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More Dirt on Sarah Palin's Fancy Duds


Sarah and Todd Palin (David McNew/Getty Images)

The McCain-Palin campaign is over, but Wardrobe-gate lives on. More embarrassing details have emerged about Sarah Palin's infamous shopping sprees -- including even more designer duds, plus sprayed-on tans and fancy underwear.

On top of the $150,000 first outlined in Federal Election Commission filings, Palin spent "tens of thousands of dollars" on additional clothing, makeup and jewelry for herself and her family, including $40,000 in luxury goods for her husband, Todd, our colleague Michael Shear reports. The campaign was charged for silk boxer shorts, spray tanners and 13 suitcases to carry all the designer clothes, according to two GOP insiders.

"The shopping continued after the convention in Minneapolis, it continued all around the country," one source said. "She was still receiving shipments of custom-designed underpinnings up to her 'Saturday Night Live' performance" in October. Sources said expenses were put on the personal credit cards of low-level Palin staffers and discovered when they asked party officials for reimbursement.

Newsweek reports that top McCain aides were stunned by the huge tab, especially after adviser Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three outfits for the convention and three for the campaign trail, with a budget of $25,000; instead, the nominee racked up six-figure bills at high-end department stores. "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," a McCain aide sniffed to the magazine.

Palin has always contended that she didn't ask for the extravagant makeover. The campaign previously said the used clothing would be auctioned off for charity; the L.A. Times reports that a Republican National Committee lawyer is headed to Alaska to inventory and retrieve the items still in her possession.

Palin even raised eyebrows for what she didn't wear: In St. Paul during the convention, McCain senior staffers Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter arrived at her hotel room for a briefing and found her wearing nothing but a towel, with a second one wrapped around her wet hair, Newsweek reports. "I'll be just a minute," she said, ordering them to chat with the First Dude while they waited.

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What, First Dude can't answer a hotel room door???

Posted by: mvm_ffx | November 7, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Poor white trash, no doubt about it.

Posted by: nanmccarthy | November 7, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

More like rich white trash when all is said and done. It takes a special talent to make a $6K jacket look like you ripped it off the sale rack at WalMart on your way out of the store.
I'm really gonna miss making fun of these people. . . they made the Beverly Hillbillies look sophisticated. They are truly where the gene pool meets the ce-ment pond.

Posted by: chappell1 | November 7, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Here's a link you liberal bullies,haters, and misogynistic Washington Post readers SHOULD be interested in...http://abcnews.go.com/Health/PainNews/story?id=6200528&page=1

Posted by: Thozmaniac | November 7, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

oh no she didn't. That's just crazy!

(Sorry people, there's nothing misogynistic about taking Palin to task for apparently picking the RNC's pockets. Sad.)

Posted by: owl1 | November 7, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Fiscal conservative???

Many of those "Real Americans" she was speaking to at rallies live in houses that cost less than her campaign wardrobe.

Posted by: vegmom | November 7, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

@Thozmaniac

"Here's a link you... misogynistic Washington Post readers"

Election's over, pal. You can drop the pro-woman front and return to opposing equal pay, preventing women's control over their own bodies, supporting a statute of limitations on discrimination suits tainted by cover-ups, chortling at Rush's "feminazi" talk, etc.

Posted by: poremsbe | November 7, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I haven't any doubt that there is some truth in the findings that "Bullies" enjoy inflicting pain on to other. However, I don't think that applies in the comments made. It's simply the facts. First and foremost, I would never answer the door covered with towels, I like to think I have more dignity than that, particulary if I were running for a high profile position that would expose me world wide. Certainly my husband having respect for me would have done what any gentleman would have done and that would be to answer the door. I don't know if I would go as far as calling the Palin's "White Trash", it appears that they are a family that could use a lot of grooming. Sort of like Diamonds in the Rough. Education can take care of that but I fear that Sarah has shot herself in the foot and it's too late. Frankly, one womens' comment of another is simply this; I've worked hard all my life, have raised my children, I was involved in their school, coached their teams and doing all of this while working a full time job. At that level I'm no different than she but I have to admit, I'm embarrassed for her and what she has done to hard working women.

Posted by: mdiguise | November 7, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Anyone wonder if these "top McCain aids" could be from the ex-Romney faction of the McCain campaign? I know I sure do.

Here's looking at 2012/2016 republican primary - Romney vs. Palin!

Posted by: cinema_sue | November 7, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

STOP PRINTING HER PICTURE - I CAN'T STAND LOOKING AT HER ANYMORE!!!!!

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

Wow! Not a fan in anyway and hope that she just goes away, but wow! McCain's people couldn't throw her under the bus fast enough! A few days ago they were trying to convince us to elect her VP! WOW!

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

They wanted her to buy six outfits (3 for the convention and 3 for the campaign trail) for $25,000?? They should have called me. I could take that $25,000 and had outfits for the whole Clampett-like clan with the luggage. They obviuosly have no concept of how to shop on a budget. Just the people I want directing use of my tax dollars.

Posted by: loocie | November 7, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

That Sarah Palin was "unprepared" to be VP might just be the understatement of the millennium--too soon to be certain. At And to think that she _may_ represent the future of the Republican Party! Surely, they can do better than her. Joe the Plumber? McCain is basically a good man, just not a great man, and his choice of Palin as his running mate not only _helped_ derail his candidacy, but quite possibly saddled the Republicans with another albatross, the other being George W. Bush. At least Bush is going away...isn't he? I hope Sarah Palin will do the same.

Posted by: ptgrunner | November 7, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain created a real "Frankenstein monster." May she live long and continue to undermine the Republican party. What trash!

Posted by: commonsense101 | November 7, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I am not a Republican and did not support McCain/Palin ticket. However, I am appalled at the way this woman, Sarah Palin,, who was dragged from Alaska to boost McCain is being shredded like a piece of meat. For heaven sake, this woman recently gave birth only six months ago and could be having "Post Partum blues". Her baby has developmental disabilities and as such, this family must be going through a difficulty trying to adjust to this.

It is one thing to criticize her for her campaign style and what she tried to highlight during the campaign. It is okay to criticize her lack of foreign policies knowledge. But for God's sake, it is absolutely nasty to blame her for everything that went wrong with McCain campaign.

The people who invited her to participate in this campaign should have done full investigation to establish her level of knowledge before sending her to the wolves on the national arena in which they have now joined to demolish her, her family and her newborn.
The Republicans have always said they do not women like Hillary Clinton. Well, their treatment of Sarah Palin, the woman who brought many voters to McCain campaign rallies, reveals how they value all women---"A MEANS TO REACH SOME END". It does not look good for any woman out there when they say they are anti-abortion or pro-life because they do not understand the implication of motherhood.

THIS IS DISGUSTING!!

Posted by: kadianga | November 7, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I thought Sarah Palin was going to give those clothes to a charity after the campaign? Did she lie to all the people in America (the real and unreal). I wonder if the same behaviour had been exhibited by Joe Bidin what the reaction of the MSM and the jerk water right wing nuts would have been. Double standards are very repulsive which says a lot concerning the republican party of the last 30 years or so.

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

Is Todd Palin going to put his silk boxers on eBay?

Posted by: McBain1 | November 7, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"For heaven sake, this woman recently gave birth only six months ago and could be having 'Post Partum blues'. Her baby has developmental disabilities and as such, this family must be going through a difficulty trying to adjust to this."

Then what was she doing running for the second highest office in the land? When McCain called, she could have said "Thanks, but no thanks." The McCain camp seems to have done a horrible job of vetting her, but Gov. Palin herself showed terrible judgment in putting her family through this when she was so ill-prepared for the job.

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

"It is one thing to criticize her for her campaign style and what she tried to highlight during the campaign. It is okay to criticize her lack of foreign policies knowledge. But for God's sake, it is absolutely nasty to blame her for everything that went wrong with McCain campaign."

She symbolizes McCain's mistakes and the mistakes of the Bush administration--spending unreasonable amounts of money on clothing and trinkets while the rest of us are struggling to make ends meet, fomenting racial hatred and paranoia about Obama, being uneducated about the Constitution and basic civics, the list goes on. Criticizing her strenuously may insure that she stays in Alaska and never again tries to take the national stage. The last thing our country needs is Sarah Palin visiting herself upon us again. This is a person who let ambition override common sense, qualifications and knowledge. We've just suffered through eight long years with someone like that as president.

Posted by: sparky131 | November 7, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Its just the same old pattern of Palin putting her family on the expense account. As governor, she has taxpayers pay for their travel. As a republican candidate, the campaign paid for Boxer shorts.

Although Palin once said she would give her clothing to charity, and a lawyer is on the way to take an inventory of what she has, its hard to conceive of the Boxer shorts being given to charity. . . . .

Posted by: mvaney | November 7, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin claims she never asked for a make-over, which is probably true. However, it appears that once she realized that luxury clothing for her and her family were 'part of the deal' AND she wasn't given clear boundaries, she assumed that ANYTHING GOES and she milked it for all it was worth. She probably didn't clue in until AFTER the story broke, and by then it was too late. That attitude, is yet again another example of her 'naivete' and unpreparedness for a high position of trust. She thought herself untouchable and deserving of whatever she wanted.

