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The Empress' Clothes


(Keith Srakocic)

Let her keep them, for crying out loud.

Word is that a GOP attorney has been dispatched to Alaska to collect Sarah Palin's campaign wardrobe. Thanks, guys. First you use the woman to energize your lackluster campaign, hoping her sex appeal -- enhanced by the wardrobe you had her buy and wear -- would win you votes. Now that you've lost your gamble, you take it all back.

Don't you think you owe her at least the shirt on her back?

Ever since Palin was selected as McCain's running mate, charges of sexism have been spun as suited one's purposes. Any criticism of Palin, which nearly everyone now understands to have been legitimate, was considered "sexist." Or, if you were a woman, "catty." I can't count the number of emails -- thousands, anyway -- that accused me of being jealous of Palin. It's true, I've long coveted a wolf's paw to mount in my moose lodge, but otherwise . . . (That's a joke, PETA fans. Anything with a heartbeat gets a meal at my house. Canine longevity is my speciality, as my 18-year-old Beezie will attest.)

Seriously, the only sexist charge that stands in this context is the one that says women can't question the qualifications of a vice-presidential candidate, who happens to be female, without being accused of some other, jungle-inspired, motive. Men do not suffer such restrictions.

The true act and attitude of sexism in this election was the selection of Palin in the first place. She wasn't qualified and was selected ONLY because she was an attractive female. We can wager safely that an equally unqualified, less-attractive female would not have made the cut. The boys blew it. Big Time. They owe Palin those clothes and
a sincere apology for using her the way selfish men have always used women.

By Kathleen Parker  | November 7, 2008; 10:24 AM ET
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She can keep the clothes if she stays in Alaska forever.

Posted by: vigor | November 7, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin's problem is that if she keeps the clothes, she has to pay the tax on their value. That's the only reason the clothes are being returned.

Maybe the GOP can have an auction and sell these clothes to all of the leering guys who think that Ms. Palin is hot...

Posted by: jerkhoff | November 7, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, while I recognize a certain degree of tongueincheek in your piece, I did not detect this with the following: Palin was NOT just picked because she looked good. It was widely known in Republican circles that she was going to energize the socially conservative base in that party. Secondly, she or anyone else for that matter is NOT allowed to keep such articles (by law) unless she claims it as a gift/income. Hence a reqt. to return such and the RNC pursuing this or else they are in trouble.

Posted by: mendonsa | November 7, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

So, should Todd get to keep the silk boxers? Hmmm?

Posted by: jmb1918 | November 7, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Hear! Hear! If the RNC takes the clothes back the next thing you know they'll also be wanting to strip her of the education (however limited) that it paid to have force fed to her.

Actually, you'd think that after dragging her into this debacle Kristol & his besmitten cronies would have the chivalry to quietly reimburse the RNC & let their lady & her family keep their wardrobes...

Posted by: CelticSnake | November 7, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Though I wholeheartedly support your depiction of this past election as a disgustingly veritable sexism-on-parade, I think we continue to overlook the fact that Palin chose to run, agreed to donate to clothes, and is a strong and capable (if not cutthroat) woman.

You can't blame the boys entirely on this one, she's intelligent enough to know that she chose to play ball in a party with old boy's club rules, and deserves a share of the damage done to herself and the feminist movement.

That said, I don't envy the position she was put in, nor the choices she did have to make. I am sympathetic to Sarah Palin, I hope she has learned valuable lessons in this experience, and am glad she has at least another four years to reflect on her future choices.

Posted by: elitry | November 7, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

She was used, but she agreed to it, she relished it, she wanted it and she acted very unprofessionally.

Give the clothes to charity as she has a habit of living off of other peoples money as evidenced by the new ethics investigations into her spending Alaskan taxpayer monies on travel and taking children to political events (some of a religious nature, strictly not allowed)where the children were NOT invivted.

The decadence of this shopping spree, more than twice the annual income of most Americans, was well, decadent and should not be allowed.

At some point you need to think of the taxpayers and the contributors to the party.

Now if some private citizen wants to pay for the clothes fine, but if not -GIVE THEM BACK.

Enough already.

Posted by: lndlouis | November 7, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse


Well, the Wasilla hillbilly (a republican's words) PROMISED those clothes were going to charity -- she herself.

And then there's this:

Palin’s shopping spree was even bigger than the $150K already reported says Newsweek:

NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy.

One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

Posted by: monk4hall | November 7, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

If she keeps the clothes, there is absolutely no question as a matter of tax law that she'll have to pay tax on 'em (she'll have to include the value of them in her income next April 15th). If she gives them back right now, she at least has an argument for not paying tax on 'em.

Posted by: Dan4 | November 7, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse


What happened to her big promise to donate them to charity? What a lying, phony. To think how close this gruesome, moronic, viciously ambitious airhead came to the white house! Incredible and frightening.

An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

Posted by: monk4hall | November 7, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

What this selection said about John McCain's management skills, my oh my. I disagree that the financial crisis cost him the election. This selection cost him the election. The interviews, the clothes, the ethics investigations, the lack of knowledge, the distortions of her record. What was John McCain thinking? With this choice he undercut the strongest argument for voting for him.

McCain has a history of being a fool about good looking, younger women. I think it happened again and it cost him something he has been pursuing for 20 years.

Something Bob Herbert wrote the other day struck me.

"Thoughtful, well-educated men and women are denounced as elites, and thus the enemies of ordinary Americans. Attempts to restore a semblance of fiscal sanity to a government that has been looted with an efficiency that would have been envied by the mob, are derided as subversive — the work of socialists, Marxists, Communists. "

RIP John McCain's campaign along with Sarah Palin and hopefully Joe the really not a plumber. It was awful.

Posted by: zigzagg | November 7, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Yeh, Sarah should keep her clothes. But it would be nice and really fitting if the Rethuglicans put Sarah on a Clydesdale and she did a Godiva before putting on the Saks.

Posted by: bgreston | November 7, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but I don't find Palin attractive, no matter whether you dress her up in $150K of clothing or leave her nude. In fact, I find Laura Bush more attractive. I also found the 40-something Hillary Clinton more attractive than the 40-something Palin. But if looks counted, I guess John Edwards would be president.

Posted by: djmolter | November 7, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Sure, the McCain camp chose her because of her looks and gender... but also because of her folksy manner, fearless assertiveness and hardcore right-wing views. She was a near complete package. Too bad for them, Palin didn't also have any basic knowledge of national or foreign policies or just the world at large. Don't try to portray Palin as some hapless female victim... she's a very ambitious cutthroat herself, and she signed on voluntarily and with glee.

Posted by: DogBitez | November 7, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Palin "played" the Republicans just like they've played us for decades. Ha, ha on them. Yah, she's got "sticky fingers." This isn't the first time she's taken people for a ride either. Bogus vouchers, bogus expenses, bogus trips, all on the Alaska government's tab. Geez, you'd think those horney Republican Palin supporters would've taken a closer look at her lack of ethics before rushing her into a position of power on the McCain ticket. Slap-dash stupidity at it's best.

Posted by: shapiromarilyn | November 7, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I say put her clothes up for sale on Ebay and pay down the national debt with the proceeds.

Posted by: rlampe | November 7, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

djnmolter -Really, well beauty is in the eye of the beholder,wink, wink.

Posted by: bgreston | November 7, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

If he's serious about change and bipartisanship, part of President Obama's tax plan could be a specific provision to eliminate the gift tax on Palin's clothes. :)

Posted by: jtarley | November 7, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I've said this before and I'll say it again. This is really tacky, tacky, tacky.

So in that light, here are top ten things Republicans can do with Sarah Palin and family's old Neiman Marcus clothing

10) Donate them to a "Goodwill" for a tax deduction
9) Sell them in a consignment shop for Palin imitating drag queens
8) Put them in a museum of clothing worn by failed candidates for public office
7) Burn them at the stake as a warning to other presumptious governors
6) Stage a musical "My Fair Sarah" with McCain as an aging Professor Higgins
5) Return them for credit on $4,000 suits
4) Cut them up into small pieces and sell them as campaign souvenirs to all those Hillary voters who voted Republican
3) Keep them in case another wrinkly white haired dude wants to appoint another hot chick as his running mate
2) Auction them off to fund the Republican campaign in 2012
1) Stuff them in Sarah Palin's dead moose.

Posted by: kxrc | November 7, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Vigor. She keeps the clothing, and she stays in Alaska. This would be good for America, and good for the republican party (the two are neither mutually exclusive nor always the same).

Posted by: fake1 | November 7, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I disagree. Why should she be able to keep the clothes she bought herself and her family when she publicly proclaimed that the clothes did not belong to her after her spending spree was exposed?

She clearly abused her position by turning a suggestion to buy THREE suits into a carte blanche to buy a whole new designer wardrobe for not just herself, but her family as well. Donor money should not have been used so frivolously and selfishly. She should not be allowed to benefit from her behavior.

Palin benefited from her nomination already. Don't make her into a victim she is not.

Posted by: Roewen | November 7, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"She wasn't qualified and was selected ONLY because she was an attractive female."

Now that has to be the most bigoted, and sexist remark I've read, or heard.

Good professional journalism -- that's a joke.

Posted by: centristdem | November 7, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Now you are protraying Sarah as a victim? I thought I heard her tell the world how much of a pitbull she was. I thought I heard her tell the world how socialistic Obama was palling around with terrorists. If Ms. Parker would write a scathing account of how John Mc Cain and his anti-American crew were in trying to misinform the public about the qualities of Sarah I would give this reading more thought. When the Republicans come clean then the party will start to rebuild. With all that is going on in the world Ms. Parker wants to talk about clothes and victimhood?

Posted by: Rfgannon | November 7, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to add the comment about the title of this article... "Empress". So Ms. Parker has now titled Sarah as an Empress in the same article that she openly admits she was not qualified? Sometimes I don't know who is funnier, the columnist or who they write about.

Posted by: Rfgannon | November 7, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Those clothes were props. She had a role to play and, even though she did not have the talent to pull it off, they gave her what was needed to try. Don't you know, the actors never get to keep the props. They go back to the property master.

Posted by: lgaide | November 7, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

If my employer provides me with clothes (other than uniforms or specialized items like protective gear), that is supposed to be treated as taxable "in kind" income. If I choose to donate the clothes to charity, I can take a deduction of their fair market value (which for clothes is not much. Just go to the Good Will and look at their prices), subject to the limitations on the "in kind"donations. I trust that IRS will scrutinize Sarah's transactions in the same way they would mine, and require the same treatment.

Posted by: george30 | November 7, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

IF PALIN WANTS TO OWN THESE CLOTHES, PALIN MUST PAY THE FULL COST FOR SHE IS NOT ABOVE THE RULES. BY THE WAY, SHE IS A HOCK MOM AND THEY DO NOT DRESS THAT WAY EVEN IN ALASKA. WHAT WAS OLD McCAIN THINK OF?

