething123.
sorry I must agree with you.
to vote for someone you consider totally
stupid, is TOTALLY STUPID!!!.

Posted by: midea | October 22, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

She may speak about Joe six-pack and hockey moms, but it is very clear that the Palins, with a net worth of $2 million, and the McCains, with so many houses John can't remember them all, are not representative of mainstream America.

In contrast, the Democratic ticket, branded intellectual elitists by the Republicans, both come from mainstream America.

Posted by: SolontheGreat | October 22, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

The absurd RNC expenditures (with the public's money) on Sarah Palin's wardrobe are simply putting lipstick on a Person Incompetent to Govern.

Posted by: Peter29 | October 22, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

It takes a very special talent to make a $6K jacket look as if it was pulled off the rack on the way out of WalMart.

Posted by: chappell1 | October 22, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

How much are Obama and his wife spending? You think they are not?

Posted by: dosomething123 | October 22, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

"It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign." I'll bet that charity is Sarah Palin, the biggest welfare queen that ever came down the pike.

Posted by: mickeynATL | October 22, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

So the Republicans wonder what all of the fuss is about. Well, it seemed that they were very interested in a haircut that Bill Clinton received in LA and a haircut or two that John Edwards got. Now that we have moved into the big leagues with expenses, they want to know why all of the fuss.

Sarah Palin has found the goose that lays the golden eggs. I understand that she wants to know if she can take her goods with her when she returns to Alaska.

Life is so interesting. Republicans squawk and squawk over pennies and look the other way over dollars. Remember when they made the big fuss over Hillary making about $100K on a commodities market deal. Yet, the party of the fat cats thinks nothing of huge annual salaries with a fair tax.

The Republican mantra these days is spend, spend, spend, but do not tax. Keep running up the debt.

Posted by: EarlC | October 22, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Hockey moms don't shop at Needless Markup or Suks Fifth Avenue.

SO this is an ordinary Joe, just like us? This woman has bought more clothes in a few months than I will make in a year.

Another RePIGliKLAN hypocrisy exposed.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 22, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I want every woman out there democrat, republican, independent, communist, socialist, EVERY SINGLE one to pause for a moment regardless of party affiliation to take a look at what happened during this election. After more than 27 years since we last saw a female on a vice-presidential ticket, never seen one yet for president, here is how it has been:
Democrats:
Had a female running for president during the primaries. She was villified, she was called every name, she was put down, they made fun of her, she was trashed. She lost the primaries. The winner promised unity but couldn't find another qualified female to run with him.
Republicans:
Have a female running for vice president. She is villified, she is called every name, she is put down, they make fun of her, she is trashed.
Is the same thing happening to Joe Biden? A male politician for more than 30 years who makes stupid comment after stupid comment. After 30 years in politics Joe Biden should be a master politician. Instead at every turn he makes stupid comment after stupid comment. Two come to mind: Hillary was a better choice than me, and the latest, there will be an international crisis within six months of our ticket winning the election.
Palin has been in politics for may be six or seven years, Biden for more than 30. His stupid comments are attributted to Joe Biden can't keep his mouth shut. Palin's stupid comments are becasue she is so stupid. Obama's inexperience, oh well he went to Harvard. Palin's inexperience she is just not prepared to lead this country. Obama's flip flopping, shows he can change his opinion. Palin does the same thing and she doesn't know what she is talking about. Biden's family, haven't heard much about them. Palin's family: has a daughter pregnant, husband is a loser, etc.

At the end of the day you will vote for who you want to vote. It is your right. After this election articles will be written and books will be sold about this.
If you can't see it, is because you don't want to. In this country it is still a man's world at least when it comes to the biggest political offices.

I don't want you to agree publicly if you are a democrat first and I know you will not. I only want you to take a step back and see what happens to a woman that dares to run for the highest offices in this nation.

I for the first time voted for the Republican ticket not because I agree with everything they stand for, but because they have a female on the ticket. Call me stupid, you are entitled to your opinion. I already voted.
I want real change not empty promises of change and unity and at the end more of the same.

Posted by: dosomething123 | October 22, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

peeeuuu Palin....I think they should have used the money getting her a 3rd grade "social studies" teacher and explain the US Constitution to her..

....she could have continued to buy her clothes at Walmart..and THEN she would really represent "small town" America....

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 22, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

What do you expect?

SHE'S A CELEBRITY!

Ooo Look! Bright shiny object.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

$150K Hmmm.

I guess the RNC knows Republican men gravitate toward Bright Shiny Objects.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

How much does a brain cost?

Posted by: scout_wife | October 22, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Unseenhope, some facts to liven up your day.

The red white and blue flags with an “O” are the state flags of Ohio. The speech where they were displayed was in Ohio. The DNC did not have to pay for these flags BECAUSE THEY WERE THE STATE FLAGS OF THE STATE WHERE THE TALK WAS GIVEN. They were on display just like the Virginia state flag is on display for talks in Virgina. “O” stands for Ohio, not Obama.

Duh.

Obama’s health care plan costs about as much as McCains (neither is revenue neutral). You don’t seem worried about how McCain is going to pay for his.

