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Sarah Palin, Getting Back to Her Own Duds

Hasselbeck and Palin in Florida Sunday. (Getty Images)

Sarah Palin has slipped into something more comfortable -- her own clothes.

The Alaska governor was introduced yesterday at a Tampa rally by "The View's" Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who called coverage of the $150,000 wardrobe flap "deliberately sexist."

The GOP's veep nominee, dressed in a pale pink jacket, itemized her entire ensemble: "I am back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska," Palin told the audience. She also mentioned her $35 wedding ring (usually in husband Todd's pocket because it hurts to wear when she's shaking so many hands) and the beaded earrings from her mother-in-law.

All those expensive clothes from Neiman's and Saks picked up during the convention shopping spree? "They are not my property. Just like the lighting and the staging and everything else that the RNC purchased, I'm not taking them with me," she said. The campaign, in a statement yesterday, said a third of the wardrobe had been returned unworn.

By The Reliable Source  |  October 27, 2008; 1:03 AM ET
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You dress a pig with lipstick in elegant clothes, you still have a pig. So now Sarah Palin makes a point of getting back to her own duds. No matter how she's dressed Palin is still the dangerous one. I am disgusted by her behavior toward wildlife, specifically the alacrity she exhibits when accepting the remains of murdered wolves. And Elizabeth Hasselbeck pimps for her. Disgusting!

Posted by: leonh74 | October 27, 2008 6:22 AM | Report abuse

If Sara Palin is the no-nonsense frugal hockey mom that she purports to be, she should have said “Thanks but no thanks,” to the RNC when they offered her a $150 K wardrobe and $11.4 K a week makeup artist, as she supposedly told Congress when they approved an earmark to Alaska for the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. Or did she take the money and spend it on something else?

Posted by: Carlossss | October 27, 2008 6:33 AM | Report abuse

My hope for thefuture of the media is to investigate the pay for the Executives of the Companies who are declaring bankrupsy and are asking the people to lend them money, the Government.

The Media also report the activity of our Legilative Branch of Government in making laws to halt all bonus programs for Companies who are losing money.

The above can only be accomphished by setting a standard Auditing Program.

Posted by: oldmax84 | October 27, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin professes to be a hockey mom, then goes on a $150,000 spending spree on clothing. Barack Obama professes to be a 'post-racial' canidate, but supports all the rancid 1960s policies on race, including legal preferences for his own children over mine, solely on account of their racial ancestry. Guess which story the media finds to be more important as an illustration of hypocrisy? Guess which one is more likely to negatively affect more of your children?

Posted by: MarkR1 | October 27, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Does Palin wear her wedding ring on her right hand? That's the only way it would interfere with shaking hands.

Posted by: RiverCityVA | October 27, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Her clothes her lipstick are not a problem to me. Her mind that's the problem. Does anyone think she has a clue how to be pres.
She doesn't even know the duties of VP.

Posted by: weldon999 | October 27, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

MarkR1: You couldn't be more wrong about Obama. He has said many times that his daughters do not deserve any preferences. He has stated many times that he would base preferences on economic hardship, not skin color. Obama points out that all too many whites suffer economic disadvantages, which he means to help correct.

Listen to Obama himself, and read his books. Don't listen to the lies put out by his enemies.

Posted by: MaryCarmela | October 27, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

How do we know Sarah Palin is not a reformer? Just let me count the ways: Her husband's an oilman and she's an oilwoman with her state getting it's income from oil, she lied about the bridge to nowhere, implications from Troopergate and clothinggate, her traditional NRA disinterest in the suffering of wildlife demonstrated by her gleeful shooting of wolves, her belief in witches along with other outmoded and superstitious religious beliefs which are not at all mainstream and her encouraging her daughter to rely upon abstinence which usually leads to pregnancy as it did in her dauthter's case. Need I go on?

Let's send Sadistic Sarah back to Alaska although maybe they don't even want her there--after all, the largest Alaskan newspaper recently endorsed Barack.

Posted by: Raccoonwoods | October 27, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Palin is as disingenuous and faux working class as they come.
The point is not returning the clothes, donating them to charity or whether she shops at a consignment store on her own turf back in Alaska, it is that she blithely accepted the idea of wearing such outrageously expensive clothes and then pitching herself as some everyday American who shops at Sears, Old Navy and JC Penny. A $2500 Valentino jacket for a one-time speech? C'mon. A knock-off version from Filene's would have sufficed, but the RNC has shown its true self with this ridiculous blunder. And as for Ms. Hasselbeck...the two appearing together in their pastel easter egg jackets are a perfect pair. They remind of those two girls you knew in high-school who pretended to befriend everyone and then sneered and ridiculed you behind your back for being so gullible.

Posted by: BerlinSally | October 27, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm not really interested in Palin's clothes. I'm more concerned about what's inside her head and what comes out of her mouth.

Posted by: Artisan1 | October 27, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Ms.Hasselbeck should explain why negative coverage of Palin's expensive wardrobe is
"deliberately sexist". Why do Republicans constantly whine about something being racist or sexist when they attempt to diffuse valid criticism? McCain ranted about the illegality of campaign funds being used for personal benefits, ie private planes, clothing, etc. a few years ago. Why did he allow the campaign to spend money for a designer wardrobe for Palin? I think it is just a further indicaion of how out of control he really is in his campaign for the presidency.

