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Palin's Political Fashion Cents

POSTED: 03:38 PM ET, 10/22/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Gov. Sarah Palin arrives for a campaign stop in Bangor, Maine, on Oct. 16, 2008. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP)

From head to toe, every piece of clothing worn by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, has been picked at and prodded, from her rim-less $375 Kawasaki glasses to her red open-toed Naughty Monkey-brand shoes.

But scrutiny of her fashion sense reached to a new level after Politico reported yesterday that the Republican National Committee spent some $150,000 on high-end clothes and accessories for Palin and her family.

The expenditures, listed in a monthly financial disclosure filing with the Federal Elections Commission, included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for $49,425.74 and a $75,062.63 tab at a Neiman Marcus store in Minneapolis.

(The pricey clothes didn't impress The Post's Robin Givhan, who wrote in her "On Culture" column last month that Palin's style was "exceptionally ordinary...Her clothes are unpretentious, but they are also unremarkable." Givhan now calls the spending "plain stupid.")

But Palin isn't the first politician whose hefty clothing and shopping bills have been unearthed in campaign finance reports.

Last year, former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), a former vice-presidential and presidential candidate himself, was ridiculed after FEC records showed he had paid for $400 haircuts by celebrity hair stylist Joseph Torrenueva of Beverly Hills, Calif. The Post's John Solomon later found out that Torrenueva had cut the former senator's hair at least 16 times and, on several occasions, had to fly somewhere on the campaign trail, charging for his airfare and hotel expenses.

(The records also showed Edwards spent $250 in services from a salon and spa in Dubuque, Iowa, and $225 in services from the Pink Sapphire in Manchester, N.H., described on its Web site as "a unique boutique for the mind, body and face" that caters mostly to women, The Associated Press reported.)

There was also Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) $520 Ferragamo calfskin shoes, which are imported from Italy, noted by Huffington Post earlier this year and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) $6,000 in haircuts and makeup work, found among federal fundraising records by The New York Post.

By Derek Kravitz |  October 22, 2008; 3:38 PM ET
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This would be funny if Governor Palin wasn't running for office as Joe the Plumber or Joe SixPack or Hockey Mom. As a Republican working woman I have a hard time relating to her and her calling the Democrats elitist. I had reservations before. I know it's not important in the broad context but it's opposite everything she says she's running for or against.

I simply can no longer bring myself to voting for a ticket with Governor Palin on it.

Posted by: Working mom | October 22, 2008 4:46 PM

at some point they are just going to say, "what the heck, let's try to at least hang on to a couple of plumbers with the "you know what me" pumps.

Posted by: JoeT | October 22, 2008 4:47 PM

she still looks like "trailer trash."

Posted by: ron | October 22, 2008 4:48 PM

Neiman Marcus shopping spree: $75,000
Sachs 5th Avenue shopping spree: $30,000
Make up and hair for one month: $13,000

Clearly not as much as Cindi has paid for her rarely seen twice outfits but Cindi can afford them out of her own pocket so more power to her. Palin prefers to use other people's hard earned money. Palin is a fraudulent" I am one of the people" big mouth. How dare she say such lies knowing that the average working family with whom she likes to equate herself will most likely never see that large amount of "Mad Money" in their whole lives! has his wife cut his hair, sends her to the beauty parlour when a special occasion merits it and both buy their clothes and the children's clothes at Walmart.

Posted by: elizabeth6 | October 22, 2008 4:52 PM

More reasons to disqualify McCain for picking her. They are so out of touch, it's scary.

Posted by: lsigalov | October 22, 2008 4:59 PM

more than three times the salary I made while employed - I was just laid off Oct 10th - at least I will have plenty of time to vote and make sure my neighbors vote as well

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 5:03 PM

On Daily Kos there is a picture of Senator Barack Obama with his feet on the desk and his shoes have have been patched up, after being resoled once before. Interesting contrast.

Posted by: arby2 | October 22, 2008 5:11 PM

one thing we know about our own SARAH BABY---she enjoys sex

Posted by: katia | October 22, 2008 5:13 PM

a woman has the right to look well.To feel positive about herself.the mother of five the gov.looks damn good.Still gets weak in the knees about Todd,and wants to love the entire country,the real America.Any clear look shows a PR creation.Sarah has been manipulting opinion and f3%&$ing the electorate from day one.She is a fraud in all meaningfull manner,a well built one but still a fraud

Posted by: josie | October 22, 2008 5:17 PM

admit it---we want to know what awaits at the end of the boots

Posted by: joe the carpenter | October 22, 2008 5:19 PM


Posted by: CHRISTY | October 22, 2008 5:20 PM

more than i need to know.cloths do not make the man,nor woman.she is still inexperienced,ill travelled,poorly read,lacking in style and rather should only be in the wh as a visitor.the republican party care not for this country.electing an imbecile as w proves it.sarah is only the exclamation point

Posted by: Tess | October 22, 2008 5:24 PM


I thought Palin was a "Walmart" mom/pitbull.

Her wardrobe looks like it came from a discount store; apparently someone is trying to have it both ways.

With only two weeks left, I'd say that she'd be better off to not go shopping for an inaugural outfit and maybe should dig out her moose hunting outfit instead.

Posted by: dk | October 22, 2008 5:31 PM

These numbers are irrelevant out of context, so it would be appropriate for the investigating organization to provide them alongside the "outfitting" numbers of her running mate and opponents. Without those comparative numbers, the figures are largely meaningless. News organizations, it's admirable that you do your homework, but in the parlance of my old calc teacher, show your work!

Posted by: tunlaw2008 | October 22, 2008 5:34 PM

You would think that if Palin was a legit contender, the big-time fashion houses would be lining up to loan her couture she could model for them in return for a credit. But it appears they do not. Tells you something about how Sarah Palin is perceived among the fashion cognoscenti. Just goes to prove that you can put lipstick on a sow, and dress her in expensive clothes, and she still comes off a loser.

Posted by: Valerie | October 22, 2008 5:44 PM

Posted by: hottopics | October 22, 2008 5:51 PM

Palin's mind became clear in her first interview. She talks off the top of her head because she doesn't know what she is talking about. No doubt she has gotten over many times in the past trying to look smart, when she's really not. When the media points out that she's not very bright, she blames the media. I can't understand how she got to be governor of Alaska. When McCain says she's something new on the scene, he wasn't lying about that. There is nothing wrong with not being politically intelligent. But not if you're trying to be a politician, especially a major politician. And a lot of suprise, suprise bad news has come out of the closet about her, probably because she was not investigated properly.

Posted by: bobbie c | October 22, 2008 6:00 PM

Where is the rest of the article that tells the clothes will be donated after the voting? Why can't you give the complete article regarding these clothes>

Posted by: Sue | October 22, 2008 6:03 PM

Where is the rest of the article that tells the clothes will be donated after the voting? Why can't you give the complete article regarding these clothes>


Posted by: Sue | October 22, 2008 6:04 PM

First Senator Stevens' borrowed chair. Now Governor Palin is going to give her clothes away.

