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Palin Says She Didn't Even Go Shopping

Sarah and Todd Palin (David McNew/Getty Images)

Sarah Palin insists she never asked for the fancy wardrobe that caused such a fuss. In Monday's interview with Fox's Greta Van Susteren, Palin said she arrived at the GOP convention to find clothes already purchased by stylists -- not just for her, but for eight members of her family -- and assumed it was standard procedure for a national campaign. She said she never set foot in Neiman Marcus or Saks and doubts that the receipts could total anywhere near the amounts reported to the FEC: "There's no way it could have been $150,000 worth of clothes. Not unless every jacket and pair of shoes were $10,000, $20,000." Palin said one-third of the clothing was returned immediately to the stores, unworn; one-third was used during the campaign and recently shipped back to the RNC; and one-third was stowed in the belly of the campaign plane, never worn -- and has been returned, she thinks, to the RNC as well.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 12, 2008; 1:01 AM ET
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This is typical of the dirty politics played py politicians. I wouldn't be surprise to discover that the whole buying of cloths is a scheem devised by the democrats, in order to discredit Sarah Palin. The sad truth is, that it succeeded beyond their wildest dream (like Al Queda on September 11). Even here in Belgium (Europe) everybody was talking about it. She lost her magic in one moment with this cruel trick. But remember, she lost a battle not the war. I am sure she will be back on the political scene very soon with even more vigor.

Posted by: boolves | November 12, 2008 5:03 AM | Report abuse

I agree that too much was made of the clothes affair, but the poor lady is so unprepared to be president in an emergency that folks would do anything to keep her out of office. The wrong methods for the right reasons.

The Mc camp used the lady; took advantage of an overambitious person. That was most unfair.

We should forget about Palin for at least 4 years, maybe longer.

Posted by: caesarganz | November 12, 2008 5:50 AM | Report abuse

boolves wrote:
the whole buying of cloths is a
scheem [sic] devised by the democrats,
in order to discredit Sarah Palin.

The Republicans should hope that boolves comment was posted by a Democrat dirty trickster -- hoping to make Palin defenders look like kooks... because if this kind of delusional, paranoid thinking is going to drive the Republican effort at renewal after their recent spanking by American voters, then the Republican Party is in for an extended period of decline. Whackey!

Posted by: davidr2 | November 12, 2008 5:57 AM | Report abuse

If she did not know about the clothes or they were magically there. Then how come the clothes for the most part fit. I know the GOPers are great charlatans and tricksters but how did they know the clothes and shoes sizes of the whole eight members of the Palin family without her knowing what's afoot?

Posted by: TKDuff | November 12, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Look, how difficult would it be to send an “investigative reporter” out to Neiman Marcus or Sacks to see if Palin did “set foot” in their stores.

Posted by: Muskat | November 12, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Consider: (1) Multiple articles, negative to a candidate, based on hearsay, in the front section of your newspaper in the days just before an election. (2) A short article of response to the charges, based on an actual interview with the candidate involved, published a week after the election and buried in the Style section of the newspaper.

Many readers once held the Post in high regard for its fair reporting of the facts of stories important to our nation. The reporting of Sarah Palin's wardrobe in no way represents the once proud journalism standards of the Washington Post.

Posted by: Kate25 | November 12, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

I think Palin was done way before the shopping news. Can't believe anyone thinks she should anywhere in the White House except to maybe dust the furniture!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: brysgran | November 12, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Alaska is the new Texas, complete with oil, gas, ignorance, corruption, 'God,' etc.

Posted by: SisyphusinSoho | November 12, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

ENOUGH on the clothes already.
Enough talk. Enough news coverage.
We are now in waste and overkill territory.
If your brain needs more insignificant minutia to churn on just turn on the TV and watch a morning talk show.

Posted by: info13 | November 12, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I noticed that Palin is still wearing the cloths she said she would give back! She may not have bought them. She had someone buy them for her. It is the same!

Palin has two goals, and those are power and wealth. Perhaps someday her children will get the help they need.

Mark Heinemann

Posted by: as901 | November 12, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Why anyone would have an interest in Gov. Palin's clothes is beyond me. If the RNC wanted to spend half a million on a new wardrobe for the governor, why care? It's the RNC's money, not the taxpayers'.