The USA dodges a bullet here; what makes me very angry, is that her aides KNEW SHE WAS IGNORNANT and felt bound by party loyalty to cover it up! That is NOT putting COUNTRY FIRST. IF they KNEW she was incompetent, someone should have alerted McCain and McCain should have replaced her.

Posted by: Suzanne1000 | November 7, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Randy Sheuneman is quoted as saying that Palin is brilliant, that she has a photographic memory. Well, I'm sorry, but just because you can remember something you have seen doesn't necessarily mean you understood what it meant. This woman obviously has no understanding of what things mean, especially important things like world geography and politics, and fiscal responsibility. I pray that Alaska determines that Mark Begich won the senatorial seat, because if Stevens gets it you can be darn sure Palin will remove him from office and take the seat herself, and then not only will the entire country have to continue hearing about her, we will have to suffer the consequences of her interference with vital legislation.

Posted by: HedgeBaby | November 7, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Pailn is GUILTY for ACCEPTING the VP nomination knowing her limited scope of knowledge about the "world" --- THUS she endangered US ALL. Sorry, I have no sympathy for her.

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

So when is she getting audited? The value of all those clothes and extras counts as income, just as all the reimbursement she got from the state of Alaska paying for the travel of her kids...and her per diem when she slept at home.

When is she going to pay taxes on all that extra stuff?

Posted by: Pupster | November 7, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

It does remind me a bit about Condoleeza Rice trying on shoes at Ferragamo while those poor people were suffering during Katrina. Here is Palin, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars that didn't belong to her while people are losing their jobs and their homes. The disconnect is rather staggering.

Posted by: Pupster | November 7, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Well this woman obviously has a serious problem and just can't help herself. Somewhere on the scale between and Narcississistic Personality Disorder and Malignant Narcissism.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopathy


Posted by: bluetick27 | November 7, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

nothing but a shameless, petty thief (well, not so petty, huh). to imagine that this person could have been the vice-president. talk about dodging a bullet. thank you america for sending the moose hunter back to alaska so she can relax w/ the other felon, uncle ted stevens.

Posted by: memorybabe1 | November 7, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I know that there are those who think that the campaign is over and that we shouldn't be dragging this stuff up, but I really disagree. The American people were lied to and presented a false image of Palin by the McCain campaign. John kept saying that she was perfectly ready to be president and he must have known that she was not. We need to know the extent of any perfidy and we need to know the extent of her basic education or lack of it as well as her substantive understanding of domestic and foreign issues relating to America, our allies and our enemies. This election is over, but there is a far right wing of the republican party who still wants to make this woman president. This may be our only opportunity to learn the truth about her behavior and her knowledge because the next time they run her, they'll lie to us again. Country First was a slogan that was a lie. The republican party was willing to put the country at unbelievable risk and we had better educate ourselves in every way that we can or we could find ourselves in a disaster yet with Sarah Palin.

Posted by: karela | November 7, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

2012 campaign slogan: "PALIN FIRST"

Posted by: nick13 | November 7, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Cinema_Sue wrote:

Anyone wonder if these "top McCain aids" could be from the ex-Romney faction of the McCain campaign? I know I sure do.

Here's looking at 2012/2016 republican primary - Romney vs. Palin!
______________________________________

I for one do... I've been thinking that since before the election. The question is, who's gonna win? The opportunistic Hillbilly or Fat Cat Mittens?

You just know Romney put his people in there with the intention of subterfuge if things went badly. It was reported that he voiced the feeling of being "screwed" when she was picked.

Two amoral people fighting for control of the remnants of the Republican party. If it weren't so odd and gross, I'd stop watching.

Posted by: DaninPDX | November 7, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Look, let's be a little better than the republicans here and knock off the "poor white trash" comments. I'm really sick and tired of the left/right bickering and name calling. Lincoln's words that "a house divided against itself cannot stand" hold true today as well. This hyper-partisanship is threatening to paralyze our democracy.
We are in the middle of one of the most historic and groundbreaking moments in our country's history. Let's try and soak it up and enjoy it. Don't worry, I remember all the slanderous insinuations and mud flung by the McCain campaign, but can't we try and rise above it?
I've read some of the most horrific postings on right wing websites. Things that go so far beyond the pale that is made me fear for the future of our country. Ostensibly "normal" people suggesting that Obama had his Grandmother killed the day before the election to garner more votes, or that he is a "beast" and the Antichrist. I'm not saying that calling the Governor of Alaska and her family white trash is on the same level as this vitriol, but it's not helping to raise the level of discourse either. After all, these comments we make are not done in a vacuum, they are out there for all to read, including, possibly the CHILDREN of those people we are talking about. It makes me heartsick to think that children may one day read these things about their own family.
I have faith that as the trickle of information continues to flow out of the wreckage of the the McCain/Palin ticket. people will see the hypocrisy of Sarah and her contempt for the middle class.
I also have no doubt that the Republicans will eat their own in the aftermath of the election, but we don't need to be setting the table and passing the the gravy.

Posted by: paulny | November 7, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I am not a Palin fan, but it is awful how these people are throwing her under the bus. No doubt, to keep from looking bad themself. They were all marons to think they could pawn this women off to attrack Hillary's votes. I look at Tucker Bounds MCCAIN'S campaign manager when ever he was on tv. He always look like he had been hitting a pipe.They all looked like they were on a pipe. Now they want to put everything on Palin They used this women and they are still trying.

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


"And up through the ground came a bubblin' crude'.

In this case, a bubbly crude - from Alasker, doncher know!

Posted by: senseinai | November 7, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

The same people who vetted her are the same people bashing her. Guess Americans really hate pitbulls, especially the one's with lipsticks. How come no one is bashing the Clintons for flushing down all the millions donated to her campaign for fancy hotel rooms and first class accommodations? Let's be honest. Palin is just an easy target because she a product of our standard educational system.

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

The spray-tan comes as no surprise as this is a woman who installed a tanning bed in the governor's mansion, allegedly for her daughters. Never mind that there are health warnings for under 18s using tanning beds -- UV skin damage would probably be the least of the Palin girls' problems.

But here's the real question: to which charity are Todd's silk boxers going?

Posted by: jr1029 | November 7, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

OK The woman was an embarrassment to the country, to intelligent women, to the RNC and turns out to be a hillbilly bimbo who has a 'shopping disorder' as well...but it is McCain and his cronies who chose her and were so badly organized that they didn't even notice she'd spent thousands of their party's money. And McCain gets away with playing nice old grandpa on SNL and Leno whilst trying to make us believe that she caused his downfall. That woman was always an idiot and McCain always an erratic old hypocrite.

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

If Sarah Palin needed clothes to wear on the campaign trail she was offered them and accepted. If Obama needed a Georgian Mansion to live in when away on the campaign trail he was helped into one by A. Rezko the slum lord fixer now felon. When will the Washington Post and the other in the tank for Obamazoombies stop pounding on Sarah the magnificent?

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

Oh, come on! This is just plain fun, because Palin has made herself such an easy target. No one is picking on the kids. God knows, they're going to need years and years of therapy when all is said and done, but the Palins, husband and wife
are greedy, ignorant and alas, stupid. Their arrogance lost an election. Frankly, as more bits and pieces of their bad behavior come tumbling out, it's hard not to feel a wee bit of schadenfreude. They're like something out of a cartoon, and it's an entirely self-created image.

Posted by: chappell1 | November 7, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

The DEVIL many times is seductive, manipulative, hypnotic and charming.

Aptly, the Scriptures have said that.

- imodotcom

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

where is JAKE D , the great SOB

Posted by: smart_sha | November 7, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Some populist! Palin was the one picked because she has the touch with the common man? For real? Too funny. They tell her to buy a couple of new outfits and she comes back with spray tan and 13 suitcases to cart off the loot. The Palin's got in way over their heads on this one and really came across looking like the jerks who won golden tickets to Wonka's Factory. Now.....let's get going with that reality show about them that I am sure is forthcoming.
h8creator.com

Posted by: petefied | November 7, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Palin is like alot of people who get tapped for primetime when they're not ready. Unfortunately for her, the national stage just reinforced her glaring weaknesses. She is at fault for not stepping back and saying "no thanks" (which most won't do) and McCain is at fault for even asking her. It is clear the McCain's people didn't think anyone would notice how unprepared she was --the country would be overwhelmed by her title and gender. It didn't occur to them that people would guestion her intellect (or lack thereof). The campaign from start to finish was poorly managed and picking her was one of the many mistakes they made. Now they don't want to take responsibility for them. Palin is like Cinderalla--she wants the ball to continue. She showed no connection to her "soccor mom image" which was manufactured for the campaign; and hangs onto the that image even though her shopping sprees show she is willing to spend someone else's money at high end places. Again the reporters never challenged her on it so she gets away with it. You bet no one will nail her about ther aides using their credit cards (with the receipts) and ask her why she was spending money on her family? Just the typical GOP stuff, freely spending someone else's money but claim they are fiscal conservatives --yeah right.

Posted by: debv1 | November 7, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

To the poster who said, I am not a Palin fan, but it is awful how these people are throwing her under the bus.

I say: I don't think it's throwing her under the bus. These are her actions and she should own them. She is acting like a victim and says she is nothing like a Diva, etc. However, she has a pattern of charging someone else (Alaskan taxpayers and now the RNC) for things that benefit her family. I think the Palin's thought they struck it rich!!!!!! Yeeee-haawwww!

