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Will Palin's Make-up Artist Add to Extreme Makeover Woes?



The focus on Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has shifted from her policy positions to her makeup and clothing purchases. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)

John McCain's makeup is right out of "American Idol." Running mate Sarah Palin's is so "So You Think You Can Dance" -- and so much more expensive.

McCain's September payments of $8,672.55 to "American Idol" make-up artist Tifanie White, who has also worked on the reality dance show "So You Think You Can Dance," are a drop in the bucket on the campaign's beautification front compared to the GOP vice presidential nominee.

The Sleuth has learned that Palin's high-paid traveling make-up artist is Amy Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as head of makeup on "So You Think You Can Dance." Strozzi was paid $13,200 by the McCain-Palin campaign last month alone, according to the campaign's latest financial disclosure report filed this week.

That's $4,527.45 more than McCain's make-up artist made last month. And as we mentioned yesterday in our exclusive on McCain's make-up artist, the 72-year-old Arizona senator, who has prominent scars from battling cancer, requires more work than does the more naturally telegenic 44-year-old Palin.

Strozzi, whose first name is misspelled as "Ami" in the campaign's financial report, is listed as doing "communications consulting" work. But two sources close to the campaign tell the Sleuth Strozzi is Palin's make-up artist.

They also describe Strozzi, whose resume you can view here, as "Goth" and "punk." She certainly has that flair, as you can see in this Fox News video posted on YouTube of Strozzi and another colleague working backstage on the reality dance show.

Our report on Palin's make-up artist comes after the embarrassing story in Politico that the Republican Party shelled out $150,000 at luxury stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue -- real regular everyday Joe Sixpack, Joe the Plumber kinda stores, huh? -- to clothe and accessorize the vice presidential nominee.

It's probably a safe bet that Palin's makeup and makeover spending sprees won't help matters in the court of public opinion.

For the first time since Palin joined the GOP ticket, more voters have a negative opinion of her than a positive one, 47 to 38 percent, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

The Politico report on Palin's $150,000 fashion makeover could raise more serious ethical and legal questions. The Federal Election Campaign Act prohibits the conversion of campaign funds to personal use. Specifically: "a contribution or donation shall be considered to be converted to personal use if the contribution or amount is used to fulfill any commitment, obligation, or expense of a person that would exist irrespective of the campaign's election campaign or individual's duties as a holder of Federal office, including . . . a clothing purchase."

Which may explain why campaign spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt said in her statement released last night that it "was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 22, 2008; 8:48 AM ET
 
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So if they win, will there be an official White House make-up artist? And why do I sense that Palin's suits will end up on eBay, not at Dress for Success?

http://punditmom1.blogspot.com

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

Please, you have nothing more important on which to report? She's running for VP, should they buy her clothes at Wal-Mart? It's Nieman's not Chanel. Oh, but it's okay that Michelle Obama runs around in $450 Thakoon dresses (from Saks)and she's NOT the candidate. What a bunch of hypocrites! Oh, and what about that $500 "snack" the glorious Michelle ordered at the Waldorf??? Another reason I no longer subscribe to the WaPo or NYTimes.

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

Oh, excuse my typo - I meant $1200 dresses!! from Thakoon. That's about the average price for one of their pieces.

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

Does the DNC pay for Michelle Obama's Thakoon dress? Look, we all know image is everything in politics and I was actually wondering if the well-dressed Palin's wardrobe was new because, as a stylist, I thought I recognized some of the things from recent collections. But Tracey Schmitt must think the American public fools if she seriously expects us to believe that clothing will go to charity after the election. Coupled with the recent discovery that Palin charges the state of Alaska for her children's personal travel expenses whenever she can, however tenuously, describe it as official business it's safe to assume she's just like every other politician in a position to enjoy the perks and the pork as long as no one's looking.

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

Uh, Lynn. Michelle was never at the Waldorf, the NY Post retracted the story. Do some digging. Fun to spread false rumors though, huh? http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/roomservice.asp

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

OK, Lynn, we can excuse your "typo." But not that you obviously forgot to note that Ms. Obama is NOT running for office.

The central point in this piece was the apparent abuse of campaign funds by Palin (a candidate); that is, the misuse of public funds. What does Obama's wife have to do with THAT?

And I'd say that Ms. Akers probably doesn't have anything more important to post than another typical example of abuse of power by the fat, rich cats who falsely claim to relate to people who DO buy things at Wal-Mart. What could be more important than that?

I'd hazard a guess that you are not a subscriber of either of those papers because you read them online, not because of the content, which contains TRUTH, something you clearly despise.

Posted by: Mike K | October 22, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Remember when the Republicans made fun of Edwards' $600 haircut? Last month's make-up bill is about 33% of what "Joe the Plumber" grossed LAST YEAR!!!!

Who is the elite here?

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

150K$ for the looks in such a long campaign?
I think that's fair, nothing to blame here.

The real issue is that the proper hairdo and lipstick to make Mrs. Palin appear presidential are nowhere available, not even for all the money in the world.

McCain only got himself to blame for making such an irresponsible selection. With a reasonable running mate he'd stand a real chance of winning. But obviously he prefers the deserts of Arizona over the white house.

Posted by: awaler | October 22, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I think all should use their own, full name if they want to express an opinion. Oh, if we all could afford $150,000....to live on. It's not about the money but who is providing it. I'm sure Cindy McCain spends lots on her wardrobe, but she most likely is paying for it herself. Michele Obama probably does likewise.

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

Lynn, do you not see the difference between:

1) Michelle Obama buying her own clothing, albeit expensive clothing; and

2) Palin's clothing being purchased by the RNC with donated money?

Now it appears she has violated campaign laws as well. This adds to this supposed reformer and average-joe-six pack list of suspicios dealings, including her per diems received in her own home, the reimbursements for her kids' and husband's travel expenses on supposedly "official business". The list goes on. She is as corrupt as the rest of the GOP.

What a joke!!

Posted by: MGT | October 22, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Lynn, you DID notice that there are some other stories in the paper today didn't you? Some of them might even rise to your exalted standards of being "important".

Posted by: Bob S. | October 22, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Palin a reformist?! Palin is looking more and more like a Washington insider with every passing day.

In the national scheme of things, this RNC clothing story is small, but is much more damaging to Palin's public image, which is already on the downtick!

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 22, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I wanna give a shout out to the fly Editorial Intern:

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Gabriel | October 22, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Sarah, now we see why you are Paling around with "bomb-bomb" McCain. Better hope Todd doesn't find out, you know what a temper he has.

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown1 | October 22, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and what about that $500 "snack" the glorious Michelle ordered at the Waldorf??? posted by Lynn
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It has been showed that Michelle Obama NEVER stayed at the Waldorf Astoria.That was attributed to Fox news, and Rupert Murdoch has since apologized for. Get your facts straight before you post talking points.If Michelle Obama wore a $500 dollar dress, I am sure she paid for it, or are you just re-posting lies you read somewhere else....

Posted by: Palinisa M i L f | October 22, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey, John, Hey Sarah, way to live up to those great family values. Thanks for wasting the american peoples money. I guess you really can put lip stick on an elephant!!

Posted by: shaun s. mpls. mn. | October 22, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I understand the need for a candidate who is on TV daily to have an extensive wardrobe, but why not shop at Sears or Penney's?

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

I have a crazy idea. If the GOP really wanted to make a charitable donation. How about the $150,000. Abuse women looking for jobs don't need a $2,500 suit. That money could have been spent in a much better way. Proof that they have NO idea what it is really like out here in the REAL world.

Posted by: Pam | October 22, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Women's makeup is ridiculously more expensive. McCain needs pancake makeup to cover his stuff. But the skin care items and other stuff for women is just insane. Between the cleansers, moisturizers, primers, foundations, powders, blush, shadows, liners, etc. it's easy for her makeup costs to double his.

Posted by: Anonne | October 22, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News:

Palin Set To Elect Record Numbers of Democrats Nationwide

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

What a shame. This woman and the McCain-Palin campaign as a whole are no different. Spending $150,000 when you have a money problems, when you've had to withdraw/suspend activities in Michigan and others is simply unbelievable. Giving the clothes to charity (which one? Salvation Army? Goodwill?) is a sorry excuse for a campaign that is completely run out of ideas and time. Can't wait for Sarah Palin to return to Alaska on November 5 and start answering to the Alaskan people! Voted for Bush but just finished voting for Obama/Biden. Go Obama!!

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

Wow, all that expensive make-up and clothes for McCain and Palin as well as a proud endorsement from al Qaeda.
How's that workin' out for ya?

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

When I have made a donation to a politician's campaign, never, in my wildest dreams have I ever imagined some of that my money and the money of hundreds (thousands??) of others would go to the purchase of designer duds, hair and make up styling for the candidate and her family.

How disrespectful to people who make a sacrifice to make a political donation because they believe the candidate will help make their lives better.

Posted by: Karen | October 22, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin has a net worth of more than $2 million. That's real Joe Six-Pack, isn't it? Michelle Obama pays for her own clothes. Ms. Palin seems to have broken ethics and maybe the law in her abuse of power in Alaska and now she has violated campaign laws. She has enough money to buy her own clothes and to get someone to apply her make up. Perhaps more than anything, she needs a stylist. That hairdo must be the same one she had in high school!!!

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

Joe the plumber, how do you like them now? Two months on the job and Sarah Palin has already spent what it will take you 3 years to work for! 3 years !!! Oops, Joe.

Posted by: Selom | October 22, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

It's so funny to hear Republicans now bash news outlets for reporting on these stories because "there are other serious issues to discuss" but I guess there was nothing serious going on a few months ago when they completely trashed John Edwards for his $400 hair cuts. $150,000 for clothing and over $13,000 for hair and make-up...in ONE MONTH? Give me a break!!! With people being laid off all over this country, they should be ashamed of themselves! I wonder if Joe The Plumber and his wife can relate???

Posted by: Dee | October 22, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

i'm not sure what the big deal is? don't you think it would be expensive for her to keep up with the mccain's? heck, his loafers alone cost $500.00! I don't think i've spent that much for shoes in 10 years! sarah just wants to fit in with the mccain's. i wonder if the rnc outfitted pillow and wiper or whatever the heck their names are too.

Posted by: rj610 | October 22, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I want a free 150K wardrobe and a makeup stylist! Can I run for Republican veep, too?

(Oh, wait. I have a Princeton degree and know how to read... drat.)

~A~

Posted by: Aiala | October 22, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

All the stylish clothes and chic make up cannot change what is in this woman's 'makeup' Sure does shoot down the 'elitist' remarks she continues to make about Obama. Palin is one scary dudess and people are finally recognizing this fact. (Remember it is the Republican people who paid for this extravagant public money spending. :):)

Posted by: jeni | October 22, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Kind of blows that "we are fighting for everyday people" image out of the water doesn't it? I agree Palin needed a makeover but what about a practical one. Clothes from Macy, Ann Taylor Loft, Talbots and makeup from Lancome. What the RNC and McCain has done is feed the beast. She's a narcissist and suffers from delusions of granduer and there is no going back to life as it was in Alaska.

Posted by: R D Jay | October 22, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

No amount of money spent on clothing or make up will make that thing, Palin, look Vice President material. She belongs on the Maury Povich show, if they' ll have her. That episode could be titled "The Quenn of Trash Tries To Get To The White House" or perhaps "The Queen of Trash Wants To Run The Senate" or maybe "The Queen of Trash Wants To Abolish the Constitution"?

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

The Obama's buy their own clothes and have not used campaign donations to purchase them...so whatever they do spend on their clothes? They earned.

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

You would think this pit bull could at least bring her own lipstick! She did need a makeover she was very frumpy looking. But, 150,000.00 plus. She must have been even more frumpy in person.

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

Funny, the dress Michelle Obama wore on The View was $140.00 and she looked great.
Sold out in stores within hours.

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

Obama has made about 4 million on book sales in the last 3 years and Michelle has a job that pays her around 200k a year ( she has a Harvard law degree also)....so I'm sure the Obama's buy their own clothes . Palin's record shows that in addition to taking per diems while living at home ... using state funds to fly her kids around ... she would have no problem ripping off donors for personal items and clothing . Its called stealing and Sarah is a theif .

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

Joan from showhere shows what whishful thinking looks like:

Breaking News:

Palin Set To Elect Record Numbers of Democrats Nationwide

Posted by: Joan | October 22, 2008 12:23 PM

Good luck running around the net posting lies Joan....that's what has your VP candidate in the lowest numbers "ever"...lying.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Lynn, you're an idiot! The point being all of it is that her very expensive wardrobe being paid for by the RNC, soooooo that's your money! I know if I found out Biden was buying new suits with my donations, I'd be a little pissed! And by the way, the report about Michelle Obama's room service has been acknowledged as false by newspaper owner Rupert Murdock himself....Guess what? Didn't happen. I repeat, you're an idiot!

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

nice try posters about Michelle Obama and the "snack" at the Waldorf Astoria...she wasn't there, and that story has been retracted.

When the GOP is pulling poor Joe the Plumber into their campaign to reach out to average Americans and then turning around and blaming Obama for screwing up the guy's life (even though it didn't happen the way McCain claims it did, and McCain brought him up first and twenty more times in the debate)...yeah, I have an issue with Palin and the GOP spending $13,000 on a make-up artist. That's more than I spend on groceries in a year. See pictures of Piper carrying around a LV purse that cost $2300...tell me that little girl is going to give it back! Right!

The GOP disgusts me to no end.

Posted by: shirleyfeeney | October 22, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin needs to look "elite" for the "elite liberal media" dontcha know.

Posted by: Georgia | October 22, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Michele Obama was not at the Waldorf That was a false report and she spemds her own money.

Posted by: AliceM | October 22, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

doesn't matter what her clothes or makeup cost, she still looks like a corn-pone porn star wannabe with the ethics of a serial killer & the compassion of a stone. & the mothering ability of a chunk of wood.

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

Lynn, You are A COMPLETE idiot. This story illustrates the hypocrisy of the Repugnicans. They spew out this populist appeal bull__it when really they are stealing from the poor and giving it to the rich. They are the Anti-Robin Hood if you will.

Explain to me the difference of taxing "real" Americans and giving the Rich a tax cut or the super rich tax credits (for the oil and gas lobby for instance) vs giving the average American a tax break and having the super rich...(who by the way made their million$ selling their goods and services to the average person) pay their fare share of the tax burden? There is no difference. The only difference is that there are more STUPID Repugnicans out there who will wrap themselves in xenophobia and "culture" issues and vote with their lizard brains instead of with common reason.

Enough is enough... OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!!

Posted by: Emanuel | October 22, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

If the Republican party had wanted to give Sarah Palin a real makeover, they should have spent $150,000 on books instead of clothing.

May I suggest a copy of the U.S. Constitution at the top of her reading list.

Posted by: Sarah | October 22, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I understand a person has to dress professionally but jeez thats alot of money. Palin may look good but good looks is not going to fix our country and fix the crisis we are in right now. Palin claims she will donate her clothes because she was asked about him and she probably thinks people will like her more but this is all an act. There is a huge amount of publicity about Sarah Palin and she’s definitely no typical woman. Yet there is a lot about her that people don’t know about. Dailysource.org has a lot of evidence on Palin’s current political views and actions, which presents her high and low career points as Alaskan Governor. Go to http://dailysource.org/palinvideos to see it.

Posted by: Chris | October 22, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

A note to the "true believer" McCainiacs: they're playing you...playing on your fears, prejudices and worst inner demons. Wake up. No politican is perfect, but I'd much rather have one run on my hopes rather than my fears.

Posted by: Soonerthought.blogspot.com | October 22, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Is this a pork barrel wardrobe bought from an elite eastern company?

Posted by: John o | October 22, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Its only the newest thing in hockeymomery, nothing 'pro-american' americans should worry about, right?

I mean when was the last time you were down to the rink? Even at peewee games you just can't see through the glass anymore between the face plant smudge trails left by mom's taking each other hard into the boards.