Posted by: thegolfingbunnybr4848 | October 27, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Watch out, Elizabeth, Palin may be gunning for your job, pun intended. What these two mediocre women have in common is incredible chutzpah based on little more than positive self regard. Neither is remotely qualified for her position.

Posted by: Koko3 | October 27, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

You dress a pig with lipstick in elegant clothes, you still have a pig. So now Sarah Palin makes a point of getting back to her own duds. No matter how she's dressed Palin is still the dangerous one. I am disgusted by her behavior toward wildlife, specifically the alacrity she exhibits when accepting the remains of murdered wolves. And Elizabeth Hasselbeck pimps for her. Disgusting!leonh74

You're a real winner,too. As if your friends/ family have never hunted in their lives. Let's see your beautiful it doesn't have a hint of humaneness on it.

Posted by: karencheyneCanada | October 27, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

it is that she blithely accepted the idea of wearing such outrageously expensive clothes Berlin Sally...

Since MEN seem to be in control of everything, I'm willing to bet it was the campaign director who thought up the idea of 'glamourizing' Sarah. Since so many women are crying about these clothes, it's easy to see a lot of jealousy in their hearts. It's no wonder no woman has ever been elected to be president/vice-president before...their petty vindictiveness is too ugly to be shown on a world scale.


Posted by: karencheyneCanada | October 27, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Let's send Sadistic Sarah back to Alaska although maybe they don't even want her there--after all, the largest Alaskan newspaper recently endorsed Barack...Racooonwoods

Hmmmmmmm, yes, the people of Alaska are just as big a disgrace to their state as you are to yours. I have marked my calendar...Nov. 5th...the day after the election ...if Obama wins...will be the day corporations start laying off those left holding a job....if there are any left by then, that is. If he wins, it's going to be the shortest presidency in history.....'he who laughs last laughs best'.

Posted by: karencheyneCanada | October 27, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

During the Kerry campaign one gentleman poster complained about Mrs. Kerry's clothes-dowdy and unattractive. Considering that Mrs. Kerry is an heir to the Heinz fortune and a millionaire, I guess she certainly didn't and doesn't lack the means to knock our eyes out with an eye stopping wardrobe. She obviously had and still has more important objectives. The fact that Mrs. Palin got all togged up has nothing to do with her abilities or lack of them. I am perplexed however. Hasn't anyone noticed the cost of the suits and haberdashery that McCain and Obama are wearing? McCain's suits of course, aren't off the rack. They are hand tailored-made to order. Absolutely gorgeous. And why not? At $6 to $8 thousand a pop, they fit and look fantastic. Now let's talk about the shirts and ties. Joe the Plumber doesn't even know such shirts are available on this planet. And Obama? He doesn't even come close. Why aren't there any complaints about thier clothing: pro or con?. Unless Sara gets up on the platform dressing like Brittney Spears, stop pulling the sexist gig.

Posted by: TheTraveler | October 30, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Deliberately sexist? I have three words for you, if you think this is sexist.

John Edwards' haircut.

Posted by: DCX2 | October 30, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

So now Sarah wants to get back into her own clothes... now that the whole sordid shopping trip was made public! Folks like Hasselbeck want to minimize the issue, but it IS important -- very telling about who Sarah really is... Most folks don't even make $150K a year. In this economic crises, $150,000 would buy a lot of groceries for a lot of people. It would buy a nice home in many communities. How dare she claim to be like "one of us" and then parade around in such extravagance. It's obscene. This whole issue tells you much about the REAL Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin was chosen as VP for several reasons, not the least of which is that she is a woman. John McCain thought that all those Clinton supporters were only voting for Hiliary BECAUSE she is a WOMAN. (Isn't that alone a slap in the face to woman everywhere?) So he thought Sarah would make a great substitute. (He didn't realize that woman would recognize the difference in intellect and experience between the two; he thought it was enough that they are both woman.) Sarah is being "used." McCain chose Sarah Palin because, for the most part, she is (was ) an empty slate that they could fill with whatever they chose. They selected her because they saw her as maleable. Her background and history was perfect:
1. Sarah Palin was not well known -- therefore, they could easily mold her any way they wanted. No one would know she was just a puppet because no one knew her previously. 2. Sarah Palin is VAIN. She loved to enter beauty pageants. You don't enter beauty pageants unless you think you're beautiful. 3. Sarah Palin loves to be in the spotlight -- at the center of attention. Her dream was to be on television (as a reporter), where thousands if not millions would watch her. McCain and his Republican team were correct in their thinking that Sarah would be so flattered to be selected, that she would jump at the chance without batting an eye or thinking about the ramifications. Armed with a good analysis of the kind of person she is, McCain gambled on the fact that she would be so smitten that she would go along with anything they wanted, inlcuding memorizing all their talking points and becoming a mouth piece for the Republican Party line. She was a blank slate and they were able to fill it because of her vanity and her desire to be in the spotlight. She is being "USED" but she is also USING the McCain, the Republican Party and the American people to satisfy her own selfish and self-absorbed needs, desires and dreams. You cannot argue that out of all the field of Republican hopefuls for VP, McCain selected the best. He selected Sarah for all the reasons above. McCain says he puts "country first", but by choosing Palin as his running mate, it was clear that he put himself and his candidacy first.

Posted by: snowy123 | November 2, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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