Posted by: trisha4 | November 7, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

This comment is funny. Worth repeating.

The Palin's got in way over their heads on this one and really came across looking like the jerks who won golden tickets to Wonka's Factory.

Posted by: trisha4 | November 7, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I blame Palin for trying to run for the second highest office in the land. She did not know what the VP does. McCain used her and I do not feel sorry for her. What goes around come back around. So how she tried to smear Obama they are smearing her worst. Maybe she will stay in Alaska and keep running for office over there.

Posted by: vgreen1 | November 7, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Sarah, a little common sense on your part would have gone a long way. The people in the McC campaign have done us a favor. You know though that she seems to be beloved in Alaska. Ted Stevens is winning his election it appears. Don't be surprised if Palin turns up in Washington as Alaska's Senator. Right Wing extremists are not in short supply in Alaska and they don't care how corrupt their celebrities are if they push the RW agenda.

Posted by: lynettema | November 7, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sarah Palin,

Please stay in Alaska. You may want to expand your reading material beyond Fur Fish and Game. Perhaps subscribe to the National Geographic, it has alot of maps. Don't come back until you have read at least three books without pictures.

Posted by: GhostdogMN | November 7, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

To Thozmaniac: I’m a liberal, but neither a bully, a hater, nor a misogynist. I am simply appalled at the phenomenon that is Sarah Palin. She seems to be lacking in several areas: ethics, honesty, discernment, knowledge, intelligence, humility, among others. I don’t believe a thing she says, because the things she has told us have been proven to be untrue or distorted in nearly every instance. I’m with poremsbe and mdiguise in their comments.

And to kadianga: I agree with TrentinaNE and LAGCII. Palin should have said, “Thanks, but no thanks.” But, let’s remember the circumstances of her giving birth to that developmentally disabled child, which, at the very least, indicated recklessness on the part of Palin. And let’s also remember that she was at work as a governor three days after the birth. Was it her post-partum blues which led her to say all the truly horrific things that she said during the last three weeks of the campaign?

With HedgeBaby, I am also worried that, if the counting of the absentee and provisional ballots does not give us Begich as a Senator, Palin will appoint herself to Stevens seat when Stevens is removed from the Senate by the Senate or by his conviction on appeal.

I believe we need to publicize any and all of the violations of FEC laws with regard to the conduct of the McCain/Palin campaign, which would include complete disclosure of how the clothing purchases were made. However, I agree with paulny that we definitely need to refrain from ad hominem attacks of any kind. Let’s leave the divisive partisan attacks in the dust along with John McCain and Sarah Palin, and take a deep breath at how close we came to losing the possibility of saving our country. I, for one, don’t intend to “set the table and pass the gravy.” (With a note to mharwick: Get over it. And a note to imodotcom: What are you talking about!?)

Posted by: Mum48 | November 7, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Seeing the Palins on the stage with McCain when he conceeded, the two of them looked like dangerous organisms.

Posted by: vitaebergman | November 7, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Apropos the shopaholic charge: remember that the first time Palin was shown on the campaign trail with McCain after her rollout speech on Aug. 29th, she was SHOPPING for clothes in some store, browsing through the racks (for children's clothing I think) while reporters were asking her questions.

Posted by: cicada99 | November 7, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

First, where's anything about any expenditure any of the Obama's made for any clothing? I sincerely doubt it was at the Dollar General. There is the story that Michelle Obama made similar purchases, with more reliable resources.

Second, these are written as truths. All other reports I've read state these as rumors. You two have any receipts?

Third, there's a hell of a lot of hatred built up and written in the comments for someone unknown two months ago. Obama was unkown less than two years ago and few seem to question his ability and integrity.

Those thinking she didn't know the V.P. job or isn't "intelligent enough". That's alot of assumption and reaching.

Yet Palin is one of the most respected Governors in the country and Obama has had a pretty sad run in his four years in the Illinois State Senate & U.S. Senate. Bottom line: There is far less known about him than her.

Beyond that, I think you "commenters" need to calm down.

Posted by: robsmithjr | November 7, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin's only interest in the position of vice president was fame and the title. She looked at this campaign the same way she viewed pageants. It was something to be won. She excelled at what passed as the evening gown portion of the campaign after being given a blank check for duds. The talent contest was just a bit too much with all the "gotcha" questions. If she cared about governing and serving people, she would have been able to provide even the most basic answers on issues. She spewed parts of half-memorized texts and the longer she talked the less sense she made. She is truly clueless. I would have loved to listen in to the bedtime conversations in those hotel rooms, Palin applying spray tanner and nattering away on planned payback to certain staff members while the First Doof itched himself through his new underwear.

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

Oops! Accuracy counts! I was only going to write about his US Senate time. That is he has a pretty crummy voting record in his eight years in the Illinois State Senate. His time in the US Senate is less than four years and he had a light involvement in the Senate (Being a Freshman and all, you start at a low level). Just before announcing for President, Obama tagged his name on a huge host of bills.

Posted by: robsmithjr | November 7, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

TO.....kadianga | November 7, 2008 2:48 PM
Honest to goodness. those comments are so silly after listening to that "poor" woman berate Barack Obama, his policies, friends, acquaintences, and fellow instructors at U of Chicago.
She deserves all the ripping she gets after acting the fool. When given the chance at greatness, she played dirty and now she must pay!

Posted by: pmbpmbpmbpmbpmb | November 7, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

You can put Todd Palin in $40,000 worth of clothes and he still looks like someone who was turned down for a job at Jiffy Lube. Amazing.

Posted by: bored2tears | November 7, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign has lied to the American people, telling us that this ignoramus and buffoon of a VP pick could lead this country if anything happened to him.

We've been lied to, folks, plain and simple, and that's why we're so angry. Country First? Absolute BS. They pulled a scam far worse than $150,000 or more of clothing.

Seriously, McCain put us in serious danger as a country. And the fact that reporters sat on this information, even knowing about it for weeks, is unacceptable and, in my opinion, completely unconscionable.

Posted by: clane3 | November 7, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

True frontier folk: they know a gusher when they see one. Getting picked by the McCain team was a golden opportunity she would have never passed up.

Posted by: johanna3 | November 7, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

All those wishing to see Palin in the White House should let go of that goofy fantasy. She will never be elected no matter how many Supreme Court cases and names of African countries she remembers. But there is another option. With all the room in Alaska, the "Palin base" could move up there. A socialist oil wealth check could help each member set up house. Todd would show them how the Alaska Independence Party works and before you know it they'd have their own country. When Putin rears his head to see what's going on, her faithful servants could raise their muskets and do battle for Queen Sarah.

Posted by: pageantwalk | November 7, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Ok. So, I'm white, I work for a NonProfit (that makes me poor)and I have been called trash by most of the guys Whitesnake (in my defense it was the 80's) but I still didn't like Palin! Maybe it was her clothes?

PS. I heart Chappell1- rock on with your bad self!

Posted by: noengineers | November 7, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Things about AK you may not know. Every citizen since 1981 has gotten a yearly check for about 1200 $ on average. There is no state income tax or sales tax, yet the state gets more Federal money per capita than any other state. Around 85% of state income is from royalites based on the current price of oil as it passes thru the pipeline. Any person who has been stationed in AK as part of the US Military can choose to be an AK citizen, and get that annual free money, no matter where they are transfered to, as long as they are in the Military. They all vote
absentee as part of that. Some take a yearly vacation to AK to maintain the appearance of citizenship. When you wonder how they can be so stupid as to re-elect Steven's and Young, you have to take in to account all the votes coming in from these people. They foolishly think the Republican party is the pro military party as they cut VA bennies, etc. But they vote Red. Also, the oil industry has alot of Southern folks in AK. AK is the Welfare state of America, while pretending to be
"pioneers" and all that BS. Sarah is in charge of a bunch of idiots. She replaced the most corrupt Govenor who replaced himself in the Senate with his daughter. This resulted in a new law that requires a vote now, Sarah can not appoint herself if Stevens throws in the town. PHIL in OR

Posted by: plynnb | November 7, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

is there any way we could re sell alaska back to russia on e bay.they elect criminals like sen. stevens and congressman young. russia and alaska seem to both have love affairs with known criminals.

Posted by: charlietuna11 | November 8, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

robsmithjr

The Obamas, like Hillary Clinton, paid for their own clothes. That fact has been well publicised.
If YOU have any receipts to prove your claim, produce them.
There was some discussion about a dress Michelle had worn but then it was disclosed that not only had she bought it with her own money, it was an off the rack dress for which she paid under $200.
So you see, they ARE NOT the same.

Posted by: palmatrunzo | November 8, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Palin has become the face of the Republican party. She'll be back in 2012 unless they figure out how to go back to their roots. All the intellectuals fled because of her, all the middle class fled because of her. She is the ultimate demise of what was once "real America" and that is now just the left over people who haven't evolved. Joe the Plumber? Laughable. Every plumber I know voted for Obama. the Republicans are going to have to stop trying to make the lowest common denominator of a long gone breed their base, or they're done, like Nader.

Posted by: jmosbaugh | November 8, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

The funniest justification I heard was that Sarah Palin is frugal in her own life. It's only other people's money she throws away. Lol ...

Oh, pleaaase Sarah, keep talking. It's better than crack!