Posted by: jakewaters | October 22, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Joe the Plumber... This may be a good time for you to switch parties and come on over to the light. How many Joe Six Packs,Hockey Moms and plumbers spend this kind of money in 2 months; that's $2500 a day!! This is someone's mortgage, this is health care coverage for several families. I understand you have to look presentable, but why Neiman Marcus and Saks? How about Marshall's, even Macy's? And the whole family needs to be outfitted with designer duds? I don't know any Hockey Moms like this...

Posted by: Renee | October 22, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

the real story should be how hot is mccains makeup artist. look at that broad id slide it right in there

Posted by: kabob | October 22, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I voted yesterday for Obama. Can't wait until this is over, come on November 4.

Palin would be better off with newspaper subscriptions and a repeat of college at a real college.

You can dress her in smart clothes, but you can't make her smart.

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

I agree with the poster who mentioned that giving the clothes to a charity just shows how out of touch the Republicans are. Donating a Valentino to a clothing closet is about as helpful as donating a tin of caviar to a food bank.

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

yeah well what about the 7.5mil obama spent on strippers while he was planning the 9/11 attacks on america with Osama Bin Laden

T. Boone Pickens

Posted by: t-boone | October 22, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Stepping out soon on a rinkside runway near you will be the latest in politically correct campaign wear, the 'Governor's New Clothes' Collection by the Alpha and Omega of Haute Coture, the next wave fashion designer Yahweh.

Sure to get Joe Six pack's attention and distract him from shallow and temporal worries like 'howmygonnapaydesebills?,'the collection is designed to focus both Joe and his pitbull partner's eyes on the only real reason(s) Ms Palin is so popular these days.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

So, let me get this straight: Palin needs $150,000 to buy clothing that will make her look presentable as a candidate, but they're planning to give it all away at the end of the campaign -- meaning she wouldn't have any of those clothes if elected.

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

So Michelle has some rather nice clothes; so does Cindy. They pay for them themselves. (Obamas were recently able to pay off their student loans with the proceeds of Obama's first two books, and they have good jobs that pay well (lawyer and senator) and are living a relatively affluent style compared to many of us.

The question isn't how much money the campaign spent on creating the image they wanted Sarah to present, it's that they chose a person who required a complete make-over to make her acceptable to the American people. She has lots of money. I'm sure she had a wardrobe already. But it probably was tacky by Republican standards. They wanted a different look.

The time she was being secluded from the press was her Princess Diary make-over time. Learning how to dress, getting her eyebrows plucked (remember Anne Hathaway?), learning to walk, practicing how to talk (listen to her in Alaska - not nearly so many dropped 'g's). She was being coached so that she would make the impression they wanted. And they had to dress her for the part. We all know it's important to Dress for Success (1980's for you younger folks). They weren't successful in coaching her for what to say. She obviously is incredibly ignorant in terms of political science. Doesn't know the role in government that she aspires to. Doesn't know anything about foreign affairs and governmental issues. What she knows would fit nicely into a neighborhood coffee klatch.

That's what is sad. They chose someone who was a blank slate they could write on.

We have a paper-doll person as a candidate.

God help us if she gets elected to anything ever again. She's an empty vessel.


Posted by: mwestorca | October 22, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I think 150000 clams could buy a pretty nice house...

Posted by: zzapynys | October 22, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Here's what kills me. Why is it so hard to beat these people when they are this stupid.
If they'd just had Cindy pay for all Sarah's stuff this wouldn't be all over the media with 2 weeks to go. Cindy spent, what, $600K on convention wardrobe, she couldn't pick up another 150K?

Posted by: keysdisease | October 22, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, but it's okay that Michelle Obama runs around in $450 Thakoon dresses (from Saks)and she's NOT the candidate."
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The distinction is that Michelle buys here clothing NOT with campaign funds.

"Oh, and what about that $500 "snack" the glorious Michelle ordered at the Waldorf???"
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That was a bogus story reported by a right-wing source, she wasn't even staying at the Waldorf.

In Palin's defense, a candidate makes several television and live appearances, constantly being photographed and they have to look their best. Makeup wears off pretty quickly when you are frantically moving from one campaign stop to another. The McCain campaign has been shaping Palin's image in many respects, though it does seem a bit excessive and elitist I don't really hold it against her or McCain.

Posted by: Lynn | October 22, 2008 11:01 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

What else is Sarah Palin spending state money on?

http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/081022/20081022005157.html?.v=1

Posted by: Josephine The Plumber | October 22, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I love how some are so quick to compare Palin's expensive wardrobe to Michelle Obama's.

First of all, Mrs. Obama is a highly paid attorney. She excelled in her studies at Princeton, PRINCETON, and at Harvard Law, HARVARD!

Mrs. Obama has worked hard all her life, EARNS her own money -- which was not inherited by the way, nor has it been taken from taxpayers who she's supposed to govern -- Unlike Mrs. Palin. ;-)

Mrs. Obama happens to earn MORE than her husband. EARN. And she is NOT accepting gifts from corporations NOR is she spending money from the DNC for her own personal use -- like new clothes and Hollywood makeup.

My question is, why doesn't Cindy McCain just take Sarah on a shopping spree? This way, it would all be legitimate.

Except I know the answer to my own question. LEGITIMACY is beyond Palin/McCain. They like to cheat. They've done it all their lives so why stop?

The American society has gotten so used to liars and thieves, it's become acceptable. McCain and Palin have been breaking laws and engaging in unethical actions right under the bright lights of television cameras without people flinching. Even so called "evangelicals" are finding their actions acceptable.

What I don't understand is why McCain wants to be president. Why does he want to govern when he, himself, breaks the law he sponsored: The campaign finance law, 'McCain-Feingold.' He so willingly and constantly circumvents it. What is its purpose? What is McCain's purpose?

Posted by: Think! It Ain't Illegal Yet | October 22, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

So now we all know how much it costs to put lipstick on a pig!

Posted by: mathdoc | October 22, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

That's pretty costly lipstick, sure hope the pig's worth it.

Posted by: Luke | October 22, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Like a lot of other people, that 150K would pay off my mortgage with some left over for my po' IRA.

Gotta love the Republican value system.

Posted by: futurecatfoodeater | October 22, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

It just goes to show, no matter how much you pay a make-up lady, you can't hide a candidate's fear.

And that $150,000 supposedly spent on clothing for Governor Palin -- would that include the cost of the tight little black skirt designed to draw attention to her, ah, feminine dimensions, but is so tight at the knees that she needs a helping hand from one or two men to climb out of the Straight Talk Express? As seen on television?

Does she rest on slant board inside the bus?

Posted by: kunino | October 22, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

She did need new clothes - no doubt about it. Should have been another way to do it though rather than have the campaign pay for it. And didn't need to be totally top of the line stuff I feel.
To reiterate: Michelle Obama did NOT stay at the Waldorf and order all that 'stuff'. Rupert Murdoch has since blamed his 'inaccurate source' for sending him that false info. Also, Michelle pays for her own clothes - the campaign doesn't. Nor do they pay for Barack's clothes.
It's not the amount only - it's that the RNC should't have paid for it. Perhaps she could have accepted it as 'gifts' from a wealthy donor but then would have had to declare it on her taxes I guess.

Posted by: lisaintexas | October 22, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

How is Michelle Obama's wardrode relevant? Regardless, I'm sure Michelle's wardrobe is not coming from campaing funds.

Posted by: Tonio | October 22, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy is not that the WP is pointing out the expenses - as alleged by Lynn at the start. The hypocrisy is the Republicans latching onto, and exploiting, real world problems of working class people, and supposedly "siding" with them, while spending 170 k on clothes and makeup in 1 month. Come on. This is the game the R's keep playing - LOOK like you side with the rest of us, but ACT differently.

Posted by: Karato | October 22, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The Obamas have a great deal of money from the proceeds of his two books. In addition, Mrs Obama worked as an attorney for a high end Chicago law firm. They each have a juris doctor from Harvard and could name their ticket anywhere in the corporate world. Instead we have a once in a generation intellect who also has a wife who will bring real value to the White House and is willing to step into the mess this country is in. On the other hand, the extensive image work being done on Gov Palin flies in the face of her having "instant appeal" and "connecting with the voters" McCain made a giant tactical error... The book he judged by its cover is coming apart at the binding.

Posted by: kaydgee | October 22, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Lynn wrote:...Oh, but it's okay that Michelle Obama runs around in $450 Thakoon dresses (from Saks)and she's NOT the candidate
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The difference cutie, is that Michelle pays for her own clothing and as such can wear what she wants!!

Posted by: Sharon | October 22, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

TYPICAL HYPOCRISY from the former secessionist,US hating, "Alaska First" party member Palin, and the Bushco NEO-CONS running her campaign.

Of course they spent $150,000 on clothes... They needed to 'wow' the ignorant, poor, and fearful.

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

A "Real American" Republican -

Sarah "Shop Till Ya Drop" Palin

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

Hey "Sleuth" - I know Palin's make-up is an extremely important topic, but maybe you could do some of your "sleuthing" on other equally important issues, such as which toilet paper is indeed the quicker-picker-upper or what kind of cheese-grater we should buy.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 22, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, hours ago, but if you do the math - $150,000 pays for 333 of Michelle Obama's dresses - I'm just sayin...

Posted by: John D in Houston | October 22, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Please, you have nothing more important on which to report? She's running for VP, should they buy her clothes at Wal-Mart? It's Nieman's not Chanel. Oh, but it's okay that Michelle Obama runs around in $450 Thakoon dresses (from Saks)and she's NOT the candidate. What a bunch of hypocrites! Oh, and what about that $500 "snack" the glorious Michelle ordered at the Waldorf??? Another reason I no longer subscribe to the WaPo or NYTimes.

Posted by: Lynn | October 22, 2008 11:01 AM


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Lynn, Lynn...Palin's selling herself as a typical hockey mom. Mrs. Average Joe. The girl next door. And no hockey mom really gets a $150,000 wardrobe and has a makeup artist. So the image is a lie, and so is Palin.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This is the dumbest article ever written by the Post.

Posted by: tengam | October 22, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

How much did Hillary's wardrobe and make-up cost? We won't find out because with a net worth of over $100M, Mrs Clinton was able to present the proper image for a candidate out of her own closet.

Palin, on the other hand, could never afford to dress the part out of her own funds. She's representing the Republican Party with her image, her image is a legitimate expense of the Party, they had better pay for it.

Posted by: ZZim | October 22, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama can afford to buy her own clothes with her own money. She makes over $200,000 a year . So can Cindy McCain who is a millionaire. The DNC is not "outfitting" Ms. Obama because she has her own team of stylists that comes out of her own pocket.

Posted by: nicstew | October 22, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Lipstick for pitbulls is getting pretty expensive these days. "Joe Six-pack" ... what a hypocrite Palin is.

Posted by: dirkle | October 22, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I just wish for one week John McCain could live the life of a man or woman, working a 40-hour week on minimum wage, paying payroll taxes, and living off that net income. Just to see what that net income could buy in a week, how much rent, food and gas if he was lucky enough to be able to afford even an old clunker and the insurance on it. Then talk about how these people are undeserving, and how the rich do not need to pay their fair share, even though it's just the amount they paid under Reagan and Clinton, like that's too much for them to bear.

I'd like to see John McCain live in the REAL WORLD of the working person for just a week and do the actual work of MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS. Why does he hate working people? Does he even know what payroll taxes are and how much they are?


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Posted by: GOP REPUBLICAN FRAUD | October 22, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

John McCain was interviewed today and was mystified why so many folks, including many prominent Republican politicians,writers, and pundits think she is out of her league as VP. This is exactly why McCain is going to lose. Like Bush, he's absolutely clueless and deeply resents anyone who questions his decisions.
McCain=Bush in so many ways! Obama 08

Posted by: A.Lincoln | October 22, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Just a comment on this: It is nonsense to suggest these extravagant expenditures by the RNC, using contributors money, are in any way comparable to that of private expenditures. I don't care how many $400 dresses Michelle Obama wears. She paid for them herself. Palin is wearing $2500 JACKETS paid for by contributor funds. If Republicans don't care, I don't care, but lets stop the attempts to compare two entirely dissimilar things. And let's stop pretending anyone on the Republican ticket has the slightest idea how average people live, or cares.

Posted by: sharon | October 22, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The reason this is such a problem is because its the Pig who is talking about the EVILS of re-distribution of wealth when SHE IS THE ONE DOING IT! She uses tax payers money and republican donors' money for her own personal benefit...I say we now call her Welfare Barbie. I bet she would get prime rib with her food stamps.

I dont understand why she needs so much make up...I really hate her but in pics I have see of her before the VP Diaries farce that is the McCain Campaign...She actually looked more attractive!!! She is wearing too much blush.

Posted by: Becky | October 22, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

In the case of both McCain and Palin, the thing that really gets me is that they don't have corporate logos on their campaign outfits similar to NASCAR.

I think it would be much more above-board if the suits had large patches from Exxon-Mobile and Hess sewed on.

Probably bad news too that Jeff Larson's named is attached to the shopping ventures. He's already gotten Sen. Coleman into trouble with his freebie DC apt. rental. It's like late 19th century politics in the capital city all over again -- Republican style.

Posted by: JP2 | October 22, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

When you consider this information, please keep in mind that the $$$ spent by McCain/Palin on make-up and clothes are TAXPAYER's $$$.

YOU and I paid for these luxuries and extravagances.

Posted by: dgl | October 22, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

It was reported elsewhere in the WaPo that McCain's spokesperson said she was unable to go home to retrieve her own clothes after the convention and thus, the major expenditure on new duds. Seems odd, she was apparently able to fly home from Texas even after HER WATER BROKE....

Posted by: elkofan | October 22, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse


Hey Lynn, dummy, Michelle wasn't staying at the Waldorf. That smear was debunked. This, however, is completely true. Hypocrites like you were screaming your heads off over John Edwards troubling $400 haircuts. Why? Well, you said then that it spoke to his character -- that he was somehow elitist. Now?

You defend a $70,000 SHOPPING SPREE at Niemen -- billed to the RNC, and in the midst of our economic meltdown. You don't think that say something about her?

Plus, you rightwing halfwits spent months attacking Obama for being a "celebrity." Now, when it surfaces that Palin and McCain both spend thousands of dollars IN ONE MONTH on makeup, you're upset.

You don't think this points out her hypocriscy -- as she jets around the country talking about "joe six pack" and hockey moms and their concerns?

Please.

Posted by: Monk | October 22, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, there is NO WAY they spent $150,000 and no plastic surgery or liposuction was included! Did she even start out as a woman?

Posted by: Donny | October 22, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I dont really care what she wears. Im sure Obama has some nice suits too.

I'm more concerned about the bi-weekly stimulus checks we need to get. Lets talk about that!

Posted by: Joe Six Pack | October 22, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party now says it will donate to charity all of Palin's $150,000 clothes she has been wearing, including a Valentino Jacket that cost over $2,500. I think it's touching that some poor homeless person will be given this $2,500 jacket to wear after the election! The Republicans mocked John Edwards $400 haircut....but $13,500 spent on Sarah's makeup for Sept. alone! You guys are really something.....the word hypocrite comes to mind.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | October 22, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Americans struggle to survive but pretty miss palin must spend money on herself like shes spending paper well i guess to her kind it might as well be as her kind allways seem to have enough to waste.You go Sarah you might as well look good as you and mcsame lose nov 4.

Posted by: sharon | October 22, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the hard-hitting journalism, WaPo. This is a *really* worthwhile story to put on the front page since I know most voters are insatiably concerned with Sarah Palin's clothes.

Posted by: arlingtonresident | October 22, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

and she tells us she is the hockey mom!! how many of you hockey moms can afford $150,000. in clothes??

Posted by: brian | October 22, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

If the Democrats do not make as much of this as the Republicans made of Edwards's haircut I'll be disappointed. As a matter of fact, yes, the candidate should dress out of Walmart or some other discount store. I can't afford anything better, why should they? But then I don't have a pitbull or a pig.

