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Wag the Blog Redux: Palin's Shopping Spree

Earlier this week, the report by Politico's Jeanne Cummings that the Republican National Committee dished out $150,000 to clothe and provide makeup for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palinset off a barrage of media coverage.

In yesterday's Wag the Blog, we layed out two schools of thought on this highly circulated story: one that Palin, who has attacked Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as an elitist, may seem hypocritical to spend so much on clothing at places like Saks and Neiman-Marcus and the other that the story is titillating and great fodder for the late night talk shows but ultimately irrelevant to the election.

We asked the Fix Community to weigh in on whether the story of Palin's shopping spree deserved such media attention or if the story was merely a distraction from more pressing issues at stake this election cycle?

Here's how at least a few of you responded as culled by post.com politics producer Sarah Lovenheim:

Story = Fair Media Fodder
"...If she's so wonderful why does she need her image improved? She represents herself as the great hockey mom; well hockey moms don't take $23,000 to have their hair and makeup done. I would be really "pissed" right now if I had donated money to McCain or the RNC so that Sarah can have a new lipstick color. The only difference between and pit bull and a hockey mom--$180,000..." --dklloyd

"The reason Palin's shopping is relevant to election issues is that her spree is part of a PATTERN in her behavior that is disturbing, namely that it is part of the process in her search for power -- personal ambition is the fuel, not ambition FOR the nation....If a new wardrobe can get her to the presidency (yes, an expressed vow back when she was mayor!), then a new wardrobe it is." -- bweyand1

"I do think this a legitimate issue and is not "fluff". The way I see it, $150,000 is a lot of money for clothing, makeup and whatnot (I haven't spent that much for my wardrobe in my entire lifetime, and I'm an over-50 professional who wears a tie). Here's the deal: the campaign decided that Mrs. Palin's appearance was more important than her knowing about the basic responsibilities of the Vice President..." SomeGuy

"...In a world where Joe (six-pack, the plumber, American) wants a President he can relate to, spending $150,000 on clothes puts a major hole in the everyday, hockey mom persona that Sarah Palin has tried to cultivate. It will almost certainly have repercussions for McCain on Election Day." --ManUnitdFan

Stop the Presses!

"I'm a retired journalist and registered independent. If the 'story' included how, at least, Joe Biden shopped and styled, or, even better, how the presidential candidates (between whom, after all, we are choosing, not Veep candidates), shopped and styled, and placed some perspective on it then the 'story' would hold relevance. As it stands, the 'story' is immaterial (nice pun) to the presidential campaign, and another cheap shot at Palin. " -- retrojournalist

"Clearly this is mostly just fluff, but listening to the McCain/Palin campaign and all the Repubs that defend this, after their spending so much time on "issues" like haircuts and such for the past 20 years, well I actually feel a little sorry for them... Over time maybe they will actually once again return to real issues, maybe 10 to 20 years from now?"
--melchior1

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I found away to make shopping like Palin affordable. http://www.mindbites.com/lesson/668-how-to-dress-like-sarah-palin

Posted by: chelseabites | October 28, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

thecannula-

Thanks for the opportunity to discuss our differing positions.

Rooster54-
Sorry, I was at work.
You have a problem with Jack Welch. I see him as a money magnet: wherever he goes, money follows. He pulled GE out of Rhode Island and thousands of middle class workers lost their jobs and are still suffering. So, the officials of Rhode Island are reconsidering their 9% state corporate tax rate- what do you think they should do? Isn't it the same thing WE should do on Nov 4th? Let's cut US corporate tax rates so Jack's successors running multinational corporations don't see the US the way Jack saw Rhode Island...But Rooster, It's Not Personal- It's Just Business...

Obama is now on tape from 2001 confirming that he wants to redistribute wealth and change the supreme court to assist in this task-

John Mccain wants to keep business in America by cutting corporate taxes-

Socialism (Redistributive economy) has failed EVERYWHERE it's been tried- according to the World Health Org., countries with the highest rate of suicide are all socialist- take away incentive and employment goes down, suicide goes up- is that the country for which you will vote?


(Zogby Rasmusson and Gallup (traditional)
all down to 5, IBD- 4....America is waking up to Obama's Redistributive Socialism- national polls first, the states will follow)

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

150K for making her look better? That's a whole lotta lipstick for one pig!

Posted by: spargel | October 27, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

150K for making her look better? That's a whole lotta lipstick for one pig!

Posted by: spargel | October 27, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

150K for making her look better? That's a whole lotta lipstick for one pig!

Posted by: spargel | October 27, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Addressing the controversy on the campaign trail in Florida Sunday, Palin told a crowd she's "back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska."

That shop is called "Out of the Closet" and its owner, Ellen Arvold, told Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen Monday that Palin's been wearing similar outfits on the stump to what she buys at the shop.

Palin "started shopping here while she was running for governor, so it's been about three years," Arvold said.

"She shops for herself mostly," Arvold continued, "but she often brings her daughters with her, and they will pick out some things for themselves. She likes jackets. She buys kind of classic, feminine, fitted jackets. She likes leather jackets. Her girls have bought jeans here and also some jackets and knit tops."

Prices in "Out of the Closet" vary widely, Arvold said, "from a knit top for $16 to a handbag for $800, but our prices are generally very reasonable. I would say a normal price for a jacket would be between $40 and $100."

DONT SEE THIS HEADLINE ON LIBERAL WASH POST

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 27, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Addressing the controversy on the campaign trail in Florida Sunday, Palin told a crowd she's "back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska."

That shop is called "Out of the Closet" and its owner, Ellen Arvold, told Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen Monday that Palin's been wearing similar outfits on the stump to what she buys at the shop.

Palin "started shopping here while she was running for governor, so it's been about three years," Arvold said.

"She shops for herself mostly," Arvold continued, "but she often brings her daughters with her, and they will pick out some things for themselves. She likes jackets. She buys kind of classic, feminine, fitted jackets. She likes leather jackets. Her girls have bought jeans here and also some jackets and knit tops."

Prices in "Out of the Closet" vary widely, Arvold said, "from a knit top for $16 to a handbag for $800, but our prices are generally very reasonable. I would say a normal price for a jacket would be between $40 and $100."

DONT SEE THIS HEADLINE ON LIBERAL WASH POST

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 27, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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Old Tape of Obama Revealing His Real Thinking:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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Let's all review how this year, not decades ago. OBAMA REFUSED TO DISAVOW Rev. Wright and his BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY TEACHINGS.


What is worse is that Obama exposed his children to the HATE OF BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY FOR YEARS.


EXPOSED HIS CHILDREN TO THAT RACIST HATE UNTIL IT BECAME POLITICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR OBAMA TO CONTINUE TO BRING HIS CHILDREN TO THE RACIST CHURCH !


IF A WHITE candidate had a similar church, the Washignton Post would be railing against that candidate.


The bias is great, the racism is unbelievable. The media has given Obama so many passes.


Then they have to go and get some FALSE CHARGES FROM DECADES AGO.


Investigate Obama and his democratic friends in Chicago.


Investigate his friend REZKO who has been indicted and whose story much of America does not know.


Investigate all the connections between Michele Obama and Farrakhan.


BE SERIOUS MEDIA.


YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING DRINKING THE KOOL-AID OF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN TALKING POINTS AS IF IT WERE TRUTH.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's just the Hypocrisy of it all that makes it Newsworthy...

Biden and Obama don't claim to be "regular guys" who wear flannel and jeans and work boots...

Palin does.

And she's not.

She's a Hypocrite, but anyone with 2 working brain cells could tell she's the one that's all Fluff from the beginning.

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | October 27, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

When the GOP Spokeswoman said that when the campaign was over the clothes would be donated to charity,... I can just see those old leacherous men fighting each other to bid on Sarha's unmentionables. Kinda think they might evan turn a profit on the rags. Noticed she's wearing blue jeens this weekend while campaigning.

Posted by: tniederberger | October 27, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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Let's all review how this year, not decades ago. OBAMA REFUSED TO DISAVOW Rev. Wright and his BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY TEACHINGS.


What is worse is that Obama exposed his children to the HATE OF BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY FOR YEARS.


EXPOSED HIS CHILDREN TO THAT RACIST HATE UNTIL IT BECAME POLITICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR OBAMA TO CONTINUE TO BRING HIS CHILDREN TO THE RACIST CHURCH !


IF A WHITE candidate had a similar church, the Washignton Post would be railing against that candidate.


The bias is great, the racism is unbelievable. The media has given Obama so many passes.


Then they have to go and get some FALSE CHARGES FROM DECADES AGO.


Investigate Obama and his democratic friends in Chicago.


Investigate his friend REZKO who has been indicted and whose story much of America does not know.


Investigate all the connections between Michele Obama and Farrakhan.


BE SERIOUS MEDIA.


YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING DRINKING THE KOOL-AID OF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN TALKING POINTS AS IF IT WERE TRUTH.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Hussien Obama’s trips to Hawaii on a chartered Boeing 757 each cost more than twice the price of Sarah Palin’s new clothes. $400,000.
Brad Blakeman, who was in charge of scheduling for President Bush, says a Boeing 757 costs about $20,000 an hour for fuel, crew, and maintenance. Since a trip to Hawaii entails 10 hours of flying time from Chicago, the total cost for each round-trip comes to about $400,000.
http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/obama_hawaii_plane/2008/10/26/144260.html

Posted by: nsabetus | October 27, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Listen up ignorant children. Reverend Wright was a marine who nursed President Johnson to health and was kicked in the face for his efforts.

He did not spew out hate you morons, he was citing Ambassador Peck - a nice white chap.

You should have taken the time to watch the whole sermon because it was a beautiful and moving sermon, not a hate rant as portrayed in the MSM for whatever reason.

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

McSame's gamble on Palin has lost him a bundle. The ideal of a "Palin" on the ticket could have help McCain solidified the Republican base and the conservative intellectual academia without alienating independents.

Unfortunately, Sarah Palin is not the "Palin presence" McCain needed. Palin is going "rogue" because Palin has the potential to be in politics (possibly national) for the next 30 years as opposed to McCain who probably has only 4 years more, TOPS!