Posted by: Omyobama | November 8, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

What a cheap shot. The "Reliable" Source? I guess you only listen to the sources you like. If you watched NIGHTLINE last night (still biased)you would have heard some comments from people (close to Palin) who said she had no say in the wardrobe selection and was told by the RNC people she "had to look Vice Presidential." Did anyone ask what Mrs. Obama spent on clothing? Palin saw a couple of the price tags and said, "no way, this isn't me." Imagine what you would do, being incredibly exhausted, in the same situation. You just want to move on. You care about labels (and print space)more than she.
Even more importantly, have you compared the amount of money the Palins gave to charity to how much the Bidens gave? That might tell you something really important.
Oh, by the way, the election is over, so good for you for kicking a dog when it's down.

Posted by: mkscottcoxnet | November 8, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

"Yet Palin is one of the most respected Governors in the country..."

Posted by: robsmithjr

Actually rob, i don't remember anyone saying she was "one of the most respected" governors in the country. The McCain campaign kept saying that she had the highest approval rating for a governor. Approval ain't respect.

And let's look at why she's approved of. See every Alaskan gets a check from the state each year. These checks are paid for by the taxes on oil companies operating in Alaska. Alaska is rich in natural gas and oil and Palin raised taxes (gasp!!!) on the oil companies. So those checks went up by about $2000 for EVERY ALASKAN. (I know, she sounds like a real WEALTH SPREADER to me, doesn't she!)
Alaska had a huge state budgetary surplus, thanks to all that oil and gas. It also gets more federal earmark money per capita than any state in the country (506.34 per person, my state, NY gets just $16.76 per person).
All that earmark money goes to building, fixing and maintaining infrastructure in Alaska and lots of other projects. Don't you think maybe they could use some of their own budget surplus to fix THEIR roads and stuff? Well, apparently Sarah didn't think so. She knew if she starting sending big fat checks to everyone in Alaska, they'd just love her...

But that was then, now let's see what happens to her popularity with oil at $67 a barrel and no more Ted "Convicted Felon" Stevens in the senate bringing home all that pork. Those checks are gonna be a lot smaller next year. Somehow I think here days as "America's Most Popular Gov" are O-ver...

Posted by: paulny | November 8, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

The comment about her looking at the price tags and saying no way is plain BS. If she did that why did she have on $2500 jackets --soccer mom she is? She saw this as a chance to get some great clothes and jumped at it. Palin is a classic user and when she's done with you she tosses you aside. Clothes for her kids, husband? Why? Did anyone see them after the convention unless she was using her baby for sympathy? As for Michelle --does anyone remember that people (GOP) complained that she spent $168 on the dress to go on the View? She wore JCrew to the Tonight Show. The difference though is Michelle bought her own clothes --the Democratic party wasn't paying for them. Palin is tired --yeah right --not so tired to spit out hate, race bating,and mean-spirited comments for 8-10 weeks. She's tired now because she's cauaght and the dirt is coming out about her. She is an example of what happens when you pick someone not ready for prime time and they get a taste of the power and want to stay. One article said she read all the negative news about her and got nasty with her aides--why, she can't take responsibility for her own actions. That's what you'll hear from now on --the aides did it to her --she's the sweet innocent thing. Nobody told her to make a fool of herself with Katie. She just thought she could do what she did in Alaska which is wink, smile and look pretty. Now we know she got elected because Alaskans were tired of the previous governor and would of elected Bullwinkle if he had run. Now she will have to earn her job based on her merits. Wonder if she'll keep giving the folks yearly checks to buy their vote?

Posted by: debv1 | November 8, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

there was a woman named Sarah
who came all the way from Alaska
wanted to be VP of the USA
but the folks who saw her speak on tv said ,"no way!"
dressed herself to a T
feelin' fancy and all mighty
then she woke up one day
found herself back in her alley
now it's back to shootin' moose
and this empress has no clothes...

Posted by: Mrs_B | November 8, 2008 3:08 AM | Report abuse

You all are people that are fed by the media. actually, I would rather know the real Sarah Palin, instead of one made up by the press. Sarahs friends and fellow country men had stood along side of her except the democrats. They say that sarah is smart and very nice. not a diva or anything else that the press would like to cover.
she graduated from college with a degree in journalism. she is dissappointed with the media of today...no character.
anyone who wants to try and spread rumours about sarah needs to say it to her face instead of being a coward.
come on everyone
stop going along with the media and do some search for your selves
think
.........? hummmmmm that would be original

Posted by: littlebear334 | November 8, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

oh by the way she had 80% approval ratings by alaska.......

Posted by: littlebear334 | November 8, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

For those of you who think Palin is being treated unfairly - it was she, herself, who "didn't blink" when offered the job. She wasn't "dragged from Alaska" kicking and screaming as some have said. If you aren't self-aware enough to recognize your own limitations, and you get in trouble because of that, it is YOUR fault, not someone else's fault.

After all the invective and hate speech she mouthed against Obama and encouraged her audience to shout, she has no right to complain about anything being said about her now. Sarah Palin was a big fish in a very little pond and her ego trumped good judgement. She swam into the big blue ocean on her own and found out what life is really like outside provincial Alaska.

Does anyone really believe she was some meek little mom during that campaign? Given her penchant for destroying her rivals in Alaska, I don't think for a second she changed into a wonderful human being during the campaign. For that reason alone I tend to believe the staffers' comments. It's in-character for her. You mistreat and demean your paid staff at your own risk, Ms. Barracuda.

And by the way, she needs to learn to stop cleaning her teeth with her tongue every 15 seconds. That's simply disgusting.

Posted by: JCharles1 | November 8, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Once I heard McCain say "she needed clothes," I understood how this happened. It sounds like what a man would say about his rich wife. The 150K Palin spent on clothes was probably peanuts compared to what Cindy regularly spends. John probably saw nothing unusual about it and might have even thought he was getting off cheaply.

Posted by: Dr_Ick | November 8, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

robsmithjr, Obama didn't "tag his name" on that batch of 130 bills you can see at the Library of Congress site, he sponsored them. That takes quite a bit more ongoing work than just signing up to go along for the ride as a co-sponsor.

http://thomas.loc.gov

He announced his candidacy in February 2007. Most of the 130 bills you see at the LOC site are currently in play and were introduced in the time since he announced his candidacy.

S.1977 : A bill to provide for sustained United States leadership in a cooperative global effort to prevent nuclear terrorism, reduce global nuclear arsenals, stop the spread of nuclear weapons and related material and technology, and support the responsible and peaceful use of nuclear technology.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 8/2/2007) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations

S.1430 : A bill to authorize State and local governments to direct divestiture from, and prevent investment in, companies with investments of $20,000,000 or more in Iran's energy sector, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 5/17/2007) Cosponsors (37)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

S.1151 : A bill to provide incentives to the auto industry to accelerate efforts to develop more energy-efficient vehicles to lessen dependence on oil.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 4/18/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/18/2007 Referred to Senate committee.

Posted by: MiddleWay1 | November 8, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Eighty percent of Republicans want Sarah Palin to run in 2012.

One hundred percent of Democrats want her to run in 2012.

Please donate to her presidential run. Obama '12

Posted by: cybertoothcat | November 8, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised that the end of Palin's pageant walk shows precious Sarah engaging in this tawdry back-and-forth name-calling between her and former aides.

Anybody who kept up with media reports on her rise to power in Alaska became aware that she was seen as a person who, above all, was petty and vindictive.

Oh, for those of you who say she is the most popular governor with an 80 percent approval rating: That number has dropped to 60 percent and probably hasn't touched bottom yet.

The people most disappointed with McCain's loss are intelligent Alaskans who are dismayed that Palin is returning home to govern.

Posted by: pageantwalk | November 8, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I like Obama's statement:

"A Pig with lipstick is STILL a PIG."

Palin is a con artist, who just happens to have been caught.

Why does "First Dude" need new underwear? Silk, no less?

Thirteen Suitcases is pretty excessive - particularly from Saks. Why not just duffle bags from Wal-Mart?

A Pig is a Pig is a Pig. [With apologies to real pigs.]

Posted by: jameskatt | November 8, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the Palins could start a new comedy series called the Wasilla Hillbillies, an update of the sixties Beverly Hillbillies, seeing how their lifestyles are "quaint" and their good fortune also comes from the oil industry.

Posted by: majorteddy | November 8, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Unnamed sources have mentioned that Governor Palin has gone back to Alaska to regroup and stage a comeback. Sources also assure that Sarah Palin plans to sue all media outlets including this one for defamatory and slanderous statements made concerning her family. She plans to sue for as much as she can so she can start a hefty campaign fund for her 2012 Presidential election bid. She said using the money she extracted from irresponsible reporters who make cheap claims without any evidence or named sources will give her the utmost gratification. She'll no doubt be laughing all the way to the bank after suing the likes of low life reporters like you.

Posted by: v3hammer | November 8, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

As for being thrown under the bus (the Straight Talk Express?) by Palin's aides: if you play nice with the people who work for you, treat them with respect, appreciation and consideration, they will repay you with loyalty and a tactful silence on your little faults. If you treat people like your serfs, throw diva fits and temper tantrums and generally expect to be treated like the precious pagent princess you think you are- - - well, be prepared to be exposed for the nightmare boss you are. We're not talking a class act here, folks. And class has nothing to do with money or family. It's simply good manners.