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

Tracey Schmitt said in her statement released last night that it "was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign."

Just make sure to include the $150K charitable donations in your next IRS statement, Sarah.

Posted by: shhhhh | October 22, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

hey, lynn,

Michelle NEVER was at woldorf to begin with to have that $500 "snack." get yr facts straight.

Posted by: mavrick08 | October 22, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the madam governor moose barbi, cheap conservative republican can pay for it all by performing some lap dances for the uncouth, control freak RNC and others, with their less then three inch peni* size.

Posted by: winemaster2 | October 22, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

How typical!

Because she's a female conservative, the press yammers on about her child care choices and her clothes.

Posted by: Rufus | October 22, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Mary Ann,

My, you left wing Dems have once again proved what self righteous hypocrites you truly are. What sexist drivel you cover here. Now, I'm looking forward to your column on what the Messiah's anti-American wife, and Biden's frau spend on clothes. You are researching that - right? Journalistic ethics no longer exist in your profession - you are nothing but a partisan blogger. Welcome to the professsion. r/ Bedrock Guy

Posted by: historian1 | October 22, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I realize that Democrat men -- constantly surrounded as they are by frumpy lesbians and other homely hetero dames -- have to pretend that looks don't matter.

But we red-meat Republican boys like our chics dolled up to the maximum extent possible, and we make no excuses for that. As one who made a hard-earned contribution to the McCain-Palin campaign, I'm perfectly at ease with whatever the campaign sees fit to spend to keep our girl looking better than Tina Fey, Mary Ann Akers and all those other mousey Dem dames.

And unless you've actually made a GOP campaign contribution yourself, your hypocritical, left-wing opinions are irrelevant. But thanks for playing; now go get lives.

Posted by: mckdarrenDC | October 22, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about Palin, but Mary Ann Akers is a hottie!

Posted by: Billy Bob | October 22, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Cindy McCain help the campaign out and donate clothes or a clothes budget to Sarah?

Lord knows she could afford it.

Why make Joe Plumber pay for all this nonsense with his campaign contributions?

Talk about spending other people's money...

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | October 22, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

David wrote:
"I can't afford anything better, why should they?"

Really, David? If you can't afford it, then no one should be able to enjoy it?

Let me guess: you probably really do want to "spread the wealth," don't you?

Posted by: arlingtonresident | October 22, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

WHAT A NON-STORY!!!

To those who think this is an abuse of public financing of campaigns and who chastise Lynn, it's perfectly NORMAL for this to go on. These are all campaign related expenses that are JUSTIFIED. Have any of you stopped just once to castigate Obama for reneging on his promise to use public financing for his campaign?????? If a Republican had refused to take it, he's be pilloried daily. Poor woman probably had no decent clothes to wear...GET A LIFE.

Posted by: Andrew Royce | October 22, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Why woes?

She's gorgeous!!

We should all be so lucky.

Posted by: Truth Seeker | October 22, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

To ALL you holier than thou republicans who are playing the line that no-one has anything more to talk about than Palin's $150,000 wardrobe and $13,000 a month makeup artist - after over a decade talking about Clinton's and Edward's $400 hair cuts - sr*w ALL of you.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | October 22, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

If Palin cannot seduce her base with her hockey mom looks, then make caribou barbie look like a movie star. If that charm does not work, then shed all clothes. Is that where the McClueless campaign is headed? Desperate acts for desperate times.

Posted by: pas maverick | October 22, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Mary Ann,

Some interesting comments about the Messiah's wife "buying" her own clothes. With what? The salary of hers which increased over 200% for the same job AFTER her husband became a U.S. Senator? Still waiting for your profession to dig into that. I'm SURE it was just because she, in one year, became worth THAT much more to her organization. Right. r/ Bedrock Guy

Posted by: historian1 | October 22, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

CNN;So Mrs.Palin what do you think is your strongest trait that you bring to the ticket?

Palin;Oh I just came for the shopping spree, you betcha ;)

Posted by: devilsadvoc8 | October 22, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Let's be honest here, $150,000 is nothing for a wardrobe of a potential U.S. VP. I would argue that the wardrobes of McCain, Bide and Obama easily rival Palin's.

Posted by: Stefanie | October 22, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Think of all the rape kits that $150,000 could buy in Wasilla.

Posted by: Angela | October 22, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

YET ANOTHER ETHICS VIOLATION BY PALIN? See the pattern? History is a prologue. Guess what we'll have in the white house with a McCain Palin ticket? TAXPAYERS paying for the ever expanding Palin brood, the slimy "first dude" and Madame Palin's clothes, food, travel, holidays, visits to foreign countries,... we'll keep 'em in style - $150k every month on just clothes, while we all struggle to pay for our food, clothe our kids, pay for gas to get to work, pay for our medical bills because McCain would have taken that away from us too.. Way to go America!! The whole world is laughing. Why arent we crying?

Posted by: Mom2 | October 22, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Getting your and your families wordrobes paid for by campaign donors. That sounds an aweful lot like socialism to me...

It's nice to know that the RNC is not merely just putting lipstick on that pig.

Posted by: Chris | October 22, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It appears the Palin-MacCain campaign has broken federal law -- donating the clothing to charity is no refuge for criminal conduct. But see -- they are Republicans, they are used to criminal conduct by the members of their party, they sanction it, pardon it, lie about it, and hide behind White House doublespeak to protect the criminals. All those laws that Bush said he would not enforce? Refusing to carry out the law is also a violation of federal law, as President he was obligated to carry out the laws of the US, that is what he swore to uphold when he became president -- but he didn't mean it.

So RNC and Palin and McCain broke another law. I bet Bush will pardon them on the way out of the white house. or should that be "grey house?"

Posted by: Musicman | October 22, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

talk about trying to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse!

Posted by: bowser | October 22, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin, on the other hand, could never afford to dress the part out of her own funds. She's representing the Republican Party with her image, her image is a legitimate expense of the Party, they had better pay for it.
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The Palins are worth over $1Million dollars...For crying out loud, the money she stole from Alaskans for her kids airfare and the per diem could have paid for a decent wardrobe from a regular department store like Dillards or Macy's...I really think she and McCain think this campaign is like a Cinderella movie...THEY ARE SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE REALITY ON THE GROUND THAT THEY ACTUALLY THINK PEOPLE ARE BUYING THIS CRAP!

Posted by: Tori | October 22, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love those FREEBIES and HANDOUTS....or loaners, or whatever the latest spin is. What I think is funny it the Hollywood Elites they always bash, but have two professional Hollywood make-up artists, juicing them up SAHWEET....karma, karma, karma karmeleon...now thats funny.

Posted by: Yoink | October 22, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Boy, you hate to see the GOP throw money down the tube. Somebody should have told them they could have spent about $149,000 less and STILL made her look trashy, which apparently was the the look they were going for.

By the way, to anyone thinking about bidding on one of her used garments, I would highly recommend also looking into a good irradiation service too. A splash of Dawn and a run through the washer won't make a dent in that germ jungle.

Posted by: JakeD | October 22, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Poor woman probably had no decent clothes to wear
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Yes, ohhhh poor Sarah who's worth only $2 million. No clothes at all. Boo hoo hoo hoo.....

Posted by: Chris | October 22, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"That hairdo must be the same one she had in high school!!!"
Well, no. Here's a look a the Palin do through the years-

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/22/sarah-palins-hair-a-retro_n_136830.html

Posted by: kguy1 | October 22, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"That hairdo must be the same one she had in high school!!!"
Well, no. Here's a look a the Palin do through the years-

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/22/sarah-palins-hair-a-retro_n_136830.html

Posted by: kurosawaguy | October 22, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised to see no jokes about lipstick on pitbulls or pigs...

I did read where she has large pores, and that would require a lot of work to look good. You would think her hair might look better.

That must be the racist, trailer trash chic look.

Posted by: Deb | October 22, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't care where they shop, I don't care "who" paid for it....$150,000.00 for clothes!!! So much for the "maverick" crud...a "maverick" would not even allow such an expense. This whole thing is way out of hand, it is clothing...she needs about 10 suits, a few dresses and some blouses...surely she could provide her own undergarments...but if not fine....what would that cost....about ten to twenty thousand...mindful, she can mix and match.

At the end of the day, find me anybody's mother, working or not, that has spent a tenth of that in the last year on clothes and I'll point out someone that should not be overseeing the peoples moneys....speak about a bridge to nowhere.

This is shameful!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Chris | October 22, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

It does appear to be hypocritical to loudly complain about President Bill Clinton's $400 haircut and later John Edwards's $600 haircut, and then be all defiant about Palin's $125,000 for makeup and clothes. But then, it's nothing new for the GOP. And spending public money on private expenses is nothing new for Palin. I guess John knew a regular GOP weasel when he saw one.

Posted by: Mike | October 22, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Does Saks or Nieman sell Brains in fall earthly tones? If so, Palin forgot to pick one up.

Posted by: 420 Phriendly | October 22, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Bear in mind that these wardrobe tabs ONLY for 4 weeks.

Posted by: bigben1986 | October 22, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

May I just say it is just a new look at: lipstick on a pig

Posted by: blue state | October 22, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Other Palin fashion pics. Not sure if they're real or not: http://tinyurl.com/583mcr

Posted by: seriously? | October 22, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

hey, it takes a lot of work, money and talent to make over a bulldog. Lipstick alone just won't suffice. Ah, the RNC celebrity slush fund... because their candidates just refuse to be celebrities. The GOP is such a bloody effing joke.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | October 22, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

When will see a story on Joe Biden's plagiarism?

Posted by: phil90 | October 22, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

tee hee !

What could be more important than reporting "Christian" neocons donating their beloved money to Saks and Neiman Marcus for Annie Oakley's new clothes or for Granpa Simpson's makeup?

If, god forbid, they are elected, American taxpayers can look forward to paying for these "necessities"

Posted by: Roy | October 22, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Another none story by the Post. Of course Palin is spending more on makeup than McCain. My wife spends more on makeup than I do. Doesn't yours.

Posted by: ibellais | October 22, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Before we make any final judgements about Sarah's attire buying habits, and especially if there is any question of impropriety involved, we need to know if, like the vibrating chair of her fellow Alaskan Ted Stevens, the goods are borrowed. Maybe John McCains wife loaned Sarah a few nice cloths. I know from living up in the North country, it can be a challange to find a wide selection of clothing. You can get a lot of fashions just as long as they are in plaid or heavy duty brown colored industrial grade duck cotton . A gal like Sarah might need some different threads, for her special occasions. Also, if she is as thrifty as she appears to be, saving all that cookie jar money in order to come up with $2.5 million, I'm sure she is not ashamed or opposed to go bopping in on the GoodWill or Salvation Army every once in a while. You can really get some good bargains in those places. So lets just put the question out to her and be fair.

Posted by: geopoet | October 22, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Only thing she has got going for her is her looks. Guess that is what republiCONS want. She has to do a skin mag to get any more votes.

Posted by: Dim | October 22, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

It has already been reported by several news sources that Michelle Obama never stayed at the Waldorf Astoria as mentioned in page 6 of the New York Post, which is considered the National Enquirer of newspapers. Therefore, she could not, and did not, order a meal of lobster and caviar. The New York Post has already apologized. Also, I have not seen any reports that anyone other than the Obama's pay for their own clothing.
Palin is out for what she can get. She is a severe egotist that only revels in the personal attention those she has fooled bestow upon her. And to use a newborn with Down Syndrome in the manner that she has, in order to score political points and garner even more of the attention her ego craves, is beyond reprehensible.

Posted by: Toti | October 22, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain is shouting that Obama's fundraising is going to destroy public financing, continually talking about his efforts to reform campaign financing. Reform? Palin's makeover--so far--is three times my husband's salary. And Palin doesn't deploy.

Military wife, 21 years

Posted by: Diane dp | October 22, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

She certainly is a clothes horse, the front half excluded, When she is in the whitehouse, or whitehorse, what will her expenses be then, prepare for a tax increase for the pain!

Posted by: joan ca | October 22, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Really, of all the reasons Gov. Palin is NOT qualified to be Vice President of the United States, this ranks very low on the list, no?

Posted by: Adam | October 22, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Dang, and all this time I thought Palin was a fashionista and McCain was a handsome stud. What a bummer. Guess I have no choice now but to vote for "that one"...

Posted by: ky | October 22, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

So much for her image as the Walmart shopping pioneer woman. What is the difference between this and Ted Stevens accepting $250K in renovations on his home?

I thought before that Palin was a confident and politically shrewd idiot. Now I see she is expensively dressed hypocrite.

Posted by: judith | October 22, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

This is just too funny. If you had made the McCain campaign into a movie, no one would have believed it.

It's like the 21st Century version of "My Fair Lady", where the McCain campaign vainly attempts to turn a trailer-trash hockey mom into a "lady" and tangible VP candidate. You'd think the Original Stepford Wife (Cindy McCain) could have LOANED Caribou Barbie some duds. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Posted by: owiz | October 22, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it's remarkable that we're spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses," said McCain spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt.... I agree why aren't we talking about Palin's demonstrated misunderstanding or lack of understanding of the duties and roles of the office for which she is a candidate. Maybe the RNC should have used the money to buy her a copy of the US Constitution.

Posted by: DHC | October 22, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Despite the legal and ethical implications, all the money spent on Palin doesn't disguise the fact that she is ignorant about the Constitution, uneducated in the worldly sense and a dyed-in-the-wool hypocrite. Fashion sense doesn't equate to common sense.

Posted by: Diogenes | October 22, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Folks, it is called Republican-socialism. Don't mind them Sarah. Shop, baby, shop.

Posted by: Sgt. Lucifer | October 22, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

wow! sucks to be Lynn! i guess she'll keep her mouth shut from now on. she's proably a 'real american', unlike the evil dc suburbian dwellars that some of us reading the WaPo are...

Posted by: tee-hee | October 22, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin's advisors wanted her to look more polished but they forgot about her brain. They don't have enough money to cover that cost. My beef is that she is not only a poor VP choice but a poor mother. I cannot believe the way her tiny baby is handed over to everyone especially to the youngest daughter. Boy, I cringe thinking the baby will be dropped. Palin is above the law so I'm sure Child Protective Services won't be called in to protect the baby. As I see it, she cares more about money for her clothes than money for good child care.

Posted by: nani2-4 | October 22, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I can not believe you people, are you listening to the way you people are trying to crucify Palin? Americans have you no heart anymore? For the first in my life I am ashamed of my fellow Americans. Heaven help us. This is not a dress issue, this is Americans spending too much time on little things when America is almost down on her knees with problems. Why don't you people worry about the important things. You are so worried about her dress code and who pays for what, that you have totally gone off the reason for this election. Wall Street fraud and CEO's getting outrageous bail outs and money we all work so hard for, this is what we need to be upset about. People come on, get real. Too much is depending on this election for us to be so petty, black or white. Think with your brains and stop this bickering. Who is best for our Country. It is not what they can do for us but what we can do for America. Americans get out of the gutter and keep your mind on the important issues. Stop hating Palin and get behind her and help her. It is too easy to condemn people, wouldn't it be better to get in and help her, support her not tear her to pieces.

Posted by: punkinf | October 22, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

She is pretending to be a regular hockey mom.....I do not know any hockey moms shopping at Neiman...Did we, the taxpayer, buy the first dude and kiddies also?

Posted by: debbaldino | October 22, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mary Ann:
So you think Palin's makeup expenditures are extravagant? Did you file a similar story on Hillary? You noted Sarah's naturally photogenic appearance, yet much money was still spent improving her image. How much do you think the Clinton campaign spent putting the best face possible on her? Your decision to uncover this "travesty" puzzled me until I remembered who signs your paychecks. You will not remember me but I once ran the press desk in the Speaker's Lobby (1995-2003)but I remember you...and a host of other female reporters who were, for the most part, just getting started on the political beat. I've seen you many times of late contributing your views on the various political talk shows and, no offense, you look much better now than when I knew you back then. The same can be said of many of your female collegues who have since graduated to more prestigeous positions. A couple that leap to mind...Norah O'Donnell - back then a scrawny, soft-spoken and all-together unimpressive yet sweet young lady. Take a look next time she appears on TV. WOW! Wouldn't recognize her. And how about Juliette Eilperin. Need I say more? No offense intended, but those two ladies owe more than a thank you to the makeup magicians laboring behind the scenes, as do you. I wonder how much of their resources is devoted to appearance issues. I'll stop there but the list does go on...and none of you are running for the 2nd most important job in the land. As a personal favor, please give Mrs. Obama the name of your stylist...then look for more important topics to "expose". Nice chatting with you again.