Posted by: usapdx | November 7, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

She can sell the clothes on eBay as part of a charity auction and write off the whole thing. (Which charity? How about one for children with disabilities? There are many good ones.)

I thought Republicans were supposed to know this tax-dodging stuff by heart?

The shoes will fetch top dollar!

A L A S K A F I R S T !

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | November 7, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Taxes aside, as well as the taste of ashes in her mouth if she were to wear the clothes again, I, an ardent Obama supporter, agree, let her keep the clothes. If I were on making on t.v., making several speeches a day, and being photographed at any moment, I'd want to look as good as I possibly could. The least damaging thing Sarah Palin has done is spend donors' money on clothes. Every time she opened her mouth, she assaulted Americans: blacks, gays, city people, the educated, liberals, agnostics. That is her true offense and I don't even think she realizes what she did from the moment she made her first speech. I don't hate her but I certainly feel as though she hates me and everything I believe in.

Posted by: gailjens | November 7, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, when I watched Palin speaking at rallies I did not see men salivating in the audience, it was women, lots of them. Few men were interested in her politically. It was evangelical women who were holding up the signs and turning her into a rock star. It was a woman in McCain's campaign that gave her the credit card and said to buy three suits, only to get a bill for $150,000.

Sarah was put on a pedestal by evangelical women and the RNC who thought they could capitalize on a woman VP without really knowing who she was. There were two major problems:
1) She was woefully unqualified.
2) She had her own agenda.
You only had to hear her explain that she had nothing to do with "McCain's loss" to understand that she was ready to be part of a win but wants nothing to do with a defeat. There is a term for people like that but I can't remember what is was. Synchophant?.

Anyway, I expect her to try to keep the clothes. Its her style to rip off anything and anyone she can as she showed by billing the state for every trip a family member made anywhere, including per diem for stays at home.

All Palin did in the campaign was show how stupid she is, how greedy she is, and how religious people cannot see these poor qualities in someone who claims to talk to God. Any republican with a brain knows she sunk the campaign and ripped them off. I do not expect to see her invited to Washington in the future, and her future in Alaska is in doubt. She should lay low but I doubt she will. She will return to once again embarass the republicans and they will do everythnig they can to distance themselves. She is the new Dan Quayle, whom she makes look intelligent by comparison.

Posted by: bevjims1 | November 7, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I am an Obama fan, and I believe that Ms. Parker is right, let the woman keep the clothes! She was indeed manipulated and used.
I start liking her, when she went "rogue".
And let's face it , she is very attractive and sexy, too bad she can't tell a nation from a continent.

Posted by: BFranco | November 7, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The first time I heard that she will be "returning" the clothes, my wife, who was sitting with me at the time, sneered. Clothes like this, she explained, are custom tailored for one particular body. So, the chances of them fitting another body are slim.

Also, the cost of "dispatching a GOP attorney" to retrieve them is probably more expensive than the clothes are. Keep 'em, geez!

Posted by: ebleas | November 7, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I am of the opinion that the tragedy of Sarah Palin rests on the shoulders of John McCain. He was the one that made the mistake for thinking he could name a woman VP and woo the Hillary Clinton's followers...Never thinking the Hillary followers had brains.

So, he picked Sarah Palin, this wide-eyed, extraordinarily ignorant woman for his VP.

Her pathetic performance shocked this country's voters as well as many of the Republican elite.

As of late, many of the TV pundits are poking fun at Sarah Palin for not knowing that Africa is a continent. At the same time they refer to the United States as 'America'...America, my friends, is a continent.

Something really spooky? Cindy McCain ended up sporting a hairdo just like Sarah Palin's...creepy.

Posted by: olgaolivia | November 7, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin's clothes are just an extention of McCain's poor, eradic, dishonest campaign. She was used and she used them for her own personal, political agenda. Unfortunately I don't think this is the last we will hear from her.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | November 7, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I agree, Kathleen. Let her keep the clothes.
So far, Palin's Republican handlers are coming off looking worse than she does.

Posted by: martymar123 | November 7, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin's clothes are just an extension of McCain's poor, erratic, dishonest campaign. She was used and she used them for her own personal, political agenda. Unfortunately I don't think this is the last we will hear from her.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | November 7, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Palin picked for attractiveness ? By Kathleens logic... Angelina Jolie should have been McCains pick for VP. What sexist crap !

Palin-bashing continues to sell papers I guess. I keep hearing insults about her experience. Dah experience DOESN’T matter anymore... as when the Post declared its support for “cool, charismatic”, “supple intelligence” and “admittedly thin resume” Obama.

Contrast Palins executive experience with Obamas none... Palin has run a State and a small town. Red-lined budgets, fired people, cut programs etc. (hint: not special needs) The Washington Post targeted her clothing and daily expenses but ignored her cutting Alaska's budget by 10%, her cutting the Governors expenses by a whopping 80%, her cutting Alaska's earmark requests in half last year, her leadership on energy.

Had McCain picked the liberal Lieberman ? Republicans would have shutdown his convention and revolted on mass.

Had McCain picked Romney ? Obama would have beat him 60/40 easy as ten million conservatives would have stayed home.

Palin easily doubled McCains support among fiscal and social conservatives. On the campaign trail ? Huge enthusiastic crowds turned out for Palin/McCain.. funding ? $100 million plus after Palins choice... neither Romney nor McCain could draw more than a few hundred to a crowd without Palin.

DESPITE the Messiahs trillion $ in promises: tax cuts, homes and health care for EVERYONE !! with the worst brand-name and a financial meltdown and an unpopular President - 56 million STILL voted for Palin/McCain.

That is truely remarkable. Palin will be back. You betcha.

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 7, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Why did she take the clothes back to Alaska with her? She said they didn't belong to her, so win or lose, she should have packed them up and returned them to the GOP prior to going back to Alaska. And now she's claiming that some of the clothes are lost. How do you loose clothes over a 60 day period? She's so tacky, she wants to keep some of the clothes so now she's claiming that they are lost. Poor Sarah Palin, she's just trailer trash all dressed up in borrowed clothing. McSame should be ashamed of himself for falling for the okidoke.

Posted by: Beingsensible | November 7, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I have not changed my mind. You are indeed jealous!

Posted by: mbm011 | November 7, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

This country is in one of the most critical times and you are discussing clothing.
Hillary was criticized for the way she dressed. She was made fun of for showing emotion. Made fun of because she never showed emotion. Palin stories are being printed by newspapers all over the country but this is only hearsay. Print the names of the folks saying these things. Hey, what is the real truth? If any people from the McCain campaign leaked these stories, shame on them. What happened to loyalty to the campaign and to the party? I believe this is a way for the people running the campaign to blame her instead of facing their inability to run a decent campaign. It was not her fault it was their fault, and the women in this country better get used to the fact that a woman will never get to be president of this country because they will be stopped in their tracks by things such as this. Women have the power to get out and vote to put one in office but seriously I think women are women's worst enemy and until that changes women will never get anywhere. Parker as usual missed the whole intent of the people running MCCain's campaign to blame everyone else but themselves and again writes another dumb story.

Posted by: vmu1 | November 7, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Can I just say that I have really enjoyed your writing this campaign season. Once again you are RIGHT ON!

Posted by: otabenga | November 7, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

For all who didn't realize it, the article was wrong. The silk boxers were for Sarah, not Todd.

Posted by: ideveloper | November 7, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I have a heartbeat, what's for Dinner?

Posted by: yodude1 | November 7, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I think the whole Right Wing should plan a move to a new continent of Palin's choice, to start a new country. That should keep them busy for the next 232 years.

Posted by: AverageJane | November 7, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I suppose it was also racist to nominate Barack Obama. And especially racist to elect him. If not for his massive team of advisors that basically program him on what to say (has he ever been eloquent without a teleprompter?), he wouldn't know what to say about anything.

You're a worthless hack.

Posted by: themadhatter114 | November 7, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Although I have nothing good to say about Palin, (I thought her selection was a catastrophe with a capital C) I would agree with Ms. Parker. Palin was used plain and simple. I think even she realized it towards the end, then she tried to use them too. Let her have the clothes, they're already paid for by the donors.

Posted by: tydicea | November 7, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of petty, catty people on this board. And jealous.

She is smart enough to be a very popular governor of a very large state. She united the Conservative base--and we absolutely adore her. The petty back stabbing remarks coming from unknown sources [cowards] are not substantiated. John McCain himself should shut up any staffer spreading this type of crap. And he should repudiate it and defend her.

Yup, I'm a Conservative. I will work and support her and any like minded Conservative. If the moderates in the Republican party don't like Conservatism then they should vacate! Go Sarah!

Yea, and she looked good in the clothes! Typical Conservative woman.

Posted by: tpierce2 | November 7, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I think it's sexist for the Washington Post to continue to employ Kathleen Parker, because she's seemingly only qualified to write catty articles attacking female conservatives. I think her continued employment is an embarrassment to women everywhere.

Posted by: themadhatter114 | November 7, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

If not for his massive team of advisors that basically program him on what to say (has he ever been eloquent without a teleprompter?), he wouldn't know what to say about anything.

You're a worthless hack.

Posted by: themadhatter114 | November 7, 2008 3:05 PM

Ummmm, themadhatter114 (an understatement if I ever saw one) ... Barack Obama wrote his own major speeches. He used the teleprompters to read his OWN words, lol.

And Ms. Parker, thanks. I agree, let her keep the clothes. It would be a good reminder of her true character each time she forces her way back on TV in the coming years. And since she's gonna have to pay taxes whether she keeps 'em or not, taking them back is just vengeful mischief coming from, I think, the Romney followers in the McCain camp. Lol ... I love watching Republicans eat their own!

Posted by: Omyobama | November 7, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Parker:

I understand you are a conservative. Your column does you and all honest, thinking people credit. I'm grateful that you have the courage to write what you've written and I will read your opinion pieces in the future.

Thank you.

Posted by: mbfdl | November 7, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

So, is it true that Sarah Palin Hater the
village idiot Katleen Parker is going to
be Dopey Dana Perino as Messiah Barack
"The Wealth Spreader" Hussein Obama's
White House Press Secretary now then?

Posted by: Darlene5289 | November 7, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the ignorant right wingers here-yeah, Palin was qualified, she was used, whatever. So she doesn't know who is in NAFTA, that Africa is a continent and hasn't read anything more difficult than People(if that). I want her to run in 2012- absolutely!
What is the problem with my fellow Obama supporters? Let's make the next election easier on ourselves(phonebanking for hours in crowded noisy rooms and canvassing in the rain- I did it- but I'd like to lessen the time). If Palin comes up again- we have not only our own on our side- we have all the conservatives who eventually came over - right from the start next time. It is not as if Sarah will actually learn anything in the next 4 years-her base only wants her to be more small-minded and even farther right.