Not only has the wheels come off McCain's "Straight-Talk Express" but the steering wheel has locked up!

Obama/Biden in 2008!

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 27, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

lennyjazz says

“In the meanwhile, we have McCain and Obama both agreeing that Iran is evil, that we have to intensify the war in Afghanistan, that we have a right to do whatever we want in Pakistan with or without the permission of the government, that health care for all Americans will remain a jungle, that the Patriot Act is just fine...”

I guess lennyjazz can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, so such congnative ability is confusing to him/her. Pitty.

Posted by: ddesousa | October 27, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Here's an idea: spend the $150K on educating her on the issues instead.

Posted by: distance88 | October 27, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps we would have more respect for her if she had just said "No" to the fancy duds and hairstyles and makeup.

Looks like she was a "wanna be Cindy" instead.

Posted by: Utahreb | October 27, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I can just see the picture. McCain hears someone say, "Sarah looks a little Alaskan in her outfits, and she needs every advantage she can get and new clothes will help.

McCain, being a hands-on kind of guy, decides to ask a very stylish woman he knows (his wife) about getting Sarah some new duds.

"Happy to help", she says, and off she and some of her friends go shopping to get the glad rags for Mrs. Palin.

Senator McCain didn't have a clue the clothes were styled and priced over the norm, because to him this was the norm. Ah, to be so out of touch....

Only an exceedingly rich woman would spend that much money on so few clothes no matter who the clothes were intended for.

Then I hear, "give away to charity". Wow, somewhere some street people are going to be the best dressed citizens in America.

Posted by: whitedone | October 27, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I can just see the picture. McCain hears someone say, "Sarah looks a little Alaskan in her outfits, and she needs every advantage she can get amd new clothes will help.

McCain, being a hands-on kind of guy, decides to ask a very stylish woman he knows (his wife) about getting Sarah some new duds.

"Happy to help", she says, and off she and some of her friends go shopping to get the glad rags for Mrs. Palin.

Senator McCain didn't have a clue the clothes were styled and priced over the norm, because to him this was the norm. Ah, to be so out of touch....

Only an exceedingly rich woman would spend that much money on so few clothes no matter who the clothes were intended for.

Then I hear, "give away to charity". Wow, somewhere some street people are going to be the best dressed citizens in America.

Posted by: whitedone | October 27, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

The issue is hypocrisy, not sexism, nor any other ism. The Republicans have elevated Sara Palin to the VP candidacy because she is supposed to represent the little people, the "real" America. Then the RNC goes out and spends $150,000 for Caribou Barbie's clothes at a time when people's livlihood and residences are at stake, and they wonder why people get upset.

Posted by: brenthopkins | October 27, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Love it when the repugs are so eager to show their unhinged hypocritical a$$es. It's downright comical to watch them feverishly defend Palin over what they EXCORIATED a dem for a tiny fraction of.

Posted by: ccatmoon | October 27, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Where this matters is the sexism blatant in the Republican party which thinks Palin's wardrobe and the wardrobe of her family was not adequate for the national stage. I suppose some handler in the background thought she did not have the right look to be on stage with the Ice Queen.

Reportedly, the Democrats have not bought clothing for Michele Obama, in fact many in the media have made fun of her personal style; Senators Obama and Biden both wear their own clothing and I'm sure Senator Biden paid for his plugs many many years ago. Not paid for by or for this campaign.

Posted by: billtemple | October 27, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

150,000 dollars is a drop in the bucket.
How much does it cost for those dumb ads broadcast on TV during primo events like the Playoffs?

How much do Obama's suits cost?

Who gives a ---t?

This is all about Palin. Her views are not far from what most everyone, democrat and republican, have been saying for years.
Attacks on her statements have run out of gas, so now they go after her wardrobe.

In the meanwhile, we have McCain and Obama both agreeing that Iran is evil, that we have to intensify the war in Afghanistan, that we have a right to do whatever we want in Pakistan with or without the permission of the government, that health care for all Americans will remain a jungle, that the Patriot Act is just fine...

No.

Let's talk about Palin's hair.

What a country.

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

The issue is NOT sexism; the issue is the profligate use of other people's money. The amount is jaw-dropping, but if the money was Palin's own, this story would be nothing but a footnote. (As it was with McCain's shoes and Cindy's convention outfit.) But this gross waste of contributor's money, especially when Republican Congressional candidates are begging for more money for their campaigns, makes you wonder once again what kind of caretakers these guys are with money not their own. And it reinforces the narrative of late that the Republicans just waste taxpayers' money to bail out the rich -- the reverse trickle-down. The little guys' money spent on baubles for a gal who can afford her own clothes (since Palin's net worth is a couple mil).

Considering the current economic climate, in which we little people are dealing with the profligate orgies of the better off, people really aren't happy with this story. She is one of THEM, not one of US.

Posted by: Pupster | October 27, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I guess the issue is "who pays for it".

If the RNC paid for it, it is up to contributors to complain if they don't like the way their funds are being spent. Personally, I prefer Palin's attire to Robot telephone calls.

But the issue really is, once again, sexism.

No big hoopla over Biden's hair plugs...

And you know those suits that Obama models for GQ are not from the Salvation Army.

Once again, I scream to the complacent idiots in the press:
WE ARE AT WAR IN IRAQ FOR NO REASON AND OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE DYING.

My contempt for the current state of the fourth estate knows no bounds.

Posted by: lennyjazz | October 27, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Which charity will be the beneficiary of Gov. Palin's disposition of the campaign clothing?

Posted by: MoreAndBetterPolls | October 27, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I guess the issue is "who pays for it".

If the RNC paid for it, it is up to contributors to complain if they don't like the way their funds are being spent. Personally, I prefer Palin's attire to Robot telephone calls.

But the issue really is, once again, sexism.

No big hoopla over Biden's hair plugs...

And you know those suits that Obama models for GQ are not from the Salvation Army.

Once again, I scream to the complacent idiots in the press:
WE ARE AT WAR IN IRAQ FOR NO REASON AND OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE DYING.

My contempt for the current state of the fourth estate knows no bounds.

Posted by: lennyjazz | October 27, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I guess the issue is "who pays for it".

If the RNC paid for it, it is up to contributors to complain if they don't like the way their funds are being spent. Personally, I prefer Palin's attire to Robot telephone calls.

But the issue really is, once again, sexism.

No big hoopla over Biden's hair plugs...

And you know those suits that Obama models for GQ are not from the Salvation Army.

Once again, I scream to the complacent idiots in the press:
WE ARE AT WAR IN IRAQ FOR NO REASON AND OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE DYING.

My contempt for the current state of the fourth estate knows no bounds.

Posted by: lennyjazz | October 27, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Lowering business taxes leads to job creation. Riiight. Lowering business taxes leads to more greed. Companies already enjoy hugh tax breaks and still ship their production overseas for cheaper labor so that they can hold on to hugh profits.

Posted by: republicrat | October 27, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Lowering business taxes leads to job creation. Riiight. Lowering business taxes leads to more greed. Companies already enjoy hugh tax breaks and still ship teir production overseas for cheaper labor so that they can hold on to hugh profits.

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

Chris, Rhode Island's a blue state, but after reading the NY Times yesterday, I can't understand why? Higher corporate taxes have nearly driven all large employers from their borders.

Both Jack Welch and I are supporting McCain and we feel the most important articles in the NY Times yesterday were the lead article on Increasing Unemployment/Corporate Layoffs in the United States and the follow up article on the Job Disaster in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is suffering with 8.8% unemployment and, not coincidentally, is the state ranked 50th for business tax treatment by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Neighboring Massachusetts is ranked 34th, with 6.1% unemployment. Two states with no state corporate tax, South Dakota and Wyoming , have 2.8 and 3.0% unemployment. The conclusion of the NYT article is that State officials in RI are rethinking and planning to alter their business tax policy. Do you think this article has implications in the coming election? Jack and I do!
Jack said so on This Week with George Stephanopoulos this morning. He said that he moved GE out of RI because of their state corporate taxes! Do you think we should increase or decrease corporate taxes in the current recession (hint-Herbert Hoover increased them)?

Why would anyone vote for a candidate who wants to turn all 50 states into Rhode Island?

Lowering business taxes leads to JOB creation...$900 is a cheap price to pay for a job (Obama wants to give the middle class a $1200 annual tax cut and McCain wants to give them a $300 cut). Just ask the people of Rhode Island.

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

For myself it is not as much offensive to spend so much in such short period (Palin probably didnt make the descision where to shop and I understand there are people who shop that way)....but the absolute lack of a political antenna by many many people in the loop...the RNC, the campaign, the consultants and lastly the candidate herself. I mean she must have had to know that those were pricey duds and should have asked "My, how much does this all cost?". If these people cannot gauge the sensibility connection between their message and their action (thats politics 101) I dont want these people running the country. Enuff is enuff...the buck stops somewhere.

Posted by: mendonsa | October 27, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Palin is now saying she doesn't own the clothes. That is very similar to Ted Steven's defense of he doesn't own the furniture in his house. These were not gifts they were just lent and will be given back or given to charity at a later date. Right. Is there something in the water in Alaska?

And given the month long frenzy and running joke over John Edward's haircut, I would say this is fair game. Stupid that this of all things causes outrage (troopergate abuse of power, charging victims for rape kits etc.) but still I don't mind having the lipstick wiped off of the very unappealing politician.

Posted by: jswallow | October 27, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse


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The democrats really are not elitist - I agree with their denials because the democrats are more like elitst-wanna-bes.

Wanna-bees.


The democrats will never measure up to the truly elite. So in order to vent their anger at not being able to measure up the democrats have developed an arrogance and attitude which is pathetic.


Then every once in a while you hear Obama making the Small Town America comment or the Murtha stuff below which just proves the whole case.

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The democrats are really arrogant and condescending - Obama looks down on Small Town America and now Murtha has shown his true colors:


Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) is in an unexpectedly tight race for an 18th term after effectively calling the constituents of his southwestern Pennsylvania district racists and rednecks.