Those Alaskans sure "spread the wealth around"!

Posted by: Anne W. | October 22, 2008 6:11 PM

The clothes will be donated after the election? Are they planning to lose? Or are they going to ship her old clothes from Wasilla to DC? So her campaign NOW says they're going to donate the clothes after the election. So, Sarah gets to be "Pretty Woman" for 10 weeks and then it's back to reality in Alaska -- all compliments of REAL hockey moms who donated their hard-earned money to the RNC. If I had donated any money to the RNC, I'd be demanding a refund!

To the person who said to tell the other side ... there is no other side. Politico checked out the Democrats spending, and they didn't put their wardrobe and beauty bills on those who contributed to them. They're paying for their own clothes. THAT is why this is news! Last year, the Republicans crucified Edwards for charging a $400 haircut to his campaign, which he paid back. Palin doesn't have $150,000 to pay back the RNC for her shopping spree.

Posted by: Deborah | October 22, 2008 6:23 PM

Fashion Fans for Obama/Biden '08

Favorite Budget Fashion Story: Michelle Obama in H&M Dress

Diesel 'Liquid Space' Holographic Fashion Show

Posted by: Cooday | October 22, 2008 6:26 PM

Do not blame Sarah. Blame McCain and the RNC. Sara is a product of poor judgment and recklessness, and frankly lack of regard for the betterment of this great nation.

Posted by: Mboka | October 22, 2008 6:36 PM

"The expenditures, listed in a monthly financial disclosure filing with the Federal Elections Commission, included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for $49,425.74 and a $75,062.63 tab at a Neiman Marcus store in Minneapolis."

So much for John Edwards $400 haircuts. Yeah, pretty interesting at what the 'joe-6-pack hockey-mom' spends on clothes. Shows how really out of touch these repugs are and how shallow Gidget really is.

Send her back to Alaska, in all her fancy clothes to keep an eye out for them Rooskies.

My God! McSame & Gidget REALLY are as shallow as they seem!!!

More of the same? Vote McCain!

Posted by: Jaxon1 | October 22, 2008 6:46 PM

I think she looks very hot and the clothes fit well. There is no question she is a beautiful young woman. Most women given her budget could look the same. However it doesn't do anything to improve her understanding of our country or the world we live in. I like to look at beautiful women as well ans the next guy but it wouldn't affect my voting preference. I simply can't vote for someone this uninformed.

Posted by: Allen H | October 22, 2008 6:46 PM

It's nice to know that while the country is in an economic shambles courtesy of the RepubliCON party, McSame and Failin' are out stylin' with the wealthy side of the tracks. McSame and Failin' = A Bridge to Nowhere.

1 house; 1 spouse!

Obama/Biden 2008!

Posted by: Michael | October 22, 2008 6:51 PM


OK.. whew... just don't let her talk, OK?

Posted by: Waivering | October 22, 2008 6:52 PM

"Where is the rest of the article that tells the clothes will be donated after the voting? Why can't you give the complete article regarding these clothes"

^ why not donate $150,000 to deserving charities instead of $150,000 of designer clothing? "I'm homeless, but no worries about that whole not having food or a place to sleep tonight, because I found one of Sarah Palin's skirt suits at the thrift store and bought it for $1!" Lame.

Posted by: Jessica | October 22, 2008 6:54 PM

she still looks like "trailer trash."

Posted by: ron
You got that right Ron!

Posted by: NoPalin | October 22, 2008 6:54 PM

Would Joe the Plumber ask Sarah Palin out for a dinner date? She got all dressed up, but there is no where to go. Her place is back in Alaska, eating carribou in the wild.

Posted by: Rick | October 22, 2008 6:55 PM

Victoria's Secrets might help her with the poles ... polls.

Posted by: Marvin | October 22, 2008 6:55 PM

You fools ... who is talking about all the money Michello Obama is spending on Persian caviar and French champagne?

Posted by: Joe | October 22, 2008 6:55 PM

It's funny how they said the clothes will be donated to charity. Will the Neiman/Sak clothes feed the homeless or poor? If they truly want to do good things, donate the $150,000 cash to charities.

Posted by: davidgq | October 22, 2008 6:57 PM

First Senator Stevens' borrowed chair. Now Governor Palin is going to give her clothes away.

Those Alaskans sure "spread the wealth around"!

Posted by: Anne W.
That's the Repubs version of socialism. Hypocrits!

Posted by: NoPalin | October 22, 2008 6:57 PM

What about Michelle O's spending spree on caviar?

Posted by: Jelene | October 22, 2008 6:58 PM

Where is the rest of the article that tells the clothes will be donated after the voting? Why can't you give the complete article regarding these clothes>


Posted by: Sue
Come on Sue! You know those clothes won't be donated. The will be in Missy Palin's closets just like the chair that Sen. Stevens has in his house but doesn't own. Stop trying to take up for that loser Palin. Back to Alaska for you sweetie!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 6:59 PM

Joe: thanks for the site

Are you serious?

Posted by: RC | October 22, 2008 6:59 PM

What about Michelle O's spending spree on caviar?

Posted by: Jelene
That never happened, Jelene. Face it your Palin is and idiot loser!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:00 PM

Posted by Marvin "You fools ... who is talking about all the money Michello Obama is spending on Persian caviar and French champagne?"

That story has been debunked. She wasn't even in the hotel. Murdoch has retracted the story.

Check your facts before you spew.

GA Custer, 7th Cavalry

Posted by: Capncuster | October 22, 2008 7:02 PM

You fools ... who is talking about all the money Michello Obama is spending on Persian caviar and French champagne?

Posted by: Joe
Hey everyone, it's Joe the Plumber. Nice to hear you chime in. How's the business purchase coming? You can always as McLame and rich girl Palin for a loan for it.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:02 PM

That money was taken from RNC donations!
And the clothes are being donated to charity.


Nobody except for seething lefties.


Posted by: DC MOM | October 22, 2008 7:03 PM

What's with Palin's ultra-sexy knee-high boots? She looks like a lady of the night.

Posted by: John | October 22, 2008 7:04 PM

That money was taken from RNC donations!
And the clothes are being donated to charity.


Nobody except for seething lefties.


Posted by: DC MOM
DC Mom, you SHOULD care. You donation went to purchase those hooker boots.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:05 PM

Would you RoboGOPs get a clue and stop spreading around fake news about Michelle and caviar. The source, the NYPost, has already retracted the story:

Says Page Six's retraction in today's paper:

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

Posted by: SaladSD | October 22, 2008 7:06 PM

Sara Palin would still be hot, even without those clothes on her.