Obama's health care plan would help people by finally making it possible to buy reasonably affordable health insurance, without worrying about pre-existing conditions and without worrying about changing jobs. It is one of the most important reasons I, a cancer survivor, support Obama.

Government hiring incentives actually do work. Businesses hire people when the cost of hiring them is less than the benefit from hiring them – an incentive increases that benefit.

Posted by: VirginiaGal2 | October 22, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

If you Americans (I'm Canadian, thank God) re-elect Mr McCain and Mrs Palin after the eight years you've just had, you deserve everything you get.
I feel sorry for those of you who truly want better for your country, but apparently about half of your fellow citizens are fools and/or idiots.
150k for clothes, let's see, that's enough to house, feed and clothe my small family for the next three, maybe four years. Dear God, if that isn't a symptom of what's wrong with that ticket, I don't know what is.
You used to have a half-decent country, too bad it's been screwed up so badly...

Posted by: ppage4 | October 22, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

I am so tired of people attacking Obama for having a plan. So far I have not seen anything from the McCain/Palin platform as to what they will regarding the issues. Its not enough just to tear down your opponent. At some point you have to start talking about what YOU will do. I've stopped waiting for the rep ticket to do that and resigned myself to the fact that they will stick to name calling and bogus bogey men until the votes are tallied. I have never heard a McCain supporter discuss McCain's plans as opposed to Obama's. Only insults. I don't think the money would have been better spent on educating Mrs. Palin. Who ever heard of having to get a VP pick up to speed on current events? The money would have been better spent, in my opinion, putting her and her whole family on an express plane back to Alaska and finding a REAL running mate.

Posted by: 1freethinker1 | October 22, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Besides the obvious disgust (and jealousy of course) for spending $150K on a shopping spree, I found it interesting that they will "donate" all of the clothing to charity after the election. I guess they don't expect for her to have much use for the clothing once Nov 5th hits...

I find it also hilarious that the McCain campaign wants you to vote for them because Obama is merely a "celebrity" - much compared to the likes of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. At least those two ladies have their own money to spend on clothes/makeup/hair, all while the RNC is paying for Palin's 'celebrity.'

Posted by: sillyrushin | October 22, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I must say I am not disgusted by the 150K$ spending at all. Mrs. Palin is an exceptional woman, so why shouldn't she dress reasonably?

But please don't you switch on the mike, or the 150K$ effect will be gone.

Posted by: awaler | October 22, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

As a CPA I think Palin now has another tax problem. Because the clothes she wears is in no way a uniform it is not an employment related expense. This means that any amounts spent on her behalf is taxable income. I wonder if the IRS will look into this. We need to examine not only her per diem payments from the state but also talk about the house that was built by contractors who worked on her house. Those contractors need to be audited as well. She is the most corrupt poltician that has ever run for President.

Posted by: bradcpa | October 22, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

The next story will be about designers "lending" her clothes, a la Nancy Reagan. No way 150K covers everything she's been wearing.

Posted by: washpost4 | October 22, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Somebody here nailed it. The money should have been spent on 'educating Sarah' than 'dolling up Sarah the bimbo'. Then again one wouldn't expect the Republican party to possess what is known as a good common sense.

Posted by: thisworld | October 22, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I didn't know lipstick for a pig costs so much.

Posted by: vze2r3k5 | October 22, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Speechless. Absolutely speechless. This from a woman who proclaimed to represent ordinary Joe the Six Pack and Joe the Plumber. How many Joe the Six Pack can afford to spend over $150,000 in less than two months on clothes and make-up? What a fake and what a selfish indulgent b**ch she is in times of a disasterous economic meltdown when some people are taking their own lives because they can't even pay for the most basic needs in life. She is the most vain, selfish, power hungry and dangerously ignorant woman in any political life ever.

Posted by: thisworld | October 22, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

This item indicates that Sarh Palin looks like an ex-beauty pageant queen/ bimbo because the Repulican party pays to have her appear that way. I assumed that she dressed the way she had as Alaska's governor. And I was a bit offended when comments were made about her appearance reasoning that the same comments would not be made about male candidates. Now it turns out her appearance is a result of a conscious choice by the Republican party. Guess they want to stir up Joe Six-pack and Joe the plumber since they don't have anything else to offer them.

Posted by: Steve54 | October 22, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

To all of you who checked that campaign box on your 1040, "gotcha".

Posted by: NotBubba | October 22, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Is this part of the bailout for Wall St, Saks etc., maybe she should go to K-Mart of Sears, I think they might be American! Just another reason not to trust her with my money(taxes)for roads & schools. Per diem ring a bell!

Posted by: icaretoo | October 22, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

To UnseenHope ... "DNC spends too much on American flags on which the stars are replaced by an "O.""

Ummm, that flag with the "O"? That's the state flag of Ohio.

Posted by: giverny98 | October 22, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

kathleen_oconnor posted: "150K and she still wears the same black skirt every day?"

Actually, that's trick Einstein used. He have several sets of the same clothes so he did have waste his time picking clothes.

In Palin's case it's not time she's trying to save it's brain power.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Ready for president. Not really. I'll stick with McCain and Palin any day...even if their clothes are too expensive.