Posted by: David D. | October 22, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Come on Catty Ladies! Let's admit it. Arent't we all, perhaps, struck by just a little bit of envy. Palin is smart, powerful and, several kids later at 40 something, she still has that great figure we all want. Her clothes are slammin and she looks like all that and a bag of chips in those suits. By the way, the First Dood ain't bad looking either!

Posted by: Margaret | October 22, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin, with a net worth of over 2 mil, could buy any clothes she thought she needed to impress anyone. She just doesn't have to if she can find a way to use donated campaign funds, and donate the size 4 Valentino's to Goodwill, someday. sort of like altering per diem reports to get the kids to travel on state taxpayer's money.

The fraud is that they always pretend to be looking out for Joe the Plumber, but they are just using his fears of others to protect what they have. Joe gets screwed in the process. He falls for the f me pumps every time.

Posted by: JoeT | October 22, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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yeah well what about the 7.5mil obama spent on strippers while he was planning the 9/11 attacks on america with Osama Bin Laden

T. Boone Pickens

Posted by: t-boone | October 22, 2008 1:41 PM "

Was Sarah one of the strippers? What was her cut? [Or, as McCain would say....]

Posted by: tom | October 22, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Lynn's comment is hilarious! You have to read the rest of the comments here referring to yours... Do you really think Michelle Obama, who is a lawyer by profession and definitely earns a lot, gets money from her husband's campaign for her clothes and food?

Posted by: Scarpetta | October 22, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

this is like the tenth ethics violation between McCain and Palin - it is incredible anyone wants to vote for them! What would you expect but a lot more ethics violations and bad judgement all around..

And for Barack and Biden, no scandals at all, just the trumped up ones of Acorn and Ayers. Another Republican canard...I geuss you can fool a lot of the people (35-45%) a lot of the time, lets just hope they don't get the rest of the votes by dirty voting tricks..

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Posted by: Bruce Hopman | October 22, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Dear Lynn. Just to highlight your obvious stupidity. If Michelle Obama spent DNC money on ANYTHING, even you, would have read it on the front page of EVERYTHING.
Also, regarding the Waldorf meal, the story was retracted by the NEW YORK TIMES,
It was FALSE information. Since your obviously a McCain supporter, find out how much money Cindy spends. Should you come up with the answer of "But, that's her money", the same applies to Michelle Obama.
Think on It!

Posted by: Deborah R. | October 22, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Lynn,

With a snotty attitude should come some knoweldge, docha think? I mean, helps to know what yer talkin' about! Otherwise ya might look as stupid as Palin.

i.e. FYI--Michelle Obama did NOT have a room at the Waldorf, stayed elsewhere.

And she, a successful Harvard educated lawyer, buys her own clothes.

But the (sixpack) Palin, chosen by the heavy breathing old geezer, the ladies man McCain, is bilking the campaign donors in an illegal spree. It is illegal to use donor money for personal items.

You'll see.

And stuble bearded. rough edged Todd
who one would NOT want to take to lunch at a nice place,
thought he needed clothes from one of NY'expensive men's store. (joe six pack)

They are disgusting. And wait'll you see the Alaska governor's budgets. Tanning beds is just the beginning.

They are classless. Could've told you.
Yeeeccch!

Posted by: Natalie | October 22, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

"Let's be honest here, $150,000 is nothing for a wardrobe of a potential U.S. VP. I would argue that the wardrobes of McCain, Bide and Obama easily rival Palin's."

You're kidding...right? If one of these guys had ten $2000 suits. .which I believe would be nice although not super-luxurious...that would be $20,000. Add in a McCain level of makeup and grooming and you're still nowhere near $150,000.

Posted by: Angela | October 22, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I really do not know what all the fuss about Palin's wardrobe and make-up could be, however since she spends her time killing and gutting innocent moose could she not also skin it and wear it? Just think how many "rape kits" $150,000 could buy for Alaska's women.
Mary had it dead on except if you buy the bimbo $150000 worth of books she still won't be able to tell another interviewer what she has read. Nevermind about the Constitution. She won't read it, anyway, and will just do some kind of moosedance on it.

Posted by: Rachel | October 22, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

obviously lynn is a dope because she reads the NY post where they make stuff up. They had to retract the lobster story because 1 - not TRUE and she was not even at the hotel...if the post and ffinge news ever check a source...think not

Posted by: cary | October 22, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I want to know if she did her own make-up for the Newsweek cover. If so, this cost is justified. If not, that artist should be fired.

Posted by: Mjb | October 22, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen the photo of Obama's twice resoled shoes? Now that's being "one of the people."
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/22/9355/4279/150/638528

I think the $150,000 should have been donated to "Planned Parenthood" in Palin's name! Tax deductible too!

Sandy in Great Falls

Posted by: Sandy | October 22, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

What the RNC allowed palin...(small letters to reflect her mind)...was insane in times like this. And to compare her to Michelle Obama's outfits is rediculous...the next "FIRST LADY" pays for her own clothes out of her own pocket...with a $200K joe she can do that you know. And as for being a "hockey mom"...just because you kid plays hockey don't make you a "hockey mom" ...what makes you a "team mom" which is the normal term means YOU provide love, encouragement and a team spirite to the players...and refreshments for the players after the game. I bet she never once bought a case of "sips or chips" for the team.

Posted by: Stillwaters | October 22, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh punkinf, please. I'm never going to get behind Palin or McCain. Why? Because they lie, they're fake, and she's (as my father would say) dumb as a sack o' hammers. I do not want him to be elected and I surely don't want her anywhere near the White House. I do not like her in cool duds. I do not like him as a stud. I do not like them here or there. I do not like them anywhere! And that's the story. No bickering. No name-calling. No s**t. No McPalin. Period.

Posted by: ky | October 22, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse


Dear Margaret,

No, ain't envious. Palin is good looking in a cheap, lower class beauty pagent sort of way.

As for smart! If you call wigglingit at an old man, senile probably, to get the veep nod, maybe that's smart. I, for one, like a a little class with butt wiggles.

As for Todd Palin, thuggish is not my thing, either. Wouldn't take him among my own friends.

I would like unshspecting gop donors to pay for my clothes, though. But they'll find those clothes very very expesnsive in the end.

Bye bye. Back to the boonies.

Posted by: Elizabeth re. | October 22, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Folks, it is called Republican-socialism. Don't mind them Sarah. Shop, baby, shop.

Posted by: Sgt. Lucifer | October 22, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Come on Catty Ladies! Let's admit it. Arent't we all, perhaps, struck by just a little bit of envy. Palin is smart, powerful and, several kids later at 40 something, she still has that great figure we all want. Her clothes are slammin and she looks like all that and a bag of chips in those suits. By the way, the First Dood ain't bad looking either!

Posted by: Margaret | October 22, 2008 4:16 PM

Keep it in your pantsuit, Margaret. The only envy and attraction the first couple conjure comes from trailer trash like yourself. Oh, and moose.

Posted by: JakeD | October 22, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight--I sent $100 to help McCain and someone who is worth $2 million and who hates elites got $150K to buy clothes from elite clothing stores plus over $13 thousand for make-up help from campaign funds--while taking money from Alaska for her kids travel and for staying home while she was governor? This is the same person who is going to clean up politics? Or is she just going to clean up?

Can I get my $100 back?

Posted by: fastpass | October 22, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Stop hating Palin and get behind her and help her. It is too easy to condemn people, wouldn't it be better to get in and help her, support her not tear her to pieces.

Posted by: punkinf | October 22, 2008 4:13 PM

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Have you listened to this book-hating, moose-shooting, country-splitting fairly stupid lady denegrade other people including her fellow Americans? She does not need a hug...she needs a reality check sir.

Posted by: David Van H | October 22, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse


Oh Please,

The (rhymes with witch) needs $6,000 Valentino suits to go to small towns, yell about joe six packs...

and claim she's a real American

AND THE REST OF US ARE NOT? Go to hell,
brat.

Posted by: Randall. | October 22, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Keep it in your pantsuit, Margaret. The only envy and attraction the first couple conjure comes from trailer trash like yourself. Oh, and moose.

Posted by: JakeD | October 22, 2008 4:37 PM
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JakeD?

Posted by: Stunned by JakeD | October 22, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

How much do you think the american flag bikini and rifle ensemble cost?

Posted by: Chaser | October 22, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Once more the moose dressing, pit dog without lipstick hockey mom, spouse of a snowmobile 2000 miles racer, candidate shows us more evidence that she understands and speaks for the values of ordinary Americans.

Posted by: bob sallamack | October 22, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

hey Lynn---you ask if she should have to buy her clothes at Wal-Mart...isn't that where "real America" shops? Do the wives of the Joe Six Packs she claims identification with seek to flatter themselves so expensively? $150 K on "Makeovers" is 4 TIMES what the average family earns yearly---and the Democrats are elitist? Your hypocrisy is showing....

Posted by: bklyndan | October 22, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

150000 in clothes. In Alaska that's nothing. Ask Ted Stevens.

Posted by: James Tewes | October 22, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

And the Gold goes to punkinf, for most mind-numbingly stupid response of the day. You should be Palin's speechwriter.

Too bad they couldn't have spent some of that $150k on foreign policy books, magazine subscriptions, etc. You know the old saying, "You can put lipstick on a vapid, inexperienced, woefully unqualified, empty skirt...."

Posted by: steve80 | October 22, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I bet Michelle Obama is buying her outfits HERSELF and it isn't being funded by the Republican Party. With all of this money that they are frittering around, they themselves could finance the bail out. Seriously. What is going on with this country that presidential candidates need a freakin make-up artist??? Maybe it's all that oil money from their oil cronies. (drill baby drill) Or maybe it's funded by Al-Qaeda. www.washingtonpost.com article on Oct. 22!

Posted by: Stephanie | October 22, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

they pretend to be looking out for Joe the Plumber by making him afraid of someone else. they are just using him to stay in power and protect their privileges and loopholes. and they just seduce Joe with the you-know-what-me pumps

Posted by: JoeT | October 22, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Maybe that money could have gone to purchase rape kits.

Posted by: edwcorey | October 22, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

To Lynn, Andrew Royce anyone else defending Ms Moosehead, you just don't get it do you?Anyone who's watched Seinfeld knows which of the four characters Sarah Palin most resembles. GEORGE! Do you remember the episode where he's caught having sex with the cleaner on his desk in the office. When he's caught he says something like - " was that wrong, should I not have done that."Yes George it was wrong, not legally wrong perhaps but morally wrong.He took advantage of a situation to his own benefit..despite the morality of doing so..Everything Sarah Palin has done in her career smacks of George Costanza.He like she has no self awareness.She charges a per deum while staying in her own house, let's the tax payers of Alaska pick up the tab for her kids' travel, ALLOWS the GOP to buy $150,000 of clothes for her-without stopping to think that this might look bad because I'm claiming to be looking out for Joe Sixpack, hockey mom what-ever who's on minimum wage.

Her lack of curiosity for the outside world is mirrored by her lack of self awareness.I bet she didn't once stop to think while gazing at her self in the mirror at Nieman Marcus in her new clothes, that this just might not look right to the outside world. That it might not fit with her "I'm just an ordinary Joe'" nonsense.That in fact it fits too neatly with the fact that she is actually worth $2m.

You see Andrew, Lynn,yes it might be a campaign expense, but it LOOKS BAD! Please, just take a deep breath, step back and think about Sarah P, really think about whether or not you want her to be in the White House.She's a cynical, George Costanza.Be honest with yourself and say you like her because she's pro-life, or hates immigrants, or hates gays,or thinks man-made global warming is rubbish. But DON"T try to defend her on any other level. Don't think she's looking out for you, because she isn't.I'm sure you believed George W had you best interests at heart. Don't make the same mistake again..

Posted by: spongey7 | October 22, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Stop hating Palin and get behind her and help her. It is too easy to condemn people, wouldn't it be better to get in and help her, support her not tear her to pieces.

Posted by: punkinf | October 22, 2008 4:13 PM

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Honey, that's why she wears those tight skirts.

So the sixpack guys like me will enjoy getting behind her.

Posted by: Sixpack | October 22, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I think many of you miss the point about who might "identify" with Gov. Palin. While the ordinary folks in small towns (I think I'm one - or at least originally from a small town - and still "ordinary") like the fact that Gov. Palin shares a lot of the same background they do (and its values) - they also like a role model who looks as if she's "made it". THAT is the mythical "American Dream". They don't disparage her the nice-looking suits; they dream that they had the suit and the figure for it.

I don't think folks want their idols or celebrities to be EXACTLY like they are - they want them to be "dream me". Who would do more for your personal image - Rosanne Barr or Gov. Palin???!!! And I think the Governor more than fits that bill for a large segment of the population.

Posted by: Jean | October 22, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Chaser: the bikini thing was a photoshop. our side has to keep our facts straight too. ;).

Posted by: JoeT | October 22, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

If memory serves me correctly--and if not, maybe someone can help me out--Jimmy Carter's wardrobe was the subject of some talk when he was first running for Prez. That is, some sniffed at him for buying off-the-shelf suits from JC Penney--or was it Sears?

Posted by: M. Melius | October 22, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I thought we were supposed to smear Palin as an out-of-touch gun-loving redneck in flannel?

Now we are supposed to smear her as an elitist fashion queen?

What is the Obama campaign telling us to say on this?

Please advise so we can pass the info to all our ACORN comrades!

Posted by: pgr88 | October 22, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Lyn states she " no longer subscribe to the WaPo or NYTimes" because of articles written re: wasteful tax payer dollars spent on frivolous, pretentious clothing by shallow Palin; while many Americans don't even have enough $'s for their prescriptions! I guess Lyn just can't resist reading their websites and making politically such jejune comments! Thanks Lyn! You gave me a good laugh today!

Posted by: strider643 | October 22, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is smart, powerful and, several kids later at 40 something, she still has that great figure we all want. Her clothes are slammin and she looks like all that and a bag of chips in those suits."

Margaret,

I don't get what you think is there to envy.

She's not very smart; after all, she's losing the election for McCain. (Ergo she's not very powerful, either.)

Can't imagine why I'd want five kids.

Sure, she's got a nice figure, but she dresses like Joan Collins. Sorry, but I can't envy anyone wearing those silly Republican girlie-power suits.

Ugh.

Posted by: magpie | October 22, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Joe Sixpack is about to become Joe Twelvepack when he sees how much he is paying for Palin's designer clothing while wife Jill Boxofwine is wearing KMart clothing. Your donations at work folks. Yup, real down home folks those Palins, you betcha. Are the kids going to cry when they take their expensive clothing away to give to charity?

I wonder what Pat (cloth coat)Nixon would think?

Posted by: Ricardo | October 22, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm still keeping that little dog, Checkers, though.

Posted by: Ricardo Nixon | October 22, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Pat (cloth coat)Nixon would think?

Sarah could shoot her own fur coats. Maybe a little number in moose-hide with polar-bear trim?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Yoos got some 'splainin' to do.

Posted by: Ricky Ricardo | October 22, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Has everyone seen the picture of little Piper carrying that $500 bag? The Palin clan has made out pretty darn good on this whole deal.

Posted by: Lori | October 22, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"...they also like a role model who looks as if she's 'made it.' THAT is the mythical 'American Dream.' They don't disparage her the nice-looking suits; they dream that they had the suit and the figure for it."

Jean,

Yes, we've seen that attitude in stark relief lately.