Posted by: daweeni | October 22, 2008 7:07 PM

Hey Anonymous- code word for BIG GIRL

Are you jealous because you can't get your cankles in those boots.

Smile :-)

McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: DCMOM | October 22, 2008 7:08 PM

No matter how much you dislike Sarah, you cannot deny that she is pretty, refeshing, and has a sence of humor. She is an example of every mother in America, she can has been there and done that. Her Son is in Iraq, NObama has never even been to Iraq. She is a beautiful accomplished woman, and your jealousy is showing alot.

Posted by: go.giants | October 22, 2008 7:12 PM


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Posted by: Alaskan Voter
Thank You,
History of Palin News & Investigation Report; Washington Post
Anchorage Daily News ;Newsweek; Alaska Politics

Posted by: Alaska Governor is a LIAR! | October 22, 2008 7:12 PM

McCain distribution of wealth:

Does this make him a socialist?

Posted by: jneill7854 | October 22, 2008 7:13 PM

They should have spent $150,000 on tutoring instead of a new wardrobe. Because nothing says "I'm not part of the Washington Elite" like a $75,000 Neiman Marcus shopping spree. And anyway, she may look cute, but she sounds really stupid.

Posted by: Mia | October 22, 2008 7:14 PM

What can one say? Yet another harsh judgement against Sarah Palin, surely the dirtiest, stupidest person ever to acquire high standing in American politics.

Posted by: Riker | October 22, 2008 7:16 PM

Talk about putting lipstick on a pig.
When this is all over on November 5th, Sarah Palin will be going back to Alaska to finish her term as governor. When her term ends, it will be the end of her political career. All of this national attention has exposed her total lack of knowledge and opened the eyes of Alaskans with regard to what has gone on while she was in office as governor. Sarah is as much an opportunist as anyone and Alaskans will not want anything more to do with her.

Posted by: Art in Virginia | October 22, 2008 7:16 PM

Lets see the news... Obamba runs around with terorits in his younger days or palin gets new clothes.. guess the liberals will write about how she can't afford those clothes...

watch that bomb in your closet...

Posted by: robinhood | October 22, 2008 7:17 PM

Why didn't she just get a Macy's card?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:21 PM

I think it's very unfair to criticize the RNC for spending $150,000 plus on Sarah Palin's clothes. They are saying that after the election they are donating Sarah's clothes to charity. Imagine some smartly dressed homeless person wearing that $2,500 Valentino jacket standing in a soup line! What's next, some unemployed plumber getting McCain's $540 Italian shoes! Wow! Those McCain folks are very kind hearted!

Posted by: .Lincoln | October 22, 2008 7:24 PM

So What? Obama's and Michelle's wardrobe expenditures have to be enormous.

Posted by: Fred Morck | October 22, 2008 7:26 PM

Big difference is that Obama's clothes are not coming out of the DNC budget!

Posted by: A.Lincoln | October 22, 2008 7:28 PM

Cindy McCain probably told Sarah that she needed to spruce up her wardrobe, especially if she was going to be going out in public with her and John.

You go Cindy... Sarah's wardrobe is starting to look as good as your $750,000 a month wardrobe. The only difference is that Sarah has to depend on GOP campaign funds for hers.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 22, 2008 7:29 PM

No matter how much you dislike Sarah, you cannot deny that she is pretty, refeshing, and has a sence of humor. She is an example of every mother in America, she can has been there and done that. Her Son is in Iraq, NObama has never even been to Iraq. She is a beautiful accomplished woman, and your jealousy is showing alot.

Posted by: go.giants |
Has Idiot Palin been there? Contrast Obama with Palin, not her son!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:30 PM

150,000 dolars is about eight and half years income to me on social securty

Posted by: GHM | October 22, 2008 7:32 PM

"So What? Obama's and Michelle's wardrobe expenditures have to be enormous. Posted by: Fred Morck "

On what basis doe you toss that all-knowing statement out? Do you have some actual, written facts to base your spitball?

Sorry, Freddie, you have nothing but chicken scratch to work with.

Chicken scratch.

Posted by: elmerg | October 22, 2008 7:32 PM

Let's see Obama's the elitist?

Cindy McCain's Convention Dress..$300,000
Sarah Palin's wardrobe....$150,000
McCain's $100 million dollar fortune
McCain's 7 houses and 13 cars! wife, one car, one house.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:33 PM

"Lets see the news... Obamba runs around with terorits in his younger days...Posted by: robinhood

RNC robocalls are not "news" pal. They are scripted lies and propaganda you have fallen for like a ton of bricks.

Also, what's with the moniker? Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor. Wouldn't that make him a (gasp) SOCIALIST?

Posted by: napperfat | October 22, 2008 7:36 PM

RNC will donate Sarah Palin's clothes to charity...reads headline.

Who be the lucky homeless person that will get Sarah's $2,500 Valentino jacket?

Who will be the lucky unemployed auto-worker that get's Sarah's $1,280 red shoes?

Posted by: A.Lincoln | October 22, 2008 7:37 PM

all for the benefit of the economy!!!

Posted by: adrenaleco | October 22, 2008 7:38 PM

You want to know who the socialist is pal?
How about the idiots who nationalized the banks with $700 billion dollars....George Bush and the GOP! Now that's socialism!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:38 PM

Who gets Obama and his wife Michelle's clothes all paid for by the DNC? AND WHERE IS THE ARTICLE YOU HYPOCRITES? YOU ARE NO LONGER A "NEWS" PAPER. Washington Post posts ONLY for Obama. You should be ashamed of yourself and the media.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:40 PM

All this money being spent just on a campaign when people I know are going hungry without jobs or any future is just sickening. We have 300 million for darn TV commercials, robocalls, political consultants and bumper stickers but hard working people cannot see a doctor, cannot feed families, and cannot find a job that pays the rent. These candidates promises mean nothing now and will mean nothing as long as they pour millions down the drain just to attack each other verbally. When will humans form a real society where everyone can have a roof, food, clothing, and see a doctor? Just the basics would be nice to see as reality. We do not need nuclear submarines, really we don't.

Posted by: THW2001 | October 22, 2008 7:43 PM

How much money for Michelle Obm's designer clothes?

How much money did Obama pay for DRUGS? Cocaine and Weed? HOW MUCH?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:48 PM

I certainly hope that she declares this valuable gift from the NRC as taxable income on her 2008 FIT.

Posted by: Tonyvanw | October 22, 2008 7:49 PM

I guess you can put lipstick on a pig, eh?

Posted by: Ike O'Noclast | October 22, 2008 7:51 PM

I remember when being a Republican meant "owning a respectable cloth coat." Now, it means a short term lease on designer labels for the whole family with a tax writeoff on the donation to charity of the used items. Talk about "trickle down" economics.