Posted by: silverspring25 | November 7, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Please, please, please, let it be true that she will be back. That would be the best thing for the Democratic Party since GWB. If the Republicans cling to her, the religious right, Kristol and the neocons, they will be out of power for a long, long time to come. Krugman's 'monster' write-up was right on the mark.

Posted by: bikereader | November 7, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I am confused by all the money they spent on her wardrobe...wouldn't you think a governor of a state would already have proper business attire?

They should of known...You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear

Posted by: franko353 | November 7, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

This is a woman who cooked the books to justify travel expenses for her children accompanying her to conferences and billed the State of Alaska for nights spent at home. I doubt she'll declare taxes on the clothes. This woman cannot be trusted because she's a crook and as corrupt as other politicians in Alaska. In comparison with Michelle Obama, who actually pays for her clothes and her family's' clothes out of her OWN hard earned salary, Sarah Palin was using DONOR's money to give herself and her family a lavish lifestyle. She should be held accountable to the last penny. After ther vitriolic words against Obama, payback is a b---ch.

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | November 7, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I have a question. Reports say that a "wealthy donor" paid for the clothes. If that's true, how is that legal? Wouldn't that effectively be an illegal campaign contribution?

Posted by: paige3 | November 7, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: silverspring25 | November 7, 2008 3:50 PM
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You are drinking the cool aid! How do you know she doesn't know about Africa, NAFTA? Because a "no name coward" said so?

Go ahead and keep underestimating her. And other Conservative leaders. We are determined to correct the mess that will be created by the libs. Hopefully we can start in two years. Liberalism is truly a mental disease.

Posted by: tpierce2 | November 7, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey Parker,

"They owe Palin those clothes and
a sincere apology for using her the way selfish men have always used women."

You sound a little bit like Dowd at that other liberal paper. Kinda down on men are you?

Posted by: tpierce2 | November 7, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Bravo, Ms. Parker! You have accurately summed up how Sarah Palin was misused by the McCain campaign. I applauded you much earlier in the campaign season when you were forthright and honest enough to say what so many other conservatives were already thinking: Sarah Palin is not prepared for the vice presidency, let alone the presidency. If enough other conservatives had the intestinal fortitude to speak the truth, McCain might just have made an honest admission of an obvious mistake and sent Governor Palin back to Alaska. We all know that there are incredibly bright, well-informed conservative/Republican females that can satisfactorily (if not excellently) perform the job of vice president or president. But you speak the truth when you say that McCain chose Sarah Palin because of her sex appeal. It was McCain's biggest mistake of the entire campaign.

So, let Sarah Palin keep the clothes. Let her husband and children keep their clothes, as well. The RNC should just consider it payment due for services rendered. I don't think that most of America was fooled by Governor Palin's "aw-shucks-I'm-just-a-small-town-girl-trying-to-make-it-in-the-big-city" schtick anyway. Unlike most of the rest of America, I don't see Sarah Palin making it big on the national stage in 4, 8 or 12 years. I think this campaign has done her in, and as hard as she might try, I don't think that she will be able to wipe away the tarnish that has built upon her in the last 2 months.

Posted by: sdecker | November 7, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Sarah should get some kind of special Sasquatch award for making fools out of the people that brought her in from the wilderness. She kicked them all right in the fuzzy dice...

Posted by: Hawkestreet | November 7, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

PALIN FIRST!

Posted by: nick13 | November 7, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I think someone can make a gift to the Governor roughly equivalent to the amount of additional tax owed. Up to $24,000, no gift tax liability for the giver.

I voted for Obama and thought Governor Palin was a poor choice for VP. But I sympathize with her on this issue. Here was a person of modest economic means thrust in a world where money flowed freely, $500+ a day hotel rooms no problem, elaborate food expenses, everyone around her, particularly in Republican circles, dressed in the most expensive clothing, with jewelry out of the reach for 90% of the country. Compare for example Cindy McCain, of enormous wealth apparently not from working but from inheritance, wearing designer clothers and jewelry worth hundreds of thousands: one can see how the Governor lost her way and began to think, if she has it, why not me, I'm the VP nominee? I mean, it's hard for most Americans to imagine how much money leading Republicans have. So I say, yes, she lost her way, but who would not under such circumstances?

Posted by: Marshall4 | November 7, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is *deluding* herself if she imagines her political future means anything more than being a national joke. For that is truly what she's become.

McCain and her ran a vile campaign. I'm disgusted even to recall the lies they spread, even as they knew they were lies. They lost because a) they have nothing really to offer the American people; b) we saw through their pathetic sham.

McCain was the idiot to pick her. Palin responded with zest at any chance to spread vicious lies. She is a complete piece of work. Goodbye, Ms. Palin, and good riddance.

Posted by: clane3 | November 7, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The woman was an opportunist and appears to have always been one. If that is what 150K+ gets you, the GOP should demand a refund. She became a self-fulfilling prophecy - lipstick on a pig. I didn't think anyone could make Bush look smart...but I was wrong. Her arrogance and greed, combined with her extremist views, are just another in a long line of GOP blunders and hypocrisy.

On a different note, why would you kowtow to PETA?

Posted by: GreginCO | November 7, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I do not agree with Sarah Palin on the most of the issues. I voted for the winner. But, c'mon people, how can anyone deny that Palin is an attractive personality? She's no dummy, she's a canny politician, and accepting the VP nomination was a no-brainer for her. Her political career is going to take off. Do not "mis-underestimate" her.

By the way, thanks for putting the oldest comments at the top, so you can read them by scrolling down. Other Post bloggers/columnists do it the other way 'round, which is a pain.

Posted by: chipgower | November 7, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Palin should return all the clothes and all the luxury items she purchased such as jewelry, shoes, bags, suitcases, etc. It should be considered government property and, therefore, she is not entitled to it. Anything she keeps, she should be expected to reimburse the government for its appropriate value. I seem to remember that Senator Stevens also thought he was entitled to a lot of freebies at taxpayers expense, and he is going to jail for that. She too should go to jail, if she doesn't pay for the items or if she doesn't return them. THE NERVE OF THAT WOMAN! SARAH PALIN IS A DISGUSTING CORRUPT POLITICIAN. WE SHOULD THANK GOD THAT MC CAIN LOST, SHE WOULD BE ANOTHER VP FROM HELL.

Posted by: fridaolay | November 7, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

How is it that Nancy Reagan wore works of art, Michelle Obama gets rave reviews on her dress designers' work and Sarah Palin gets thrust onto the national stage and the clothing bill is all the press and campaign backbiters can beat to death? Let's see if the Governor from Alaska has the grace to take the continued hits without lashing out at her accusers. The demonizing of this woman has been unconscionable!

Posted by: warrwim | November 7, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

So, the RNC is sending a REPO man to Wasilla.

Wonder what kind of welcome he'll get. Not a good one I think. He'd better watch out. The Palin brood are apt to simply throw all those clothes out on the front lawn and watch his poor RNC guy try to gather then all up and somehow or another return them to God-knows-whom.

You can be sure the press will be there to watch for any fireworks that might develop.

Someone ought to produce a comic opera entitled "Sarah" Use Rossinni's music. A lot of good comic material coming out of Wasilla and its apt to be coming out for a long time.

Posted by: Carl_Goss | November 7, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: pvilso24 :
Contrast Palins executive experience with Obamas none... Palin has run a State and a small town. Red-lined budgets, fired people, cut programs etc. (hint: not special needs) The Washington Post targeted her clothing and daily expenses but ignored her cutting Alaska's budget by 10%, her cutting the Governors expenses by a whopping 80%, her cutting Alaska's earmark requests in half last year, her leadership on energy.
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Do we have to go through all this again? She started a sales tax in Wasilla. She built a hockey rink before getting full approval and every year runs a deficit. She left Wasilla in a hole. And of course she can cut state taxes. Alaska is one of the biggest recipients of federal pork! She didn't say no the the bridge, she didn't give back the money, the gas pipeline has not been approved and is nowhere near being built, and she didn't sell the plane on Ebay. She charged the state for her kids to travel with her, she let her husband look at government files and included him one her government emails. The list goes on and on. But I'm glad you love her.

Posted by: baltimoremom | November 7, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

If not for his massive team of advisors that basically program him on what to say (has he ever been eloquent without a teleprompter?), he wouldn't know what to say about anything.
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Did you not watch the debates (both with Hillary and McCain)? Did you not see any of his interviews? Did you not see the clip of him talking to Joe the Plumber? Obama never talked in half sentences, he knew was he was talking about, and he was very clear.

Posted by: baltimoremom | November 7, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Gee, lady, read your own paper. Palin was indeed a whacky choice. Whether it was sexist or just doofus desparate, I'll be happy to leave to others to determine.

The Clothes Line are another saga. Apparently, the McCain Campaign suggested that she buy six outfits and allocated an "outrageous" budget of $25,000 from campaign funds. Instead, La Palin bought trunks and trunks of stuff-not all of it clothes-at a cost of over $190,000. That's the latest figure after the poor lower level campaign chumps she chivvied into putting some of the purchases on their personal credit cards tried to obtain reimbursement for the the expenses. Apparently, $40,000 was spent on Todd Palin's "needs" alone. This story won't be going away any time soon.

One of the things that stands out about the Palin whirlwind candidacy is that any "using" was at the least mutual.

Let her keep the underwear. I don't think the Palins will have room for more in their bursting closets and only a real pervert would want it back anyway. The remainder of the loot should go back to the RNC for disposition. Maybe, they can hold a raffle.

Posted by: bubbuh | November 7, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised that Sarah Palin flew back to Alaska before stopping at Neimen Marcus to return the $150,000 worth of clothing. She is using a double standard, if she tells Ted Stevens that he is corrupt for accepting gifts where as it is perfectly okay for her and the Alaskan first dude to keep all the expensive wardrobe as a gift from the republican fan base. The campaign should not have bought those clothes for the vp. The governor gets a fat paycheck for the work she does. Can't she afford her own clothing? We all noticed that not only did Sarah Palin spiffy up, her whole family got a wardrobe change paid for by the republican campaign money. Enen Bristol's boyfriend who does not have a job was dressed up to look like a millionaire. There is really no sexism involved when people point out that she misused campaign money. There are enough women in this country who are able to dress good and look good at a fraction of what was spent for Sarah Palin.

Posted by: JohnMcCormick | November 7, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

From some of the McCain camp sniping at Palin, it sounds like Palin likes fancy clothes and stuff a lot. And per diems for being at home, tax free thank you.

Posted by: newageblues | November 7, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

The Todd Palin dude gave Sarah a $30 wedding ring. That guy is cheap. Now he has a $50,000 wardrobe provided by the RNC thanks to his wife. What good has that dude done for this country? He is part of a party that wants Alaska to separate from the United States. McCain should be blamed for picking somebody so extreme as his running mate.