Posted by: arudy | November 12, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Why is this being still in news?

Unless the media is collecting negatives to be used in the future, this continuous coverage of this being appears to promote for future of this being.

Nothing more is needed...

Posted by: SOCIETY1 | November 12, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm a democrat and I can assure you I don't give a rat's you-know-what about Palin's clothing. It's the RNC's money and they can do whatever they want with it, but maybe they should have spent it on civics and geography lessons instead.

Why do we even need to have our time wasted with "news" about what Palin or any other female political figure wears? The "news" about Hillary Clinton's pant suits was asinine and so is this. Enough! There's never any discussion about what male candidates wear, so unless somebody comes out naked, can we just leave this alone?

Posted by: papillon1 | November 12, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on! This is all comedy gold! When you go into public life and present yourself as a celebrity like Paris or Britney, this is what happens. It's unfortunate that Madam Palin's lack of self-awareness and gracious manners makes her such a sour loser, unlike Sen, McCain. As Jackie O said,
"Never complain, never explain."

Posted by: chappell1 | November 12, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

first d00d Todd with 40K of silk undies and spray on tans?
sorry, liar, you are guilty as charged. Now,into the dustbin of history before Jindal and Romney make mincemeat out of you... those two might be able to help the sinking ship,but Palin is a nuclear hillbilly,ready to go roman candle at any moment.
That First d00d ever say anything? Or did they seal his mouth with super-glue? He must be twice as stupid as she is.Capeche?

Posted by: tabbott1 | November 12, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

well, maybe Palin/Jindal 2012 -2 people who think dinosaurs and men lived together. Fred Flintstone and Dino can be their campaign mascot.

Posted by: silverspring25 | November 12, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I think Palin lied. The clothes are in Alaska, her husband is inventorying them, and the RNC wants them back. Palin, like Bush and Cheney, seems to use lies and deceit to cover her mistakes. Glad this bimbo is not VP! How McCain could have selected her is something people will be unearthing for years to come.

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

boolves? You're joking right? You're using reverse psychology or something?
Geez; for your sake, I hope so. If not, I'm sorry about the hit on the head.

Posted by: easysoul | November 12, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The shopping spree accusations in the saga could be proved easily enough. Show us the receipts. Show us the dates and signatures. Subpoena the sales clerks. Why not a little documentation. Either Sarah is lying or RNC staff are lying. Physical records and sworn testimony - good enough for trial court. I'm ready for the story to go away but somebody lied and it would be satisfying to know who. And a reporter worth squat would do a little research to substantiate the accusations. "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus coast to coast." In the interviews I saw after the election, Sarah was wearing her own clothes. I sure would like to check that consignment store out.

Posted by: phoebeleigh | November 12, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Boolves must be 1) young and 2) ignorant to the ways of politicians. For the Democrats to have schemed the thing with the clothes they would have had to CARED ! Palin did enough damage every time she opened that mouth to say "you betcha". McCain thought he had a diamond in the rough but all he had was an oyster with no pearl in sight. He did her a disservice by dragging her out on the national stage with no instructions whatsoever. If he thought he could pull in the Hillary voters he was sadly mistaken. All those women had in common were makeup, skirts and high heels.

Posted by: lynnecatlover | November 13, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm still amazed at the amount of people gulping the Palin kool-aid. As someone said earlier, the RNC can do a lot of things, but,they cannot guess sizes for everyone in the family. This thing was slowly starting to die down, but, who brings it back up? I watched the interview on the Today Show and I really think that Gov. Palin should concentrate on being a mother than anything. A 7 year old with 3 or 4 inch high heels that actually fit and carrying an infant like a cabbage patch kid, shows me she needs real parents. Something is definitely wrong with this picture!!

Posted by: engineman032003 | November 13, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe that clothes just materialized without sizes being given to the RNC...

Actually, I have no problem with the RNC spending whatever they pleased on clothes for the Palin family.

My concerns were with Palin's readiness to be VP. She wasn't, although she is clearly ready to assume a role in the popular culture or the media. Sarah, give us all a break and get your own reality show, talk show or other media platform.

Posted by: ANetliner | November 13, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

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