Posted by: gc | October 22, 2008 7:56 PM

yeah that's irrelevant. on to topics that matter.
there are reasons to oppose oil drilling that go beyond disliking big oil, which was a driving force in mass murder/the war. we can develop infinite supplies of energy, or continue to damage the environment and contribute to global warming.
the right has been vicious.
between the fallen corrupt republican senators and the crimes of the bush administration, we've endured the worst federal government in the last 50 years, perhaps longer--far worse, in fact than the nixon era government. ya'd think the voters would draw the appropriate conclusion, even the supreme court rebuffing bush time and again, administration employees retiring and sometimes confessing, 3-4 republican senators stepping down. and then there's the iraq war, torture, wiretapping and the loss of constitutional liberty, the friends of bush enron scandal, and the ridiculous manipulation of the voters.
do you really think mccain would come in and makeover the federal government? of course he wouldn't.

Posted by: vicious right | October 22, 2008 8:01 PM

How much money for Michelle Obm's designer clothes?

How much money did Obama pay for DRUGS? Cocaine and Weed? HOW MUCH?

Posted by: Anonymous
Don't know but ask Cindy McCain how much she paid. HOW MUCH, Repubs?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 8:02 PM

The mainstream media is not only painfully biased, but this article proves yet again that they are hypocritical and sexist. Do you have no shame? The Obama team has spent $21.5 MILLION on polling. That owuld indicate they are concerned about their image as well. Does it also mean they'll alter their pitch according to the polling results?

Google Berg v. Obama

Posted by: Jones | October 22, 2008 8:05 PM

I don't give a damn about Palin's wardrobe. It's her complete lack of experience and radical right-wing extremist views that count her. God help us if this Manchurian Candidate woman gets anywhere near the White House.

Posted by: vegasgirl | October 22, 2008 8:07 PM

You have got to be kidding me! So, hockey mom's are limited by an income-ceiling? Is the Washington Post going to hurry up and tell us how much we are all supposed to have based on our station in life. I'm waiting! Please! This is important--what's my clothing allowance????

Posted by: Progressiver than you | October 22, 2008 8:10 PM

The difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom? Lipstick. Lots and LOTS of very, very expensive lipstick, evidently.

Let me guess what's coming - "And so I told the RNC, Thanks, but No Thanks on that barbie makeover! If I want new clothes, I'll buy them myself!"

Posted by: Diana | October 22, 2008 8:14 PM

I am constantly surprised by Sarah Palin’s audacity of Obama character assassination while being herself the target of ethics violation and of outrageous use of public money. I understand the need of the RNC to turn her into an American Princess Diana; unfortunately, she manages to reach the scandalous height achieved only by French Queen Marie Antoinette. In just 2 months, she spends more on wardrobe than 2 middle-class breadwinner can earn in a whole years.

Furthermore, she is charging state money to provide travel and hotel expenses for her family members. I don’t see Obama or Biden doing the same thing as Sarah Palin. Also let’s keep in mind that Alaska doesn’t have an income tax or even a state sales tax. So Juneau pays for Sarah Palin’s children travel expenses through oil revenues or on every American who is driving a car.

5 years living in Louisiana, another oil revenue dependent state, convince me that oil is a source of corruption and cronyism in governments. Also people and governments that live on handouts from oil companies are incapable of finding new and novel ways to generate revenues during a recession. Now that oil prices have dropped precipitously, the state of Alaska will lose a lot of oil revenues and will be facing a mediocre governor at the helm.

Posted by: My V. Nguyen | October 22, 2008 8:16 PM

I'm sure you'll be following up tomorrow with an article about Senator Biden's wardrobe selections....

Posted by: Ron Newbury | October 22, 2008 8:17 PM

SO,The USA cannot have Vice President Sarah
Palin looking like a trailer trash Socialist Democrat College Kid Obamabot
or looking like Michelle Obama since in
Michelle Obama case no matter how many more
costly make over and how much more lipstick
Messiah Barack Hussein Obama keeps smearing
on his pathetic wife Michelle Obama,the
result is the same,as "No Matter How Much
Lipstick You Put On A Pig,It's Still A Pig!" Just say NOBAMA and NOMichelleLOBAMA
in 2008! We cannot afford "Barack Obama
the Socialist Wealth Spreader!"

Posted by: Claudine 1000 | October 22, 2008 8:21 PM

Take a breath...and a pill. I can't believe you guys are so caught up on Palin's wardrobe and what it costs. How about your boy Obama and the tab for the victory celebration he's planning? Or the cost for the upcoming tv special? If Biden went in for correction of that botched hair job would you be as quick to ridicule? I think not! Go mix up another batch of coolade and tune in MSNBC. OLBERMAN,MATTHEWS and MADDOW will make it all better.

Posted by: David D | October 22, 2008 8:24 PM

Is this really news? How about ridiculing Obama's team for the money they spend? Heck... they have a lot more money. Wake up America.

Posted by: No Worries | October 22, 2008 8:27 PM

Sarah "Shop Till Ya Drop" Palin -

While John McSame was trotting out this rogue and obvious republican plant Joe "The Fake Plumber," Sarah Palin was REFORMING the RNC credit card to the tune of $20,000/week in clothing and makeup. WOW!

Posted by: Targaray | October 22, 2008 8:29 PM

And of course nutty Joe Biden, with his goofy hair implants (which probably cost a small fortune) is getting a complete pass. Good Lord, what's next for the ComPost to pick on regarding Sarah Palin: I actually heard that when she was 2 years old she actually tossed her Cap'n Crunch. Gosh! Gee! Post editors, call your offices.

Posted by: muskrat | October 22, 2008 8:29 PM

$150,000? Please. That's more than three times what the average Joe the Plumber makes in a year.

Posted by: Milo G | October 22, 2008 8:29 PM

Tina Fey is much more attractive. I wish McCain would have picked her.

Posted by: meeeeee | October 22, 2008 8:34 PM

Donate the clothes to charity? Come on, we all know how selfish Republicans are. Those expensive clothes are just going to become a part of Palin's personal wardrobe.

Posted by: Dan in GA | October 22, 2008 8:35 PM

How much money has Michelle Obama spent on herself and those two darling little daughters?

How much money has Obama and his campaign wasted on rediculous ads, the Obama Jet, parties,...

Why did Obama pull out of the matching federal campaign fund after he promised to abide by it?


Could it be that the media is only capable of printing negative stories about the McCain campaign because they are so in bed with the Obamas?

I remember the love affair that the media had with the Clintons when they were first elected. With time as the polish began to fade and the sleeze continued to ooze out of the White House, the media eventually came to their senses.

Message to the Media: Be careful what you wish for. With the Obamas and his radical Marxist/Anarchist friends in office guess which liberties will be the first to disappear? Freedom of the press. Look at China, North Korea, Venezuela... Your future doesn't look so great under an Obamanation.