I think Toddy and Sary would make an absolutely fabulous reality show. I know I'd watch!

Posted by: chappell1 | November 8, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

This whole thing isn't so hard to figure out:

They had to dress her up like other (fatcat) Republicans dress to make her acceptable to the REAL party base. But they didn't have to like HER. Now that she has outlived her usefulness, she, like the other "hillbilly" voters the Republicans use election-year-after-election-year should crawl back into their lower middle class homes and double-wides until the next time the Republican party needs to trot them out (ie, 2012)

The closest analogy I can think of is the move TRADING PLACES, when the Dukes had completed their bet, and they needed to put Valentine back in the ghetto. They may need to trot Palin out again in 2012, by my god do you think they'd put her IN CHARGE???

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

This whole thing isn't so hard to figure out:

They had to dress her up like other (fatcat) Republicans dress to make her acceptable to the REAL party base. But they didn't have to like HER. Now that she has outlived her usefulness, she, like the other "hillbilly" voters the Republicans use election-year-after-election-year should crawl back into their lower middle class homes and double-wides until the next time the Republican party needs to trot them out (ie, 2012)

The closest analogy I can think of is the move TRADING PLACES, when the Dukes had completed their bet, and they needed to put Valentine back in the ghetto. They may need to trot Palin out again in 2012, by my god do you think they'd put her IN CHARGE???

Posted by: mcdonaldwi | November 8, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I have watched this woman lie about these purchases (she had nothing to do with them; she would have been happy with a Diet Dr. Pepper every now and then...) and she lies very, very well. Her impromptu press interface upon her return to Alaska was very interesting - she brought up the clothes thing again (she knows this is a very bad story for her image) and she continues to maintain she had nothing to do with the purchases. I don't believe her. But there are many who do. Crazy world, eh? And we're all sexist to bring up this issue... I'm a woman, and it's NEVER sexist to question a candidate's actions as relates to their position. This IS related.

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

Just wondering who's going to get First Dude's silk boxer shorts . . .

Posted by: watchbird1 | November 8, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey v3hammer,

Did you miss the irony of the fact that you're quoting "unnamed sources" about Sarah suing those other "unnamed sources"??? Probably.
But that's ok, I'm sure YOUR unnamed sources are like, totally more reliable.

(I think it's safe to say that we'll never see that lawsuit.)

Why? Well that's the most delicious irony of all: one of the first news outlets to break the story was... wait for it...

FOX NEWS!

Seeing Sarah Palin sue Fox News might make my head explode in ecstasy.

Posted by: paulny | November 8, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I know of 2 Pro-Palin comments that have been left out of this blog. It looks like the editors pick and choose those statements that reflect the most hatred towards Governor Palin. Obviously, the proportion of negative comments v. positive comments don't come close to the % difference in the election. This blog is not only unfair; it is downright dishonest. There certainly does seem to be a slander lawsuit waiting to happen here.

Posted by: v3hammer | November 8, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"Reliable" source . . . disgruntled anonymous McCain staffers? Name the lawyers who are on their way to Wasilla. Palin claims she hasn't received any notice of lawyers on the way, she tried to leave the clothes in AZ, and she never went shopping for any of those clothes herself. One day the Obamacons are going to wake up and realize that the skating rink that was Palin's back has melted. If Jindall, Huckabee or Romney had been the VP pick, Obama would be enjoying a quiet holiday season in Chicago this year. Most of the "liberal" bigots commenting here would be funny if they weren't so sad.
I wonder how many of Bush's power grabbing executive directives Obama is planning to repeal. How many military bases is he going to shut down after our troops are withdrawn (or evicted) from Iraq? How many wall criminals is he going to allow to "fail." To all of the above, he's yet to mention a single one! Now, let the corporate bailouts and patriot acts continue (without public hearings).

Posted by: vbfree2 | November 8, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I just saw Palin's press interview from Alaska. No reporters asked her about the extra monies she spent on Todd, the jewelery, the lawyer going there to collect the RNC's belongings. I am confused. Is the press doing their job or in sympathy mode. I want it all to come out. She was just too meanspirited and vengeful. Sorry, I have no sympathy for her. She deserves all the negative press. Please pile it on. Let her see what it feels like when she mercilessly lied and smeared Sen. Obama at her rallies.
The Aemrican peoplewant tosee how these hypocritical Repubs fooled the public.

Posted by: cmitch4822 | November 8, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

You can put lipstick on a pig, but he's still a fascist.

Posted by: vbfree2 | November 8, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

v3hammer:
"Obviously, the proportion of negative comments v. positive comments don't come close to the % difference in the election"

No, but they are a lot closer to the percentage of people who felt Palin was not qualified for the office she was seeking, which seems just a bit more relevant.

One quick question, if the moderator is blocking these "pro Palin" posts only you know about, why would they let you post about them being blocked? wouldn't that defeat the purpose of blocking the posts?? wouldn't they just block your post as well??? and if they were blocked, how do you know about them anyway?????

ok, sorry, that was more than one question. good luck with that lawsuit, btw.

:-)

Posted by: paulny | November 8, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Can you imagine the right wingnuts if Michelle Obama had stole the Dem's clothes and took them back to Chicago with her?
I can hear Rush, Neal and the like
now, "oh, just so typical, what did you think she'd do, people, she's black."
The Repugs eat their own, while the bones are still soft. Sarah's just beig shared with the "pride."

Posted by: KattFish | November 8, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Awww, come on. She didn't steal them.

She was just, um, gonna like, hold on to them for the RNC. Ya know, till like 2012, ya know. Honest...
Besides, I mean, she's gonna need them then anyway, right?

you betcha!

Posted by: paulny | November 8, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

All of you Obama "SHEEPLE" make me sick. F.Y.I. sheeple is what the Obama folks called you during the campaign, now they call you loyal subjects.
All of these LIES were exposed as such last night on Fox news. While no one came out and said so, I am sure that they all know these lies are comming from the Dems. I understand that you are all scared of Sarah Palin and you should be since she will be the first female president of this country, { If there is any country left after the Obama regime}all of the leftist lies and rumors in the world will not stop this from happening. You should all be ashamed of yourself. You deminish yourself by spreading such petty gossip and show the world that all the things that your new leader is supposed to believe in are false but those of us that can still think for ourself already new that.

Posted by: drplumb | November 8, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget that it was McCain who chose Gov Palin - at least HE had the final say!
Palin should be held to the same standard as anyone else running for VP of the United States. I for one expect much more than rudamentary knowledge of our constitution, geography and politics from someone who runs for the 2nd highest office in the world.

What is shameful and embarrassing is that McCain didn't choose a qualified woman. Amongst all the Republicans, there must be one woman (or more), who is educated, reasonably attractive, experienced (maybe a College professor or business woman) and who has a bit of charisma.
I am not a Republican, and I admit that a little bit of Schadenfreude is fun and payback for all the years of Rush and Hannity, but I also realize, that the issue of Palin's clothes is just another confirmation that Republicans are not morally above the rest of the population - often quite the opposite: They try to rule on fear instead of hope, they are devisive, and they have their BIG share of scandals (remember 2 years ago all these "conservative/family value types" who turned out to be gay, partying, drug using people -- and there's nothing wrong with that: if only they hadn't stood on that big pulpit condemning exactly that behaviour! Hypocrites
This time they ran on "Joe the plumber", Sarah Palin, the woman next door.....and what do you know: Joe was on welfare, Sarah likes expensive clothes and is an uneducated, charismatic opportunist (who probably is coached by her husband, as she herself doesn't seem to be able to be coherent without massive preparation or a teleprompter)
And to think that 64% of Republicans want a woman like that to be our President in 2012 - I shudder to think about this. Come on people: You surely can do better?

Posted by: anticrusader | November 8, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey Paulny

I did see the irony! You weren't smart enough to know I was being sarcastic? That's why you all who are going against Palin fall for this trash. You're simply too foolish to know the difference between fact and fiction! There's more evidence that Obama was a friend of terrorists, Black Panthers, and Marxists, than there is too this stupid tabloid story! It would be laughable that some many people are so dwarfed in knowledge that they were hoodwinked into voting for Obama, but sadly, America is in for a dangerous time. Obama supporters distracted the media from reporting the important facts by making up pathetic lies about Palin's wardrobe, which quite frankly, is the last thing we need to focus on in this time of global crisis.

Posted by: v3hammer | November 8, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey paulny!

I know 2 Pro Palin postings weren't printed here, because I was the one that submitted them! Again, you aren't using your brain enough. This is more evidence of the kind of people who fall for this tabloid crap. It appeals to people who are gullible enough to accept things as fact, when there's no evidence to back up the premise. This story has been going on for days, and still no names of eyewitnesses to the claims have been produced. Use your heads people! It's obvious you weren't using your heads when you voted for a man who is an ally of an extremist who dedicated his book to the man who assasinated Robert Kennedy. Of course, you people would rather focus on Palin's expense account than do some serious thinking on pertinent matters.

Posted by: v3hammer | November 8, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

The fact that they were hillbillies (aka white trash) was espoused by the McCain camp.

The clothing was just another bad campaign decision.

The fact that someone who doesn't know the countries in NAFTA is Governor of Alaska and could have been the VP or President should be frightening and maddening all by itself.