Posted by: JohnMcCormick | November 7, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

tpierce2 - so if all the other things; intelligence, running a small town, the youbetcha's and all had been the same - but she was not attractive - would Sarah still have been a typical conservative woman? Or if she was, indeed homely - do you think McCain would have selected her? Kay Bailey - not conservative enough? She is well liked enough in TX that should she choose to run against Rick Perry she would probably win. Some of the other Republican women - not conservative enough or typical enough? Is that why Libby Dole lost; because she is getting on in years now and needed to be replaced by the next new hot babe who was typically Republican? Who decides YOU??? Laura Bush, Christi Todd Whitman, and many other women Republican and Democrat alike, have more going for them than Sarah Palin - because they actually think before they speak and they think of others before themselves. I may not agree with Kay Bailey Hutchinson 95% of the time - but at least she knows her stuff. I would not be afraid that she would open her mouth and embarress America.

Posted by: gjkbear | November 7, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

what the gop wanted, the gop got.

T & A.

that's what the gop has left you with, an exploitation story, that gets even wierder as you look deeper.

The T & A strategy only works until the mouth opens.

Too bad about that vicious mouth of hers.

did she find the lost hockey team yet? They're looking for a hockey mom.

they'll give her a free jersey!

Posted by: pgibson1 | November 7, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

This whole campaign process..on all sides has been scripted and stagecrafted to such a high degree..reminds me of how American Idol is just one big ad.

Palin provided the only real interest, at one point reporters would not even show up to greet McCain at the airport, for the R ticket.

I'm glad, in retrospect, that she was publicly vetted..the sexism and racism was rampant (real and reverese) throughout this whole thing..I'm glad it's over for everyone, including S Palin!

Posted by: newbeeboy | November 7, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

To warrwim:

The "demonizing" of this woman is of her own making. Had she been professional, educated, polished, honest and HUMBLE enough to let McCain and his top aides guide her through the campaign without incident...none of these issues would have cropped up to create the fodder presently at hand. Her greed, ignorance and sinfully obvious desire to be "top dog" has been painfully transparent. Even if a small percentage of what we are reading and hearing about her is true - SHAME ON HER!! And thank God the majority of the American public had the good sense to send her back to Alaska where she belongs! She's reapin' what she sowed! Oh, and how big does she think HER britches are that she thought SHE would deliver a concession speech...damn, her actions speak louder than her words!!! She's nothing but a pretty, small town girl who has figured out to get her way most of the time by battin' those big doe eyes to those can't see through the act. She doesn't have the true substance it takes to participate in REAL Amercian/World politics. I have no idea on what her followers base their grandiose adoration of her. Quite mind-boggling!

Posted by: stucknthemiddle | November 7, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I, also an Obama supporter, don't care whether she keeps the clothes or not, BUT if she and her family do keep the clothes then she had best pay taxes on them. Those are IRS rules and should apply to EVERYONE. It isn't the same as a uniform that an employer requires you to wear. Even uniforms have restrictions as to how much they can cost if they aren't for safety reasons. So . . . sure, let her keep the clothes as long as she recognizes their full cost as income.

Posted by: Wiggs1 | November 7, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Rfgannon wrote: So Ms. Parker has now titled Sarah as an Empress in the same article that she openly admits she was not qualified?

It's a literary reference. The literature is "Grimm's Fairy Tales." The story is "The Emperor's New Clothes." Any bells ringing?

Posted by: kcc3 | November 7, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The GOP had to make her look like a socialite, not a socialist.

Posted by: hamishdad | November 7, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

No one is ever used without their consent. If Palin was used by the McCain campaign, then Palin is just as guilty of using the exposure to begin planning her future in the Republican party. No, she (and he family) should not be allowed to keep the clothing, ESPECIALLY since she said very publically that they would be given to charity. The expensive makeup she has to keep because that's not something to share and I have no doubt she gleaned a lot of style advice from the team of stylists who worked on her so there are items she will keep. But to claim Palin should get to keep the clothing because she was used by the McCain campaign is as ridiculous as the fact that these clothes were purchased for her to begin with.

Posted by: JLF03 | November 7, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

You mean....you mean...they are going to pry that $600 Louis Vitton bag from little Piper's hot little hand and take it away? Oh, the humanity...you cruel, cruel Republicans....

Posted by: agolembe | November 7, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The true act and attitude of sexism in this election was the selection of Palin in the first place. She wasn't qualified and was selected ONLY because she was an attractive female
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Thank you. The comparisons some made between Palin and an editor of Harvard Law Review -- or Yale Law graduate Hillary Clinton -- we some of the dumbest comments in this campaign

Posted by: davidscott1 | November 7, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin's problem is that if she keeps the clothes, she has to pay the tax on their value. That's the only reason the clothes are being returned
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I suspect that is not true, and that it isnt clear campaign funds can be used for these expenses.

Posted by: davidscott1 | November 7, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

How is it that Nancy Reagan wore works of art, Michelle Obama gets rave reviews on her dress designers' work and Sarah Palin gets thrust onto the national stage and the clothing bill is all the press and campaign backbiters can beat to death? Let's see if the Governor from Alaska has the grace to take the continued hits without lashing out at her accusers. The demonizing of this woman has been unconscionable!
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I totally agree with you. Apparently Ms. Parker is running out of subject matter for her columns. I have an idea for a column I would like to read. Why doesn't she report on the cost of Michelle's do-over and designer dresses and tell us who foot the bill. She should also include the cost of the dresses her daughters are wearing. Also, Obama is wearing custom made suits. Is he paying for them himself?

When I glanced at the title of the column, at first I thought Ms. Parker was referring to that expensive designer exotic-bird type dress that Michelle wore. I read that the designer charges from $1,000 to $8,000 per dress. I think she should have paid Michelle to wear it.

Posted by: mafox1 | November 7, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

People seem to overlook the fact that if any of the other candidates or their spouses were doing anything unethical, the media would have certainly turned something up. Again...Mrs. Palin has acted in such a manner to have opened herself up to all the criticsm currently flying about. Had she acted appropriately, there would be no news. Simple.

Posted by: stucknthemiddle | November 7, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"People seem to overlook the fact that if any of the other candidates or their spouses were doing anything unethical, the media would have certainly turned something up."

Except that the libera media was one-sided and in regards to issues with Obama, that some people pointed out, pretty much abdicated its responsibility to report them.

Posted by: Tron4JC | November 7, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

How is it that Nancy Reagan wore works of art, Michelle Obama gets rave reviews on her dress designers' work and Sarah Palin gets thrust onto the national stage and the clothing bill is all the press and campaign backbiters can beat to death? Let's see if the Governor from Alaska has the grace to take the continued hits without lashing out at her accusers. The demonizing of this woman has been unconscionable!

Posted by: warrwim | November 7, 2008 4:45 PM
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You know how, Warrwim? Nancy Reagan either paid for them herself or wore them on loan from the designer. Michelle Obama buys her own clothes, many at stores like Old Navy, and she has worn some that are on loan.

Both Mrs. Reagan and Mrs. Obama have their own style.

The GOP used campaign contributions to put flash on the back of their Wasillabilly. They sold her as having natural style but it was bought for her. The GOP was complaining about the excess of Sen. Obama all the while shelling out huge sums for clothes.

Well, clothes don't make the man or the woman. If Mrs. Palin is as brilliant and natural as they say, then she doesn't need $150k in clothes. But she isn't a natural. She was invented from her garters to her glasses. Bread and circuses. The GOP thought all their constituents wanted was bread and circuses to entertain them and take their minds off real issues.

What's scary is they were almost right!

Posted by: agolembe | November 7, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

as much as I agree with the writer, that she should be allowed to keep the clothes, it does present an interesting tax issue if she is allowed to keep them. Would the $150,000 in clothes, "a gift" be considered income to Mrs. Palin? My understanding is that it would be, and therefore, she would have to pay taxes on it. It is well above the $11,000 limit on the "gift" exemption from income. So it would be best for Mrs. Palin to reject such a gift, since it will come with a hefty tax bill.

Posted by: djclaremont | November 7, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Do you recall how the media was allll over John Edwards earlier in the year? Me thinks it has nothing to do w/party affiliation. It's about who's indiscretions will SELL NEWS, regardless of party affiliation, race or religion. Quit being so paranoid and embrace the realism of what motivates world media these days. Poor little "Sarah from Alaska" is no victim.

Posted by: stucknthemiddle | November 7, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I find the entire ordeal rather trivial. The woman is from Alaska with little to no Rodeo Drive. She is like any other woman with a credit card that's not her own. "Shop, baby, shop!"

I'm still waiting for the donation party Mrs. Palin and the Republicans are going to give when the election is over.

Simply, if she wants to keep them, she will need to reimburse all the credit cards she used from others; and if it's truly a donation, pay the taxes on them.

You have to give it to the woman, she was offered 3-4 new suits. She left with more than 3-4 suits for her, her children, and husband. Lack of manners and grace doesn't even begin to describe the Palins.

Posted by: speaksoftly | November 7, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Good grief! We can give it a rest. Palin was an opportunistic, egotistical extremist, and we keep giving her press and feeding her enormous, unfounded ego.

The best thing to do is let her do whatever she is going to do as long as she goes away -- permanently. And I mean put her in Alaska in deep-freeze and keep her there along with Sen. Ted Stevens (her mentor) who was convicted on 7 felony counts and still got a huge number of votes.

Alaska's voters have embarrassed America.

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Posted by: virginiaharris1 | November 7, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin clearly was McCain’s employee, not a partner. She had no say in policy and was not consulted on tactics, as shown by her surprise over withdrawing from Michigan. She had no expertise to contribute to national government after the election. She was hired to be a “spokesmodel,” like Natalie Wood on a Pontiac hood. Even Karl Rove admitted as much.

Palin took the job gladly. To put that in perspective, would, say, Kathleen Sebelius have either agreed to a role like Palin‘s, or settled for the kind of treatment she received? C’mon now, even Vanna White would have turned down a gig like that. But not Palin, your “victim” of sexism. Be honest: isn’t an attractive woman who rents out her appearance for marketing purposes actively participating in a sexist role? How is she any less guilty of sexism than her employer? In what conceivable sense is she a victim?

Palin got well paid with a politician’s coin: exposure. I seriously doubt that anything else was offered, and an employee in the cookie jar is a thief, whatever their motivation. The fact is that the RNC could actually be sued over Palin’s wardrobe excesses. They’re so desperate to avoid that that they claim to have sent an attorney to Alaska to kick in her door. The clothes have to go back. With all due respect, you’re on the wrong side of a question in Ethics 1.

Posted by: whitehat1 | November 7, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey, enough with all this harassment of Palin for not knowing about Africa. Give the poor woman a break.