Earlier this month, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial board that “there’s no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area” in response to a question about Barack Obama’s prospects in his district. A week after apologizing, he told a local Pittsburgh TV station that “this whole area, years ago, was really redneck.”


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

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The democrats are really arrogant and condescending - Obama looks down on Small Town American and now Murtha has shown his true colors:

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) is in an unexpectedly tight race for an 18th term after effectively calling the constituents of his southwestern Pennsylvania district racists and rednecks.

Earlier this month, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial board that “there’s no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area” in response to a question about Barack Obama’s prospects in his district. A week after apologizing, he told a local Pittsburgh TV station that “this whole area, years ago, was really redneck.”

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 5:40 AM | Report abuse

Chris If you do not know who Dorothy Tilman is if Obama is elected you will.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 4:07 AM | Report abuse


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What America Faces Is Control By Two Spoiled Brats

The rich are of two groups - 1) Conservatives who believe in low taxes and capitalism 2) spoiled children of the rich who have not worked for their money who are ultra-liberal and somehow believe the answer is in government programs giving minorities everything just like their daddy gave them everything and thus became spoiled.



My theory is this: Obama and his wife are like the 2.0 version of the second group - the spoiled rich children have created affirmative action so now we have spoiled bratty children of affirmative action. Obama and his wife do not APPRECIATE what the affirmative action programs have given them - Obama refused to be a lawyer - Obama and his wife appear to have a chip on their shoulders - THEY APPEAR TO ADHERE TO THE THINKING OF DOROTHY TILMAN MORE THAN THE US CONSTITUTION.


Someone had to sacrifice to get the spoiled adults the money which they do not appreciate - and their ultra-liberal arrogance is based on not merit but being spoiled. Bratty kids come from this mess - bratty kids who cheat and lie to get what they want -


That is what we have here - two spoiled brats who believe that they DESERVE compensation for slavery and the jim crow era - Not that they were victims of those eras however they believe they deserve compensation for the pain of other generations.


What has already been handed to them with affirmative action Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Micheles's $300,000 a year job MEANS NOTHING. THIS IS A JOKE.



What America Faces Is Control By Two Spoiled Brats


If you think the economy is bad now WAIT for these two spoiled brats to wreck it further with higher taxes, higher capital gains and massive government programs which will lead to STAGFLATION which will erode your savings and ruin your retirement plans and savings.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 3:42 AM | Report abuse

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Let's all review how this year, not decades ago. OBAMA REFUSED TO DISAVOW Rev. Wright and his BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY TEACHINGS.


What is worse is that Obama exposed his children to the HATE OF BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY FOR YEARS.


EXPOSED HIS CHILDREN TO THAT RACIST HATE UNTIL IT BECAME POLITICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR OBAMA TO CONTINUE TO BRING HIS CHILDREN TO THE RACIST CHURCH !


IF A WHITE candidate had a similar church, the Washignton Post would be railing against that candidate.


The bias is great, the racism is unbelievable. The media has given Obama so many passes.


Then they have to go and get some FALSE CHARGES FROM DECADES AGO.


Investigate Obama and his democratic friends in Chicago.


Investigate his friend REZKO who has been indicted and whose story much of America does not know.


Investigate all the connections between Michele Obama and Farrakhan.


BE SERIOUS MEDIA.


YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING DRINKING THE KOOL-AID OF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN TALKING POINTS AS IF IT WERE TRUTH.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 2:47 AM | Report abuse

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Let's all review how this year, not decades ago. OBAMA REFUSED TO DISAVOW Rev. Wright and his BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY TEACHINGS.


What is worse is that Obama exposed his children to the HATE OF BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY FOR YEARS.


EXPOSED HIS CHILDREN TO THAT RACIST HATE UNTIL IT BECAME POLITICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR OBAMA TO CONTINUE TO BRING HIS CHILDREN TO THE RACIST CHURCH !


IF A WHITE candidate had a similar church, the Washignton Post would be railing against that candidate.


The bias is great, the racism is unbelievable. The media has given Obama so many passes.


Then they have to go and get some FALSE CHARGES FROM DECADES AGO.


Investigate Obama and his democratic friends in Chicago.


Investigate his friend REZKO who has been indicted and whose story much of America does not know.


Investigate all the connections between Michele Obama and Farrakhan.


BE SERIOUS MEDIA.


YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING DRINKING THE KOOL-AID OF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN TALKING POINTS AS IF IT WERE TRUTH.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Reading all of these comments actually worries me a lot more than who is going to be our next President!! What I'd like to see: people who have a political conversation--not an attack with name calling and other offensiveness. Come on folks, tell us what you think, why you think it and don't make it so personal.

Posted by: slpattee | October 27, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it is important to discuss Palin's clothes and its cost. I think that it is more important to discuss the intellectual level of this beautiful woman. We need an intelligent person who can make tough decision when the urgent time comes. Palin is not up to that. McCain is just too old to have a clear mind to do that. I know many old folks. They are kind and loving but they quite ofen behave like little kids. They are also quite forgetful. McCain is 72 years old. I don't trust to have him be my preisent.

Posted by: sauyinzhi | October 27, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

While I have had utter disdain for Sarah Palin since her speech at the RNC, I have admired her clothing, choice of lipstick and hair style. Women face more scrutiny of their appearance than men, whether it be in business or politics or any other area. Therefore, they need to spend more time and money on their appearance. However, $150,000 is a lot, especially if it isn't your own money, might be tax payer money and might be money that could help Republican candidates in tough races. It is newsworthy because Sarah Palin has made herself out to be your average working class mom. She could've spent a lot less and looked just as good with her naturally attractive features and svelte figure. I am an investment banker and fashionista living in Manhattan who shocked to hear that Saks is considered a high end retailer. In my world, Barney's is a high end retailer. However, even with shopping trips to Milan and Paris, I haven't spent that much money in one year on clothes. That tab has to include diamonds and a high end watch or a shopping trip to Dubai. I think what the money was spent on needs to be scrutinized more.

Posted by: silk3 | October 27, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

If the Democratic Party--contolled MSM were to investigate and report on Barack Obama one-tenth of what they do on Sarah Palin, this election would be over with McCain our next president. It's amazing that Obama has the massive support he has with white voters and patriotic Americans when you consiter that Barack Obama's entire adult life has been spent with nothing but America--haters and racist white--haters. His entire early adult life was spent with Socialists, Communists, and militant black liberationists. He then joins a religious cult--laughably called a 'church' (Trinity UFC)--that taught and promoted racial hatred against white people and hatred for our country. He then stays with this vile racist white--hating and America--hating 'church' for over 20 years. This 'church' Trinity has ties and is closely assocciated with Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam that is one of the most vile racist anti--white, anti--Semetic, and anti--America religions in America today with ties to Mid East terrorist groups like Hamas, Iran's Revolutionary Guard, and other similar America--hating terrorist groups that want to destroy us and all of the Western cultures. Barack Obama is not only a member of these vile cults for more than 20 years, but all his friends, business associates, and political allies during all those years are white--haters and America--haters like Jermiah Wright Jr., Michael Pfleger, Louis Farrakhan, and other cretins. He then also schmoozes around with America--hating terrorists Bill Ayres and Bernadine Dohrn, who he funnels taxpayer money to for their pet projects after he gets elected to the state senate. One would have to be pretty dumb to support someone with a history like that, but for some reason that I can't fathom why, people who all call themselves Americans also support Barack Obama and intend to vote for him. Good grief, you might as well vote for Louis Farrakhan for president. Lip--service Americans all!

Posted by: armpeg | October 27, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

While I have had utter disdain for Sarah Palin since her speech at the RNC, I have admired her clothing, choice of lipstick and hair style. Women face more scrutiny of their appearance than men, whether it be in business or politics or any other area. Therefore, they need to spend more time and money on their appearance. However, $150,000 is a lot, especially if it isn't your own money, might be tax payer money and might be money that could help Republican candidates in tough races. It is newsworthy because Sarah Palin has made herself out to be your average working class mom. She could've spent a lot less and looked just as good with her naturally attractive features and svelte figure. I am an investment banker and fashionista living in Manhattan who shocked to hear that Saks is considered a high end retailer. In my world, Barney's is a high end retailer. However, even with shopping trips to Milan and Paris, I haven't spent that much money in one year on clothes. That tab has to include diamonds and a high end watch or a shopping trip to Dubai. I think what the money was spent on needs to be scrutinized more.

Posted by: silk3 | October 27, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

If the Democratic Party--contolled MSM were to investigate and report on Barack Obama one-tenth of what they do on Sarah Palin, this election would be over with McCain our next president. It's amazing that Obama has the massive support he has with white voters and patriotic Americans when you consiter that Barack Obama's entire adult life has been spent with nothing but America--haters and racist white--haters. His entire early adult life was spent with Socialists, Communists, and militant black liberationists. He then joins a religious cult--laughably called a 'church' (Trinity UFC)--that taught and promoted racial hatred against white people and hatred for our country. He then stays with this vile racist white--hating and America--hating 'church' for over 20 years. This 'church' Trinity has ties and is closely assocciated with Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam that is one of the most vile racist anti--white, anti--Semetic, and anti--America religions in America today with ties to Mid East terrorist groups like Hamas, Iran's Revolutionary Guard, and other similar America--hating terrorist groups that want to destroy us and all of the Western cultures. Barack Obama is not only a member of these vile cults for more than 20 years, but all his friends, business associates, and political allies during all those years are white--haters and America--haters like Jermiah Wright Jr., Michael Pfleger, Louis Farrakhan, and other cretins. He then also schmoozes around with America--hating terrorists Bill Ayres and Bernadine Dohrn, who he funnels taxpayer money to for their pet projects after he gets elected to the state senate. One would have to be pretty dumb to support someone with a history like that, but for some reason that I can't fathom why, people who all call themselves Americans also support Barack Obama and intend to vote for him. Good grief, you might as well vote for Louis Farrakhan for president. Lip--service Americans all!

Posted by: armpeg | October 27, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Laughing Out Loud!