Sarah wears "nice-looking suits," so it's ok for her supporters to dream about having them.

Sarah says ugly, racist things, so it's ok for her supporters to think and say them, too.

Yeah, Sarah's a bang-up role model alright.

Posted by: magpie | October 22, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

no wonder she did not have time for news media interviews, she was shopping!!!! i guess droping contributions cash was more important that real life, especially now with the economic woes, issues like, "how am i going to buys clothes for my kids this fall".

Posted by: TX2stepindependent | October 22, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

They should have left Sarah and her attire alone. She represents Alaska and real USA women. Instead of worrying about Sarah, I'd love to find out exactly where Obama's campaign money is coming from. The millions donated by the "poor" Democrats! The TV CHANNEL - donated by starving college students and illegals? Give me a break. Since CNN won't report on it I assume the majority of the money is coming from the Mid East. How about it FOX News?

Posted by: useless2 | October 22, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I guess the GOP is fine with "spreading our wealth around", in this case, the wealth comes from taxpayer supported campaign contributions. Just think, if Palin were a size 16, it might cost twice as much.


Posted by: curiousmom | October 22, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Lynn has joined Joe the Plumber as the butt of their unintended consequences (if she continues to read the online version(s) of the two newspapers she mentioned!) I hope Rachel Maddow gives us some amusing comments on this "Extreme Makeover" for the "Small Town, Hockey Mom"! The kids and "First Dude" got outfited too. What a sad joke. Cindy should have paid up for all the duds but her generosity is spotty, judging from how she has treated her half-sister's side of the family.

Posted by: Robert Parson | October 22, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

curiousmom,

You said, "Just think, if Palin were a size 16, it might cost twice as much."

And your point is...?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, right, they're planning to donate the wardrobe to charity. In which universe is this going to happen? I'll bet her dog's middle name will turn out to be "Charity," thus a perfectly twisted Palin-ready explanation on why she's entitled to keep the duds.

Posted by: enough | October 22, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the GOP's dress up doll..captiol hill barbie!

Posted by: tom | October 22, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Akers: Seeing your photo I can see why you would write this article. You could spend $ 300k on clothes and still look like crap

Posted by: ziggy1 | October 22, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Very ironic that 'they' say they will fight for Americans......hummppp
1.bottom falling out of stock market
2.homes being foreclosed on
3.factories closing
4.millions of people out of work

GOP spends 150K for clothes for the clown.......sounds about right, if you belong to their side.

Posted by: jc | October 22, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Useless2.... i'm an American woman who started in a very tiny small town with small town values, and put myself through grad school....and Sarah Palin DOES NOT represent me!!! And, those "poor democrats" are the people wanting to make sure the RICH get taxed their fair share. That includes them. Wow...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"Please, you have nothing more important on which to report? She's running for VP, should they buy her clothes at Wal-Mart? It's Nieman's not Chanel. Oh, but it's okay that Michelle Obama runs around in $450 Thakoon dresses (from Saks)and she's NOT the candidate. What a bunch of hypocrites!"

...I'm sure that the Media will be quick to report on who exactly paid for Michele Obamas' dresses.

Maybe she will claim much like Senator Stevens that she didn't really want them but she couldn't keep people from putting them on her, and afterwards she tried to get a bill for them but they wouldn't give one to her, and in any case it was all for official business in line with her duties as the governor of Alaska. When she wasn't hosting Alaskan Independence Party meetings in the governors' office.

Posted by: jfc1 | October 22, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

That's one expensive PIG the gop has runnin for vp.....

Posted by: pj451 | October 22, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

to:
from Saks)and she's NOT the candidate. What a bunch of hypocrites! Oh, and what about that $500 "snack" the glorious Michelle ordered at the Waldorf??? Another reason I no longer subscribe to the WaPo or NYTimes.

Posted by: Lynn | October 22, 2008 11:01 AM

It was a lie and this is what page six posted.... you Republicans ARE NOT going to get away with it any more with the way internet works...you are toast:

The source who told us last week about Michelle Obama getting lobster and caviar delivered to her room at the Waldorf-Astoria must have been under the influence of a mind-altering drug. She was not even staying at the Waldorf. We regret the mistake, and our former source is going to regret it, too. Bread and water would be too good for such disinformation


http://www.observer.com/2008/media/consider-posts-lobster

get a life!

Posted by: jaleh | October 22, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh...and useless2, nice mid east slur. Obama is an American Christian. He is not a terrorist or even Muslim. John McCain has defended Obama on that very issue HIMSELF. It's slurs and unintelligent crap like that that needs to stop. I guess McCain and Palin should be HAPPY that Al-Qaeda is supporting their campaign. And I don't think ANYONE should be getting their news from Fox news. Fair and Balanced my you know what......

Posted by: Stephanie | October 22, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

As if we needed yet another reason not to like Sarah Palin and the Republican party??! She is a fake, a manufactured Barbie Doll, she does not belong on the ticket, and I look forward to Nov. 5 when this country will ship her back to endure the bitter cold winter of Alaska.

Posted by: Annie | October 22, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Once again so many missed the point... If this were Palin's money or even McCain's that would be their business, but the GOP spent (donated money) 150k for 2.5 months worth of clothes. That's a lot of money, there is no (reasonable) way to spin it.

Posted by: case | October 22, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break. Are you honestly going to tell me that Obama & Biden don't spend any money on make-up and clothes? I'm sure they're not running around in 2 for 1 sale suits from burlington coat factory.

Besides, they're going to be in office, shouldn't the leaders of our country dress for success, or should they wear some bib-overalls so they fit in a little better with the blue collar workers.

And not to mention all the illeagel fundraising that Obama is doing. This is just another reason main stream media is a waste of time. Go sit on something all you bleeding heart liberals.

You wonder why our country is going down hill, take God out of schools and our country and you wonder why this country is failing.

Read something other than the liberal media and maybe you'll learn something.

Or read a book if you know what a book store or library is. Check out "Saddam's Secrets" by Georges Sada. He'll tell you why we're in Iraq fighting for their freedom.

Or better yet let's complain that 3000 american soliders died for another countries freedom and to protect our coutry yet it's okay to kill 500,000 babies every year. A bunch of hypocrites.

But we'd rather talk about clothes in an election. Give me a break, write something about how Obama has ties to terrorists rather than a wordrob.

This makes me sick. Just wait and see, if Obama gets elected how everyone will be scared for their lives once this country is attacked and asking for the protection of God who they've been trying to throw out for the last 30 years.

Posted by: matt | October 22, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

For $150,000,you'd think the Republican party would by Palin some g's to use at the end of words.

Posted by: Susan G. | October 22, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I guess you CAN put lipstick on a pig!

The only reason that this is a story is that the stupid mutt is always talking about how she and McSame are one of the people and they can relate to us better than that ELITE Obama. I didn't know that Joe the Plumber (who isn't really a plumber) could afford these kind of cloths for his wife. No wonder he couldn't afford to pay his taxes!

Posted by: ex-conservative | October 22, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by Lynn: Another reason I no longer subscribe to the WaPo or NYTimes.
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Now, if you would only stop coming here. Or better yet, stop posting here!

Posted by: ex-conservative | October 22, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

She's a well dressed, empty suit. At least the clothing was bought at GOP expense, not taxpayer expense like the travel expenses for her kids.

Posted by: Ann | October 22, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Lynn - re: your "it's Neiman's not Chanel" comment, Neimans sells Chanel! So errr......Neimans is the highest up there along with Bergdorfs in terms of dept stores. Point is, it's ridiculous to call yourself a no-frills hockey mom ('cuz we all know a lot of them that shop at Neiman's or Bergdorfs) and pull this. $150K for the 3 months that she's been in the limelight - $50K/month? What does she need it for? She hasn't even had a press conference yet!!!

Posted by: Audrey | October 22, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

It's funny that the disclaimer states that all personal attacks will be removed. That doesn't seem to have happened here. I am dismayed by the rampant negativity and harsh insults flung about by the party that claims to promote peace and hope and change. It's really rather disgusting. I'm sure if we dug into the past spending habits on both sides we would find illegal and over-the-top expenditures on both sides. And I'm really peeved at the left who suggest that all Republicans are rich morons. I'm a single, working mother who went back to college after my husband left me during my third pregnancy. I report less than $20,000 a year. I go to a good university where I am triple majoring and maintain a 3.5 GPA. We're not all rich. We're not all stupid. We're just like you but we live and vote according to different principles. Is it disappointing that the campaign spent SO much on clothing? You betcha. Is it understandable given the scrutiny she is under? Absolutely. You cannot deny that if she were to wear clothes from Wal-Mart or Macy's, the elite left would be all over her for being a country bumpkin. Vote on foundational principles, understanding that politicians are politicians. And if you're so intelligent and so dedicated to the future of your country, by all means put yourself on the ballot. All this hate-filled venting is ridiculous and not at all inspiring.

Posted by: gwenn | October 22, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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Except Michelle Obama wasn't in NY or staying at the Waldorf on the date in question.

Let's talk about Palin taking two rooms (one for her children)for 5 nights at the Waldorf for $215+tax/night, and billing it to Alaska office.

Posted by: JaneB08 | October 22, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: edwcorey: Maybe that money could have gone to purchase rape kits.
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Or condoms for Palin's kids. Abstinence clearly isn't working!

Posted by: ex-conservative | October 22, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: edwcorey: Maybe that money could have gone to purchase rape kits.
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Or condoms for Palin's kids. Abstinence clearly isn't working!

Posted by: ex-conservative | October 22, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Shopping and Ground Zero photo ops. $130,000+ spent the day before Sept 11th ... then called our city 'Anti-American'. Hope you enjoyed your stay!

I've got to echo Jon Stewart here...

Posted by: 123nyc123 | October 22, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: edwcorey: Maybe that money could have gone to purchase rape kits.
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Or condoms for Palin's kids. Abstinence clearly isn't working!

Posted by: ex-conservative | October 22, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the one who has billed herself as "joe six pack" and "hockey mom". Michelle Obama is NOT billing herself as anyone other than B.Obama's wife and a mother. If Michelle O is billing the cost of her wardrobe to the Dem Party, I would object big time. I think the greater point in the headlines of Palin's clothes spending is that she is telling us she is NOT "Joe six pack" and she does not consider herself an "average" American. With American's losing jobs and homes and the VP trying to convince us she "is just like us", the clothing bill makes her a hypocrite. She is already charging the state of Alaska with the costs of her children's travels....even when the children were not invited. Also her questionable per diem pay when she billed for her time at home......It would seem that Palin has no problem spending other people's money, feeling that money is her due and still trying to convince the American people she is just like us. Add in her spending habits along with her lack of knowledge regarding our federal government, her knack for negative campaigning and Palin has a higher disapproval rating than her approval rating. Palin was the newest shining star in Republican politics, now the star shines no more. She has burnt briges in the Alaskan Repub party, so going back to Alaska should Mc/Palin lose this election is gonna be bumpy for her. There is enough on the table back in Alaska that if proven, could cause her to lose her seat as Gov Of Alaska. Todd palin will also be looked at differently back in Alaska. He may be barred from attending important government meetings and/or barred from using the Governor's office.

Posted by: Leah1946 | October 22, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I thought makeup artist referred to her speech writer and those rare interviews when she lectured on the job of the vice president.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | October 22, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

i love how everyone says they're wasting taxpayers money. just wait, i'm sure about a week after the election the washington post will report on what obama spent and it will be a lot higher. biden i'm sure had to pay a lot for those teeth and that terrible tan.

and why do democrats want to tax the rich more. they already pay about 15% more. so because they work harder, make more money they should be penalized and pay more taxes? democrats need to learn that life isn't a handout. get off of the FREE-BEE's and HANDOUTS and maybe we would be paying so much in taxes.

any maybe democrats need a history lesson. taxes developed because the poor said tax the rich! then the government ran out of tax money so the poor said, tax the middle class! so they tax the middle class, then the government ran out of the additional tax money so they tax the poor. talk about poor thinking for the poor (pun intended). maybe this shows that that poor shouldn't think anymore, and that we should take away their voting right.

here's an idea. if you collect welfare you shouldn't be allowed to vote! because you need brains to vote and create policies, and obviously they're too dumb to get jobs and pay off their debts so why should we give them rights? they already get free money, what else do they need?

Posted by: carlos | October 22, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

i love how everyone says they're wasting taxpayers money. just wait, i'm sure about a week after the election the washington post will report on what obama spent and it will be a lot higher. biden i'm sure had to pay a lot for those teeth and that terrible tan.

and why do democrats want to tax the rich more. they already pay about 15% more. so because they work harder, make more money they should be penalized and pay more taxes? democrats need to learn that life isn't a handout. get off of the FREE-BEE's and HANDOUTS and maybe we would be paying so much in taxes.

any maybe democrats need a history lesson. taxes developed because the poor said tax the rich! then the government ran out of tax money so the poor said, tax the middle class! so they tax the middle class, then the government ran out of the additional tax money so they tax the poor. talk about poor thinking for the poor (pun intended). maybe this shows that that poor shouldn't think anymore, and that we should take away their voting right.

here's an idea. if you collect welfare you shouldn't be allowed to vote! because you need brains to vote and create policies, and obviously they're too dumb to get jobs and pay off their debts so why should we give them rights? they already get free money, what else do they need?

Posted by: carlos | October 22, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"That story reminded me of Evita Peron" phoned me Carlos de Lorenzo from Buenos Aires. "Perhaps more elegant, but likely less inclined to help the descamisados (the shirtless poor)". I pondered that distance can be cruel, even when bridged by TV or the Internet. De Lorenzo promised to keep us posted on the reactions from the southern part of hemisphere.

Posted by: G.P. Carvalho | October 22, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

It's funny that the disclaimer states that all personal attacks will be removed. That doesn't seem to have happened here. I am dismayed by the rampant negativity and harsh insults flung about by the party that claims to promote peace and hope and change. It's really rather disgusting. I'm sure if we dug into the past spending habits on both sides we would find illegal and over-the-top expenditures on both sides. And I'm really peeved at the left who suggest that all Republicans are rich morons. I'm a single, working mother who went back to college after my husband left me during my third pregnancy. I report less than $20,000 a year. I go to a good university where I am triple majoring and maintain a 3.5 GPA. We're not all rich. We're not all stupid. We're just like you but we live and vote according to different principles. Is it disappointing that the campaign spent SO much on clothing? You betcha. Is it understandable given the scrutiny she is under? Absolutely. You cannot deny that if she were to wear clothes from Wal-Mart or Macy's, the elite left would be all over her for being a country bumpkin. Vote on foundational principles, understanding that politicians are politicians. And if you're so intelligent and so dedicated to the future of your country, by all means put yourself on the ballot. All this hate-filled venting is ridiculous and not at all inspiring.

Posted by: gwenn | October 22, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

She's running for VP, should they buy her clothes at Wal-Mart? lynn
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hey, lynn, at least michelle obama paid for the clothes w/her own money. not some freebie from the dnc.

Posted by: frieda406 | October 22, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going to get involved in the money/ethics/campaign hooha, because that's already been done. My comment is on Palin's tight-skirt/spike heel boot look. With her glasses and her silly hair-do, with her 5X mother's hips, she looks like an unemployed secretary who's turning out on the street. My guess is that there are excited spectators, but I worry about their pacemakers.
SEO

Posted by: seo | October 22, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

And have any of you stopped to consider Al-Queda's motives in "endorsing" McCain? Do you think that they believe the American public will say to itself, "Ooo hey, let's go vote for the guy that Al-Queda endorses!" Or do you think they're pretty certain that people would be turned toward Obama after an endorsement for McCain from the people that terrorized our nation? I think there's this technique called reverse-psychology and apparently Osama and his cohorts have us pretty well pegged.