Everyone should surely realize she can't see Africa from her back porch. So be a bit more understanding.

Posted by: patrick10 | November 7, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Let's see if the Governor from Alaska has the grace to take the continued hits without lashing out at her accusers. The demonizing of this woman has been unconscionable!
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First of all you need to get hip and use Alaskan vernacular--she is continuing to "take her shots." It's shot's, not hit's okay???

Now she jumped in with both feet and lot's of gusto to deamonize Barack Obama. She did so without hesitation and did it shamelessly despite not even knowing much about who he really was. Remember when she told Charlie, she didn't hesitate for a second when Mccain asked her to run. She was ready to tarnish Obama's character right out of the starting block.

No one should feel sorry for her. Surely no one is suggesting we should be hesitant in our criticisms of her because she is a woman. After all if woman want equally then they should understand politicians are ridiculed by society all the time.

It comes with the territory. Irrespective of state or gender.

She came. She saw. She tried to intimidate and conquer. And now, hopefully, she is gone.

Posted by: patrick10 | November 7, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

>Hmmm, while I recognize a certain degree of
>tongueincheek in your piece, I did not
>detect this with the following: Palin was
>NOT just picked because she looked good.

I would like to request an exercise of the imagination. Imagine Harriet Miers as the VP pick. Close your eyes. Try.... Can you do it?

Posted by: rscalf | November 7, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

The basic legal problem is that the purchase (or wearing?) of clothing for personal use violated the 2002 McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act.

It is not just tax issues, or lipstick analogies, or sexism. The McCain campaign or the RNC purchased clothing which clearly violates the spirit and letter of McCain's own act.

Nancy Reagan and Michelle Obama used their own money. Sarah Palin is worth over $1 million and could buy her own clothes. (She could also pay travel expenses for her children, but that's a scandal for another day.)

Posted by: amatsumoto | November 7, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Why is the news media still obsessed with Palin's wardrobe? The election is over, and the focus should be on more substantive topics.

Posted by: lqtr | November 7, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin entered into an agreement with GOP to return the clothes at the end of the campaign which would then be donated to charity. She was aware enough to make this arrangement public at several campaign stops.

She is not an innocent and if she had any trace of a brain, Ms. Palin would have known that she was absolutely not qualified for this position of VP. Instead, she "didn't blink". Of course if the GOP party had done any due diligence search, they too would have discovered the same. They are both culpable.

So, no, I don't feel sorry for Sarah or the GOP for trying to make this charade work. It was a disaster from the beginning. Now, hopefully, it will end some time very soon.

At this point it is like reading the Enquirer or watching Jerry Springer. Enough!

Posted by: espresso4me | November 7, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

There is this little matter of the law that does not fit in with your little column, but is nevertheless the law.

Then there is the tax issues.

Do you really think you can keep clothes and such purchased for business use and just keep them? Actually it would be poetic justice to have them declared as compensation and tax her.

Posted by: oldgeek143 | November 7, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Sherrykay. It's because of haters like you that the Republicans got their walking papers from the people of America.

You sure represent Mrs. Palin well. Both of your are small minded and mean.

Posted by: agolembe | November 7, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

If she keeps the clothes and accessories, doesn't she have to pay taxes on them? Sure, let her keep them and pay gift taxes on....what are we up to now? 180-190k? Does anyone really want Todd's used silk underwear anyway? ewwwwww.

Since the Palin's saved a lot of money because they billed Alaskan taxpayers for official (wink, wink) travel for their children, they should be able to afford the taxes.

Posted by: trisha4 | November 7, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I think the real question is WHO used WHO.

She is no victim here. Remember that she said YES without even thinking about it.
Palin knew what she wanted----to be in the National spotlight and John McCain provided the Express train to the big time.

McCain's camp may have "used" Sarah to appeal to evangelicals and women, but Sarah "used" them to advance her own agenda. Sarah had been courting "insiders" for some time and she jumped on board with both feet. She doesn't even have the capacity to know that she is unqualified.

Posted by: trisha4 | November 7, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

The clothes are not Palin's to sell--they belong to the RNC.Isn't taking gifts how Ted Stevens got into trouble?

Posted by: risdmom | November 7, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Kathleen--I agree 100%. I do think that some of these clothes belong in the Smithsonian. Assuming the Governor is game for this, a tax lawyer can figure out the best scheme for getting them there.

Posted by: DocGreen | November 7, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please explain to me why the socially conservative (read Christian right) wing of the Republican party needed to be mobilized, ergo Sarah Palin was selected as VP? Does anyone really believe these people would NOT have beaten a path to the polls to vote against Barack Obama, even given their tepid feelings about McCain, regardless of the VP pick? I just can't see the religious right sitting out a Presidential election with Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate. Maybe McCain hoped to mobilize them to give him some money....

Posted by: pies2go | November 7, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

It's actually very funny to compare pictures of her today with last week. Just shows what $30,000 from a professional stylist can buy.

To pvilso24 | November 7, 2008 12:50 PM:

Please tell me you don't honestly believe that her so called 'executive experience' qualified her to (potentially) be the President of the United States. I know John McCain liked to add that she also had experience with the PTA (me too), but sorry, that just doesn't cut it. Maybe it's me, but I keep thinking that serving in the US Senate might give you broader exposure to the nation and world. But hey, those 6,000 citizens of Wasilla might be a tough bunch. And she had been the Governor of the second smallest state in terms of population for 18 months; hardly a lengthy resume. I won't even talk about her educational qualifications because...nevermind.

You note that '56 million voted for Palin/McCain', but thankfully, 65 million voted for Obama/Biden. I wonder why that was?

I could not care less about the clothes. I didn't pay for them; the idiots who donated to the RNC did. Good investment.

Posted by: Smiling1 | November 7, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Palin played along with McCain campaign and served as an elephant killer when she was supposed to field dress a donkey. I highly recommend this short, hilarious youtube video, Blame Game : Et tu, Palin? Palin 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrUN8oldj9o

She debased herself to suggestive gestures and folksy innuendo, all traits she didn't display when running for Gov. Her very selection was a "white flag of surrender" to the Obama campaign that they were not going to run a campaign on issues when a country was looking for answers. I think the saddest moment of the whole campaign was when John McCain tried so graciously to salvage some remaining dignity and the crowd started booing and yelling canned cheers during his concession speech. He couldn't turn off the hate machine that Palin primed so well on the trail. The fact the she was smiling at that moment says it all.

For some many reluctant voters OBAMA meant Only Because America's Maverick was Awol. The truth is John McCain squandered his chance to make his case to the American people. He used the Pitbull with lipstick as a distraction and it backfired when he got bit trying to put the muzzle on.

p.s., She'd do well to hide her wardrobe from the GOP lawyers at Sen. Steven's house. He's used to storing unrequested gifts and not disclosing them. They should be safe there!

Posted by: mediaoffline | November 8, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin and the Republican Party deserve each other. It is a match made in heaven. They used her and she used them, and the bickering going on is because they both lost.

As for the clothing she acquired in the lower 48 - one thing we learned early on is nothing is for free. The RNC should let her have them - at cost - she did her job for the party. And maybe Palin has learned a lesson not to play cutesy with sharks.

Posted by: jbleenyc | November 8, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

First, please quit pretending to be a Conservative. You are like David Brooks at the New York Times - another Conservative. ha ha ha

Second, Obama has 143 days in the Senate and he's qualified. Ha Ha Ha.

I can't wait until the Obama Kool-Aid doesn't go down as smooth when people realize he can't solve all the worlds problems by a simple speech.

Posted by: Tom22 | November 8, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Funny of the 4 candidates, Palin has the most successful resume, accomplishments and she gets trashed. No wonder we have the troubles we're having with all those old farts in congress.

Posted by: ekim53 | November 8, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Best resume'?

Yeah....but only because she is the love spawn of a very radical, Wasilla Assembly of God group hoping to send their Trojan Horse to Washington, DC.

Thank God, and I really do mean the Creator, for not allowing this woman anywhere near our Constitutional Mecca. Whew!!

And thank you Parker, Powell, Tina, and Couric for your part in saving our nation. You are American Heros (heroines, is this too sexist?).

Support Obama!


Posted by: VoiceofReason | November 8, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather have America look like the State of Alaska with plenty of energy and a balanced budget under Palin than look the South Side of Chicago that was a rat hole when Obama arrived and a rat hole when he left.

Posted by: ekim53 | November 8, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Good idea, Kathleen. Nice clothes can comfort women who suffer disappointment, like bringing down an iconic Presidential candidate. And, if she keeps her figure trim, she can use them again to run in '12.

Posted by: chrisblack1 | November 8, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Palin wasn't used by anyone. She had the choice to say no. Her hubris is her own and not the fault of "those men who forced her into the national spotlight". She deserves no sympathy. And nothing would please me more than to see her bearing the RNC standard in 2012. The right-wing base loves her, but the middle sees her as grossly unqualified and a bit of a joke. Her brand is more damaged than the overall Republic brand and she doesn't have a snowballs chance in the new-and-improved-by-global-warming Alaskan summer of winning the presidency in 2012 or ever.

Alaska is another story. Any state that could re-elect Ted Stevens can't be counted on to make rational choices, so all bets are off and she'll probably be around for a while.

Posted by: davidmckittrick | November 8, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

K Parker is a charter member of the Vichy republicans . The next time she goes to the salon her stylist is instructed to shave her head that all may know her in her shame and that none will be tainted by knowing her .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | November 8, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Spooky, nasty and creepy! But hey, ain't that the Reptilican way?

Posted by: braultrl | November 8, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

I guess if she keeps them and doesn't declare them she could end up in the cell next to her old boss Ted Stevens.

Right?

Posted by: shepherdmarilyn | November 8, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

What everyone is missing here - and wbat I feel compelled to point out.

We were warned (by Sister Sarah herself) that if we elected Senator Neo we ran the real risk of redistributionist/socialist policies being imposed on us.

And here is the first step the confiscation of private property!

And it's happened before the inauguration. So you can just imagine what will happen 22 Jan.

Posted by: R49Thomas | November 8, 2008 3:11 AM | Report abuse

ekim53, Palin does not have a resume worth it's name mate.

She is a third rate journalist who got a degree from 5 colleges over 6 years.

President-elect Obama is a Juris Doctor of laws with 12 years experience as a constitutional law lecturer, 8 years in state congress and 4 years in federal senate.

Now get over yourself Mike, you are a tedious troll.

Posted by: shepherdmarilyn | November 8, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

I wonder: WHO bought the clothes? There is a photograph of Piper Palin, age 7, carrying an $800 Louis Vitton bag. Who would have made that purchase and why?

Posted by: lascaux | November 8, 2008 3:30 AM | Report abuse

While I am no fan of Sarah Palin I agree with you that she should keep the clothes. Her lack of understanding and intellect were not a problem for a great deal of low information voters. The problem is that Sarah is a low information voter. That she wound up on the ticket says so much more about John McCain and his team than it ever will about her.