Nice un-biased list of responsed there Chris~

I noticed you cited the person who cherry-picked them too.

Palin Power!

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 27, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

If the Democratic Party--contolled MSM were to investigate and report on Barack Obama one-tenth of what they do on Sarah Palin, this election would be over with McCain our next president. It's amazing that Obama has the massive support he has with white voters and patriotic Americans when you consiter that Barack Obama's entire adult life has been spent with nothing but America--haters and racist white--haters. His entire early adult life was spent with Socialists, Communists, and militant black liberationists. He then joins a religious cult--laughably called a 'church' (Trinity UFC)--that taught and promoted racial hatred against white people and hatred for our country. He then stays with this vile racist white--hating and America--hating 'church' for over 20 years. This 'church' Trinity has ties and is closely assocciated with Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam that is one of the most vile racist anti--white, anti--Semetic, and anti--America religions in America today with ties to Mid East terrorist groups like Hamas, Iran's Revolutionary Guard, and other similar America--hating terrorist groups that want to destroy us and all of the Western cultures. Barack Obama is not only a member of these vile cults for more than 20 years, but all his friends, business associates, and political allies during all those years are white--haters and America--haters like Jermiah Wright Jr., Michael Pfleger, Louis Farrakhan, and other cretins. He then also schmoozes around with America--hating terrorists Bill Ayres and Bernadine Dohrn, who he funnels taxpayer money to for their pet projects after he gets elected to the state senate. One would have to be pretty dumb to support someone with a history like that, but for some reason that I can't fathom why, people who all call themselves Americans also support Barack Obama and intend to vote for him. Good grief, you might as well vote for Louis Farrakhan for president. Lip--service Americans all!

Posted by: armpeg | October 27, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Laughing Out Loud!

Nice un-biased list of responsed there Chris~

I noticed you cited the person who cherry-picked them too.

Palin Power!

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 27, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 26, 2008 1:42 PM
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Name one issue or policy where you prefer McCain over Obama.

Posted by: multiplepov | October 26, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I dont care what they spend on Palins clothes. I care very much that she appears to be a poorly educated, intellectually incurious, rigid, shallow woman.

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 26, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

"I'm a retired journalist and registered independent. If the 'story' included how, at least, Joe Biden shopped and styled, [etc.]...then the 'story' would hold relevance. As it stands, the 'story' is ... another cheap shot at Palin. "

This retired journalist didn't bother to read any of the many stories that pointed out that none of the other candidates had their campaign/party clothe them. As a woman, the reaction to this story that riles me the most is the cry, "Sexist!" It's so decidedly not. What's sexist is the implication by Palin's defenders that using donor money to indulge this shop-'til-you-drop ethic on behalf of a female candidate is okay whle the same camp raged against Edward spending his own money on a $400 haircut. That Palin's handlers were more concerned about her appearance than what was in her head (like, uh, maybe asking her to study the short passage in the Constitution that describes the role of the V.P.)--and that she went along with it--is what is truly sexist. Does the RNC still have questions about why polls show that Palin's appeal is *lower* to women voters than it is to men?

Posted by: multiplepov | October 26, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Both Jack Welch and I are supporting John McCain and we feel the most important articles in the NY Times today were the lead article on Increasing Corporate Layoffs in the United States and the follow up article on the Job Disaster in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is suffering with 8.8% unemployment and, not coincidentally, is the state ranked 50th for business tax treatment by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Neighboring Massachusetts is ranked 34th, with 6.1% unemployment. Two states with no state corporate tax, South Dakota and Wyoming , have 2.8 and 3.0% unemployment. The conclusion of the NYT article is that State officials in RI are rethinking and planning to alter their business tax policy. Do you think this article has implications in the coming election? Jack and I do!
Jack said so on This Week with George Stephanopoulos this morning. He said that he moved GE out of RI because of their state corporate taxes! Do you think we should increase or decrease corporate taxes in the current recession (hint-Herbert Hoover increased them)?

A job is worth more than $900...true?...yet THAT is the difference between Obama's proposed $1200 tax break to the middle class and McCain's $300 tax break to the middle class. Cutting business taxes makes our country more attractive to large business, which can move anywhere, AND more conducive to small business hiring...a win-win...I'm sure those in Rhode Island would gladly take $900 less in direct tax cuts for a job!

Posted by: thecannula | October 26, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse
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Nothing now really matters now the election is too close. Like less then 1% of the country are political junkies and keeps up with the day to day stuff. Those cable news shows get the ratings of morning cartoon shows. No one hears any of that stuff. The voting public have made up their minds at this point and all that other stuff is way under most voters radar.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 26, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

A couple of things. I met Matt Damon today he is a big Obama supporter and was in south Florida today.
Also intrade has Obama up an amazing 76 points. and http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/ has Mccain with a 3.3% chance of winning now. It is all coming together and will be over soon.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 26, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Both Jack Welch and I are supporting John McCain and we feel the most important articles in the NY Times today were the lead article on Increasing Corporate Layoffs in the United States and the follow up article on the Job Disaster in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is suffering with 8.8% unemployment and, not coincidentally, is the state ranked 50th for business tax treatment by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Neighboring Massachusetts is ranked 34th, with 6.1% unemployment. Two states with no state corporate tax, South Dakota and Wyoming , have 2.8 and 3.0% unemployment. The conclusion of the NYT article is that State officials in RI are rethinking and planning to alter their business tax policy. Do you think this article has implications in the coming election? Jack and I do!
Jack said so on This Week with George Stephanopoulos this morning. He said that he moved GE out of RI because of their state corporate taxes! Do you think we should increase or decrease corporate taxes in the current recession (hint-Herbert Hoover increased them)?

A job is worth more than $900...true?...yet THAT is the difference between Obama's proposed $1200 tax break to the middle class and McCain's $300 tax break to the middle class. Cutting business taxes makes our country more attractive to large business, which can move anywhere, AND more conducive to small business hiring...a win-win...I'm sure those in Rhode Island would gladly take $900 less in direct tax cuts for a job!

Posted by: thecannula | October 26, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Final score will be ...

McCain 46%

Obama 44%

Posted by: Phil6 | October 26, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I think I missed the posting deadline on this one, but I think It's really relevant for a reason I haven't seen posted. John McCain has had every chance possible to talk about how his economic policies are going to get the country back on track. Every time he's had the chance to stake out a position, he's gone out of his way to talk about cutting wasteful spending. He's talked about putting a freeze on all federal spending and going line by line through the budget to get out the waste. When asked during the debates how he would address the economic crisis, he (now famously) never once mentioned the middle class and what he could do specifically for them, and instead, somewhat tangentially redirected the conversation to wasteful spending. Then his campaign spends $150,000 on clothes. This issue is completely fair game, and is of a high level of importance because the man who has made responsible spending the centerpiece of his economic platform has just made the most wasteful use of money of the entire campaign season.

Posted by: zperez | October 26, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse
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Mccain has super secret plans he won't tell anyone unless he gets elected. Mccain says:
"I know how to fix the economy"
"I know how to win the war"
"I know how to catch Bin Laden".
I wonder if he is not elected he plans telling anyone else about his super secret information?

Posted by: popasmoke | October 26, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I think I missed the posting deadline on this one, but I think It's really relevant for a reason I haven't seen posted. John McCain has had every chance possible to talk about how his economic policies are going to get the country back on track. Every time he's had the chance to stake out a position, he's gone out of his way to talk about cutting wasteful spending. He's talked about putting a freeze on all federal spending and going line by line through the budget to get out the waste. When asked during the debates how he would address the economic crisis, he (now famously) never once mentioned the middle class and what he could do specifically for them, and instead, somewhat tangentially redirected the conversation to wasteful spending. Then his campaign spends $150,000 on clothes. This issue is completely fair game, and is of a high level of importance because the man who has made responsible spending the centerpiece of his economic platform has just made the most wasteful use of money of the entire campaign season.

Posted by: zperez | October 26, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

In the big scheme of things the Palin wardrobe story is a side show.

The only reason that I see it being marginally relevant is based on the same rationale for the Edwards haircut story (e.g. it's hypocritical to campaign as a hero of the working people and to spend big dollars on "frivolities"). Of course, in comparison to the Edwards haircut story the Palin story is about 100 times more hypocritical in dollar terms. Not surprisingly it's also received about 1-100th of the coverage, a fraction of a fraction on the Fake News channel, which seemed to be the most obsessed with the earlier controversy.

Bottom line: The issue is relevant, but it's a sidebar story. A one or two day distraction from the more pressing issues connected to the campaign.

The only part of this that could amplify the importance of the story are legal implications (e.g. that the clothing purchases would have been treated as income had the McCain-Palin campaign not "clarified" it's position that the purchases were "really" going to be auctioned off for charity). Also, the story has some consequences in terms of the way a candidate burns through limited campaign dollars. So there are a couple relevant angles here.

Posted by: JPRS | October 26, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"Layed out"? Where is the editor?

Posted by: stumpff | October 26, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I do think it was a legitimate topic because the McCain-Palin campaign has rolled out the Governor as the person the most in touch with the Joe Sixpacks, Joe Plumbers, and WalMart moms. They also spent a fair amount of time attacking Sen. Obama as an elitist.

It's sort of hard to claim you're in touch with WalMart moms when you're shopping at Neiman Marcus. So, they are getting hoisted on their own petard.

In fairness to Gov. Palin, I think the story has been over-covered. As much fun as it is watching the GOP squirm in its hypocrisy, I say it's time to move on.

Posted by: Gene_SF | October 26, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

There goes to show how spendful the republicans are.

Posted by: Nisey01 | October 26, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

i suspect when the election is over and mccain reflects how dirty his campaign has been and theloss of honor and respect. the aging process will go into doubletime. and palin goes back to alaska .if the enquirer story has leg she may end on a pole not totem or north .

Posted by: donaldtucker | October 26, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

If we want a true American, we should vote for McCain and Palin. They represent Americans!

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 26, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse
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There may be a bigger chance Mccain is a Manchurian candidate that any worries about Obama.