Posted by: UnseenHope
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And we care because...?

I agree with the first poster about the money being better spent on educating Ms. Palin. It seems all the Palins have brought to the ticket is punchlines, embarassment, and less intelligent and more unhinged posters to these boards.

Posted by: LABC | October 22, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

unseehope --

You ask, "How is Obama going to pay for his healthcare proposal?" Yet, you seem to have no problem with our borrowing money from the Communist Chinese to pay for the War for Corporate Welfare in Iraq -- to the tune of $10 billion a month???!!!!!

Are you a corporate lobbyist, or something? Get F-ing REAL!

As for Palin's $150K "fashion" tab, it just goes to prove that money can't buy everything -- good taste, included.

Posted by: thesuperclasssux | October 22, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Ms abuse of power herself should not put herself on any pedestal yet - fudging her travel expenses, using her children as pawns in her appearances - too cheap to get a baby sitter? remember she said she could be a mother of 5 children and still do the job - will we see her dragging her kids to the UN or to the Senate when she gets all her expanded duties after re-writing the VP job - she "amended" the travel receipts to include they were state affairs that requested her children, and then taking per diem money for staying in her home when she was actively being gov of alaska - she is quite ready for washington because she knows how to work out - as in the words of McSame - she is quite a maverick - very schooled in how to work the system - how many working Moms could pull that off? If they have to go to a conference in another state taking the kids is not the problem but having your employer pay for your kids trips, hotel rooms, and other perks is probably a good reason to stay she will fit in in DC - it is called stealing! in a nice sort of way -you are missing the point about how much her clothes cost - because all working moms shop at Neiman Marcus! and all working Moms take their kids to work with them and charge their employer for travel expenses for the whole family - this campaign is all about stunts, and we should not be surprised - that when a women thinks palin is just like her or they identify with her - think twice - a hockey mom with saks fifth avenue clothes -Yes I have seen these hockey moms at the games with all their finery! from Saks, Neiman and Lord and Taylor - boy are they pulling a fast one on the american public - start thinking before you vote - mccain 7 houses 13 cars, palin working the system and oh yes they care about the real america - give me a break - they are not even sharing the same air space as the real americans.

Posted by: flo8143 | October 22, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

What do you expect?

SHE'S A CELEBRITY!

Ooo Look! Bright shiny object.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

150K and she still wears the same black skirt every day?

More than 4K for hair? That's 10 haircuts for Edwards. she hasn't been on the scene for ten weeks. How often does she have to have her hair done?

Posted by: kathleen_oconnor | October 22, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

This really shouldn't be an issue, HOWEVER, when one spends $150,000 on clothing, it gives me reason to pause. What is the priority? Mrs. P would have been better off using that money towards a tutor to help her figure out exactly what a V.P. does...

Posted by: mcb3 | October 22, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Remember 2004? Well this blows John Edwards' haircuts out othe water!

Reep what you've sown you conservadrones!


Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

So what. RNC spends too much money on Palin. Yes, and the DNC spends too much on American flags on which the stars are replaced by an "O."

The more important money questions are: why does Obama have a PLO-friendly college professor holding fundraisers for him?

--or--

How in the world is Obama going to pay for government-run health care when we can't even pay for social security? How is he going to send kids to college for free when we still have to pay for a $700 billion bailout? He can't without raising taxes...and even if you get a tax cut, you will have to pay more for products and services, and some will lose their jobs.

--or--

Why does he not understand that the government can't pay businesses to hire people? Business hire people when their taxes are low, their income allows it, and they have a need to hire.

Ready for president. Not really. I'll stick with McCain and Palin any day...even if their clothes are too expensive.

Posted by: UnseenHope | October 22, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

"During the GOP convention, Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella said that the RNC bought clothing for Palin after her election"

Last time I checked the "election" hasn't happened yet, and Palin is only her party's nominee.

Posted by: jennifer6 | October 22, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Is Tracey Schmitt serious?! The reason that we're spending time talking about this is because of what's going on in this country right now. This is yet another example of how out of touch McCain and his people are and how they're completely unable to empathize with the struggles that most Americans are facing now. And they call Obama an elitist?!

Posted by: greensboroagent | October 22, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Remember 2004? Well this blows John Edwards' haircuts out othe water!

Reep what you've sown.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 7:20 AM | Report abuse

How funny, The Republicans actually paid to put lipstick on a ...Moose

Posted by: Americanwoman4 | October 22, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Imagine wasting $150K on this White Trash Freak when she could have been dressed in the skins of animals that she promotes slaughtering. So much for Carribou Barbie's working class cred, afterall, her imaginary "Joe Six Pack" probably doesn't spend a lot of time shoppings at Saks. Time to pack her up on a Snow Mobile and send her back to wherever Gramps found her.

Posted by: shiva7 | October 22, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

The RNC is surprised that people are disgusted that $150K have been spent on clothes? Can't Mrs. Palin purchase her own clothes? Nobody buys clothes for me when I'm going on a job interview. In this economy, she should be shopping at Target, not Saks.

Posted by: giverny98 | October 22, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

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