Sarah Palin: The Audacity of Gall

Palin's Window DressingSarah Palin has the audacity of gall. Her attempts to pit Small Town America with those who live in the country’s metropolises are so proudly (and so sadly) divisive.

She portends to represent the Joe Sixpacks of the country. But apparently no Bubbas were in her entourage as she strolled through Saks, Neiman-Marcus (a.k.a Needless Mark-Up), Bloomies, Macy’s and Barney’s.

Not to mention a men’s shop and a baby boutique. Apparently her $150,000 shop-baby-shopping spree, courtesy of the Republican National Committee, has been  a family affair.

But then again, they’re used to being on the been on the public  dole: prior to this, Alaska’s. And not in a good way: there is currently an investigation of the Palin  children’s travel expenses; think of how you’d feel if your state’s governor took his or her family to New York City for a 5-hour conference, but stayed in  a room for four nights in a luxury hotel on Central Park).

It is worthy of someone whom the tax breaks in the McCain plan will help most:

Those who make over $250,000.

Escada, Manolo, Cole Haan! Oh, my!

What $104,000 will buy you in Wasilla, AKNo more strugglin’ and scrimpin’ by golly! That’s about $46,000 more than the sale price of this 1,936 square foot 3BR/2.5 BA home, currently for sale in Wasilla, Alaska.

ABC’s take on it can be read below.

People who stay in posh suites with pictures windows shouldn’t throw stones.

If this were the Obamas instead of the Palins, wouldn’t Republican voters be up in arms about it? She may be a Teflon diva with her own acolytes, but not with the rest of the voting populace.

Seriously, if Paris Hilton wants a hit reality show, she should dump the tarts who are vying to be her BFF and ask Caribou Barbie to hang with her instead.

Heck, Sarah’s already got the designer wardrobe.

John McCain sure knows how to pick’em.

15 minutes of agony for the rest of us,

Josie Brown

Relationships Editor –

Palin’s Spending Spree Sheds Light on Campaign’s Priorities
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October 22, 2008

Gov. Sarah Palin brags that she’s not a member of the Washington elite, but she sure is dressing like them.
The RNC has reportedly picked up a hefty price tag to clothe the the governor.

Campaign finance documents show the Republican Party spent more than $150,000 on clothing and accessories for the vice presidential candidate and her family at a series of swank department stores, the sort of places that “Joe Six-Pack” probably could not afford.

“She’s a Saks-Fifth-Avenue-Neiman-Marcus hockey mom,” cracked veteran Democratic strategist and ABC News consultant Donna Brazile.

The GOP-financed shopping spree seems destined to be material for late night comedians. While she is not the first politician to use donations from political supporters on personal expenditures, it appears that she has spent more on clothing and makeup in a shorter period of time than any other candidate in history. With just 13 days remaining in the campaign, the Republican camp is playing the spree down and Democrats are pouncing on what they see as Palin’s rich tastes while appealing to hockey moms and their families.

“Let Gov. Palin and the RNC continue to spend money as Americans lose their retirement funds, life savings, pensions and homes.  She will soon become a symbol of ‘all dressed up and nowhere to go,'” Brazile said.

As first reported by, Palin spent $49,425.74 at Saks Fifth Avenue stores in St. Louis and New York. In September, the party spent $75,062.63 on a shopping spree at Neiman Marcus in Minnesota, just before the Republican National Convention.

Katherine Nelson, director of public relations at the Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, said the store would not comment on its customers’ purchases.

The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup in September, presumably for Palin.

Purchases were also made at Barney’s ($789.72) and Bloomingdale’s ($5,102.71) in New York, and, around the time of the Republican National Convention, at Macy’s in Minneapolis ($9,447.71).

Some $196 was spent at a tony baby store call Pacifier. Palin has a 6-month-old baby. An additional $4,902.45 was spent at Atelier, a men’s clothing store.The flap is the latest in a series of embarrassing flare-ups for Palin. As governor of Alaska, she allegedly fired an official who refused to sack her former brother-in-law, an Alaska state trooper, and used state funding to allow her children to travel with her.

During the primaries last year, Democrat John Edwards was pilloried after he disclosed that he spent $400 apiece on two haircuts.