She's the front runner for the Republicans in 2012? That's a gift that will keep on giving.

Posted by: jeff34 | November 8, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Paulny,

The reason my other posts were blocked is because they provided more details demonstrating all the errors of the press in these related issues. Evidently, the editors here can't handle truth that is bluntly put forth and exposes hypocracy and logical short-comings of liberal biased reporters. When you shall find the truth, "the truth shall set you free".

Posted by: v3hammer | November 8, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

jeff34

The fact that you state things to be fact when there is no evidence that there was even a real person who stated these things, demonstrates why it was so easy for you people to vote for Obama. You are too lazy to do research on your own to find out the real truth. You would rather be fed lies in the palm of your hand, because it appeals to your desire to have people do things for you. That is why you voted for a Democrat. You want to take money from those who have earned it and give it to those who are too lazy to earn the money themselves. Liberal writers love feeding you guys these fabricated tabloid stories, because they know you won't put forth any intellectual effort to challenge what they say.

Posted by: v3hammer | November 8, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

When will this hypocritical gnat in need of speech lessons disappear back into the wilderness and stop annoying me?!!

Posted by: aranxa | November 8, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The GOP are fabulous at using and discarding. If she had a whiff of a brain, she wouldn't have put herself in this position.

The scapegoating began once it became clear they were losing, about two weeks before the election.

What lovely bunch of guys.

Posted by: ngeisler | November 8, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"All of you Obama "SHEEPLE" make me sick."

There's nothing better than someone writing a line like that and following it up with:

"All of these LIES were exposed as such last night on Fox news."

Yeah, WE"RE the sheep. How do you know? Fox News told you so.

And to top it all off:

"...they all know these lies are comming from the Dems."

You mean the Dems inside the McCain campaign, right drplumb? You know, the McCain campaign, the place your beloved Fox News reported THEY got the stories from.

Do you even read your own posts before you submit them?

I understand, your world is crumbling around you. The republican party is a sham. Don't worry, sit down, take a deep breath, you'll be ok...

Posted by: paulny | November 8, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

v3hammer:
"The fact that you state things to be fact when there is no evidence that there was even a real person who stated these things..."

But there IS evidence. Half of these stories started with FoxNews. Fox's Carl Cameron reported on a whole bunch of stuff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku8t_eMYFZ4
It came from Fox, so it just HAS to been true! Fox would never lie! Right guys??? (man, I wish there was a font for sarcasm!)

As for your "truth" hammer, why don't you post the links to where you get all your facts. You don't have to put any of the Truth in your actual post, (maybe that way you can sneak it past the big bad editor). Just send links so we can see for ourselves.

Then when we don't see any of your post, we'll know you were really were telling the TRUTH!!!


man, this is too easy...

Posted by: paulny | November 8, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

HAHA Paulny!

If you aren't smart enough to see the links and hear the reports for yourself, don't expect me to do the work for you! You no doubt are the one that got through school by getting others to do your hoemwork for you. The truth is out there. All you have to do is look right in front of your face. If it was a snake, it would have bitten you by now. Guess what? This whole country is going to get bitten, just like it did on 911. As the terrorists walked onto the planes uninhibited after fooling the security, so have the Marxists and terrorists fooled the voters into giving them control of this country.

Posted by: v3hammer | November 8, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

v3hammer, sorry i missed your sarcasm before. Sarcasm tends to be funny, which is why it's understandable I couldn't recognize yours.

Congratulations, by the way. You showed remarkable constraint in waiting for almost 4 replies before you started ranting about Obama's "terrorist allies".
Now that we've gotten to that point, it's safe to assume you're all out of material.

AYERS! AYERS! AYERS!

there, do you feel better now?

Don't worry, I'm sure you've got reams of EVIDENCE about Obama's terrorist connections. You've got tons of proof. You really do! But you just can't post it because of the editors, darn it. Because of them we'll never get to see your completely incontrovertible evidence, all from such un-impeachable sources as Sean Hannity, Bill O'Rielly, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and all the other serious journalists.

Please. They, and you, are a joke.

Barack Obama is our President. Mine, Yours, everyone's.

deal with it.

Posted by: paulny | November 8, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

My god. I'm sorry everyone.

I can't believe i just wasted my time arguing with this wack job.

Posted by: paulny | November 8, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin was just trying to help the economy with her coast-to-coast nonstop shopping spree ! If the campaign had lasted a little longer, she might have revived the US economy all by herself ! I, for one, take my hat off to this lady . I noticed Neiman Marcus stock went WAY down after the election . This is ALL Obama's fault !

Posted by: shrubnose | November 8, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for trying Paulny. But, you are correct. It's probably a waste. Maybe he/she should read some real news.

Nawwwww. Why would they want to do that when Fox can give them only the news they want to hear.

Posted by: trisha4 | November 8, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

yeah paulny

Go ahead and read some real news from msnbc, where they just demoted chris matthews and olberman for losing countless viewers who were getting tired of listening to nothing more than a cheering section for the Obama campaign. By the way Brokaw and Micha were just on msnbc commenting how little the US really knows about Obama. Gee, it's a fine time to acknowledge that now after the election! Call the LA Times up and ask them if they'll ever deliver the tape showing Obama partying with Jew hating terrorists. By the way, the LA times admitted having such a tape. You don't have to listen to talk radio to find that out!! The liberal media admits on its own they are witholding information from you. Of course, you seem fine with that!

Posted by: v3hammer | November 8, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

By the way everyone, while you're talking about Palin's extravagant clothes, perhaps you should talk about the 3 million dollar mansion the Obamas are living in, compliments of a Syrian slum lord, now a convicted felon. Then you can talk about how Obama received millions of dollars in questionable funds by way of the ill run fannie mae and freddie mac, 2 organizations that McCain knew ages ago was in serious trouble. You people are so gullible, you would believe anything that the Democrats and the liberal media would tell you. I watch liberal news and conservative news, and everytime I compare the two sides, I wonder if the Liberals ever once tried to think things out for themselves. It seems to me, liberal reporters just naturally go with the popular opinion, regardless of what the facts are. As far as FOX news's Carl Cameron goes, I feel he is a moron just like anyone else who passes stories on as fact, when there is no supporting evidence.

Posted by: v3hammer | November 8, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

13 suitcases? OMG.

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

interesting read.........too bad it's sucky reporting. "GOP insiders"
...my question is, am I reading the Washington Post, or the National Enquirer?

Posted by: gsw235 | November 8, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm with milw. Aren't her 15 minutes over???

Posted by: seweig | November 8, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I have no sympathy for her at all. She is a vicious, manipulative hussy. She believed she can make it all the way to the White House. In her own mind she think it’s not such a big deal, any Joe six pack should be president>>. She is legend in her own mind. If the retarded, empty suit who lives now in the WH can make it for 8 years, sure she can make it>. So what if she have very mediocre education, very limited executive experience, it woudn’t matter , she have “other” talent s . Then she have a label for us : elites. Ok I have a label for her: WT.

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

Not really sure what constitutes "white trash" behavior. But I suspect that one hallmark would be the practice of adopting a pseudonym in order to post insults about public figures in the comments beneath newspaper items. Or is that what "classy" people do?

Posted by: deadmutt | November 8, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I believe that we will all know the truth from fiction when the dust settles. she will end up either as a profound liar, or someone who was lied about. at present, having witnessed her bumbling interviews and her disjointed speech, i must admit that i'm not a fan. no matter her alaskan colleague convicted of 7 felonies might win his election. this shows how low america has stooped to. the dumbing down of america, first george bush and now sarah. can we take much more?

Posted by: badasp3 | November 8, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Gimme a break! Anyone with half a brain knows that none of this is even close to a half truth let alone factual! If Sarah Palin and family had been shopping there would have been a massive contingent of press covering her every move. Hillbillies? Okay, so if you're not from New York or LA you're a hillbilly?? This is asinine beyond stupidity. A woman with this woman's class, grace, values and morals wouldn't be traipsing around in a towel in front of anyone but her husband, for crying out loud the two men who supposedly met her in the towel say the whole thing is patently false. People who are threatened by this woman who stands up for herself, her morals and her values cannot see past their hatred to realize that only bitter cowards would even dream up this baloney, and then for the so-called "press" to print it as fact, they're worse than the "un-named sources".
The only people who would even dream of believing the lies that are being spread are those who see Sarah Palin as a threat, she is a college educated woman who is the governor of the largest state in the Union, does anyone seriously think she doesn't know anything about geography? Or North America? The election is over, put away your poison pens and grow up and get over your own narrow minded opinion of a woman who 91% of the Republican party approve of heartily. She touched something in Middle America that the "elitist snobs" cannot or will not understand, she's one of the real people, and that resonates with America, and THAT is why so many in the MSM and press hate her.

Posted by: supersteelers4ever | November 8, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

hmmm! Is "poor white trash" The opposite of "rich black thug"? You guys are raceist pigs!! Can't even win graciousley. It makes me dislike the "Rich Black Thug" All the more. I would turn my back on him if I ever seen him. I think I will send him dead fish (just like Rep. Emanuel did)every time he does something I don't like. Talk about racism-classism. You guys are the the most hatefilled people I have ever heard. Sarah has more class in a strand of hair than you guys will ever have.

