Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Caribou Barbie in a can

It's not disrespectful to people who pumped money into the campaign who want Palin to dress sassy and treat the spotlight well. It is, after all, a beauty/pageant/popularity contest. Spending $150k on clothes isn't sooooooo outrageous. Right?

No, wait. Indigestion is doing my blogging! I shouldn't blog after woofing down a lunch of soup that came in a can for $1.35. (Wow, that's expensive cheap soup!)

Palin’s spokewoman is saying this is much ado about nothing, that we should be talking about more important issues. But can you imagine the outcry if it were revealed that Hilary Clinton’s rainbow of pantsuits was paid for by campaign contributions? Or if college kids’ $50 checks to the Biden/Obama campaign were putting those men in $5,000 custom suits? (Obama’s suits are by Hart Schaffner Marx out of Chicago, and cost in the $1,500 range.)

In Palin’s defense, being a woman in the public eye has its own kind of pressures. And it’s unlikely she has been stepping off the campaign trail to join the ladies who lunch for shopping sprees at Neimans. Instead, she is probably working with a wardrobe stylist, who brings her things to try on and choose from. But the issue of clothing and hair expenses has always been a land mine for politicians (John Edwards' $400 haircuts), and someone should have been sensitive to that.

Caribou Barbie indeed.
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