Posted by: gwenn | October 22, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I am so amazed at the venium spewing in this blog. Has anyone asked Oboma who is paying for all that champagne and caviar he has ordered for his big win night? Who is spending what on what doesn't upset me as much as all this hatred on here. This is getting to be a divided country. We the people. I think these so called liberal newspapers and medias are doing this on purpose. Remember what the old saying is "divided we fall". Wake up Americans think about this hatred and stop it. We are a civilized country not heathens. There is an old saying ,"make your words sweet for tomorrow you may have to eat them."

Posted by: Amazed | October 22, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Great posts this afternoon! This may be one of the best.....
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If the Republican party had wanted to give Sarah Palin a real makeover, they should have spent $150,000 on books instead of clothing.

May I suggest a copy of the U.S. Constitution at the top of her reading list.

Posted by: Sarah | October 22, 2008 1:09 PM

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

After reading most of these comments, sounds like a lot of people just like to mouth off so they can feel powerful. Most of these people are dissatisified with everything and will always have a negative attitude on everything that comes their way. You want to say "get a life".

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

What a bunch of crooks. I guess Palin was about to go moose hunting in her new clothes.

Posted by: truth1 | October 22, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Lynn wrote: "Please, you have nothing more important on which to report? She's running for VP, should they buy her clothes at Wal-Mart? '
It's Nieman's not Chanel. Oh, but it's okay that Michelle Obama runs around in $450 Thakoon dresses (from Saks)and she's NOT the candidate. What a bunch of hypocrites! Oh, and what about that $500 "snack" the glorious Michelle ordered at the Waldorf??? Another reason I no longer subscribe to the WaPo or NYTimes."

Lynn you are an idiot. You and your fellow ignoramus Republicans give the party a bad name. But it deserves it anyway.
You don't deserve even this writing you moron, but the RNC is ko'd in November. Seeya!!

Posted by: Westerner | October 22, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

shop, baby, shop!!!!

Posted by: Lou | October 22, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Fashion Fans for Obama/Biden '08

Favorite Budget Fashion Story: Michelle Obama in H&M Dress
http://www.thebudgetfashionista.com/archive/budget-fashion-michelle-obama-in-hm-dress/

Diesel 'Liquid Space' Holographic Fashion Show
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCcTRjxP-Fc

Posted by: Cooday | October 22, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Is not the money spent public election funds. Talk about spread the wealth, take public money and spread it to Palin, how dumb can you be ?

Posted by: gary | October 22, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I am not surprised to read this information at all. It shouldn't surprise anyone that the McCain-Palin double standards are easily rationalized and summarily dismissed. They are their own entitlement program complete with earmarks and pork o'plenty. I'll bet the designers are foreingers, too.

Posted by: antidope | October 22, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Nobody understands. The shopping/makeover was part of Sarah's price to go along. The GOP pays it's femmes with packages of goodies. Monica and Paula got fun stuff when all was said & done.

I suspect there's more to come.

Posted by: Rick Taft | October 22, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

$150,000 surly buys Sarah Palin lots of good looks, but it will never buys her the smarts and intelligence needed to be a VP.
I am sure the poor and unemployed die hard Republicans without health insurance and no chance for college education ( Joe Six Packs) is very proud to see our tax dollars going to dress Sarah Palin so she can do some good georgraphy dividig the country into "loyal America" and "disloyal America". Wake up, sober up Mr. Joe Six Packs.

Posted by: Sami Jadallah | October 22, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Stop hating Palin and get behind her and help her. It is too easy to condemn people, wouldn't it be better to get in and help her, support her not tear her to pieces.

Posted by: punkinf | October 22, 2008 4:13 PM
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Sorry, there's nothing to pity or empathize with or feel ashamed about here. She's a willing political candidate. She's a dangerous dunce who thinks she can just step into the Senate and clean house in her role as VP.

She doesn't need support: she needs a conscience and a brain.

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

"And have any of you stopped to consider Al-Queda's motives in "endorsing" McCain?"

Off topic, but worth answering.

OBL banked on it that we would destroy ourselves after 9-11. And what did we do? Lost interest in the fight to kill him to go after a Bush personal vendetta, giving al Qaeda wide open room to regroup, spread to like 60 other countries, and keep us tied up in a proxy war in Iraq with a few associates they sent there just for the occasion, and Iran to boot. Watching us squandering our very freedoms to become more like them - imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Watcing America toss aside a 200+ year history of courage to turn to leaders who mild our fears in order to consolidate executive power. Watching us show our basest instincts as purveyors of torture, extraordinary rendition and human rights abuses while we squander world support.

With McBush II at the helm fanning the flames a military response to OBL and terrorism, and an the neocon puppet Palin next in line, the way is clear for them to continue sitting back and watching us self destruct.

Posted by: patriot16 | October 22, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Sarah Palin looks like without the high dollar possie? She says what she is told too, and Acts the part she is taught, so why would anyone say she can pick her own clothes, com'on, she's not that smart.. This is going to be another (LEFT) wing attack on this Wal-Mart, Hockey Mom.

Obama 08

Posted by: Joe McCain | October 22, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

"At least the clothing was bought at GOP expense..."

Not so, Ann. McCain took federal financing for his campaign, so your tax dollars are, indeed, dressing up Lady Sarah.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

How lovely for Palin - VP nomination AND a free wardrobe. And all I got from the RNC was a husband deficit (3 tours and counting), downsized housing (we had to move to an apartment when his paychecks dwindled to less than half what they were pre-National Guard deployment), and a daughter who suffers night terrors worrying about her daddy. But hey, we're Patriots, so naturally, we're happy. Happy like the family McCain left behind when he came home from Nam and found that his wife was disfigured... just before he married the little rich girl less than half his age. Give me a break. Vote Democratic this time, folks, and bring my husband home. Oh, and you military wives out there who are unsure about McCain's commitment to our guys and gals? Go here:

http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/10/2/13456/6945

Posted by: dave'sgirl | October 22, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Dear Lynn and like thinkers:

Please, you have nothing more important on which to report? She's running for VP, should they buy her clothes at Wal-Mart? It's Nieman's not Chanel. Oh, but it's okay that Michelle Obama runs around in $450 Thakoon dresses (from Saks)and she's NOT the candidate. What a bunch of hypocrites! Oh, and what about that $500 "snack" the glorious Michelle ordered at the Waldorf??? Another reason I no longer subscribe to the WaPo or NYTimes.


Let's be clear Michelle Obama made nearly $300k a year as a hospital administrator before she went on leave. Sarah Palin made $125K, I don't think that anyone begrudged her the clothes but, why have the campaign pay for them (it flies in the face of the ethics rules specifically).
If you can afford it, then fine. But these charges for makeup artists pale in comparision in my mind. I can see for the debates, but she hasn't been doing closeup interviews so WTH were they thinking. I have worked for a national candidate before and I have styled for many public figures but it doesn't make sense with what she has packaged herself as to the public. Additionally, with the exception of the debate outfit she has looked pretty of the rack, which means that she wasted her time by not getting things properly altered. These expenditures underscore the perception that Republicans are perceived as free spenders of other people's money, despite them constantly accusing the Democrats.

Cynthia A. Spooner, JD
Houston, TX

Posted by: Cynthia A. Spooner | October 22, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse


Sounds like Ms. Palin took lessons in the art of accepting "gifts" from [soon-to-be-former] Alaska Senator Stevens.

Posted by: Phil | October 22, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Can Palin shop at Wal-Mart? You betcha! She already speaks like a Wal-Mart queen right? And she "loves" small cities and patriotic folks..to bad that neither Neiman Marcus nor Saks Fifth Avenue have stores on small towns for this "regular gal".Palin is a rotten -cynical hypocrite and an IDIOT and all the people that adore her really deserve such a scumbag!

Posted by: Gary T. | October 22, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Does that surprise anybody? She obviously can't look too shabby standing next to McCain; otherwise, the contrast would remind everyone that John McCain has eight houses, thirteen cars, and a fortune worth about one hundred millions, and he dares calling Obama an elitist. Even with this latest makeover, however, anyone with a three-digit IQ can readily see that she is unfit to be vice president.

Carlos Jean-Gilles
Saint Louis, MO

Posted by: Carlos Jean-Gilles | October 22, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Just when you think the mindless attacks on Gov. Palin could sink any lower...

The more Palin Derangement Syndrome I see, the greater my admiration for this generous, graceful and powerful new leader. Thank you for your service, Gov. Palin!

Posted by: j.a.m. | October 22, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I know how much some of you want to believe in Sarah Palin the reformer. But one by one the believers are seeing the light and peeling off.

She was revealed to be incurious and unworldly. You justified that was OK because common sense trumped elite education, even in the face of the last 8 years showing that it just isn't so. But still Peggy Noonan saw the light.

She was revealed to be someone whose word didn't always ring true. She only said "thanks but no thanks" under duress, she really didn't sell that plane on ebay. But you justified that as our picking on her and holding her to a different standard. But still, Krauthammer adn Will saw the light.

She was revealed to have abused her power, to use religion as a political tool, to question her opponent's patriotism, to milk fear and xenophobia in a way that would make McCarthy or Pinochet proud, to deliberately divide and conquer instead of healing divides. But you justified that by....well, I don't get how the heck you justified that, its indefensible. But Parker and Powell saw the light.

And now her "reformer' persona is under the spotlight. She bills the state for living in her own house (and who is paying to also heat the Governor's mansion every day so the pipes don't freeze?). It appears legal, but is it what a 'reformer' would do? She sold the state plane at a loss apparently without doing the math to figure out if it would be cheaper to keep it vs pay for commercial airfare for her whole family. Wouldn't a reformer have conducted an expense study first? How much state business is she doing while she is standing in security lines and waiting for flights and minding he kids when she could have been working the state's business on a private jet? A "reformer" would understand that time is money, no?

A reformer would have turned to Stacy London (from the TV show What not to Wear) and asked her to "dress me for $5000 like you do the "real" Americans I represent". She would have sent her surrogates to TJ Maxx and Marshalls and Ross and said "Ladies, see how good you can look within your means!"

I am sure that some private donor (maybe Cindy) will step in and reimburse the RNC for the clothes so Palin's off the ethics violation hook and provide a nice loophole so she can keep the clothes - after a show is made of sending a few of them to charity and implying the donation is larger than it is. And then one of Todd's contractor friends will help him build a special cedar closet in Wasilla (and submit as many bills as he did for helping build their house), and Cindy will store "her" clothes there, telling Sarah to feel free to borrow them whenever.

I'm genuinely sorry she's not who you wanted her to be. We could have all used a reformer - but one who had even a whisper of a chance to pass that test Biden talked about should McCain succumb to the excitement of the inagurual parade.

Posted by: patriot 16 | October 22, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

OMG - j.a.m., are you serious? First of all, you're showing your ignorance. I think that what you meant to say was, "Just when you think the mindless attacks on Gov. Palin couldn't sink any lower..." not "could sink any lower..." duh.

You thanked her for her "generous, graceful and powerful leadership"? Unless you actually live in Alaska and somehow benefitted from her generosity, as her friends did when she gave them government posts for which they were unqualified, to what "service" are you referring?

Thanks for proving, once again, that it's the ignorant among us that'll vote for the ignorant.

Posted by: ky | October 22, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

$150,000? Talk about putting lipstick on a pig . . .

Posted by: Phxflyer | October 22, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

So let me see if I've got this straight.

Palin spends $150K of campaign donations on clothes and accessories, not just for her but for her entire family AND Levi, the not quite son-in-law. (Incidentally the vitally necessary wardrobe included a Louis Vuitton bag for her 7-yesr old. Wonder how she's going to feel about giving that back so it can be given to some needy child — who would probably rather have a visit to the doctor or dentist, olr just some ordinary school clothes.)

On top of that it seems Palin charged the state of Alaska $21K plus for travel for her kids all over Alaska and the US. One trip took her and her oldest daughter to NYC where Palin attended an event lasting five hours. Palin and her daughter then spent five DAYS staying at the luxury Essex Hotel overlooking Central Park — all at the taxpayers expense.

Then Palin goes back into the records and alters them to try to make it appear that her family was traveling on "official business." Just how a six-year old travels on the official business of the state of Alaska is not quite clear to me.

This on top of the finding that Palin abused her power and was guilty of ethical violations in the Troopergate matter.

Is this all? Even if it is, it is certainly enough.

And this is the person who insists that she is going to Washington to "fight corruption and greed" and "end business as usual."

Her ability to function at all with such a total disconnect with reality is quite amazing...

Posted by: truthtopower40 | October 22, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

First they attack her for being unsophisticated, then they attack her for being too sophisticated.

Ever get the feeling that the point is just to attack her?

Posted by: zjr | October 22, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

, the Republican Party spent a fair chunk of change to spruce up Sarah Palin's wardrobe as she made her entree onto the national political scene. But after the campaign ends, the new clothes purchased for her and some family members are headed to charities.

"It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign," said Tracey Schmitt of John McCain's campaign.

Schmitt also said: "With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it’s remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses."

Should some charity down the road decide to auction off those pantsuits and blouses, though, we imagine we'll be talking about them again. The bidding for them could be hot and heavy.

Posted by: DCMOM | October 22, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Just one comment on the two "Mavericks" leading the RNC charge. I owned two Ford Mavericks, and found them to be unreliable for transportation and even starting in the morning. The ball joints were a joke and the engines in each of them were even worse. Now these two politicians are going around the country saying they are going to change things. Ford didn't change it's Maverick line. I can guess that I did learn from two bad cars not to count on Maverick line. You learn from costly mistakes.

Posted by: sammy of rogers | October 22, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

****AMERICA SHOULD BE FEARFULLY CONCERNED****

In the last month, After Governor Sarah Palin and HER Administration was refused by The Alaska Superior Court, then refused by The Alaska Supreme Court to SQUASH the “Troopergate Investigation” against Sarah Palin, the Alaska State Legislative Investigation (LAW) moved on the investigation of the Firing of the Alaska State Public Safety Commissioner.

Gov.Sarah Palin “IS” found “GUILTY” by The Alaska State Legislature [60] Lawmakers, [Mostly Republicans] .in the Investigation of Firing" The Chief of The Alaska State Public Safety Commissioner, Walt Monegan.

TROOPERGATE: In plain English, Sarah Palin has been legally PROVEN that she broke the Alaska State Ethics Law in ABUSING HER power in pushing for the firing of a State Trooper once married to her sister and by also ALLOWING her husband Todd Palin to use the Alaska Governor's Office in a crusade against the Officer. She is charged with 18 Ethic Violation Facts.

Currently the State of Alaska Personnel Board [appointed by Sara Palin} hired a private Investigator to continue the “Troopergate Investigation” on possible OTHER Ethic Violations which Palin allowed HER appointed Administration to participate in. Sarah Palins appointed State of Alaska, Attorney General Colberg, cannot participate to defend Gov. Palin or to defend her Administration. Why? Because he also is in conflict of interest

ALASKA GOVERNOR RECALL!
I am an Alaskan life voting Republican. This 2008 Election, I will [with pleasure] vote Democrat!

This Alaska Governor Palin has Destroyed and continues to attempt to Destroy "MANY GOOD ALASKAN PEOPLE(s)” Professionally and Politically during her "VERY SHORT" term position as Mayor in a small community Wasilla, Ak (Approx 5,000 + residents during her reign) and currently the Alaska State Governor.

McCain’s V.P. selection Sarah Palin unequivocally has NO business being the Alaska Governor, let alone, a USA Candidate for Vice President…..

Maverick??.....”AMERICA SHOULD BE FEARFULLY CONCERNED”

I voted for Sarah Palin in Alaskans 2006 Governor Election. MISTAKE!.... Never Again… I repeat-NEVER AGAIN!!....Alaska Governor Palin is an absolute Embarrassment to the Alaska People(s) and "IS PROVEN” Over and Over to be an insatiable LIAR!!..
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How can she possibly ASSUME to possess the ability to clean up America, when she cannot clean the progressive ''MESS" She has created, then left Alaska to run for the United States V.P. Yes, she .departed leaving “HERSELF and HER husband todd palins” Mess FOR Alaskans to Clean-Up!!

MCCAIN, you should be ASHAMED of yourself!!!! This victim (palin) has no business in this Presidential Arena.