JOHN MCCAIN, TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.

Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442
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Activists accused McCain of stonewalling the release of POW records because they contained evidence he had collaborated with the North Vietnamese.

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

Posted by: popasmoke | October 26, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

If we want a true American, we should vote for McCain and Palin. They represent Americans!

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 26, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone tell me between the muslims and Americans who will Obama stand up for? He still owes the muslims a lot and represents African Americans too.

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 26, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

We still don't want to see Obama sell this country. He sounds like a student from a foreign country, he probably does not know much about American values. He won't fight for America.

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 26, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

We still don't want to see Obama sell this country. He sounds like a student from a foreign country, he probably does not know much about American values. He won't fight for America.

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 26, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 26, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

$150K Clothing shopping by Sarah Palin doesn't need to be mentioned every damn day. Couple of days and that's it. Seems like those people who donated money for McCain-Palin campaign don't care so why even bother so much. Although, all those lobyists; they don't care for sure, they will get their money back 3 times as much if McCain becomes the president, by screwing us with their ways, especialy insurance companies, energy companies, oil comapnies, oooh yes, they will get it all back. I personaly wished she spent half of million dollars.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 26, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

John McCain, 1993:

"Madam President, the amendment before the Senate is a very simple one. It restricts the use of campaign funds for inherently personal purposes. The amendment would restrict individuals from using campaign funds for such things as home mortgage payments, CLOTHING PURCHASES, noncampaign automobile expenses, country club memberships, and vacations or other trips that are noncampaign in nature..."

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 26, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

What makes it relevant is that by John McCain's own McCain-Finegold law this expediture would be illegal if done by the Palin/McCain campaign. So rather than stick with the spirit of the law, the RNC did it. Ah, so much for situational ethics. Once more, say one thing, do another. Way to go John.

Posted by: vichysmores | October 26, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans fail to understand noblesse oblige - the obligation of the nobles. There was a time when being elite was not a problem - being noble was not a problem - the problem is when a person claims nobility and does not act nobly. ....................

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/26/republicans-intellectual-or-joe-six-pack/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 26, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

HI THERE!

Posted by: fu_buki | October 26, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Rasmussen: O up 8 (highest for this traditionally Republican-leaning poll all year)

Excerpt:

"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows Barack Obama attracting 52% of the vote while John McCain earns 44%. This is the fourth straight day Obama has been at 52%, his highest level of support this season (see trends)."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 26, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

angelou: "PALIN IS NO ONE'S ROLE MODEL"

Then start hanging out with Ayers, Wright, and Rezko. Then break your word like Obama on finance reform and wearing the flag pin. That'll get you started.

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Posted by: Billw3 | October 26, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse
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FROM THE FOLKS WHO BROUGHT JOHN EDWARD'S, THEY NOW BRINGS YOU: "TRACK PALIN"
THE COKE HEAD WHO BEAT GOING TO JAIL BY GOING IN THE MILITARY AND HIS WONDERFUL PARENTS WHO RAISED SUCH A FINE FAMILY.


The Enquirer’s team of reporters has combed the Alaskan wilderness to discover the hidden truth about Gov. Palin’s family, which has become a central part of her political identity.

The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah's oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it. And as Track, 19, heads to Iraq as part of the U.S. armed forces, Sarah and her husband Todd were powerless to stop his wild antics, detailed in the new issue of The ENQUIRER, which goes on sale today.

THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity status to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”

“He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do,” the source divulged. “You join the military.”

And as Gov. Palin has billed the state of Alaska for various expenses related to her children, as reported by The Washington Post, The ENQUIRER's investigation reveals that she was so incensed by 17-year-old Bristol's pregnancy that she banished her daughter from the house.

Another family friend revealed pre-prego Bristol was as much of a hard partier as Track was.

“Bristol was a huge stoner and drinker. I’ve seen her smoke pot and get drunk and make out with so many guys. All the guys would brag that the just made out with Bristol.”

When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!

And the ENQUIRER also learned that Levi Johnston, the baby mamma’s future wedded dada, who was glad handed by John McCain at the GOP Convention, isn’t too happy about his impending shotgun nups either.

“Levi got dragged out of the house to go to Minnesota,” Levi’s friend told The ENQUIRER. “Levi realizes he’s stuck being with Bristol because her mom is running for Vice President.”

The friend also confided that both Bristol and Levi “broke up a few times and they definitely messed around with other people.”

Posted by: popasmoke | October 26, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

As an Alaskan who has supported Obama since before Palin's selection I can remember the feeling in the pit of my stomach when McCain's announcement was made. Palin is also my Governor and her fresh perspective was welcome in this state when she was elected. When the national Republicans came after her I felt afraid for her.

My feeling is that the national Republicans have known for sometime that they were going to lose this presidential election cycle and they are using it as a way to get rid of some of the more troubling elements of the party and McCain and Palin meet that criteria. McCain ran against his own party pick in 2000 and Palin ran against the national Republican Party pick in Alaska, Former Senator Frank Murkowski.

As a registered Non-partisan, I support all the candidates I like. I liked Sarah Palin and the way she kept the State focused on its own issues as the FBI hauled away the criminal element that had crept into State government. I fully expect to see her back here in Alaska by the end of the year, unless she gets sucked up by FOX news as a new and better looking Pat Buchanan.

But I don't think that's really what she wants for herself and her family. I hope she comes home and figures out what a real Republican is and helps to rebuild her party from the bottom up.
The kind of Republican my father was believed the elite, the best educated, the most accomplished, the shining lights of a society, should be running things for the good of the whole.

Somehow today's Republicans have gotten it into their heads that a republican means the biggest bully rules the block. That is not what republicanism is any more than being democratic means that the majority rules at the expense of the minority.

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

Something struck me, the other day, and I continue to be impressed by it. Despite all predictions, this election is not, in fact, about Bush. He's a non-entity in it all.

That's fairly remarkable. And against the odds, the McCain/Palin campaign has managed to suck entirely on its own. Sure, the Democrats wanted to paint McCain (accurately, when it comes to nearly all actual policy positions) as the second coming of Bush. But McCain resisted the label, and instead found ways to suck that were completely independent of his ties to Bush.

McCain: He's terrible at giving speeches, yes. His policies are dismal, and more to the point are badly elucidated -- when he's willing to talk about them at all. We know he's for the Iraq War: we don't know anything he intends to do differently, except do more of it and presume it'll all work out this time around. His choice of Palin for the number two spot was, from the standpoint of anyone not a hardcore conservative, bizarre, and smacked of the erratic, shoot-from-the-hip nature of decision making that his past detractors had warned of. His campaign managers have been vitriolic towards the press, and dismissive of the public, and as erratic as their own candidate. His vaunted surrogates have played a round-robin game of publicly humiliating themselves and their candidate (attaching himself to Phil Gramm, noted hellspawn of all that is economically manipulative and devastating, was an inspired touch.) And his behavior during this economic crisis -- making a show of tooling down to Washington to "solve" things, and having his party dissolve into chaos around him, and then rejoining his campaign with nothing "solved" at all, and things in fact much, much worse, and looking for all the world like a man who has just been pied in the face by circumstance -- has been a complete and very public fiasco. He has done his very best to manage to convince everyone that he is, in fact, not anything like presidential material. He's never looked less presidential.

Oh -- and his more impromptu surrogates, people like "Joe the Plumber" and "Tape #254 Of Sarah Palin Saying Something Crazy" and "Campaign Supporter Not Really Attacked At ATM" have added a burnt-popcorn, sideshow quality to the campaign. That hasn't helped.

So... congratulations to McCain, I guess. He managed to do the seemingly impossible -- be trailing in the election not because people were deathly tired of George W. Bush and didn't want anything to do with his party, but because people are deathly tired of John McCain, as well. And I think the award needs to be shared communally, because at all levels of the Republican Party, candidates seem to be going out of their way to make themselves similarly dislikable, out of touch, or (and this is the favorite approach) be ranting with such gusto about the incipient socialism if any of you poor cretins out there dare get better healthcare or a more stable economy that they seem, to be blunt, f---ing nuts.
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 26, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

See which major Alaskan paper (there are only 3) today, in their editorial, endorsed Obama, and trashed John McCain's judgement, concluding: "few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth."

Meanwhile, a second op-ed from another major Alaskan paper today referred to Palin as "the real bridge to nowhere."

I have both pieces highlighted, with links to the complete articles, at

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/latest-alaskan-press-not-pretty-for.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 26, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama draws 100,000 people in Denver.
Tsunami grows.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 26, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

angelou: "PALIN IS NO ONE'S ROLE MODEL"

Then start hanging out with Ayers, Wright, and Rezko. Then break your word like Obama on finance reform and wearing the flag pin. That'll get you started.

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Posted by: Billw3 | October 26, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy, it's the scandal that won't die--and it's Palin who is stoking the fires. As Palin crisscrosses Florida today she is emphatically hollering:

"Those clothes, they are not my property. Just like the lighting and the staging and everything else that the RNC purchased, I'm not taking them with me."


Okay, so the clothes are worth $150,000, contradicting what she told the Chicago Tribune reporter on Oct. 24th. But hey, after she's done wearing them, she's giving them back...so there.

BTW: Friday McCain & Co introduced Major Public Policy Palin, replete with new scholarly eyeglasses. Today she has blonde bimbo Elizabeth Hasselbeck at her side--Dumb and Dumber redux.


And people say this woman Palin has great political instincts?

Posted by: txgall | October 26, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Note to Gypsy (comment above) - you need to read more - the Palins have a NET worth in excess of $2 million, and she alone has an annual adjusted gross income of about $170,000. Trust me - I cannot imagine any other "hockey mom" with those assets. Additionally, she charges the people of Alaska for her family sleeping and eating in their own home, and now the McCain contributers for their clothes (including her Manolo Blahnik $1000+ high heels) and her $25,000 in lipstick. Who's redistributing the wealth? I think it's Palin. I doubt any of those contributors hoped to have their contributions spent that way.

Posted by: rmcdetal | October 26, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what the next McCain campaign stunt will be?


