Sarah Palin is “just like you” except she has a $150K wardrobe.

She keeps saying she’s just a normal hockey mom and she’s like like us normal people who are struggling to make ends meet, but that didn’t stop her campaign from spending some serious cash on her outfits:

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.

The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.

I don’t know about you people, but I could pay off every single debt me and my wife have and have plenty left over with a spare $150,000. In fact when I play the lotto I’m not so much hoping to hit the big jackpot (though that would be nice) as much as just five numbers as the $250,000 that would bring it would be a big help in these tough times. I’m willing to let the $8,000 a month John McCain spends on makeup slide only because he’s not up there trying to convince me he’s just like me and thusly better able to relate to what I’m going through. And I’m sure Obama and Biden are spending equally ridiculous amounts on clothes and makeup, but, just as with McCain, they don’t keep trying to sell themselves as just normal folk.

Sarah Palin is no closer to “Joe Six Pack” than Obama is and even if she were that wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing in a Vice President.

6 thoughts on “Sarah Palin is “just like you” except she has a $150K wardrobe.

  1. As you point out- they will all be doing it.  Its the amount of money these clothes cost that annoys me, but obviously National Parties throw money at campaigns, so this story I dont care about.

    On the other hand, how many “Hockey Moms” have a nett value of $1.2 million?

  2. I daresay that McCain is spending a lot more on clothes and makeup than Obama.  When you’re relatively young and in good shape physically, you don’t have as much trouble looking good.  McCain’s eight grand is probably money well spent so he doesn’t frighten small children.

  3. Oh, her use of the funds was apparently also illegal:

    See 2 US CODE 439b(2)(B)

    (b) Prohibited use
    (1) In general
    A contribution or donation described in subsection (a) of this section shall not be converted by any person to personal use.
    (2) Conversion
    For the purposes of paragraph (1), a contribution or donation shall be considered to be converted to personal use if the contribution or amount is used to fulfill any commitment, obligation, or expense of a person that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s election campaign or individual’s duties as a holder of Federal office, including—
    (A) a home mortgage, rent, or utility payment;
    (B) a clothing purchase;
    (C) a noncampaign-related automobile expense;
    (D) a country club membership;
    (E) a vacation or other noncampaign-related trip;
    (F) a household food item;
    (G) a tuition payment;
    (H) admission to a sporting event, concert, theater, or other form of entertainment not associated with an election campaign; and
    (I) dues, fees, and other payments to a health club or recreational facility.

    “Bra to Nowhere”…

    Found here http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/10/bling_zing.html

  4. Shoes are a big deal in political campaigns as this famous 1952 picture of Adlai Stevenson attests (accompanying text is eerily relevant).  But we haven’t had a shoe-moment across gender lines yet.  Most men look down on a man who wears excessively expensive shoes.  How it plays out for women?  I have no idea.

    My wife wears only sensible shoes, wouldn’t be caught dead in heels.  It’s one of many things I admire about her.  But I’m not one of those rubes salivating over palin (compare the men’s and women’s faces in this picture at Pam’s House Blend.

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