Posted by: Alaskan Voter
Thank You,
History of Palin News & Investigation Report adn.com/Newsweek

McClatchy.com; Washington Post
Anchorage Daily News a.dn.com ;Newsweek; Alaska Politics

Posted by: "Palin is an Alaska Embarrassment" | October 22, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The real problem is that Palin is a moron chosen by a slick trick to run for national office. Why should contributors to the Republican party put this moron in clothes that cost over a hundred thousand dollars? I am amazed that Palin has not decided the job of the VP is to advise Congress on wardrobe. What a loathsome ditz.

What Michelle Obama buys and wears is her business entirely.

Posted by: kaehele | October 22, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

"It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign," said Tracey Schmitt of John McCain's campaign.

REALLY? Can I apply for a 501(c)3? Because I really NEED a Louis Vuitton purse. REALLY!

Posted by: stuff 'n nonsense | October 22, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

no thinking person will vote for obama

Posted by: zjr | October 22, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Going to charity afterwards, right? Sure, and getting a hambone from a pitbull's jaw (with or without lipstick) is gonna happened also.

$21K to take her kids around, charged on the State of Alaska dime,
$14K to take Todd with her (I don't remember him getting voted into the governorship).
$19K charged to the State of Alaska so she can eat and sleep in her own house.
Troopergate: She was sooo scared of her former brother-in-law, she dropped her security detail.

Did the RNC buy McCain's clothes? Does the DNC buy Obama's or Biden's? If she didn't want to be treated differently, she shouldn't expect more then the other candidates.

McCain is going to regret (if he doesn't already) picking her. She is already distancing herself from him so she can make her run in 2012.

Posted by: Tricia | October 22, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Palin can donate some of her fancy clothes to the crazy McCain rally lady so she'll look classy the next time she goes to the library to do some research.

Posted by: Bill | October 22, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

@ gwenn 6:00 pm:

"You cannot deny that if she were to wear clothes from Wal-Mart or Macy's, the elite left would be all over her for being a country bumpkin."

Indeed I can deny that. Here is a photo of Michelle Obama wearing a $34.95 off-the-rack H&M dress on the campaign trail. Looks just fine to me.

And I suspect she and Obama think it is more important for their kids to be in school rather than running around on taxpayer paid trips and/or being used as props to bolster their mother's political ambitions.

http://www.thebudgetfashionista.com/archive/budget-fashion-michelle-obama-in-hm-dress/

Given your description of your circumstances I wonder why you are voting the way you say you are — but as you say that is your business at the end of the day.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Sarah really dress the part of VP. I am really inspired by her. I am proud to support her. Sarah looks great and really deserves it! Go, Girl!

Posted by: Polly | October 22, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Did ya see the posting by the fool who calls hisself T Boone Pickens...to call the poster a scumbag would be a complement to his absent intellect really, even in the day to day reality of the rotted GOP compaign atrocities this guy's comments float to the surface like decaying maggot infested garbage..... his display of abject ignorance and hate is astounding. Truly abysmal stupidity...Must have been "educated" by a right wing madrassa or the sub moral/sub moron prattlings of McLame and the trolling baracuda, right in lockstep with the ignorant hateful and immoral tatements of the pinocchio campaign Sounds about right doesnt it John and Sarah?????
Oh, and by the way according to NY TImes al Queda supports Mc Cain....they can tell with him in charge America will definately go down faster.
God Save up from the Republcans. And God save the ignorant hateful fools that populate their ranks.

"yeah well what about the 7.5mil obama spent on strippers while he was planning the 9/11 attacks on america with Osama Bin Laden

T. Boone Pickens"

Posted by: t-boone | October 22, 2008 1:41 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Mary Ann,
Look in the mirror. You could use a make up artist.

and while you are at it, look up the word "JOURNALIST" in the dictionary. It is clear that you have no idea what that means.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is out campaign and fundraising almost everyday. She has to look presentable. What she did to inspire people is worth a billion times more than that 150K. I am glad the GOP has some sense paying for her wardrobe. She looks terrific!

Posted by: Sarah | October 22, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

how much MONEY did Obama pay for his drugs? Weed and Cocaine? How Much? We are waiting for you to be a journalist instead of a cheerleader for Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

@Polly (7:41 PM):

"Sarah really dress the part of VP."

I didn't know there was a VP dress code.

The problem is that she can't ACT the part of VP, let alone President.

Posted by: truthtopower40 | October 22, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I was willing to give Mrs. Palin a pass on this, even with the clearly excessive amount. I don't begrudge Ms. Palin's clothes, and I understand needed a presentable wardrobe, but if this is in direct violation of Campaign Finance Law, the question becomes - now what? Does she repay the money (especially the money for her children's and husband's clothes) and what if she does not? Is there recourse? Can she, or her staff, face prosecution for violating federal law? More than likely nothing will happen - she will keep the clothes and no one will demand an accounting. All in all, this just reminds me a little too much of the AIG junket after the federal bailout.

Posted by: Ann | October 22, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

McPalin are outrageous! They're spending all this morning on trying to look good. Well, instead of paying all that money for a makeup artist, John McCain should have gone to London or Milan and bought a few nice suits, instead of those boxes he wears.

As for Palin, she didn't need to go on a shopping spree at Needless Markup, she could have gone to Macy's or Nordstroms and bought 3 weeks worth of nice Jones New York or Liz Clairborne suites for $300 - $350 each, plus a couple of hundred dollars more to accessorize each suit and done this all for less than $10K. After all, she's supposed to be just another "Hockey Mom".

She certainly isn't spending the money on a good hairstylist or on speech lessons. If I have to listen to that squeeky voice of hers much longer, I'll scream! You'd think that someone who alledgedly studied broadcast journalism would have been told to do something with that voice of hers?

For people who like to criticize the elite, who claim to represent "Joe the Plumber" and "Joe and Jane Sixpack", they sure don't shop like them!

Posted by: laSerenissima | October 22, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

to zjr:

This thinking person already voted for Senator Obama. I cast my ballot early this afternoon in Tallahassee, Florida. I stood in line with many other thinking people, and while I don't know how many of them shared my choice, I am confident that my opinion is more common than yours.

By the way, unofficially, and unscientifically I conducted a quick sample of the bumperstickers of the bumperstickers at the local mall: three to one for Obama. Very few bumpers advertise for McCain. I even observed one old F350 with a W sticker barely hanging on.

Tomorrow I'll see if the same holds true in the Wallmart lot, and make adjustments as necessary.

Posted by: antidope | October 22, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

For Matt:

I dress for success and it DOES NOT cost me $150,000. Cut the crap and be serious. No Republican from a small town with small town values (where Palin says she is from because she UNDERSTANDS US), can support that. It is time for Republicans to call a spade a spade and STOP supporting every blessed thing they do. They are NOT super heroes. They make mistakes, and this is one of them. I am PISSED my families hard earned money that was donated to this party is being used for make up artists and designer suits. Unacceptable.

Posted by: stephanei | October 22, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

WHat's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? $13,000 in makeup.

Posted by: Trulee | October 22, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Another reason I no longer subscribe to the WaPo or NYTimes.

Posted by: Lynn | October 22, 2008 11:01 AM


Yeah right.
But anyway, good riddance.

Posted by: Ted | October 22, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Clearly those of you posting that this is outrageous must not shop at Neimans or Saks or have to buy womens beauty products. I changed my hair color dramatically and had to spend nearly $500 on new makeup to go with the new look. I suppose that yes, they could go to CVS and paint her with nasty crap, and she could dress in cheap, polyester blend clothes made in China from Sears, but there would be criticism about that too. Women's clothes are expensive. Women's shoes are incredibly expensive. So you need many pairs of shoes, you need pants suits, skirt suits, coats, hosiery, underthings, hair accessories and products, not to mention anything casual, and everything will need some kind of tailoring... it's really not that unbelievable. 10 pairs of shoes, let's assume they aren't boots and we're talking Ferragamo/Weitzman not Gucci/Prada... is already $4,000. One winter coat is likely to be at least $1500. This is not out of the ordinary for stylish women's clothes, and if you think it is, you clearly don't have to dress for work, and like I said, don't shop at Neimans and Saks.
And yes, plenty of regular, everyday people of all ages shop at those stores. The reason? Some brands are only carried by those stores. Same with makeup. Moreover, you get a lot for your money in terms of service, and they have great sales.
Frankly, I think the stink about this is kind of sexist. How much do Obama's suits cost? Probably $2-4K/each, and that's not the fancy ones. I mean, seriously. These people have to be on television daily, they make speeches to different groups of people multiple times a day, I don't have a probablm with any of this. The only thing that surprises me is how they only spent $700 Barney's! I've spent more than $700 in one visit to Barney's. I'm thinking it was a casual bag...

Posted by: Give it a break | October 22, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Where is the discussion about the economy, health care, education? Compared to Cindy McCain's expenditures on frou-frou this is nothing both literally and figuratively. If John wants to make his running mate more attractive physically you can't blame him since there is no "fix" for her mind and mouth!

Posted by: Hopeful in NH | October 22, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I think the main reason they mentioned the clothing becoming a charitable contribution is for tax purposes. Technically Palin is required to list the full purchase price of any clothing articles which can be worn other places than work, as income. Then if they wants to donate it to charity later, she can take the 50% valuation of the USED clothing as a charitable deduction. Her makeup is fully income. The makeup artist can remain an RNC employee and be deducted by the RNC as can they deduct supplying needed clothing to their candidate's running mate.

I still think some of the RNC members must be seething over one of her acessories, a red-white-blue scarf festooned with donkeys and worn at her recent rally in Reno, Nevada on October 21st. Picture/article at:
http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/stumper/archive/2008/10/21/in-which-sarah-palin-displays-the-latest-in-donkey-fashion.aspx

Posted by: Bad Buoy | October 22, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

GEE, "Give it a break", I wish I could afford to blow $500 on make-up. Sorry, gotta go, my CVS bag full of "paint" needs to be put away. Thanks.

Posted by: steph | October 22, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

But it's illegal to spend campaign funds on personal clothing!! Anyone read the campaign laws yet?

Posted by: victoria2dc | October 22, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

What about Lyin' Joe Biden's hairplugs? I betcha he put out a few bucks for that piece of work (I hope he still has the receipt!)
NoBama 08

Posted by: TJ | October 22, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

TJ...they can BUY whatever they want to. but with THEIR money. Not campaign funds. Joe Biden's bad plugs were undoubtedly purchased with Biden money, not contributions to the Democratic party. And since they didn't work...what's the point.

Posted by: S | October 22, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

victoria2dc - wake up and smell the coffee, dear. Laws and regulations only apply to Democrats (and maybe all those Republicans voting against their own economic best interests who can't afford fancy lawyers).

If you are Republican you can violate state ethics laws over abuse of power and have people defend you when you say you did nothing illegal. If you are Republican you can expose a whole anti-Iranian WMD section at the CIA and blame it on an agent's husband. If you are a Republican, answering subpoenas is optional. If you are a Republican you can illegally use private email for state/national business, then "lose" the emails, and people will defend you as the party of values.

I mean, using RNC money for campaign clothing in violation of federal law is just an "oops". If you get caught later, just say you will be giving the clothes to charity. No problem.

Tax oil companies in your state and mail the checks to the people, you're a hero. That's not spreading the wealth around. Try to tax the boss at even the same (much less higher) rate than his/her secretary, you're a socialist. Go figure.

Posted by: patriot16 | October 22, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

“The R.N.C. is not made up of campaign money,’’ said Mr. Gross. “It’s not subject to the same restrictions as campaign money. The R. N. C. cleverly used the party committee’s money to avoid the liability that would have occurred if campaigns funds were used. It’s a fine line, but it separates what is legal from what is not.”

From the NYT. ONce again, its not illegal, it just doesn't smell good. Anyone see a pattern here?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Repubs, just sign your tax refund over to Sarah Palin for cosmetics, clothes, kids trips, etc.

I'll keep mine.

Posted by: Mel | October 22, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh Mary Anne,
You are stho cutting edge with your Palin bashing reporting. Too bad you look like a complete Libtard in your doufass glasses.

Cut the bs you POS WAPO lowlife.
"The Politico report on Palin's $150,000 fashion makeover could raise more serious ethical and legal questions. The Federal Election Campaign Act prohibits the conversion of campaign funds to personal use."

Ok, and lets look at the $800K or more Obama has given Acorn to register the dead, fictional and re-register the homeless.

We see right through your libtard crap piece.

Posted by: apr65 | October 22, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

You know what's really obscene? Not just the $150K that's spent on Gov. Palin's outfits - it's the hundreds of millions in campaign spending by both parties that just seems to evaporate. Meanwhile we have disabled veterans returning from fighting our wars that could really use those spare millions of dollars that seem to be so easy to come by for our exalted leaders.

Posted by: Bill | October 22, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

The Governor's handlers might have spent a very small portion of this lucre on something practical, and more needed: a paperback copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

These are real page turners. I suggest the Governor peruse Constitution Article I, Section 3, to wit:

"The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided," which she clearly doesn't understand, along with the first amendment, to wit:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances;" and

the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, which expresses very clearly what the majority of Americans, who intend to take back the country, have a right to do:

"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

I don't give a hoot about the clothes, except for the hypocrisy angle. As an aside, I'm surprised no one at the RNC was smart enough to strong arm someone into donating the duds.

Posted by: VA_Lady2008 | October 22, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a Flake, Fake and a Fraud

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

To Lynn...

I do not believe I have heard anyone say that winkin'-blinkin' Sarah-Girl should purchase her clothes at Wal-Mart. However, I think that anyone who is the governor of Alaska should have some decent clothes, don't you. And by the way, the dress Michelle wore for her interview on The View cost $187.00 from White House/Black Market in case you care to purchase one.

Lynn, the report also stated that some of the monies were spent on clothing and accessories for the family. My question has to be...Don't people in Alaska wear clothes?

Heffelfinger

Posted by: Heffelfinger | October 22, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

You know, she probably justified the expense by noting that she'll need to dress the part when she's the one running the Senate.

I desperately hope "give it a break" is being satirical.

Posted by: Angela | October 22, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I used to represent Hair and Makeup Artists, Hairdressers and Wardrobe Stylists.

McCain's h/m artist is not as high-ranking in the industry and Palin's and thus would get paid less money. Palin's is most likely traveling with her, on-the-job 24-7 and someone of her stature in the industry might be able to command $1000/ day on photoshoots or at least $600/ day average ( and I'm low-balling). If she is repped by an agency, they take 20% at least of the artist's salary.

NOW - lets talk about the job she did. Meant to read from far away, that blush is a nightmare. I don't think her work is very good at all and I question her morals even taking the position.

Personally I don't know how anyone could be around that women for more than 5 seconds.

Was it right for the campaign to prioritize Palin's styling? Not in my opinion, no. But, they went all out in a desperate attempt to re-do her looks and completely missed the mark. Its an obvious one, people.

Vote Obama.

Posted by: In-the-Biz | October 22, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Are these our taxpayer dollars at work here? McCain's campaign is using federal money, unlike Obama's. Federal = us!!

She just spent on clothing in ONE MONTH what it takes a teacher THREE YEARS or more to earn!!

How do I get my tax money back? They need to auction these things, not throw them in a "charity bin."

I hope we will have a followup story after the election!

Posted by: Akamai1 | October 22, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"had to spend nearly $500 on new makeup to go with the new look. I suppose that yes, they could go to CVS and paint her with nasty crap,"

So I guess you're not aware that Lancome and L'Oreal are owned by the same company and that the products themselves are the same, it's the packaging and pricing that are different? Do you really think that department store makeup is made of some magical ingredients unavailable to manufacturer's of drugstore make up? There are essentially four companies that manufacture make up and all the major lines get their makeup from those four companies.

Have fun paying $18 for Juicy Tubes when you can get the same product for $8 at Target.

Posted by: professional make-up artist | October 22, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

thanks sarah! keep up the good work! we know ho's side you're really on!
wink!