Posted by: Mike Jefferson | October 22, 2008 8:37 PM

Why didn't Cindy McCain take her shopping and pay for it all? Why did they take the contributions from the public to remake her on the outside? Why didn't they spend that money to tutor her for 3 months before announcing the selection?

It just caps a phoney, lying, shallow, sleazy campaign, concocted on false premises and perpetuated by falsehoods, one worse than the other. It is one big SHAM!

A pig with lipstick is still a pig.
Let them eat cake: while everyone else is close to homelessness and in soup lines, the mavericky reformers are spending thousands on makeup; him to look like a corpse, her to look like a tramp.

Posted by: TJ | October 22, 2008 8:38 PM

Can you say "landslide"?

GOP, eyeing House losses, pulls out of key races By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, AP

National Republicans have yanked TV advertising for Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's re-election bid after she suggested Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may have "anti-American" views and urged an investigation of unpatriotic lawmakers.

Bachmann is one of four at-risk Republican incumbents left to fend for themselves by a cash-strapped House campaign arm in the crucial final days of the campaign amid a tough political environment for the GOP . The National Republican Campaign Committee has also canceled planned TV ads to help GOP Reps. Marilyn Musgrave in Colorado, Tom Feeney in Florida and Joe Knollenberg in Michigan, spokeswoman Karen Hanretty confirmed.

Musgrave, Feeney and Knollenberg are extremely vulnerable and Democrats — who are eyeing double-digit gains in their House majority — have been targeting them heavily. Bachmann, whose district is solidly conservative, has only recently emerged as a prime target after her controversial remarks on MSNBC's "Hardball," which sparked a flood of campaign contributions to her Democratic opponent and have reshaped the race.

Democrats' House campaign group is dumping $1 million on TV ads in the district in hopes of helping Bachmann's challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg, unseat her.

In a statement, Carrie James, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Bachmann, "crossed the line by launching negative and divisive personal attacks."
Bachmann told the St. Cloud Times Wednesday that she regretted using the term "anti-American" about Obama, saying her appearance on "Hardball" was "a big mistake."

Earlier, she told the St. Cloud Rotary Club that she wished she could take back the statement, and she denied that she had said Obama was anti-American or suggested an investigation of members of Congress.
But during her "Hardball" appearance on Friday, Bachmann said of Obama: "I'm very concerned that he may have anti-American views."

Of lawmakers, she said: "I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America?"

Posted by: Attucks | October 22, 2008 8:39 PM

Sarah Palin should go to Hollywood and screen for Pretty Woman II with Richard Gere. She is well qualified for that role. That will be a hot hot movie. Any taker?

Posted by: Pretty Woman II | October 22, 2008 8:44 PM

In response to Mike Jefferson
The expenditures of Michelle Obama and her two daughters came strictly from the Obama's personal funds, not from the campaign. The same is also true for almost everything you mention, except the ads. Also, since when has Obama been friends with marxists and anarchists? If you are reffering to Ayers, he is no longer involved in any illegal activities and has been living a legal, reputable life for the past several decades. Seeing as Obama is a lawyer with training in constitutional law, I think that it is extremely unlikely for Obama to attempt to remove freedom of the press. Even in the event that he did, the House and Senate would never accept it, regardless of the majority, and of course, the Supreme Court would reject it.

Posted by: Dan in GA | October 22, 2008 8:48 PM



JOHN MCCAIN: You want answers?

KEITH OLBERMANN: I think I'm entitled to them.

JOHN MCCAIN: You want answers?

KEITH OLBERMANN: I want the truth!

JOHN MCCAIN: You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has a certain, precious amount of wealthy people. And those wealthy people have the right to protect what they have, any way they can. If they don’t do it, who's gonna do it? You? You, Keith Olbermann? I, as their candidate, have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for those lower and middle classes and you curse the people who give them jobs. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that all those unemployed, underemployed and soon-to-be-unemployed people, while tragic, probably didn’t work very hard anyway. (Look at how little they earned compared to CEOs' salaries and their well-deserved golden parachutes!!!) And the existence of trickle down Republican economics, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, is what has raised that free market tide so that all boats, big and small, could float...You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about these facts, like with your friends at Georgetown parties, you want me on call. You need me on call.

We use phrases like “loose regulations, squishy credit lines and a warm place to count the profits” ...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending our captains of industry. You use 'em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who still rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very economic bubble I helped George Bush to provide, then questions the manner in which we provided it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you grow some patriotic gonads and eschew socialism. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!

KEITH OLBERMANN: Did you support George Bush and all his works?

JOHN MCCAIN: (quietly) I did the job that the Republican Party sent me to do.

KEITH OLBERMANN: Did you support George Bush and his economic policies?

JOHN MCCAIN: You're goddamn right I did!!

Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | October 22, 2008 8:50 PM

So you can "put lipstick on a"...never mind. It's always better to look good than to be good.

Posted by: Wayne | October 22, 2008 8:52 PM


Posted by: Dan in GA | October 22, 2008 8:52 PM

Oh good Lord. Sarah Palin presents herself as equivalent to Joe Sixpack. She should be wearing fannel shirts and sack dresses, the way she talks. $150,000 for clothes, funded by the Republican National Committee? Why, they didn't think her everyday wardrobe as governor was nice enough?

And why shouldn't anyone and everyone in politics or the media that mocked John Edwards haircuts should be made to walk on stage, one by one, and apologize for criticizing something so frivolous?

And why? Because even the Republican politicians know that voting Republican is voting against the interests of anybody but the wealthy and the corporate elite, who control Congress with their campaign contributions, their favors, their gifts, and their promises of feather-bed employment at outrageous salaries in the future.

Hell, only 60% of eligible voters actually vote in the most contested elections. Most Americans could care less, because they are as dumb as rocks, dumber even then the fools who cheer Sarah Palin, who thinks that she knows "foreign policy" because you can see Russia from an island in Alaska, and can't name a single magazine that she reads regularly. The people who would vote for McCain and Palin should be forever banned from voting.....they are just proving that they are too dumb to be entrusted with a democracy.

Posted by: Chagasman | October 22, 2008 8:53 PM

So you can "put lipstick on a"...never mind. It's always better to look good than to be good.

Posted by: Wayne | October 22, 2008 8:53 PM

Leave her alone. You know the RNC wanted to dress her up. It was the hair in her eyes that bothered me

Posted by: Eileen | October 22, 2008 8:55 PM

She is a moron but she does look hot. Can't vote for her and McCain however, I have to value brains. My 401(K) is in the sewer and this economy looks rough. This time, money, jobs and the economy trumps good looks.

Posted by: Joseph | October 22, 2008 9:00 PM

The best I can say about Palin is that she is a dangerous idiot.