I honestly think she got a raw deal and agree that she was used in this election. I want to thank you for having the integrity to write what you really feel and not sugar coat the truth. I know the straight talk express bus must have hurt when it ran over you the first time.

Those of us that are center-left like myself appreciated your honesty but most of all your integrity for not just walking the party line.

My hope is that Obama will truly end up being a great President and that we can move beyond the Regan/Bush/Clinton era. At the end of the day we are all Americans and we all love our country and want what is best for her and us.

Posted by: mrqcguy | November 8, 2008 4:37 AM | Report abuse

mccain's limited gray matter and attraction to young pretty women have made him pick sarah palin as running mate, unable to see that he was picking a hillbilly with the same limited gray matter. birds of a feather, indeed!
exposed by the bright glare of the discriminating media in the lower 49, she and mccain, obviously lacking good judgment, can only attribute her bumbling performance and their defeat to media bias. intelligent people would and could have seen their own limitations and learn from them and from media feedback.
i am glad that the american people were able to see this in both of them and send them back to where they belong..
i be pleased tho' if the media just let her be now as to dog her with more interviews would make the woman think she still has that influence.
also, to keep posting negative news and comments about her only rub raw her wounds. let's put it to rest as she might finally get the undeserved sympathy from women like me, who did not vote for her but will rally around anybody perceived to be unmercifully pushed and browbeaten.
the woman is decidely clueless, so why give her the undeserved and extended attention.

Posted by: sharkfin1 | November 8, 2008 4:50 AM | Report abuse

Go ahead and keep underestimating her. And other Conservative leaders. We are determined to correct the mess that will be created by the libs. Hopefully we can start in two years. Liberalism is truly a mental disease.

Posted by: tpierce2 | November 7, 2008 4:14 PM

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Correct the mess liberals will have created? Liberalism is a mental disease? Lemme pose a question: has the conservative/republican party in office for the past eight years done anything to make ANYTHING any better?

I am an ardent supporter of Mr. Obama. I voted DFL, which in my state of Minnesota means Democratic Farmer-Laborer. A chief reason I have backed the DFL has been thier skill in picking solid, worthy candidates for voters to stand behind. That is the impetus for the GOP losing this election. McCain was worthy of standing behind, Sarah Palin was not.

I will also say I have much respect for Mr. McCain as well. His service to the nation is beyond question. I believe the man means well, and that it was HE, not Palin that was used. Some eight years ago, McCain was viewed by the GOP as too 'maverick' to carry the republican flag. As the Bush administration crumbled however, GOP leaders then used the same maverick title to contend with a truly forward thinking opponent in Barack Obama. McCain probably saw this but at 72 and in declining health saw this as his last chance to achieve a dream. A dream worth admiring. Forget Sarah Palin. Forget partisan politics. The GOP owes McCain an apology for raping the dream of a true american hero.

I also believe Palin was probably not McCain's choice for VP. But again, McCain was probably backed into a wall by his own party and relented in a hope to gather a vote that was seen, accurately or not, up for grabs. The issue of irresponsible use of donors money only does more to establish the illegitimacy of Sarah Palin, the politician.

As for the point of former and to be first ladies wearing 'works of art', I go to an old saying I learned from my late father: Be good, or be good at it. Who is to tell anyone what to wear as long the clothes in question are obtained legally and fairly? And for those who feel Mrs. Palin is being unfairly targeted, I would say she needs to stop making it so damn easy. Palin was neither good, nor good at it.

This election is over. Sarah Palin WILL fade away and rightfully so. Arguments over this issue are irrelevant. Democrats across America can rejoice in knowing that a man capable of making great changes in the White House is on his way. And especially after hearing Mr. McCain's moving and humble concession speech, the GOP should rejoice in knowing they still have a man the caliber of John McCain serving our great and wonderful nation. No one, Democratic or Republican, all Americans alike, could ask for more.

Posted by: JVanAllen | November 8, 2008 5:46 AM | Report abuse

The brouhaha over the clothes is ridiculous. Was Palin aware of the cost of these items and was she given guidelines before making her selections? All that's happening here is more exposure of the fumbling within the Republican campaign.

Posted by: Wootton1 | November 8, 2008 5:54 AM | Report abuse

I have mixed feelings about Sarah Palin. One one hand, I agree with Ms. Parker in that John McCain and his advisors chose her without vetting her, so it is poor form to publicly malign her now - it makes them look even worse because (1) it reinforces that they chose her with little knowledge of her negatives or concern for her gravitas, and (2) it reinforces that they were lying about her qualifications and their delight in having chosen her all throughout the campaign. So, this part of me says, "leave her alone, let her keep the damn clothes and accept your own responsibility for making such an ill-informed choice." I don't like to see anyone publicly humiliated.

On the otherhand, Gov. Palin strikes me as very ambitious, and like George W. Bush, very lacking in insight about her own limitations. From her convention speech on, she was condescending, disrespectful and spouting inflamatory rhetoric toward Barack Obama. Now, the Newsweek story tells us that she initiated the Wm. Ayers line of attack before John McCain had signed off on using it. She had also tried to bring in the Rev. Wright story, which John McCain had been clear was not an avenue he was willing to pursue. So, this tells me that she is happy to be the persecutor and certainly is no victim. What frightened me about her was her utter lack of intellect and understanding of the implications that her rhetoric could have among the uneducated, bigoted members of her crowds who were getting increasingly hostile. She seemed to take such pleasure in her lines, but there was no critical thinking going on there. So, this part of me says, "Let her reap what she has sown."

I do not believe that Sarah Palin has a strong future in the republican party - she is a poster child for the type of person that the party has come to represent: uneducated, anti-intellectual, provincial and small-minded, and telegenic. If she was "used," it was because the republican party leaders have so much experience in using people like her to achieve their ends. They create a media image, shield the person from the press so that reality doesn't impinge, then they scare uneducated people into voting for candidates who do not represent their interests once in office. Sarah Palin was the perfect choice for that strategy. Thankfully, it didn't work this time and the majority of Americans were able to protect the vulnerable republican base from harming themselves and our country - again.

Posted by: bethechange1 | November 8, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

I think Cindy needs to write a check to the RNC, I'm thinking her sense of style was insulted by Palin's layored knits for a cold place.

I think there is no way the woman got off the plane and into a cab without SS escort to shop. Her staff knew all about it and it was permitted. I also believe no lower level staff person would ever have loaned her the credit cards if they did not KNOW the charges would be reimbursed.

Ok - so she's a retard - we all sorta knew that from the first word she spoke. But now McCain and his staff are ADMITTING they moved heaven and earth to sell us a retard - a pig in a poke - a dunce to sit a heartbeat from the POTUS had he won.

That's high treason.

Posted by: dutchess2 | November 8, 2008 6:40 AM | Report abuse

And now the rest of the story:

Sarah Palin may be something of a savant... she got the slurs, inunendo, slimin and lyin part down pat. The threats to the Obama family increased when she and McCain trotted out their accusations against Obama: Other, That One, Marxist, Communist, Terrorist, Socialist, and Redistributor. The already lily white rallies turned even whiter, more racist, and bolder as they continued.

Just as a matter of numbers, of progress made for the dollar spent, no one will ever know why they deliberately insulted blacks, and half the white populations of the entire country, when they needed their votes to win, but they did.

John McCain says he began his life holding his breath until he passed out to get his way... he learned other, more effective methods as he got older. He was a hot-dog pilot, losing several planes before he lost that last one in Hanoi, and he admits he is a philanderer. Cindy is a tragic figure, living most of her life separate, making substantial contributions with her wealth, but mitigating them with lies - from meeting Mother Theresa, adopting at her behest, to cookie recipes, to lying about prescription drugs to the point of addiction, and about being an only child.

Careful vetting of either of the McCains would have disqualified them for the White house. We have thousands of POWs in this country, no one assumes they deserve being POTUS just because they got themselves caught.

Finally, the last three weeks of John McCain's campaign found him claiming that restoring a tax rate to the wealthy that they paid before George Bush's tax cust that he once declared were unconsionable, was socialism, while scoffing that paying a higher rate in this Nation's time of need, was patriotic.

Low and middle class earners pay sales tax on every dime they spend, they pay school fees, wheel tax, library fees, hunting licenses, on their entertainment costs, and payroll taxes on every dime they earn. Upper income earners pay payroll taxes only on the first $100k, many are able to invest in deferred accounts or small businesses that pay for their phones, cars and even some of their entertainment. The wealthy pay a significantly lower percentage of their total income on taxes. John McCain relished in claiming that our corporate tax rate is among the highest in the world, but conveniently forget to ever mention that 68% of American corporations pay no income tax on earnings due to loopholes.

There were many low points of the McCain/Palin campaign, but the lowest was the absence of the wealthy standing up for their country and telling John McCain they would be glad to pay their fair share.

Second only to the major American corporations that will garner every tax loophole they can find, ship our jobs overseas, and plot and scheme to hire lobbiests to demand their interests be served above ours.

The McCain/Palin campaign exposed much that is wrong with this country.

Posted by: dutchess2 | November 8, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Good article, Kathleen. Of course it's not just about the clothes. I made plenty of Palin jokes (like "the phrase is redundant"), but it was her role as VP candidate that made her funny. I listened to her answer the prank call supposedly from Sarkozy and she sounded genuine, she tried to be sweet, and I felt sorry for her. She should have known the name of the Premier of Canada; she threw some nasty wild punches during the campaign; she won't understand international relations 4 years from now - but after all, she's not a bad person in her familiar surroundings. Kay Bailey Hutchison she's not, but she's not a bad sport, and her family gave her a basically strong and good character.

Posted by: fmcf | November 8, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

No matter who else pays for the clothing, Palin will need to declare them as a gift and pay taxes on them unless she pays for them and tries to apply for a deduction based on the need for the items in order to do her job properly. This may not pass since she was never hired or on the payroll of any other entity than the state of Alaska and she did not need the clothing to do that job.

I suspect that most taxing authorities would let the matter slide and not charge her the total tax on the money spent for moving her around the country nd keeping her housed in hotels along with various members of her immediate family.

Just another reason to simlify the tax code. She was applying full time for a job while ignoring the one she was hired and being paid to do by the state of Alaska.

Can anyone deduct the cost of a job search done on the dime of the previous employer? I doubt it.

Srah Palin will be back. She will most likely be Alska's next senator. Alaska thrives on earmarks and other federal largess and she has demonstrated her skills in that respect. It may be the easiest way of giving her a way to leave before she loses her governor's job at the next election. She may have outworn her welcome in Alaska.

I still think if all else fails Roger Ailes will hire her to be the next conservative bimbette in his stable.