So far we've had:
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- Ashley the Fraud

- Joe the pretend Plumber

- OMG! Bill Ayers!

- Drill, baby, drill

- Sarah the Crazy VP pick
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Am I missing any?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03fcGelz8Hw
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 26, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The problem is not one campaign versus another campaign and what they spent. This is a case of priorities within the McCain campaign itself. Its an issue of judgement when a makeup artist is paid more- much more- than foreign policy, campaign or economic advisors. Decisions like these should make the public realize that this is not an administration we need in the White House.

Posted by: politicsandamericanpie | October 26, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse
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Mccain ran his campaign into a ditch way back when in the primaries through mismanagement. He likes to say people wrote him off but what actually happened was he destroyed his own campaigns himself. Mccain is a joke. I don't know what it says for the other candidates who fell to the wayside in the primaries. Mccain has always been considered scrapping the bottom of the barrel, but they did it.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 26, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The Facts.

Michelle Obama looked terrific on The View wearing that $148 dress from White House Black Market. She even helped the economy, as the chain was sold out of the dress shortly after her appearance.

The McCain campaign spends 1000 times that amount on Sarah Palin, to no avail - other than bad publicity and charges of hypocrisy.

I know who I want in charge of jump-starting the economy!

Posted by: TomJx | October 26, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden might be the one member of congress who's "normal" .. he never bought a DC home, commutes daily by train from Delaware, his wife's a teacher ... if the man's spent $150,000 on clothes for himself and his entire family in his life I will buy lunch for the WP staff.

Palin's a dangerous fascist - it's fortunate she slipped her handler's leash before the election instead of afterwards - like Hitler did. Hopefully the GOP's real backers won't make the mistake of setting her up her again in a few years now that they have seen her total lack of respect for their, and the party's positions.

Posted by: lostnoz | October 26, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The problem is not one campaign versus another campaign and what they spent. This is a case of priorities within the McCain campaign itself. Its an issue of judgement when a makeup artist is paid more- much more- than foreign policy, campaign or economic advisors. Decisions like these should make the public realize that this is not an administration we need in the White House.

Posted by: politicsandamericanpie | October 26, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse


McCAIN PATH TO VICTORY: PALIN WITHDRAWS OVER ALASKA PROBE WOES, REPLACED BY ROMNEY.

* She cites "family obligations"?


But he's too stubborn at this late date to recognize the strategic necessity. The GOP leadership should assist in this force play to improve their odds and divert media attention from aggressive ground moves.

Disloyalty alone should cause McCain to pull the trigger. She's hurt him, and now it's intentional. Is McCain hen-pecked?

ARE THE McCAIN-PALIN CROWD AGITATORS THE SAME STORMTROOPERS WHO DO THIS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

or members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 26, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse


McCAIN PATH TO VICTORY: PALIN WITHDRAWS OVER ALASKA PROBE WOES, REPLACED BY ROMNEY.

* She cites "family obligations"?


But he's too stubborn at this late date to recognize the strategic necessity. The GOP leadership should assist in this force play to improve their odds and divert media attention from aggressive ground moves.

Disloyalty alone should cause McCain to pull the trigger. She's hurt him, and now it's intentional. Is McCain hen-pecked?

ARE THE McCAIN-PALIN CROWD AGITATORS THE SAME STORMTROOPERS WHO DO THIS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

or members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 26, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Okay I give up. I have been obsessively reading everything relating to this election for the past 2 months and have to vent. I have lost all respect for anyone (including friends) who say they are going to vote for McCain-Palin. I tell my young children that the only people who should be voting for McCain are rich people who care nothing about the world in which we live. My only explanation for the level of support he is getting has to be racism or people so uninformed that their only source of information is Fox. Sarah Palin is as pathetic an excuse for a vp nominee as there has been or (I hope) ever will be. I don't want spunky and attractive when corrupt, ruthless, uninformed and McCarthy-like are her real characteristics. McCain picked her - enough said! Go back to Alaska where you will hopefully be censured and please Senator McCain do go gently into the night.

Posted by: michigan3 | October 26, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

FRUM SAYS MAC LOSING IN A WAY THAT WILL TAKE DOWN WHOLE PARTY (Sunday HuffPo)
Excerpt:

"There are many ways to lose a presidential election. John McCain is losing in a way that threatens to take the entire Republican Party down with him.
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The very same campaign strategy that has belatedly mobilized the Republican core has alienated and offended the great national middle, which was the only place where the 2008 election could have been won."


Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 26, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden might be the one member of congress who's "normal" .. he never bought a DC home, commutes daily by train from Delaware, his wife's a teacher ... if the man's spent $150,000 on clothes for himself and his entire family in his life I will buy lunch for the WP staff.

Palin's a dangerous fascist - it's fortunate she slipped her handler's leash before the election instead of afterwards - like Hitler did. Hopefully the GOP's real backers won't make the mistake of setting her up her again in a few years now that they have seen her total lack of respect for their, and the party's positions.

Posted by: lostnoz | October 26, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

This is an important issue - not just the $150K for clothing but the $23K expenditures for hair and makeup because it is about the allocation of resources and the mismanagement of those resources. I don't blame Palin for these antics - she obviously was "put together" before being named the GOP VP nominee. But it is demonstrative of the McCain campaign and RNC's poor management of resources. If they manage these resources poorly, I fear how they would manage the resources of the full government.

Posted by: JLF03 | October 26, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

THE PALIN FAMILY IS NOT, I repeat, NOT A ROLE MODEL FOR MY FAMILY. If you believe they are a role model, then you believe its okay to ignore the action of your kids while you focus on your career, its okay for your wife to have affairs, its okay to have children at older age when the risks of having mentally challenged children is much higher, its okay to be vindictive, its okay to do unethical activities and then lie about it. PALIN IS NO ONE'S ROLE MODEL.

Posted by: angelou | October 26, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

PALIN WANTS TO NAME HER NEXT CHILD "ZAMBONI". GOOGLE IT.

Posted by: angelou | October 26, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

So -- given the Repubs statements that about 2/3 of the clothes were returned right after the Convention -- WHY DID THEY FILE THE 150,000 AMOUNT???

I smell a lie.

Posted by: vicweast | October 26, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many people would show up at Sarah's rallies if she wore no make-up at ALL? Most moose hunters don't wear make-up. Let's get real! If she was really so salt-of-the-earth, she'd go without make-up.

She plays up her femininity to the hilt, and then screams *sexism* every time anybody questions her or makes fun of her low intelligence.

The one and ONLY reason she was picked by McCain is because of her gender. That's totally sexist treatment by her OWN party.

Yup. Talk about hypocrites!

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 26, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin's failure to follow purchasing procedures are more important than her clothing bill. She cost the state of Alaska $500 million by not following legal purchasing procedures.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 26, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

THE PALIN FAMILY IS NOT, I repeat, NOT A ROLE MODEL FOR MY FAMILY. If you believe they are a role model, then you believe its okay to ignore the action of your kids while you focus on your career, its okay for your wife to have affairs, its okay to have children at older age when the risks of having mentally challenged children is much higher, its okay to be vindictive, its okay to do unethical activities and then lie about it. PALIN IS NO ONE'S ROLE MODEL!

Posted by: angelou | October 26, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

PALIN: MS HUBRIS, USA
In its modern usage, hubris denotes overconfident pride and arrogance; it is often associated with a lack of knowledge combined with a lack of humility. An accusation of hubris often implies that suffering or punishment will follow, similar to the occasional pairing of hubris and nemesis in the Greek world. The proverb "pride goes before a fall" is thought to sum up the modern definition of hubris. In reference to someone being in hubrity: hubrity is a fulfillment of being hubristic or a continual behavior of being prideful. Victor in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein exudes hubris in order to become a great scientist, but is eventually regretting this previous desire. Faustus in Christopher Marlowe's play Dr. Faustus exudes hubris, all the way until his final minutes of life.

Posted by: nacnudbob | October 26, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Does John McCain really expect us to believe that they were going to give all those clothes to charity. Get the hell out of here. If nothing was said Palin would've kept all of it. This wouldn't even be an issue if McCain wasn't trying to doll her up to get votes.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | October 26, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Using Sarah Palin as an example: People handle their own money differently than someone else’s. The Palin story and my own experience have shifted my opinion of public financing of elections from tepid to ice. Here's why.

We all know that there is a bond between campaign contributors and elected officials. Technology (credit cards, Internet) is now such that an individual can directly interact with a campaign. The whole concept of 'bundlers', 'Bush Pioneers' and all those third-party fund raisers is now obsolete.

The burden then falls on Obama to use "my" money prudently. And further, should he be successful, not to let me down. I "own" a tiny sliver of the candidate, and there's no behind-the-scenes money man that holds Obama's first allegiance.

Let's compare and contrast McCain. There is no attachment between him the contributors. It's just impersonal 'someone else’s' money. If a citizen wants to financially participate in a campaign, then that citizen must go to the shadowy worlds of 'slush funds' and search out a 'Bush Pioneer', 527 or some other (wink wink) 'independent' political organization. The candidate’s first allegiance will be to that fund-raiser and not the citizenry.

Technology continues its influence – as credit-card transactions leave an audit trail – so you can find the source of the money rather easily.

Posted by: DonJasper | October 26, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Now that you know that Cindi McCain spent $300K for ONE dress,
how does Palin's $150K for herself and her kids look to you?