Posted by: Donny | October 22, 2008 9:09 PM

Palin is an embarrassment to McCain (but he picked her unvetted), to Alaska (but they elected her), to Wasilla (the same), to her parents (well, they did make her), and to Todd (he got her preggers and they eloped). Let not let this woman be America's embarrassment -- send her back ASAP!

Posted by: Black and Bitter Like Coffee | October 22, 2008 9:11 PM

What about Joe Biden's designer hairplugs and speeches lifted from Neil Kinnock?

Posted by: sawargos | October 22, 2008 9:11 PM

Sorry to say. Once again, looks and brains are inversely proportional.

Posted by: Jeff | October 22, 2008 9:13 PM

The truly troubling thing about the money spent by Sarah Palin is not where it came from but the fact that whilst she was busy shopping in all those expensive outlets, hundreds of Americans were literally losing the shirts of their backs not to mention their homes.
Once again it shows the total lack of empathy and brazen double standards of the Republican party. Even more worrying is that they seem to think they can justify this whilst Wall Street crashes around their failed policies.

Posted by: Sarah | October 22, 2008 9:14 PM

These stupid posters who trash Palin are probably the ugly liberal women you always see or the ugly liberal men you always see with their ugly liberal wives. An intelligent attractive conservative woman creates alot of problems at home.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 9:15 PM

Ve want Alyeska byeck! Please not syendingk Condoleezza!

Posted by: mahgoodfrinvladimir | October 22, 2008 9:16 PM

$150k is what my house cost when I bought, and I am having a very hard time paying monthly mortgage, and this woman spends the same amount given to her in just two months? You know what, I am not earning as much as she does, but I am proud that I have never spent anyone else's money in order to sleep at my own house, travel my family or dress myself/my family like she has done. It's not amount of money or it's not whether it's legal or not, what matters is this nerve and class. I definitely do not want anyone who thinks only herself and takes advantage of using someone else's money when we are suffering at this hard time. I do not even desire to look at news anymore about this low-class lady.

Posted by: glover | October 22, 2008 9:21 PM

Nice to see my campaign donation went to Louis Vuitton.

Posted by: Carrie | October 22, 2008 9:30 PM

Another example of the craven obeisance to "balance" so often displayed by WAPO.
Fair coverage of both sides of the fashion plate would contrast the Palins' $150,000 shopping spree with the Obamas' frugal fashions - dresses from The Gap, ten-year-old pants, and shoes with holes in the soles.
But, ever fearful of the right-wing propaganda machine, WAPO dredges up Edwards' haircuts and spa treatments to achieve "balance."
Here's a news bulletin for WAPO and their ineffectual Ombudsman: Edwards is not involved in this campaign and achieving balance in words in a story or in positive-negative story counts has nothing to do with objective truth.
You really need to read John Walcott's acceptance of the I. F. Stone award. To paraphrase, the truth then did not lie midway between Copernicus and the Catholic Church. Today, it does not lie midway between the two presidential candidates. You need to stop pretending that it does.

Posted by: Jim Silver | October 22, 2008 9:31 PM

Dear Anonymous, 9:15:

And I quote..."These stupid posters who trash Palin are probably the ugly liberal women you always see or the ugly liberal men you always see with their ugly liberal wives. An intelligent attractive conservative woman creates alot of problems at home."

Please change your screen name to 'Ignorant' to better reflect who you are. Also, we have yet to see an intelligent conservative woman in this race, but hey, there is still one week left so who knows? The McCain campaign changes direction every day so I guess anything goes. Can't wait to see what Sarah wears tomorrow.

Lastly, in advance, Happy Nov 5th.

Posted by: Smiling1 | October 22, 2008 9:32 PM

I knew this woman was a FRAUD when she got on that stage and utter those infamous words"thanks,but not thanks" How many regular families spend $ 150.000 in clothes in less than 3 months?

Then we learn that she spend time in her house and get Per Diem money, did not like the Jet but she spend time flying all over the place in the Plane that it was put on EBAY.

This is a scandal!!!

Posted by: corintonic | October 22, 2008 9:33 PM

Palin has had 2 months to establish herself with the voting public. Obama has had 2 years and when he was first introduced to the main stream public, he was not the darling either. He was not put down by the rep, he was bashed by his own party. I think the dems are afraid of Palin and will do anything to discredit her.

Posted by: 0ldman | October 22, 2008 9:33 PM

Palin reminds us of Imelda Marcos !

While the Philippine economy was in tatters during the Marcos dictatorship, she spent taxpayers money to buy her 3,000 pairs of shoes and her mouth always says she gives her stuff to charity.

When the dictatorship fell, her shoes were still there as well as millions worth of clothes and jewellery she wasnt able to pack quickly enough before they left the Palace.

Palin is digging her own grave. She already dug the first one for McCain.

Posted by: Paula | October 22, 2008 9:36 PM

Palin has had 2 months to establish herself with the voting public. Obama has had 2 years and when he was first introduced to the main stream public, he was not the darling either. He was not put down by the rep, he was bashed by his own party. I think the dems are afraid of Palin and will do anything to discredit her.

Posted by: 0ldman | October 22, 2008 9:39 PM

The comedy team of The Geezer and Gidget are at it again!

You have got to laugh to keep from crying.

The thought of Mr. Erratic and Ms. Clueless running the country is too horrifying to be taken seriously.

Unfortunately it's all too real and serious.

VOTE Obama / Biden

Posted by: dww322 | October 22, 2008 9:39 PM

she is supposed to looke good....

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 9:40 PM

Big difference is that Obama's clothes are not coming out of the DNC budget!

Posted by: A.Lincoln | October 22, 2008 7:28 PM
Please refer me to the information that backs up what you said. In the meantime, I have to suppose you think that Obama and Michelle have paid for all his new clothes and the make over she received (new clothes and all) so she will look like Jackie Kennedy.

Posted by: Andrew | October 22, 2008 9:42 PM

It would have been nice if there were some more detail as to what exactly cost so much, and also reporting should cover both sides, this was blatantly biased. I agree that much $ should not be spent on clothes with taxpayer money, however I don't think she can be accused of dressing plainly and ordinaryly. As a woman I think she looks quite sharp and fashionable.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 9:44 PM

At least they didn't buy her any $54 million pants!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 9:44 PM

Mike Jefferson,

How much are you spending on drugs? Why isn't this a news story? Come on WaPo, what's the matter with your reporting?

Posted by: arghh | October 22, 2008 9:48 PM

My husband often buys a good pair of dress shoes and then has them resoled at least twice before buying a new pair. I think the ultra rich McCains are very out of touch with the average hard working american.

Posted by: bell | October 22, 2008 9:49 PM

Oh C'mmon give the hockey mom a break. She is just trying to "spread the wealth" the Republican way, from the bottom up! Sorry for all of those grass roots folks who donated to the party. They went partying with your money at Sacks and Neimman Marcus.