Posted by: kricketdavis | November 8, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I have some Lehman Brothers stock I'd like to sell to those of you that think Palin is going to make a bunch of money filing slander suits. First of all, the truth is an absolute defense to such an action and second, public figures can't win these cases in the US. If they could, you would have heard about it. Maybe in Britan but not here. Poor Sarah is just going to find someone other than the RNC to scam for her "come back".

Posted by: rock_owens | November 8, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

It is not unfair, sexist or petty to criticize Palin on every front- it is self defense.
You see, if we fail now to render her forever impotent as a political figure, we will have to contend with her in 2012 (assuming she does not come to D.C. sooner than that by stepping into Ted Stevens' soon to be vacant seat).

You've seen the monster movies of the fifties? At the end, the monster is immobile but not dead.... the last few frames often showed the creature beginning to awaken, still a menace to be confronted at some point in the future.
Let's make sure there are no twitches left in the monster that is Sarah Palin's political career.

Posted by: LeBeau59741 | November 8, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

HELLO EVERYONE. AS A TEENAGER, I AM THE ONE WHO SHOULD BE MOST TICKED OFF ABOUT THIS. I'M THE ONE WHO'S GOING TO BE PAYING FOR THE G.W.B. SCREW UPS IN THE FUTURE WHILE MR. B IS LAYING SAFE AND SOUND IN HIS GRAVE. HAMMER, LET ME JUST TELL YOU SOMETHING: YOU WANT THE FACTS? ASK A KID. ANY KID. AND THEY'LL TELL YOU THE HARD TRUTH. WHILE YOU'RE WORRYING ABOUT WHO'S RIGHT AND WHO'S WRONG IN YOUR PETTY DEBATE, THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN. WHAT WILL THEY HAVE TO SUFFER FOR? IT'S ARROGANT, IGNORANT, CONCEITED PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO TICK ME OFF THE MOST. (AND YOU SUPPORT MRS. ALASKA-NO SURPRISE THERE.) LOOK YA'LL, IT DOESN'T MATTER ABOUT SARAH'S CLOTHES OR MAKEUP WHATEVER. SHE CAN SPEND WHATEVER THE HECK SHE WANTS. FRANKLY, I DON'T GIVE A DAMN. I CARE ABOUT MY FUTURE, HAMMER. WILL MY CHILDREN BE ENSURED SOCIAL SECURITY? OR WILL THEY HAVE TO WORK UNTIL THEY'RE 80? KEEP FOCUSED ON THE ISSUES. IF YOU'RE GONNA FILL THE FORUMS WITH YOUR PETTY GOSSIP, YOU MIGHT AS WELL GET ENGAGED TO SARAH PALIN, CAUSE I REALLY CAN'T TELL THE TWO OF YOU APART. I HEARD THAT JOE THE PLUMBER IS LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED POTTY MOUTHS TO POLLUTE OUR FREE SPEECH SOCIETY. I THINK YOU SHOULD LOOK HIM UP. EVEN GOT YA THE NUMBER: 1800CLEENCRAP. BY CONFUSING THE READERS WITH NONSENSE, YOU'RE NOT HELPING. BUT WHAT WOULD YOU CARE? I'M ONLY GOING TO BE PAYING FOR YOUR PENSION EVERY MONTH THAT'LL KEEP YOU ALIVE. HOW CAN YOU LIVE WITH YOURSELF WHEN THE ONES YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE HELPING ARE AT RISK?

Posted by: hope1011121314 | November 8, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

I am relieved that Sarah and clan will be fading from the news (somewhat) for now at least. It was really an insult to all intelligent women, that John McCain would pick someone so completley inappropriate for the postion of Vice President. Our Country needs an honest leader now in these perilous times, not someone who freely spends the taxpayers money, parades around her unwed underage daughter as a proud example (of what, some crazy morality?) and does not know that Africa is a Continent. She may be fine in Alaska, but please spare the lower 48!

Posted by: mmbb | November 9, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

First Hope, Let's get one thing straight; GWB didn't cause this financial crisis by himself. The media knows you people like to make him the scapegoat, so they go ahead and blame him, when most of the mess is due to the Democratically controlled Congress. Bush's only fault was giving in to liberals by letting them spend money on too many things our government simply couldn't afford. As far as talking about petty stuff, I agree with your point there. However, this tabloid article was not instigated by me. I am just sick and tired of people maligning Sarah Palin who is raising a family, including one child with special needs, and also governing one of the most important states in our country. The media has been entirely unfair to her, while at the same time showing way too much bias for Obama. No news should be this lopsidedly partial. The media in essence has manipulated the election. I still feel that Obama was elected by a bunch of people who were fed an inaccurate picture of both Obama and Palin.

Posted by: v3hammer | November 9, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

Probably not relevant, but, just wondering who gets the used panties.

Posted by: canadiankid | November 9, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey, isn't it time to leave this poor woman alone? I mean, she's already had more than fifteen minutes of fame, and she obviously couldn't handle it.

The election is over. A sideshow at best, the woman clearly needs to stop talking to the press - do us all a favour - let this distraction go - for God's sake stop asking her questions and reporting on her inane answers. Nobody, except perhaps the GOP base who regularly watch NASCAR likes seeing a perpetual car wreck in slow motion... right?

Who cares about her clothes? The important thing is Palin is not 'a heartbeat away' from anything more complicated than an impending small state budget shortfall. Let her be... she's suffered enough.

As for "Palin 2012" ... arrrghhhh, where's the humanity?

Posted by: sdmac | November 9, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I would feel sorry for SP except that she is dangerously stupid and has no humility (like Bush)

Posted by: elizabeth_ismsncom | November 9, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I betcha those clothes disappear just like her medical records have.

Posted by: g5club | November 9, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The Post and the Liberal readers should be ashamed of themselves...u r a disgrace to journalism and fairness...

I am with neither party...and vote for the best candidate regardless of party...but the continuous false statements and unfair treatment to any candidate by the media...is embarrassing...

You actually think any of the past candidates from any party did not have clothing purchased or a budget allocated...the McCain camp blundered with the campaign and they are looking for discrediting a possible scapegoat...NOW going back on published justification statements on the $150k...they blundered the whole compaign...for example they did not bring up the bankruptcy of coal industry issue, the associations with Marshall Wallace, Ayers, Resco, Wright, Farrakahn (sp?), Kaladi (sp?) until 2 days before the election...AND they refused a free 30 minute airtime on FOX followng the Obama Infomercial...complete incompetence...Palin is NOT part of this incompetence...if not for her...it would of been a landslide... just like U the media complained about her Foreign Policy experience...gee Clinton AND Reagan when Governor did not have ANY FP experience...AND the budget Clinton ran for Arkansas was equivelant to Toys R Us...while Palin's is the 5th largest in the Union...perhaps you should 1) go back to school and be educated on Journalism Professional Ethics...U at the Post obviously skipped that...just as you slandered Cindy McCain...just as CNN interviewed Palin stating false insulating names toward her from a National Review article...that DID NOT even exist...AND then CNN REFUSED to make a public apology...2) Perhaps only those educated and informed should vote..Fair and Balanced...ha...as an Independent Study shows the ONLY network that is fair is FOX...the Post, NY Times, LA Times, NBC, MSNBC, CNN...you should ALL be ashamed...as you disgrace the title of Journalism...and there is no guilt or shame on your false actions and allegations...if I were Palin I would sue simply on pubslishing false information that has been inflammatory and degrading to her character and career...

A Concerned Independent...rpucci

Posted by: rpucci2001 | November 9, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Her medical records didn't disappear, the parts dealing with the birth of her kids weren't released, since they weren't relevant to begin with, and since we're talking medical records, what about Mr. Obama's? A one page letter from a doctor hardly qualifies as medical records.

I find it deplorable that so-called "reputable" news outlets report gossip as fact. When your source is "un-named sources" you can pretty much guarantee it's smear tactics designed to inflict personal damage. The NAMED sources in the McCain camp have disputed every single piece of trash that has been thrown at Governor Palin, yet somehow those reports are swept to the side in favor of slanderous garbage by people who are too cowardly to reveal their names. That's not news, that's the stuff of tabloids.

Posted by: supersteelers4ever | November 9, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

As an Independent voter who has no love for either the Democratic or Republican parties, I am glad to see all of them go (the Palin clan). Now she can go back to what she does best. 1) Defrauding and stealing thousands upon thousands of dollars from the tax-payers of Alaska like she did time and time again for herself and family before becoming McCain's VP pick and stealing thousands upon thousands from the RNC. 2)Maiming and killing GOD's defenseless creatures for FUN with automatic weaponry when she should have been protecting her UNDERAGE daughter from the PREDATOR that impregnated her (probably while she was out KILLING GOD's defenseles creatures while her daughter was at home "pallin around" with whatever IT was that got her pregnant. 3) Abusing her powers as Govenor by destroying the lives of those who voted for Obama in Alaska (Im sure she already has a HIT LIST). If there is one thing this election has taught me, besides reinforcing my belief that the majority of Republicans are uneducated and racist, is that it apparently does not take much to be the Govenor of Alaska and the school system, judging by Mrs. Palin's handful of carefuly picked interviews and 1 debate, has got to be one of the worst in the country, or is it CONTINENT? She was just a flash in the pan and any political ambition she has beyond THIS TIME TODAY would be fruitless. The reason President-elect Obama did not attack her for all the vile and racist lies she spewed at him was because every time she opened her mouth or winked thru her designer "soccer mom" glasses, she was giving Obama votes by the thousands. And for that I thank you. Stay warm up there in "real america".