A. A total waste. Hockey mom? Not in my town.
B. Aggravating but understandable, those purses for 6 yr olds go for $5K each you know.
C. not a problem, you should see my shoe bill.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 26, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

What I find most interesting about many of these comments, is that a person's clothes are so important to people. And how many amature physcologists there are in the reader base, who are able to interpret a person's character, just from reading stories about her clothes. What is more disturbing than interesting, however, is how the media is so quick to jump on something so irrelevant when it involves the Repub candidates while glossing over Obama's associations as "irrelevant" (while not proving it) and just not brothering with Biden's major gaffes. The media is of course able to do that because they feed off the ignorance of many of your readers, who haven't a clue about what's going on in the World that is of real concern. Actually I would think the Obama camp would appreciate Sarah getting new clothes. It's a form of redistribution of wealth. All the other candidates and their spouses are in the wealthy category, Sarah isn't a Millionaire...so let's spread the wealth! If Obama wins, we might as well get used to that. So if you are clueless about World issues, don't mind if the Govt is managing your affairs, expecting those checks in the mail and depending on others to provide you the American Dream...than Obama is your man. And he dresses very nicely:)

Posted by: Gypsy1 | October 26, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse
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We can throw out anything and everything said regardless who said or did it among the three candidates, Biden, Obama and Palin.
The elephant in the room is Mccains mental incompetence that has been ignored. This week on Hard Ball Christopher Hitchens finally came out and said what others have been afraid to say. Mccain is becoming senile. Hitchens talked just about even the last year of covering Mccain how much he has deteriorated. I don't believe anything really matters next to this. Mccain is losing his mind and we have been witness to it for more then a year. Today he could not remember the names of the Secretaries of states who have come out and endorsed him. It was with prompting you could hear off camera from the moderator he was able to get them. Tom Brokaw's seemed taken back by the whole thing and did not press Mccain very much in the interview as Mccain insisted all the polls are wrong and he was certain he will win. His defense of palin, when she came up, was interesting. He sounded more like a father defending a child who had gotten a bad review in a school play, then adult politicians on the world stage. I will be glad when this is over. I have a feeling in a year or two even the most loyal republicans may not say it out loud, but will feel it was a good thing Mccain lost.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 26, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

ha ha. Yeah, I had to comment on "layed out", too.


Dude, it's *LAID* out. Dontchya got spell check?

You have Palin Syndrome, I fear...

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

EVERY OTHER ACTION BY MCCAIN/PALIN SEEMS TO INCLUDE SOME TYPE OF UNETHICAL DOING. I don't want to spend the next 4 years wondering what they're going to do next with our future.

By the way, Elizabeth Hasselbeck is a hypocrite.

Posted by: angelou | October 26, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Now we understand why Cheney, Rove and Bush were pushing Hillary during the primaries...they were rightly terrified of Obama.

McCain and the Repubs were as unprepared for the Presidential election...and as presumptuous and incompetent in its execution...as Bush was for the Iraq invasion and occupation.

The clothes is a non-issue, but am happy if it moves an undecided to an Obama vote.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 26, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"Layed out"? Oh my God.

Posted by: ezr1 | October 26, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I think Sarah Palin's wardrobe purchase is significant because she is touting in her campaign to understand the needs of the average middle class person,and to be this "Christian" candidate. Does she even realize that $150,000 is equal to about 3 years of an average salary? Her campaign is back pedaling by saying she is returning the clothes. Why purchase them in the first place? They know they have been caught in their hypocrisy and are trying to cover up somehow. What about her makeup artist who is the highest paid in McCain's campaign? Why does a pretty woman like her need so much makeup? Has she reached the "celebrity" status, so now it all about "image" and very little about "substance"?

Posted by: 1SuzyQ1 | October 26, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse


Seen today in South Florida.

An old woman with a Hebrew "Obama-Biden" T-shirt.
She was a a rally being held by Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 26, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

What I find most interesting about many of these comments, is that a person's clothes are so important to people. And how many amature physcologists there are in the reader base, who are able to interpret a person's character, just from reading stories about her clothes. What is more disturbing than interesting, however, is how the media is so quick to jump on something so irrelevant when it involves the Repub candidates while glossing over Obama's associations as "irrelevant" (while not proving it) and just not brothering with Biden's major gaffes. The media is of course able to do that because they feed off the ignorance of many of your readers, who haven't a clue about what's going on in the World that is of real concern. Actually I would think the Obama camp would appreciate Sarah getting new clothes. It's a form of redistribution of wealth. All the other candidates and their spouses are in the wealthy category, Sarah isn't a Millionaire...so let's spread the wealth! If Obama wins, we might as well get used to that. So if you are clueless about World issues, don't mind if the Govt is managing your affairs, expecting those checks in the mail and depending on others to provide you the American Dream...than Obama is your man. And he dresses very nicely:)

Posted by: Gypsy1 | October 26, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

NUMBERS NATE SILVER IN NY POST TODAY: MAC'S CHANCES "IN TATTERS"

http://www.nypost.com/seven/10252008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/mccains__long__road_to_electoral_win_135233.htm

Excerpt:

"With nine days to go until the election, John McCain's electoral map is in tatters. According to Pollster.com, Obama presently holds leads of five or more points in 23 states containing 286 electoral votes - 16 more than he needs to clinch the electoral college. Obama holds smaller leads, moreover, in another seven states containing 92 electoral votes, including places as far afield as North Dakota. Obama has even led some recent polling in Georgia, West Virginia, and Montana."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 26, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse


Alaska's largest news paper now endorses Obama.

http://www.adn.com/opinion/story/567867.html

Posted by: popasmoke | October 26, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

When Bush implemented large tax cuts for the richest folks, McCain said that was irresponsible.

Now McCain has flip flopped and is calling Obama a socialist for undoing those Bush tax cuts for the rich. McCain either doesn't remember where he stood with this or is counting on American people not remembering. MCCAIN IS THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITE.

Posted by: Liberty77 | October 26, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

A few more days and it will all be over. I look forward to mass suicides by republicans. They will all move to Alaska with their new Jim Jones A.K.A. Sarah Palin. They will spend their days worshiping Sister Sarah and keeping the witches away till the "End of days comes"

Posted by: popasmoke | October 26, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

So, now Palin returns some of the clothes. Gee, I'm sure the stores and potential buyers of these worn clothes will be grateful for the used, worn items. (Most stores have policies against returns of used clothing.)

How about the RNC putting their money where it matters..... In the hands of those in need, those losing their jobs, homes, etc.

Oh, I forgot -- Joe the Plumber (who in real life apparently owes back taxes) is being told to be more concerned that someone might raise his taxes and less concerned that the tax cuts for the rich and corporations will be continued while the country drowns in debt.

The GOP wants America to think that Palin is a real "hockey" mom, a real "average Jo" instead of what she really is -- an ambitious, opportunist who stops at nothing to get what she thinks she deserves.....

GOP = grossly opportunistic & pro-rich

Posted by: abby0802 | October 26, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

37andO alley, Palin's given up on Mac's campaign. Why haven't you? It is not over, though. As Mac said today on Meet the Press, he is still supported by many former Secretaries of State -- My friends, there's Secretary of State, uh...and uh...well what about, uh...Warm milk and a nap helps.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 26, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Even children from 6 to 10 yrs. old know the difference between McCain and Obama's policies for our country. We are teaching our children not to lie and they see McCain and Palin lying infront of our children sources from television, magazines, internet, newspaper, and from family members. McCain and Palin are not for our children's future. We will be looking for a brighter future with Obama and Biden. Vote for our children's future, vote early.

Posted by: goldieluck | October 26, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Great job pure evidence of media bias again. Obama spends $5 million on greek columns for his messianic speech but that doesnt deserve a mention. http://dirtyelection.com/barack-obamas-greek-temple-at-invesco-field-costed-5-million/media-bias/ The fact that the RNC had to spend 150k for Palin's clothes indicates a what a sexist society we have. If she would have just worn a shirt and tie every day like the men, what would the media be saying then. If Obama gets himself elected with the help of all the liberals in the media, I hope you are miserable for the next 4 years when all he shows himself to be is a good speaker.

Posted by: ebay08 | October 26, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse
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Are you just an idiot. The set was styrofoam and was donated. The 5 million coast was for everything from renting the stadium to paying local police so the city would not have to incur the cost. Listen all politics is perception. You can defend the $150,000. all you want but if there was nothing wrong with it we would not be talking about it. It was just another stupid blunder by a campaign who doesn't have a clue how to win an election. Go complain to them, they are the ones who created this mess for you. It doesn't matter if it is an issue of not, they made it one. Palin spent a good portion of her speech today talking about the clothes it herself. Here we are 9 days from an election and that is what she chooses to talk about. Your candidates are little more then morons who sold you down the river. Palin is now dumping on Mccain looking to salvage what career she may have left when this is over. The rats are deserting the ship, even Palin herself.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 26, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Hate to break the news to the Partisans:

Obama is not a Muslim Terroist from Kenya secretly trying to take over the government.

McCain is not McBush and in fact many Conservative Republicans can't stand him and think that it might be the best thing for the Republican Party if he loses.

Campaign Finance is gone due to Obama raising $700 Billion. For now on our elections will be bought and paid for buy Multi-national Corporations and Billionaires. The cynical will say that's how it already is. But, I think it will get much worse.

Both McCain and Obama are Pro-Globalization Free Traders at heart so if you think good paying Blue Collar Jobs are coming back to America I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.

We can't leave Iraq or Afghanistan within the next 10 to 20 years without starting World War 3 no matter who becomes President. Again, if you don't believe me I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.

McCain's tax policies are so inept that the U.S. would certainly go into decline if they are implemented. Obama's tax policies are also so inept that the U.S. will go into decline if they are implemented. The best we can hope for is Divided Government.

Posted by: Tom22 | October 26, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain-Palin deserve to lose after this clothing scandal. Joe the Plumber and the Hockey Mon shopping at Nieman's. Americans don't buy that nonsense. Proves the Republicans do one thing and lie about the other. 4 more years of Bush from these 2. Voters know better this election. "Straight Talk" seems to only come from Obama, certainly not from these 2 GOP charlatans. McCain-Palin should be ashamed to show their faces after this $150K expose.

Posted by: buzziea | October 26, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It is so creepy to read these contradictions in the same sentence from our right-wing reality-challenged neocon posters...

"If Obama gets elected- I predict STATE RUN TV and The Fairness Doctrine."

UM...

The FAIRNESS DOCTRINE forces media (state run or otherwise) to allow opposing points of view. Suppose that some wealthy left winger (think GEORGE SOROS) decides to buy a lot of airtime telling folks how wonderful late term abortions are!! The FAIRNESS DOCTRINE was a law that said the media (state run or otherwise) HAD to provide equal time to the opposing view. That might be the interview where Sarah Palin said that ABORTION CLINIC BOMBERS ARE NOT TERRORISTS.

