Nixon may have bragged that his wife wore modest clothes in his famous "Checkers Speech," but times have changed. We all know Cindy McCain's clothes cost $300,000 for an outfit, but one assumes she's paying for that herself. Word is out that Republican donors have been footing the bill for Sarah Palin's outfits:
The Republicans spent about $150,000 on a clothing makeover for Ms. Palin and her family, according to financial disclosure forms. But looking at the before-and-after photos, it was not readily apparent what Ms. Palin got, exactly, from her shopping spree at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.Honey, she's a Republican. Why pay $15/hour to a city employee (or soldier) when you can outsource/privatize the job to a company owned by your friend or contributor, and force the taxpayer to spend 100 times as much for a shoddier product just to puff up their profits?
What the number $150,000 suggests is that Ms. Palin traded up to designer versions of the clothes she wore before stepping onto the national stage, a surprising implication for a candidate who emphasizes her appeal to working-class voters.
“My first reaction when I heard about this was, ‘Honey, I could have dressed you for a lot less than that,’ ” said Cindi Leive, the editor in chief of Glamour magazine, which asked readers on Wednesday to vote in an online poll whether the expenses were too high; 72 percent said they were. “In general, she looks terrific,” Ms. Leive said, “but if you asked me to figure out where the $150,000 went, I’m not sure I could tell you.”