Posted by: palnicki | November 8, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Your just jealous cause your ugly

Posted by: cautious | November 8, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

If Palin donates the clothes to charity she still has to report their value for tax.

Income is still Income.

Posted by: walker1 | November 8, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Hey wake up here as all you need to do is
simply observe Messiah Barack Hussein Obama
head and eye movements when he gives a
speech and you will definitely see that
Obama is looking for his Magic Teleprompter and that Obama never does look
the people or the tv camera in the eye,
and which is a sure sign of what a lying
phony empty suit fake Barack Obama really
is here now!

And again as to hateful obessed with Gov
Sarah Palin and her wardrobe crazy one
issue jealous Katleen Parker,let me ask
you Ms Parker can you even still find
another topic to write about or is your
hatred and psychotic obession against
Sarah Palin too damn overwhelming to
allow you to even do so Parker?

Posted by: Darlene5280 | November 8, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Schadenfreude! (did I spell that correctly? )

Posted by: CHICO13 | November 8, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

What a pathetic moron. How the heck did she become a governor?....she is gone!!...

I bet she'll loose it all soon and the more she messes around with the press, the more they'll hound her...

She says things that are just plain pathetic...

Posted by: speed_20155 | November 8, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Well Said Ms. Parker!

Besides this...now she's claiming that it is mean-spirited and cowardly what the saying about her. During entire campaign she was mean-spirited with OBAMA and provoking people.

You know what do they cal this? The law of KARMA. you will be measured the same way you measure others!!!

So now, take it like a woman!!!

Posted by: Sun-angel | November 8, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Rumor has it that a PALIN in 2012 committe has already been formed.

The first two contributors were the DNC and the writing staff of SNL. Now these two groups really know how to invest for job security!

Posted by: bobfbell | November 8, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

she can keep the shirt on her back. the rest gets returned. the whole matter is unseemly.

Posted by: frieda406 | November 8, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I agree with many of those who said the following:

1. Palin had a choice in this matter
2. Palin should accept responsbility for the choices she made regarding this matter. This responsibility comes with living in a democracy.
3. Palin lied to the American public when she said it was untrue that these clothes were purchased for her and her family (receipts were sumbission for FEC purposes)
4. Clothes should be donated to the Goodwill
5. I support someone coming to Alaska to conduct a full inventory to ensure all clothes are returned

Posted by: ms_victor | November 8, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Palin now said she faced "double standard" because why no man was judged on what they wear, their make-up but women like her? Well, now we should demand to know the truth: who else among the four candidates spent more than $150K for self and 40K for the First Dude or whatever and more for children of the PARTY'S MONEY for their clothes? We shouldn't have double standard that the donor's money paid that much for one candidate but not on the other three! If they used their own money, that doesn't count: that's their right to be as extravagant as they like. If they don't let us know about this truth, they are "cowardly"! In any case, Palin was allowed 25K for HER clothes but she went on a shopping spree five times that much, not only for herself but for Todd and her children too! She said she only asked for Dr Pepper? Can you believe a liar? Thanks to Palin we now know why Alaska is famous for having rampant corruption: even the "reformer" behaved unethically and government business is personal business.

Posted by: justobserve | November 8, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Listen up... Sarah Palin used the guys! With a wink and a nod up the ladder she rose to National Prominence. An unknown from Alaska is suddenly a 2012 front runner?

It is amusing that someone who used every crazy innuendo and rumor she could find to blame Obama would suddenly be incensed by that same behavior from others.

Posted by: FloridaIndependent | November 8, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I have never cared for the lady, but I have always admired her clothes, since she came on stage. It had never occured to me that she acquired them by abusing someone else's generosity. Anyway, for the sake of peace and quiet, I believe that she should return the clothes to the RNC, then the RNC should offer all the garments,except for the undies and Piper's LV handbag to the American people using a kind of lottery. I would really care to own some of sarah's outfits, I believe that she and I are about the same size so I hereby, submit my name. That said, no more bickering about SARAH PALIN'S WARDROBE!

Posted by: Charitygirl | November 8, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

If not her gender, was it Palin's brand of social conservatism that "qualified" her? Then why wasn't Mike Huckabee, whose stance is virtually identical and who has far more experience, selected?

If not her gender, did Palin's oral communication skills and aggressively competitive nature "qualify" her? Then virtually any sportscaster from ESPN would qualify.

By process of elimination, then: Palin was selected for her gender.

Posted by: CuckooRaja | November 8, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

A part of me is offended that we still hear from Palin yet I am obsessed with the Palin issue. That is evidenced by the fact that I don't ignore the news clips about her.

I still get angry over her behavior, over the millions spent in clothes for herself and family at other's expense, for her disdain for the media.

I think what is going on for me stems from the statement made by certain voters, namely women who stated 'she's just like me'. Ms Palin is not just like me. Ms Palin whether she admits or will ever get called on it has done things wrong. I try hard not to do things wrong and try to own up to it when I do things wrong. I try to improve myself as I go along.

Ms Palin however, denies everything and then wonders why we as women didn't favor her. Because Ms Palin appears to hide her discrepancies she gives the impression that she will never improve her inner self.

Ms Palin is not like me and I don't believe she is like most of us women today. What I think most women want as the first White House leader is a woman who does represent America; who cares about America more than herself. One who also characterizes women who have tried to do the right thing as daughters, mothers, citizens, and contributors in the workforce. A woman who has a clean record of striving for what is best for the people; the best for this nation.

There are many women in politics that have the aptitude and ability to represent all of America not just women but all of us.

I request that in the future both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party always keeps that in mind; what this nation as a whole needs and wants to be in the top echelons of office.

Fortunately this time the Democratic Party supplied us with the right choice for this nation. I just hope that next time both parties can supply us with right choices so that we vote on the issues we believe in rather than which candidates are the valient ones.

Posted by: eashley12 | November 8, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I agree she should be allowed to keep the clothes.
However, she should dispose of the filthy thong bought at Nieman

Posted by: axolotl | November 8, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The comment that, "Contrast Palins executive experience with Obamas none... Palin has run a State and a small town. Red-lined budgets, fired people, cut programs etc. (hint: not special needs),"
is wrong. First, while everyone blamed the MSM for poking into Gov. Palins past, they did it with tabloid zeal and no objectivity. IT was on the a cable comedy show I learned that as mayor of Wasilla, she was more administrative than executive. No one asked her what her duties were! After Palin limited her duties further by hiring a deputy administrator to handle much of the town's day-to-day management.

2: I do not give a rats tail about the clothes when someone running on a national platform is using it to create division in our country! While she has every right to say what she wants, there are reprecusions to saying one person is more American than another. That type of rhetoric should not be supported and is wrong.

3. I do find McCain to be a trajic hero, I do believe that he loves his country but lost site of what love means.

4. I am fearful of a Palin resurgence, one that says someone is better than someone else because of where they live or that they try to create postive changes in their communities.

5. Why arent working to heal our country? Why are people salivating to see us fail, that can not be a true American thing to do. When Bush won both times, Americans said we will work together and try, and now some act like sore losers and say we can not wait to see it fail, shame on you.
It was embarrassing that across the world they were burning our President in effigy and heads of states that supported him were ousted. We became the country not to be, we became a pirriah in the international community, but yet that was ok not to want better?

6. As a Christian and someone who sees that this is a beautiful and blessed country, I will work everyday to see that it continues to be one and not tear down those that see it differently than I.

Posted by: charlenewills73 | November 8, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Please don't pull the "as a Christian...." thing on us, charlenwills73 at 12:10. that is code for some bad things. Palin has conditioned us to associate Christian with we-they kinds of distinctions. it smacks of old biases. keep your religion to yourself, please.

Posted by: axolotl | November 8, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Axolotl.. I respect that disdain for hearing religion as a way to attack people, I injected it because I wanted to make a point that it is a way to unify not to exclude. I appreciate and respect all religions working together in this country and meant no disrepsect to those that are not Christians.

And was EXTREMELY offended by those that did use religion to exclude and offend like Gov. Palin.

Posted by: charlenewills73 | November 8, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

First of all, I'm a very liberal democrat who voted for Mr. Obama. Second, I despise Mrs. Palin's religious and political leanings. Third, I'm a woman.

I agree with Kathleen Parker. Mrs. Palin was used in a disturbingly sexist fashion by the Republicans. I, too, think she should be allowed to keep the clothes, if only for the sake of simple human decency. As much as I dislike Mrs. Palin, I don't think it's alright to treat her in such a brutal way, as the Republicans now wish to do.

It all just shows how malicious and deeply childish the Republican machine has become. Mrs. Palin should think about that, at least, as she ponders all that happened during the race to the white house. Her own party used her very ill, and will continue to do so.

I'm soooo glad Mr. Obama was electd.

Posted by: lassair | November 8, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I'd feel more charitably towards Palin keeping the clothes if I thought she had had them foisted on her by the RNC, but the disclosure that she used some credit cards of low-level aides and used party monies for items like silk boxer shorts lets you know that this was not innocent.

And, when put into the context of unethical governance in Alaska, just becomes another anecdote in a string of incidents that cast a dubious light on her "reformer" claims. She needs to stay in Alaska and try governing ethically before she attempts to re-emerge nationally. That means using government email only for govt. business, not charging per diems to live in her own house, showing up at the legislature regularly, keeping Todd out of the governor's office and appointing qualified people to state positions, not cronies. If she can turn her record around, MAYBE she'll be invited back to D.C.

Posted by: bweyand1 | November 8, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Naw, Sarah always planned to donate the clothes to charity. And I bet I know where, her favorite thrift store in alaska!

The one where she'll no doubt go back to shopping at on the same day...

Hey Sarah, nice Valentino jacket.

"Thanks, I got it for a steal at my favorite thrift shop, right here in Wasilla!"

Posted by: paulny | November 8, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse


She was selected because she was a right wing Conservative who was touted by Kristol, Rush L and other like minded conservatives all summer. The fact that she was an attractive woman was an added bonus.

Posted by: Vincent4 | November 8, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Let her keep the clothes - their cost is lost in the untold millions spent in this campaign.

The real issue is the lack of ethics of this woman. Taking per diem payments while living in her own home, and destroying people's livelihoods over a relative's marital problems is not acceptable.

I doubt she is an idiot, but anyone who thinks this is acceptable behavior for one of our few leaders needs a sanity check.

Posted by: No11 | November 8, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Palin was picked for three reasons: Her looks, her charming ways, and her ultra conservative views. She accepted because she is dead ambitious and she failed because she is used to flirt her way through life and never considered actually learning something about the world and the people in it. She wanted to rule without doing her homework - which, btw, would take more than a few months.

From what I have read, she is also disloyal to the people supporting her. When she voted, I noticed the Alaskans around her didn't exactly burst with joy at the sight of her.

She should not keep the clothes.