See? The FAIRNESS DOCTRINE is a "good thing" if we have a Democratic President and legislature. Why would any idiot about to lose an election want to attack the FAIRNESS DOCTRINE?

Posted by: wunderwood | October 26, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Latest developments on the Obama Controlling the media front:
"Obama Camp Cuts Off Communication with Florida TV Station- Reporter asks Biden the hard questions.
_________________________________________

So how stupid were the questions? Pretty stupid, IMO:

Orlando Sentinel:
WFTV-Channel 9's Barbara West conducted a satellite interview with Sen. Joe Biden on Thursday. A friend says it's some of the best entertainment he's seen recently. What do you think?

West wondered about Sen. Barack Obama's comment, to Joe the Plumber, about spreading the wealth. She quoted Karl Marx and asked how Obama isn't being a Marxist with the "spreading the wealth" comment.

"Are you joking?" said Biden, who is Obama's running mate. "No," West said.

West later asked Biden about his comments that Obama could be tested early on as president. She wondered if the Delaware senator was saying America's days as the world's leading power were over.

"I don't know who's writing your questions," Biden shot back.

Biden so disliked West's line of questioning that the Obama campaign canceled a WFTV interview with Jill Biden, the candidate's wife.

"This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election," wrote Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign.

McGinnis said the Biden cancellation was "a result of her husband's experience yesterday during the satellite interview with Barbara West."

Posted by: flarrfan | October 26, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

NYPOST reports today PALIN HAS "GONE ROGUE"

http://www.nypost.com/seven/10262008/news/politics/pit_bull_turns_on_mcmaverick_135366.htm

"Has Sarah Palin "gone rogue"? For the last few weeks, Republicans inside and outside the McCain campaign have speculated about those moments when Palin and John McCain have appeared to disagree: Palin pressed to have the campaign compete for Michigan voters when strategists had given up on the state. She disagreed with McCain's opposition to a marriage amendment. She disagreed with McCain's opposition to removing North Korea from the list of terrorist nations. She thinks the campaign should talk about Barack Obama's ties to his former pastor Jeremiah Wright."

To her credit, Joan of Ick is "going for it"...her way. The full Monty. All chips in. $150,000 wardrobe expense, $11,000 makeup person, winkin' and lip-lickin' and maverickin' down to the bitter end. She has reportedly totally given up on Mac's campaign and decided to go completely native.

Mrs. P is determined to have the last word, and to get the last lick on all the commies, [un]real Americans, multiculturalists, "S-mbos," Arctic Arabs, mudpeople -- and most important on the hapless black guy who sets up the stage at her KK-, er, political rallies who sometimes, no, usually, no, pretty much ALWAYS, gets chased down and jacked up, allegedly, by Mrs. P's "supporters." You betcha.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 26, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

My issue is one of priorities for the RNC. I would have spent more money on educating her on the important issues that she will be facing as VP. She made a very, very stupid comment on Friday about money being wasted on fruit fly research. Well, if she had a highly paid science advisor, she would have known that without fruit flies, her desire to fund research on childhood disabilities could not take place. Fruit flies are the cornerstone of genetic research. Why spend all that money making her look pretty, when she doesn't even know the ABC's of her pet project.

Posted by: sgarney | October 26, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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Obama says he is for stopping the partisan bickering then he orders his people to attack Sarah Palin and to be deceptive by saying McCain is like Bush - Obama is the biggest HYPOCRITE OUT THERE.


Then he says he wants to be post-racial and then he twists someone's words around and calls them RACIST.

To be honest I am sick of this double-talk. Obama is the WORST LIAR OUT THERE. Then of course they complain how Bush lied. Give us a break.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 26, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

very important issue- how about JOBS?

Leading in Job Losses, Rhode Island Struggles On
NY Times
By PAM BELLUCK
Published: October 25, 2008
JOHNSTON, R.I. — The family resemblance shared by John Hallam, his brother Arthur, and their cousin Dennis goes far beyond their ruddy features these days.
Dianne Ford says she has had no luck finding work.
All three were laid off this year from jobs they had held for more than a decade, with John losing two jobs in just the last nine months. Dennis’s 29-year-old daughter, Mary, a single mother of two, is out of work too, having lost her job at a restaurant when summer ended.

“What the hell’s going to happen to us?” asked John, 58, who drove a truck for a lumber company. “There are no good jobs here anymore.”

Or enough jobs of any kind. Rhode Island now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, the first time the state has held that distinction in the three decades since such records have been kept.

With unemployment at 8.8 percent, Rhode Island has edged past Michigan, and every month seems to bring fresh reports of companies cutting workers, shutting divisions, closing altogether.
Saul Kaplan, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, a quasi-state agency, said the situation “could likely get worse before it gets better,” adding, “ironically, we were the home of the Industrial Revolution.”

There are several reasons Rhode Island has fared so poorly in the economic crisis gripping the country.

Rhode Island also has few big companies — more than 80 percent of businesses employ fewer than 20 employees — and small employers have less reserves to withstand economic turmoil, Ms. Powell said.

Mr. Kaplan said that as the industrial jobs moved out of the state, it had become too dependent on lower wage service jobs like retail and hospitality, which he said were “very vulnerable to economic downturns.”

Many economic analysts and state officials say Rhode Island has long had a high tax burden for businesses, discouraging them from moving here. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)...

Working to remedy the situation, Governor Carcieri has formed a tax policy committee to recommend changes. Mr. Kaplan said state and economic leaders were “moving full steam ahead to create a new economy here” to “come out of this downturn stronger than the way we went in it.”
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SO, AS RI RECOGNIZES THE PROBLEMS HIGH CORPORATE TAXES CREATE, ARE THE OTHER 49 STATES ABOUT TO FIND OUT THAT RAISING SMALL AND LARGE BUSINESS TAXES IN A RECESSION IS THE FORMULA FOR A DEPRESSION?

Avoid this economic disaster and Vote for Jobs- Vote McCain

Posted by: thecannula | October 26, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see how they spent the money in the past 7 weeks - that is 20 grand a week so I do not believe it.


Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 26, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton mentioned the expense of dressing Sarah Palin as a VP candidate should have been considered advertising.

I don't see any comparison of the GOP spending to the Democratic spending. How much were those Greek pillars anyway?

But truly, if Sarah Palin had campaigned in her Alaska fleece, she would have been ripped apart by the press. Early on, I read media stories mocking her retro hair style. So, packaging is important. If it's all going to charity after the campaign, then, no harm no foul.

The thing that is really irritating is that the media digs around for something, anything to rake Palin over the coals about. Then, keeps their mouth shut about any missteps in the Democratic campaign.

Posted by: whoosy | October 26, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Great job pure evidence of media bias again. Obama spends $5 million on greek columns for his messianic speech but that doesnt deserve a mention. http://dirtyelection.com/barack-obamas-greek-temple-at-invesco-field-costed-5-million/media-bias/ The fact that the RNC had to spend 150k for Palin's clothes indicates a what a sexist society we have. If she would have just worn a shirt and tie every day like the men, what would the media be saying then. If Obama gets himself elected with the help of all the liberals in the media, I hope you are miserable for the next 4 years when all he shows himself to be is a good speaker.

Posted by: ebay08 | October 26, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't like it that contributions go to such frivolous things. That her stylist is paid about twice what McCain's foreign affairs consultant makes is disheartening. I will vote for Obama instead. Sorry John.

Posted by: ARepublicanForObama | October 26, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

It's important because the Republican machine constantly tries to avoid substance by flogging irrelevancies in their opponent. Like the kerfluffle over 'lipstick on a pig'. Now the shoe is on the other foot. Also, this demonstrates the total hypocrisy of the Republican Party. It is the party of greed and wealth. The phony populism it tries to cover itself in is intended to fool the most vulnerable into believing that they should vote against their own best economic interests. Anything that highlights this hypocrisy is important.

The Repulican Party has practiced crony capitalism in a fashion that has not been seen in this country in over 100 years. They and their buddies have looted the US Treasury, and the pockets of the middle class without regard for the present or future of this country. They have enriched themselves with a war that has weakened our military to a dangerous degree. They are the traitors and deserve to be soundly defeated in this election cycle.

Posted by: WarriorGrrl | October 26, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

How much did Joe Biden's hair plugs cost?
He really needs a brain transplant!
And if Governor Palin were to have shopped for dud at Wal-mart- the left wingers would be back to their "trailer trash" comments!

Here's the latest from Comrade Obama's Camp:

Latest developments on the Obama Controlling the media front:
"Obama Camp Cuts Off Communication with Florida TV Station- Reporter asks Biden the hard questions.
Here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjX8wQPMADk

Biden gets all annoyed (because he IS after all, the smartest guy in the room)-
But the scary part is the Obama camp's statement-to CUT OFF COMMUNICATION WITH THIS STATION UNTIL AFTER THE CORONATION-oops, I mean election.

If Obama gets elected- I predict STATE RUN TV and The Fairness Doctrine.

Obama is planning a $$$$ shindig in Grant Park- and is (reportedly) already writing his acceptance speech!

Arrogant, elitist- who looks DOWN on everyone- and that means YOU!

A Hillary Clinton DEMOCRAT for
McCain-Palin 2008

Posted by: CoolPillow | October 26, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

mccain says palin's a role model for millions & millions -- he's talking about jesus freaks: they love hypocrisy -- a jesus freak says one thing & does the opposite -- jesus freaks will vote for mccain in droves: obama had better not get cocky

Posted by: herbert-de-turbot | October 26, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Just another attack at Palin by the MSM. At least the GOP is honest in how they spend their money.

Have you scrutinzied over Obama's budget....probably not for fear you might find something.

Posted by: ca67klein | October 26, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 26, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The Way That We Should See McCain and Palin From Now On:
Maverick Personality Disorder: A New Diagnosis:
http://tinyurl.com/5ggtte

Posted by: janawalter87 | October 26, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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