Posted by: SISL | October 22, 2008 9:50 PM

I am so (not) grateful that one of the newspapers "of record" has devoted it's time and talent to this important issue. If I still lived in VA I would have cancelled my subscription to your paper today. With a little imagination I can just see the folks riding to work on the Metro reading their WaPo's liking for some real news back in the sections. The WaPo now has earned it's place at the Giant check out line next to that other sterling example of journalism - the National E!

Posted by: Bumsurf | October 22, 2008 9:50 PM

The WaPo yellow journalists strike again!

Is there no bottom as to how low the WaPo will go to trash McCain and Palin for Obama's benefit?

Everytime you think the WaPo has hit bottom, the WaPo slams in another new low!

How low with the WaPo go? Will we see the Washington Weekly world News Post with a story on the Alien advising Palin on clothing and style?

Posted by: William | October 22, 2008 9:51 PM

"Neiman Marcus shopping spree: $75,000
Sachs 5th Avenue shopping spree: $30,000
Make up and hair for one month: $13,000"

Benefit to the Democratic ticket: Priceless!

Posted by: haymarketbill | October 22, 2008 9:59 PM

As a Christian, she should give the money to the poor instead.

Posted by: Mike | October 22, 2008 10:03 PM

Who exactly are they going to "donate" the clothes to? Homeless women?

Does anyone this it's a just a little dishonest that they decided to "donate" the clothes only AFTER the story broke?

In economic times like these, when 80% of the population of this country has to survive on less than 60K a year (without eating and no home, it would take nearly 3 years to pay for Palin's clothes for one month.) Lovely.

There's just two words for this person. Lying hypocrite.

Posted by: Mike | October 22, 2008 10:03 PM

Palin and the GOP to struggling families everywhere:


Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 10:06 PM

I have to say she looks good in her fashions. She's still trailer trash and not worthy of the White House. Apparently it is very expensive to put lipstick on a pig.

Posted by: Joe the Lawyer | October 22, 2008 10:09 PM

little johnny; "daddy?"

father; "yes son?"

little johnny; "why does that lady that shoots innocent wolves and bears from helicopters with a shotgun spend so much precious money on her outfits if this country is struggling with it's economy?"

father; "because she's a pig with lips, son."

little johnny; "what does that mean?"

father; "pigs with lips can't buy off the shelves. their a##es are too big."

little johnny; "oh, i understand now daddy. thank you."

father; "you are most welcomed son."

little johnny; "daddy?"

father; "yes, son?"

little johnny; "she's the moose lady, right?"

father; "yes son, she's the moose lady."

little johnny; "this is the same moose lady that couldn't answer any of katie couric's questions in that rare television interview, right?"

father; "yes, that's right."

little johnny; "well, maybe i'm wrong, but isn't she running for vice president of the united states?"

father; "yes son, she's on the same ticket as that senile senator from arizona, john mccain."

little johnny; "well, then why doesn't she know what the job duties are of the vice president? if anyone should know, it should be her. she couldn't even answer a third graders question about specific job duties of the v.p. yesterday. she thinks the vice president is in charge of the senate. gosh daddy, i'm only in kindergarten, but even i know that's not true."

daddy; "well son, you have a brain, and i'm proud of you! apparently that moose lady from wacky wasilla has breathed in one too many moose farts. it's lights on, but nobody's home for her!"

little johnny; "ha ha ha! you are funny daddy!"

daddy; "no son, i'm actually worried. there shouldn't be people like her out there running for office, son. john mccain showed no common sense, and even reckless endangerment to our country when choosing her. it only showed how desperate he and his rich trophy wife cindy is, in getting into the office of the presidency."

little johnny; "well don't worry daddy. we'll send that old fuddy duddy mccain back to arizona, and we'll send that moose lady back to alaska with her tail between her legs! we'll vote for senator barak obama! he CARES about america!"

daddy; "there you go, son! that's the spirit!"

Posted by: BOB | October 22, 2008 10:10 PM






Posted by: OBAMA'S HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS | October 22, 2008 10:17 PM

For someone who is saying they won't raise taxes, then spends $150,000 in just two months for new clothes - what can anyone say. They will have to raise taxes just to keep her oufitted while she is in office. With all the talk of budget deficits and a recession, her shopping sprees sound somewhat like the AIG fatcats on their weekend getaway.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 10:17 PM


John Edwards could have a $400 haircut 10 times a day, every day for a month, and he still wouldn't match her spending at month's end.

Posted by: Kevrobb | October 22, 2008 10:19 PM

Sarah is just as comfortable in 150 Grand clothes as she is skinning an Elk. How many liberal hags can say that?

Posted by: Don | October 22, 2008 10:20 PM

To all of you stupid hicks who plan to vote for McCain/Palin- if they get into office, you deserve the lack of medical care you will recieve, you deserve to lose your job, you do not deserve any college money and you deserve to starve to death while the wealthy get to eat caviar. We smart people will still survive and do well. You stupid losers will get the short end of the stick you so sorely deserve.

Posted by: strong female | October 22, 2008 10:22 PM

I agree with the comment on the new actress for PRETTY WOMAN II. McCain knows how to pick Pretty Women, however, this country needs a smart VP. Too bad his wife Cindy isn't the VP candiate, anyone who can make her yearly salary is smart or born with a great silver spoon.

Posted by: Betty | October 22, 2008 10:25 PM

The Sarah Palin saga is surely appropriate in this age of the TV reality show. The producers of the programme take some simple but ignorant and talentless person from somewhere the other side of nowhere and sequester her for a month (no media interviews!) while they school her in the art of mimicking the way people in the big world of real politics behave. They dress her in pretty clothes, most likely buy her lipstick to match, and finally thrust her out into the spotlight to see if she can fool enough people into believing she is a genuine, electable VP candidate.

Actually it reminds me a bit of the musical (and film) 'My Fair Lady' - I presume Americans got to see them 40 odd years ago - except for the fact that in that story Eliza Doolittle was smart enough to carry off the deception and pass as a society lady.

Posted by: Kiwi Ken | October 22, 2008 10:30 PM

maybe she should be shopping at Mooses 'R Us

i understand she could get a really big set of antlers to tie to her head for ~75 bucks!

sarah says, "SNORT!"

her husband says, "SNORT! SNORT! SNORT!"

sarah says, "SNORT! SNORT!"

her husband says, "SNORT! SNORT! SNORT! SNORT!"

kids? it's time for you to LEAVE the room... it looks like mr and mrs bullwinkle about to do the moose mambo...

oh... the horror... the horror...

Posted by: FozzieBear | October 22, 2008 10:30 PM

If her dress was any tighter they would have to use a shoehorn to extract her. Maybe they spray painted it on.