Posted by: masteroneace | November 9, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The wardrobe story is not big news. All candidates spend a bunch of money trying to look good. Look at the source of the news: upset McCain staff people who need to come up with someone to blame for why they lost. They lost because McCain't did not run as a conservative American. Join the Official Sarah Palin Fan Club at http://www.conservativeamerican.org

Posted by: conservativeamericanorg | November 9, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she can be named the Ambassador to the North Pole since she can see that from her house too.

Posted by: elaygee | November 10, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

All these right-wingers complaining of the treatment of Sarah and her ludicrous $$ habits need to be reminded of only one thing - the brouhaha about John Edward's $300 haircuts earlier in the year! And when WE complain about the egregious, unnecessary wardrobe expenses, the story of her hair and makeup artists being the highest paid in the McCain campaign in October, then I am being an "Elitest Snob"? I have been umemployed for the last 6 months (in the banking industry) and could have used some of those thousands of dollars to pay my living expenses! I am glad that some of my countrymates have quit drinking the Bush Kool-Aid of the past 8 years enough to vote in a voice of reason!! Her first priority should have been that handicapped newborn of hers. I would have had more reasons to admire her if she had REFUSED the nomination than accepted it and shown her total idiocy regarding family, country, government and foreign policy.

Posted by: jacquelineabaker | November 10, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the Eve Harrington of the political world. All sugar and spice on the outside, conniving on the inside.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_About_Eve

Posted by: amym2 | November 10, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

As a workaday female medical professional I know for a fact I can purchase 3 suits, altered to fit, for around $1500. I can purchase a fabulous functional wardrobe to last years for $4000. Despite a generous 6 figure income I have never spent $4000 on clothing in one spree, or over the course of one year, much less $150,000 for clothing to wear for a few months. My jewelry is modest.

Despite the fact shopping is considered a female trait in our culture, comments in this thread about misogynistic and bullying posts miss the point. My comment is not to bully or criticize my own gender, but to point out power corrupts.

Sarah Palin exploited her position, period. Her comments about expanding the role of Vice President and her selfish extravagance in high end stores speaks volumes about her sense of entitlement and motivation for self-aggrandizement. Sarah Palin's campaign was about Sarah Palin (wink).

Thankfully, Ms. Palin never made it to the White House; after all, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Posted by: achilders | November 10, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

It'll be interesting to see if Palin's daughter actually gets married.

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | November 10, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign exploited Sarah Palin. She wasn't vetted properly and then they had to attempt to recreate her.

For McCain's aides to leak all these bad-Palin, dumb-Palin stories to the press makes them seem like poor losers.

She worked hard for McCain. For this, and for all of us who wanted Obama and were relieved to see her stumble around the national stage, and especially for those wonderful Tina Fey routines, I believe she earned the clothes.

Posted by: karenT | November 10, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed that this person [Palin] can't tell the complete truth about anything? The woman is a pathological liar.

Posted by: bobcra | November 10, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

rpucci2001, don't go away so fast...you forgot your sources! Saying an Independent Study found FOX to be fair and balanced doesn't make it so. Log on and supply a list of links so the rest of us can make up our own minds as to the veracity of your comments. Or did you get all of this information second hand?

Posted by: bobcra | November 10, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I think the defenders of Sarah Palin in this comment thread are incredibly guilty of sexism.

To claim that it is sexist to criticize her for spending what we now know is closer to $200,000 on clothing and accessories is just misplaced chivalry.

Do you think a male candidate that stupid would have been defended by the right? Remember John Edwards and the $400 haircut? That was his OWN MONEY.

She didn't "earn" these things. What she "earned" was the honor and privilege to stand with Sen. McCain on the Republican ticket, something many thousands of Americans were better qualified for. She blew that honor with her ignorance, stupidity, hatred and greed and it is now time for her to return to the snowy wastes of Alaska and never insult us again with a run at national office.

You want her in the White House?

Hello $20 trillion public debt!

Posted by: dezoars | November 10, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

$25000 for 6 outfits comes to $4167 per outfit. Even if you assume 6 outfits for each of the 6 family members who were on the campaign trail, that's 36 outfits at $694 each (and 6 of those would be baby outfits for Trig)....yeah, typical hockey mom!

Posted by: SueB2 | November 10, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

To conservativeamericanorg:

"not big news"?

Frankly, it doesn't make much difference whether these purchase were authorized by the McCain campaign or not. It's news for several reasons:

1) Why was Palin out buying clothes when she should have been brushing up on third-grade civics?

2) How on earth did the McCain campaign think that making her look good would compensate for her ignorance and lack of substance?

3) $200,000 in two months! I think it is of tremendous importance and national interest to thousands of Americans who can't even afford new winter boots for the kids this year because they are newly foreclosed, unemployed and actually poor. Yeah - there are 40 million poor people in America - no investments, no savings, no car - not even able to afford enough food.

USA! Number ... er... sixteen. Have you heard of the Human Poverty Index or the Human Development Index? No? Well, I don't think Governor Palin has either.

Check out secondharvest.org.

Posted by: dezoars | November 10, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Typical Republican "smoke and mirrors" pawn Palin off as the everyday soccer mom, yet spend more on fancy clothes than most Americans make in salary for several years!
And let's not even get into Cindy McCain's $313,000 dress for the RNC Convention! Republicans have always been for the Rich, Democrats for the Poor. What a classic example of the former.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | November 10, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

$40,000 for this guy and all the money she spen t on herself. This is shameful! To think that she wanted America to believe that she was the typical house mom. Maybe she was and would go on a shopping spree like most of us if we had a chance. What poor decision making though, that is what scares me. If she cannot think ahead here what other stuff does think she can odwithout any problems?

Posted by: aaroonia | November 10, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Please stop picking on poor little Sarah?

Give me a break! This woman is unbeleivable! After all of the lies and unethical behavior she has demonstrated in her 15 minutes of fame, she has proven to anyone with a brain that she is totally incompetent. She is uneducated and uninterested in anything that does not relate directly to her. She is a powerhungry yet highly unprepared individual. Her looks and flirtatous antics have always worked to get her ahead in her isolated world. Now she is shocked to find that in the real world those attributes count very little. I have yet to hear this woman ever admit to even one personal flaw, mistake or bad decision. She throws blame on others regardless of the facts. She takes credit for the work of others and denies responsibility for her own blatant mistakes even in the face of overwelming proof. No, this woman is not to be pitied or underestimated. She is to be feared. She is dangerous to our nation and must be kept out of Washington at any level.

Posted by: clamperken | November 10, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

There is an old saying by someone far more eloquent than I, that I think applies. From the democrats to the republicans:

"If you stop telling lies about us, we will stop telling the truth about you."

Posted by: rjnerd | November 10, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

paulny WROTE:

Lincoln's words that "a house divided against itself cannot stand"...

Those words are not Lincoln's but was first uttered by Jesus Christ. Beyond that, Palin and the McC campaign deserves the criticism. After all, McCain, in his own words, is "old as dirt". Had this man been elected we could have had Palin as potentially the most unprepared vice president in the recent history of our republic. I shudder to think what could have happened if Palin was suddenly pushed into the office of the President. The McCain campaign hammered Obama over his supposed lack of experience, then they try to throw Palin at us. That is not "Country First" that is "McCain First".

Posted by: sboyd18 | November 11, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

It's not so hard to understand why John McCain chose Sara Palin as his VP.
She is basically just as simple minded, dim witted & oh so eager to ram her views about ANYTHING down your throat/up your bottom as King George has been for the last 8 years.

How was McCain to know the majority of people in the world (including the USA) had tired of this type of "Leadership"?

McCain would have lost no matter his VP choice, Sara overwhelmingly convinced the undecided that she is the female version of King George and only the wardrobe would be different!

Posted by: ihatetyping | November 11, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Anybody see the Greta/Palin interview last night? I was forced to watch it and it was infuriating!
She skirts around every question with horrible broken English.
She actually went into a garbled response to Obama's lean toward green energy. SHE ACTUALLY SAID THAT ALASKA CAN HELP WITH THOSE ENERGIES NOW THAT THEY WON'T BE SO SUBSIDIZED THAT IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.
It's like she knows certain words and assigns her own meanings to them.
SHAME ON YOU GRETA FOR NOT CORRECTING HER! She'll never learn anything as long as Fox and everybody else keeps smiling and kissing her rear end when she shows she does NOT know anything compared to other educated people.
How about me for 2012. I know things.

Posted by: Georgeanna2012 | November 11, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I can almost understand how 8 years of a George Bush presidency could make Sarah Palin look like a serious candidate. This too shall pass.

When 2012 arrives we will have experienced 4 years of a sensible Barack Obama presidency, with much of GW's doing undone, US politics and diplomacy normalized and the economy on a better footing. Four years is not much time. Unless she changes drastically between now and 2012, when compared to President Obama, Ms. Palin will not be taken seriously.

I wonder if Sarah will be re-elected in Alaska? She does have crowd appeal. If not governor, perhaps she could become a political pundit, or a talk show host?

Posted by: achilders | November 11, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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