Posted by: asoders22 | November 8, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, now I've listened to the Tuchmann interview with her on CNN, and she says if the party bought her clothes, that's their clothes, not hers, and she never asked for anything. So.

Posted by: asoders22 | November 8, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

You feminists just can not resist cutting down other women and keeping the glass ceiling in tack. Obama is only the president-elect. He has not done anything yet except choose N. Chicago to go with his S. Chicago and we all know how corrupt Chicago politics is. So I would stop the hate baiting and just pray, like I am doing. Sarah Palin had more experience than Obama and less corrupt baggage. We have to give him a try. We shall see. I bet he kept all his clothes the campaign bought for him and his family!!

Posted by: annnort | November 8, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

It just occurred to me that we will be hearing alot about Michelle Obama's clothes starting real soon. We have already had an editorial in one newspaper about how horrible the dress was that she wore on election night. She will be talked about ad nauseum. Are you all ready for it? I guess you are because you are getting your digs in on this post. Just wait til the taxpayers are paying!!

Posted by: annnort | November 8, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Well, considering men do all the warfare, killing thousands, I wouldn't say they are any nicer. Quite the contrary. Maybe you should have a little perspective?

Posted by: asoders22 | November 8, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Ms. Parker's Quick Take on Gov. Palin's clothes. She was hidden from mainstream view and minding her own business up there in Alaska when the GOP came calling. McCain was clearly wrong in choosing Gov. Palin but that was not her fault.

Posted by: halfowler | November 8, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse


Kathleen Parker,

Leave Sarah alone, Let us be real, the pursuit of Happiness for all still does not apply the Native American.

The Black may "FEEL GOOD" that the two party system create.

Obama was raised by White Mother, Grandmother and Grandfather and adopted Indonesia Stepfather. Culturally he is WHITE. After he married Michelle, he has to be educated to be Black.

How can that all Black Americans think he is Black. I agree that his skin is colored. He is more White than Black from socio-education-upbringin.

I look at Mr. Obama as 75% WHITE, 5% Black (because his Father was present only for one month when he was ten and Stanley Ann Dunham Obama lived with Obama Sr. for two years and left him) and 20% Indonesian/Hawaian/Oriental because of his education and mingling with Asian Hawaian.

As he said he is a mut like most American.

When he said he is the USA, he is right, afterall he is more WHITE than Black.

Max Weber Sociological Basic Principles:
Human is a product of the culture he or she was brought up in.

Mr.Obama is more WHITE AMERICAN than BLACK.

He belongs to the ages, He is the United States of American. We all should be proud of him. He is all what America represents a mut and he is proud to be American.

All those who can not see this, can not be American.

Americans are muts, there are still Native Indians who are not muts. American government put the Indians in reservation and Cages(delapidated lodgings).

Equality and the pursuit of happiness for all except the Native Indians, The journey is still long, hard and Americans still neglected the Native.

Long Live America, Skin Color Barrier was broken.

Native American Indian are still left behind.

Large companies: Hospitals, Credit Cards, Banks, IBM, Accenture, Deloitte&Touche, Cap Gemini, Bearing points, CSC export ti India.

Hello the Asian Indian are not Native Indian.

I think CEO's of companies need education, they are morons that Hollowing and oursourcing AMerican good paying JOBS.

The Native Indian are still here in the USA, they are not in India.

Hello, The Native Eskimo's are not in China, they may look alike. Outsourcing to China does not help Americans.

CEO est Mort, Vive L'Americain.

Posted by: THEUSA | November 8, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Do actors get to keep their costumes? if not, there is no question that the comedian from Alaska should return the clothes until the sequel of this "Epic Flop" of American Political Theatre.

Posted by: ruthpierrelouis1 | November 8, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin is such a disaster, I can hear her saying golly gee, shucks, darn, you betcha and on and on when they come for her clothes. My gosh the woman makes Jessica Simpson look like a college professor. I hope we goes away and we never have to see her or her clothes.

Posted by: wwpsteam | November 8, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Don't miss the Republican women's calendar coming out this month, Pretty In Mink
http://www.cblpi.org/calendar/index.cfm

Did Sarah get any furs in her Republican wardrobe?

Posted by: annew2 | November 8, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I just read article after article ...... discussing Michele's wardrobe - the effect she'll have on the fashion industry - etc., etc. we don't question what HIS suits cost - even though it's MUCH. This is crazy! Meanwhile, what was spent on the final night alone of the Democratic Convention would have filled the shelves of soup kitchens throughout this country - shelves which are empty. The hypocrisy is galling.
For Pete's sake, let her keep the clothes. And skin the men who are using her to salve their wounded pride. It's sickening.

Posted by: darleneann | November 8, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Ms Parker you make a good point.
Let her keep the damn clothes.

The GOP eating their own is classic.

They are always trying to find a moral justification for greed anyway.

They do not get it.
enough of the country figured out their crap and said NO.

Posted by: Fei_Hu | November 8, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is the one who picked Palin as his running mate. His disgruntled campaign workers should direct their disgruntlement to him.
As others have posted, McCain thought his choice of Palin would energize the base. It did. Hence the knuckle-dragging wing of the once GOP came forth with their usual intolerance of anything or anyone "different".
Trouble was, it turned off the rational conservatives. Those who think for themselves and can form their own opinions without Limbaugh and the rest.
The Republican Party has painted itself into such a narrow little corner that the only way forward for them is to break down some walls.
It was McCain's last chance and he blew it. But maybe other Republicans will draw some lessons from his failure to understand that the age of intolerance and demonizing opponents is OVER.

Posted by: joy2 | November 8, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

tpierce2 wrote: "She is smart enough to be a very popular governor of a very large state. She united the Conservative base--and we absolutely adore her."

WTF? Is YOUR IQ 70? If you think she's smart, you must be dumber than she and that's going some.

May the conservative base die a long-deserved and lonely death. You morons are so irrelevant, you are relics of the past.


Posted by: itsagreatday1 | November 8, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I prefer to think of these clothes as parting gifts.

Obama '08, '12

Posted by: wolfi101 | November 9, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Expensive outfits, whether someone else paid for them or Palin paid for them herself---not only conflicting her image as a hockey mom, but also making it harder for voters to relate themselves to her. It was a poor choice of Palin's. There are plenty of stores sell good quality suits without that kind of price tags. Palin, as a working woman, knew about it but took advantage of the situation and went for the high-end designer stuff. Should she keep the clothes? Palin answered that already---she said it herself that those clothes didn't belong to her. The end of story.

Posted by: toyota37 | November 9, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for this essay. You are very fair. Sarah Palin was used. Her family was used. They were a product being packaged and sold to a very gullible target market -evangelicals. John McCain bowed down to the agents of intolerance with his pick and made those manipulative, powermongering famous millionaire holymen so proud. Thank God they lost. I hope and pray this marks the end of the Religious Right's influence on the Republican party, on democracy, and on American government.

Posted by: lewes17266 | November 10, 2008 5:48 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin chose to be used by the McCain Campaign, and whether or not it was naive of her, she asked to be considered for vice president, and then she jumped "without blinking" into the role. Anyone who would immediately present herself as the pit bull (snarling, sarcastic, divisive, incoherent, and generally unpleasant) to millions of us, here and abroad, without giving it even a moment's hesitation, and then who would leap at the chance to clothe her entire family for free -- all while declaring her "Thanks, but no thanks" version of "truth" about the Bridge to Nowhere is not a victim, but a narcissist.

I say, "Thanks, but no thanks" to Palin and the whole Palin road show. We're "free at last"!

Posted by: cturtle1 | November 10, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

To darleneann: The Obamas energized not just one tiny group, but a huge majority of Americans of all groups, all religions, all regions. If we all sent our small donations, we paid for his celebration -- our celebration -- and he did not include fireworks. He was humble and inclusive. All are welcome to the Obama club. Republicans want to divide us into their version of "good" guys and "bad" guys.

Posted by: cturtle1 | November 10, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

No one owes her a damn thing except to say STAY IN ALASKA!!! She was a national joke, a global disgrace and I have all the confidence in the world that the morons in this country will end up electing her someday just like we did for the current moron who ruined America for the last 8 years. Why do most of the American people love stupid? As President too, I just don;'t get it. Palin needs to just go away

Posted by: pwalters03 | November 10, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't think much of Palin, but I'm guessing most of the people here calling her a "joke" are probably living in their parents basement or living off of social security.

Life is funny like that.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | November 10, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

When Gov Palin arrived on the political scene, I started reading the Anchorage Daily News on line.

I discovered that one reason Palin is appreciated as Governor is that she consistently sought bipartisan input. Yes, she willing sought out Democratic assistance in legislation. I learned that the "style" of her speaking during the election was not how she spoke back home in Alaska.

I think the RNC knew she had star potential and scooped her up not thinking she may well have to explain herself on issues. So, it can be well reasoned that Palin was used by the RNC to get a conservative woman on the ticket.

However, what the RNC apparently didn't think about, was her innate political sense. She knew she was being used. The clothes are the price tag.

Let her keep them, she won't get any satisfaction out of wearing them.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | November 11, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Ah.....the long awaited follow-up to the "McCain thinks with his pee-pee" masterpiece, thanks, Kathleen, you are an awesome chick!!!

Posted by: soupcity | November 11, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Ok Palin, you hate the media talking about your hair, shoes, hand bags and clothes, so let's talk issues. When interviewed on the issues you didn't have a clue what they were and what you were talking about, so you blame the media for switching to something less challenging? You are barely Governor material, you have and had no business running for VP. You say you are a 'maverick' whatever that means, yet after a close look, your ultra Conservative Neo Con beliefs are more far right than even McCain. You know, the same exact views that created the huge catastrophe for America that we are in now. America does not need Sarah Palin, you are truly Bush / Cheney in a skirt, you are the very last kind of politician hack we need. America needs a complete departure from you and the views of every other reckless, destructive, irresponsible, greedy, self centered Republican like you, get lost.

Posted by: Hillary08 | November 11, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

In a few weeks, most of those clothes are going to be out of season.

In a few months, ALL of those clothes are going to be out of style.

Palin would be smart to unload these threads now to score ethics points, but then, we know she's not smart.

Posted by: pennycentury | November 12, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Running for office for 3 mos. didn't make her any more qualified to serve in the federal government than she was(n't) in Sept. She's asking now for a position in Obama's administration, as another back-handed way of counter-productive quasi-feminism. I think she's overwhelmed by the chores of being mother to 5 and governor of a state, after all. That would explain the wanderlust. But I'm still waiting to see the remarkable charities that are going to get her clothes.

Posted by: boesc | November 12, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

To Hillary08: You made a good point. I agree with every single word you wrote here.

Posted by: toyota37 | November 12, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

You want a sexist comment, here goes. The GOP should have gotten her more lower cleavage outfits and see through bras. And the dude, leather tight pants with a gauze crotch.

Posted by: jrubin1 | November 13, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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