Posted by: tom | October 22, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, as Marion Barry, former Mayor of DC once remarked about wife Effie's lavish clothes purchases at the taxpayer's expense, "Hey we all like to see our women look good". Here though, the timing is serious off.

Posted by: tom from bethesda | October 23, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

What goes around comes around! How dare one claim another 2 - B elite, when their eliteness abounds to no end? Explain to me why the average "Plumber Joe," making less than $250,00, would not want a tax cut? And tell me why Mc-man freely paints a gamut of negative images of his foe, when he crashed four jets prior to his heroic war-time incident? Someone let me know if my last reference is "Waldorph-like" fiction of fact!

Posted by: Hubba Jubba | October 23, 2008 3:17 AM | Report abuse

Isn't declaring Amy Strossi's work as "communications consulting", when in fact it's make-up artist, in an official government regulatory form some kind of fraudulent reporting?

Posted by: RFBorjal | October 23, 2008 4:29 AM | Report abuse

Umm, your statement is completely not true, at least in 2008, and I hope you never are hired to apply my make-up! Of course there are large multinational cosmetic giants out there, but there are also many, many independent labels these days, some foreign and only carried by luxury stores. I think that was the posters point. And really, ladies, the stuff you buy at Target, even LVMH owned Sephora can be junk, and if you could afford better you would. This is being put on your skin, and we're talking about someone on television more than Ann Curry, working 20 hour days, over 40.
So back to make-up artist, if you're idea of make-up includes "juicy tubes" (what year is this? 2002?), I recommend seeing what else is out there. Maybe stopping in a boutique store or *gasp* even Saks or Neimans.

Posted by: re: professional make-up artist | October 23, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Some of BO's expenses. This doesn't count the 800 grand to ACORN of course.

campaign expenses for polling/surveys/research

… a record $21,500,862 was spent. This is obscene.

Other costs:

Media Broadcast Media $160,446,232

Print Media $13,123,021

Internet Media $10,310,400 - payment to his hateful bloggers online and supporters such as Huffington Post, Daily Kos, etc.

Misc Media $3,775,760

We are talking about $187 million dollars for the media alone. This man is cheating and buying votes and the lunatic media is helping him. The cowardly press has the nerve to write about the $150,000 that the Rep party spent on Palin’s expenses.

Posted by: thejaner | October 23, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse


Field Dressed: Inside Sarah Palin's Excellent Shopping Adventure:
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/10/field-dressed.html

Posted by: janawalter87 | October 23, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

For those who have posted JUVENILE responses to this article calling Gov. Palin a "moose lady" or "bulwinkle" or any other ridiculous and disrespectful name because of who she is, I would like to THANK YOU. You have shown your true colors and of course your ignorance.
The fact that this is a story is utterly ridiculous but that it even matters is even more ridiculous. I don't see any WaPo stories about how much Obama spends on his clothes, his daughter's school fees, his home, his car. Oops, forgot, he's black we can't talk about that!!! PLEASE! I'm black, but most importantly I'm not an idiot. If Obama wasn't black we would be asking him hard questions and prying into his affairs. So obviously there's a DOUBLE STANDARD!
There are so many other issues that are of importance than Sarah Palin's clothes, whose purchase is completely legal and her own business anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GET A CLUE PEOPLE.

Posted by: informed5 | October 23, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse


Pudd'nhead Palin Tells Supporters 'Send Lawyers, Guns, Money, Hairgel, Lipstick And Facepowder'

Tell all your kids they shouldn't give up on trying to get into Harvard because it's not as easy as it looks being a GOP VP candidate. Pudd'nhead has to work on her gig harder than anyone knows, and all those years preping for cut-throat beauty pageants are finally paying dividends. In addition to spending hours getting her head filled with talkingpoints, folksy soundbites, and treacle, Pudd'nhead also has to put up with expensive (industrial-level) makeup sessions.

during the month of September, Pudd'nhead spent $13,200 on hairdos, lipstick and facepowder (that's an average of $440 per day; no idea how many hours that represents, nor how much for labor and how much for Bondo and other materials)

READ THE REST HERE: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/10/22/171959/23/677/639018

Posted by: anon2008 | October 23, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

will this service be donated to charity too?

Posted by: nagamas1 | October 23, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

to thejaner: Some of BO's expenses....
There is a difference in campaign expenses and personal expenses. The difference is integrity and ethics.
Joe the plumber who earns his money through his work and pay his taxes has integrity.
Sarah the politician who uses public money to pay for the travel of her family, jewelry and clothes through using loopholes in the law does not understand the meaning of integrity or ethics.
Michele Obama, being a law graduate from Harvard and practiced as a lawyer has got enough money to pay for her own clothes, as she is not involved in the campaigning - So does Cindy McCain, I may add.

Posted by: nagamas1 | October 24, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Joe the Unlicenced Plumber will give informercials on how to.....

Snake a toilet with a common garden hose
Remove a bathtub and install a shower
Install a Waterheater and piping
Remove trapped food from your dishwasher
Repair a septic tank
Replace a Kitchen Sink
Back-Siphion a drain
Replace a broken cistern
Redirect and repair a down pipe
Re-regulate your pressure system

...all ways to save we Americans from paying a $250,000 dollar a year plumber from coming to your house..

And did I mention that McCaint was going to give Joe Wurzelbacker the Unlicenced Plumber a tax credit for his commercials???

All you neo-con bloggers just can't get a break these days.

Their candidate lost the last and final presidential debate, receiving a sound thumping from Obama, but the embarrassment doesn't stop there.

It turns out the new right wing poster child is just another right wing faux controversy, as transparent as the rest of the lies they're telling these days.

Some interesting facts (which still need to be verified) about Joe the Plumber are starting to surface:

Joe the Plumber isn't registered to vote.

Joe the Plumber doesn't make $250,000. Not only will Joe the Plumber not see his taxes rise under the Obama tax plan, he'll get a tax cut.

Joe the Plumber's Dad is a big-time Republican donor.

Joe the Plumber isn't licensed. He says he doesn't need a license since he works for a residential plumbing contractor who is licensed.

So when Joe was talking this morning about the new jobs that he hopes come in a result of his new found celebrity status, he was talking about working without a license?

And Joe "freelances", as many tradespeople do, and perhaps even gets paid under the table.

Hmmmmmm...can anyone say "AUDIT"

Since he doesn't have a license, it doesn't sound like he's all that serious about establishing his own business.

McCaint in last night's debate: "Joe, you're rich, congratulations!" McCaint complains that Obama wants to raise the taxes for Joe the Plumber, but Joe the Plumber makes far less than the $250,000 that would put him in a higher tax bracket under the Obama plan.

Joe the Plumber will actually get a tax cut under Obama's plan.

............Priceless!

So you're not rich yet, Joe, but you'll be doing a lot better under Obama's tax plan than you will under McCaint's...

And Joe the Plumber won't be fined for Health Care as McCaint lied stated in that FINAL debate after all.

When McCaint was railing about how unfair Obama's tax plan was to "Joe the Plumber" it was just more Republican crapola.

What a surprise.

Thanks but no thanks to Joe and the lies that take America nowhere.....

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 24, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen...I can't even believe the asinine remarks from everyone up in arms about Sarah Palin's wardrobe and make-up...OF COURSE THIS NEEDS TO BE SPENT FOR A CAMPAIGN!! It's okay to use budget dollars to decorate a stadium or venue for a democratic or republican event, and it's not okay to use money to provide what is needed? You cannot expect someone running for 2nd most powerful office in the world (yes I said world), to have to have to rely on their own wardrobe...the reason Sarah Palin needed a new wardrobe is because she didn't have everything needed for this grueling campaign. If she had been an actress, she would have already had the specific clothing...

And everyone get off it in regard to blaming her! I can assure you that this was not a personal request, but rather a decision made before hand, that it would be a needed expense...

And people, would you want your leaders representing you in World Summits dressed in poorly made clothing? If the answer is Yes, then you have a poverty mentality. And a poverty mentality doesn't mean you are poor... it means you think poor...there are many people who survived the Great Depression...even alive today, and they have millions, however they live like paupers...because of a poverty mentality.

I'm not saying be stupid with money and throw it away, but these expenses for clothing, hair and make-up are absolutely valid and are not a big deal!

What's a big deal is Obama not proving he's a U.S. Citizen! It's Obama being friends with William Ayers, and sharing office space for several years. It's about Obama having a blatantly racist pastor for 20 years and endorsing that man through at least March 2008...and saying that man had a tremendous impact on his life. It's about Obama being the ONLY PERSON TO VOTE AGAINST GIVING BABIES WHO SURVIVED ABORTION THE RIGHT TO MEDICAL TREATMENT.

Can you people shake yourselves and get a big CLUE?!!

Posted by: Tammy888 | October 24, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

And by the way, let me clarify a remark I made above lest anyone try and take it out of context...

RE: Palin's wardrobe...the comparison I was trying to make was that Sarah Palin's focus in all of her work prior, has been her work! I'm sure she has very nice clothing on her own, but when you are talking about kicking it up, running for V.P. of the US, it's a different ballgame...

I wonder how much money was spent to decorate the venue in CO for Obama's DNC kick off? Is the value in the venue or the person?

No one would argue on spending finances to take care of what is needed for a venue...but the real value is not in the venue.

Sarah Palin is a gift to this country. and I thank God for her. She is pro-life and pro "One Nation Under God..."

Now...can we please get back to the real issues at hand and stop looking at ridiculous accusations???

Posted by: Tammy888 | October 24, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The want to be emperess Palin has no clothes so the Rich Republicans dress the Doll. She is hot, but hot is not what we need at this time of crisis.
She tries to come across as one of you and me, just regular folks by golly! Uses photo ops in Walmart to prove her point while spending more money on clothes etc than 90% of the people make in a year.
She is a puppet for the same group of people who have ruined this country in the last 8 years, the Right Wing of the Republican Party. Trickle down economics has failed and we are headed for a long deep depression or recession at best.
If you are better off now than before this current regime then vote for McSame and his clueless but hot running mate.

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

Now that Palin has her makeover, she can do a rap record with PUFF DADDY!

Posted by: vicbennettnet | October 24, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

First of all, so much was made when Michelle Obama appeared on “The View” in June in a black-and-white patterned dress. Turned out that dress sold for $148 at an off-the-rack store. (WOWEEE - I can afford that!)

But you underestimated Palin's traveling makeup artist expenses.

Amy Strozzi, "who was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup work on the television show So You Think You Can Dance, was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks of October alone. This make-up artist is reported to have been the highest paid person on McCain's campaign staff during the first half of October.

And let's not - hubby-Todd needed to be outfitted too - $4,902.45 spent on him at Atelier, a high-class shopping destination for men! Don't I just love the Palins!

Wonder how many Joe's and Jill's make $22,800 each month?

Posted by: dopera2004 | October 24, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Remember Palin was a beauty contest contestant not once but twice, so she needs expensive clothes and a travelling makeup artist because she's always "on". She is about as "real" as a barbie doll, a caribou barber.Tribguy

Posted by: tribguy | October 24, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

And to whom will Palin donate her make up?

Posted by: yellowbear | October 24, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

It is sad to see the massive feedback on a topic like make-up. YOU all should get into politics and change the life of the everyday Joe you all seem to want to represent. YOU need to get a life and start seeing things as they are and also start doing yourself the things you say others should do. We are one country voting for one candidate who will take care of ALL of us and we are stupid to not be think about OTHER things. Like backgrounds, whether you like them or not that's what you will be getting. Thinking about ethics and morals. Ask yourself would you want any of the nice people who do not have a job taking care of your foreign policy or mortgage problems? Well do you? Well have you thought of what you really want? Stop looking for the small stuff and get real.
The USA is one of the worst countries for a woman to be treated fairly and be in an elected office compared to other countries whose female elected officers wear very fancy clothes and also look good. All you jealous and macho beings need to roll up your sleeves and volunteer to serve your country.
It is sad to see with the comments here that college or none some people are so petty.
Good luck.

Posted by: march1 | October 24, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Boy, if I were a member of the Republican party and made a contribution from my meager, hard-earned $$$, I would be sore as hell about the profligate and frivolous way my party is using my money!!

When I first saw Palin's outfit at the convention and was told it was about $500, I just assumed that Cindy gave her a present. So naturally, when hearing about the shopping spree, I thought that Cindy was once again being sisterly and generous toward the younger Palin.

Too bad I was wrong. It would have been better all around if that was really the way it went down.

But then again, if they were doing things right they wouldn't be in this pickle in the first place.

Contrast that with Michelle Obama on Oprah's show, talking about her dress and stimulating sales as women sought to emulate her ... and could afford to do so.

Elitist is as elitist does.

Posted by: wide-eyed11 | October 24, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

From Oklahoma - I got a nice laugh about Sen. McCain's response to a question about the bills at Saks and Neiman's: "She needed clothes." Reminds me of something my husband says whenever I tell him I'd bought something new to wear: " Well, I guess you needed it."

Posted by: writer33 | October 24, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

NOW..may we have the total for the Obama campaign?? ENOUGH with stupid subjects and let get on with the real issues - maybe Obama's birth certificate? How about the facts on how Obama is close friends with terrorist? So sad when the headline is how much was spent on Palin's clothing or make-up....

Posted by: djmiller1 | October 25, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

This is a non-story in the sense that a woman candidate for public office is going to face different challenges than a man in the glare of a media centric campaign.

The issues of the candidates should be the basis for voting decisions, not how much a female candidate spends on her wardrobe or makeup.

Posted by: alicehaddow | October 25, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin is providing graet comedy for this election

http://www.ucubd.com/Index.aspx?id=776&cid=3164

Posted by: LAThinker | October 25, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Who do I have to know to get an interview for a job as a make-up artist?
And, Sarah is good looking. Why does she need a highly paid make-up artist? Is she actually Godzilla under that make-up?

Posted by: TEXDEM | October 26, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain picked Palin to appeal to his "base" - the supposed God-fearing, Joe six-pack, hockey mom base.

If she had the courage of her convictions and actually believed in her representation of the so-called small town pro-American public, she would have just said "NO" to the excessive wardrobe and other costs.

Posted by: Utahreb | October 27, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Even when Palin just says "no" she still takes the money, so little savings there! To be fair, we have not heard the explanation for the phenominal amount of money spent on one month's makeup....I expect the announcement to come any moment that all of the makeup will be donated to a charity after the campaign....or at least they will send pretty pictures of Sarah to poor people to enjoy.

Posted by: potrafka | October 27, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

If Palin had kept on wearing her Alaskan red fleece everybody would have called her frumpy. Now she's wearing the same sort of clothes a female manager would be wearing and people are sniping. Why not admit openly, folks, that you're measuring with 2 different yard sticks when it comes to the 2 campaigns?? As somebody said: We're all equal, only some of us are more equal than the others. Plus: Palin said she would have the clothes auctioned and donate the proceeds to charity. Doesn't that sound good enough?

Posted by: claudiapillar | October 27, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The Obama's are paying for their own clothes unlike Sarah Palin.

How can McCain and Palin say Obama is an ilitism? Look at the price of her clothes/makeup and the number of houses the McCains own?

McCain and Palin need to THINK prior to speaking.

Posted by: Lpharr | October 27, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I think critics of Michele Obama's wardrobe should remember that before she gave up her career to become Mrs. Obama, wife of presidential candidate, she was a high-powered, well-paid attorney expected to show up at work and other public events dressed in expensive, well-designed suits. I used to writhe in envy because my well-paid, big-firm friends were always flawlessly dressed and single mom, sole practitioner me shopped at consignment stores. Having said that- Palin's hair-do was horrible, her clothes were tacky and she needed to to something to look like a serious contender. I support Obama, but think this is a non-story that only shows that the Republicans don't know how to do achieve a quality look without overdoing it and foreseeing how the manner in which they do it will look and feel to an economically desperate electorate.

Posted by: jharders | October 27, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

"The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$540 billion: Annual U.S. Defense Budget."

Posted by: diana9 | October 29, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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