Posted by: Bill | October 22, 2008 10:35 PM

I've got an old lumberjack jacket and some thermal underwear that Sarah is welcome to... the price for the jacket is $24,899 (normally S25,000!) As for the underwear, it's great for both playing hockey and hunting moose... On sale, too! First pair of thermal underwear is $899, SECOND PAIR FREE!!

Posted by: Tom B | October 22, 2008 10:35 PM

I am appalled by some of the postings. I think some people may have some personal issues to attack a woman this much over an article.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 10:37 PM

DID YOU SEE the damnn skirt she was wearing in her joint interview with McCain on NBC Nightly news with Brian Williams???

I am not usually one to give a hoot what candidates are wearing, but MY GOD--it was riding up over her thigh!!

After looking at some of her other choices...a silly looking red suit with boots, etc, it is painfully clear that this VP candidate has the fashion sense of her high school daughter, not that of a serious professional woman who understands the importance of being TAKEN SERIOUSLY!!

Sarah Palin, Tina Fey, Britney Spears....just can't tell them apart anymore, CAN YOU?!!!

Posted by: Lori | October 22, 2008 10:38 PM

Perhaps the US needs to brush the cobwebs off the guillotine and chop the credit cards of the rich to pieces.

Why the people of the US haven't risen in righteous anger and shipped these leeches on their country off to a small island somewhere near Alaska is beyond me!

Posted by: Lorraine | October 22, 2008 10:42 PM

someone just wrote, "I am appalled by some of the postings. I think some people may have some personal issues to attack a woman this much over an article."


nice post. if she wasn't a wall flower hired by mccain to look good on his arm and gather shallow votes based on appearance, it would be a different matter.

Posted by: BOB | October 22, 2008 10:48 PM

There you go again, Derek. In defence of Palin:
1. When you nominate Palin, you nominate the who family, and hence is responsible for dressing the whole family including matching earmuffs for baby trig. This is the Alaskan way.
2. Can you blame Sarah for ripping off the campaign fund realizing that this window of opportunity will last only two more weeks. After that, all the clothes (including baby trigg's earmuff will be passed on the the salvation army (refer RNC spokeperson's statement). Go, Sarah, go. Next stop Tiffany.
3. Palin just want to dress like the average hockey mum such as Cindy McCain. The difference is Cindy McCain paid for her own clothes. Can you blame her for that?

Posted by: nagamas1 | October 22, 2008 10:49 PM

How much does it cosr for Michelle Obama to get her hair straightened?

Just wondering.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 22, 2008 10:49 PM

Hog Wash!
Just another cheap attempt at painting the Gov. from Alaska in the most unsavory light as possible.
WaPo is a tabloid now?
Look at the grade level of the mentality of these posters here.
About a 5th grade level IMHO as the hate machine keeps on rolling.

McCain/Palin 2008

Posted by: LinDe | October 22, 2008 10:55 PM

If the Washington Post thinks Sarah Palin's wardrobe is this important as a campaign issue, perhaps they will eventually work their way down to serious discussion of Barack Obama's lifelong associations with terrorists, hate-mongering and racist preachers, left-wing extremists, ACORN, Chicago political hacks, and criminals.

Posted by: C Nelson | October 22, 2008 11:11 PM

Okay, I'm a strong Obama supporter, FWIW.

Spending that much on clothing was a poor choice, to be sure, but the idea that there isn't any possibility of donating to charity is false.

Programs such as Career Closet and others provide donated clothing to women who need interview clothing so they can move from welfare to work.

This doesn't excuse the clothing choices made. Macy's would have been more appropriate if campaign clothing was needed more appropriate to the lower 48 than Alaska wear. Neiman's and Bergdorf smack of elite to most voters.

Still, any of you that have clothing that no longer works for you, but would be appropriate for somebody else needing something to wear to a job interview might look at making a donation, regardless of what happens to the Palins new threads.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 11:12 PM

The stupidity is that I think I dress *at least* as well on a teacher's salary (far less than $150k per year!) and yet I don't spend nearly as much. Discount stores, thrift stores, and eBay... Maybe that's where they'll sell the clothes when she goes back to Alaska! She's probably too short for me to wear her pantsuits and the skirts are too short for the classroom...I could use the red jacket though. Maybe Michelle and I will start a bidding war!

Posted by: Anne | October 22, 2008 11:21 PM

Palin, This is not a beauty pagent...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 11:24 PM

She is at wrong place at wrong time, she must be in fashion business not in politics, maybe as fashion model she can earn money and pay back 150k. She must be allowed come back to politics only after readying 100 books and passing English test with plus C, I am afraid she can make A+

Posted by: Lucas | October 22, 2008 11:42 PM

Sarah Palin, Tina Fey, Britney Spears....just can't tell them apart anymore, CAN YOU?!!!

Posted by: Lori | October 22, 2008 10:38 PM

That is a terrible insult to Tina Fey!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2008 12:56 AM

Sarah Palin, John McCain,George Bush and most Republican Party Politicians are unmistakably "HYPOCRITES" when they say that they care for the American People, because they only care for the Rich & Famous!!Sarah Palin's extravagant shoppin(g)& Tax Dodgin(g)is evidence of how she pretends to be a working class Hockey Mom & a "PITBULL WITH LIPSTICK"!SHAME ON YOU USELESS REPUBLICANS, YOUR DAYS ARE OVER!LETS VOTE DEMOCRATIC PARTY to save the country from the GREED,CORRUPTION, INCOMPETENCE & failed socio-economic-political policies of the BUSH-McCAIN tandem!!!

Posted by: Vic from Sydney,Australia | October 23, 2008 2:50 AM

ISN't THIS the gal that "Fired the Cook" and "Put the plane on e-Bay" to cut on UN-NECESSARY EXPENSES???

Or, is this another 'task of God' being fulfilled?

Posted by: El Mugroso | October 23, 2008 7:09 AM

Up North Girl
(Uptown Girl, Billy Joel)

Up North girl
Shes thinks she's livin in Joe Six Pack's world
But she spends it like a jet set girl
Until last month no one ever bought her Neiman Marcus pearls

Now their voting for an Up North girl
Shes been living in a trailer trash world
As long as anyone with hot blood can
And now shes running with a Neocon man
And she's wearin nothin but Louis Vuitton

And she knows just what
She wants from Saks and Bloomingdales
And when she wakes up
Shes already made up her mind

Shell see its not so tough
Just because she can't get enough
The RNC'c in love with an up North girl
You know they love her in her $150,000 uptown clothes
She'll never tire of her high class toys
And all her presents from all the GOP boys

Up North girl
You know we cant afford to buy her threads
But maybe someday when her ship goes out
Shell understand what kind of hypocrite she's been
And then we'll win

And when shes walking
Shes looking so politically refined
But when shes talking
Shes just one big political land mine

Up North girl
Shes an up North girl
You know those RNC slugs
they're in love
With an up North girl

Posted by: williambanzai7 | October 23, 2008 8:52 AM

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