Posts Tagged ‘$150000 in clothes’

Sarah’s Taking It Off!

October 27, 2008

Sarah’s eschewing the $150,000 in Republican National Committee clothing (although the $22,800 for makeup and styling services for two weeks in October isn’t returnable) and is wearing…jeans.

Read about it in the Anchorage Daily News.

McCain’s campaign people are dying many deaths over Sarah’s insistence on talking about “the clothes thing“. One person went as far as to say Sarah is “going rogue”.

Sarah taking it off should not be confused with Lisa Ann taking it off.

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Sarah Denies Accepting $150,000 in Clothes

October 24, 2008

Sarah clearly has a medical condition that requires that she talk when she shouldn’t and contradict John McCain. Many children are sent to the corner for a time-out when this happens. I’m not sure what John McCain does when this happens: Does he count to 150,000?

Although the Republican National Committee has released financial statements clearly listing $150,000 worth of “personal accessories” for Sarah Palin and the Republicans have never denied the purchases, in Florida yesterday Sarah denied receiving $150,000 in clothes, hairstyling, and accessories. She offered up several statements that she perhaps considered to be excuses:

  • The clothes aren’t worth that much. (So is she claiming that people are submitting false receipts for reimbursement? Republican consultant Jeff Larson carried $132,457 alone on his credit card for Sarah’s purchases. Should he refund money to the Republican National Committee? Is he a Republican cross-dresser using her as a front?)
  • Most of the clothes have never left the campaign plane. (So there’s more that we haven’t seen?)
  • She’s frugal. (But isn’t this why they had to buy the clothes to begin with: She didn’t have outfits that the Republicans thought were appropriate for campaigning? To quote John McCain: “She needed clothes.” I fear that Sarah has a pattern of letting someone else pick up the bill for her. )
  • She’s being treated like Hillary and it’s a double-standard. (Not sure what her point is. Just read it. I can’t understand what’s she’s saying. Hillary buys her own clothes. Joe Biden buys his own clothes. John McCain buys his own clothes. Barack Obama buys his own clothes.)

I don’t know if Sarah is getting rogue again. But John McCain’s stance is that Sarah needed clothes and they’ll be donated after the election to charity. Sarah’s saying anything but what John is saying.

And a citizen watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, has filed a complaint against Sarah with the Federal Election Commission for misuse of political contributions.

Read about it here.

Update: Sarah’s Makeup Artist Made $22,800 in two months in October.

McCain Juggles Priorities and Makes Decisions

October 23, 2008

The problem:

Sarah needs new clothes. Swing states need more television ads. You can’t have everything and that’s why you need someone willing to make tough calls. The winner? “Baby needs new clothes!” (SNAKE EYES!)

Read about it in Huffington Post.

Sarah Blames the Gays: If Only She Had “Queer Eye”

October 23, 2008

I confess that Sarah may not have waved her magic wand and wished upon a Macy’s star that Carson and Queer Eye had been there to give her, Todd, and the brood a makeover. But I do wonder how much better she would have fared this election year if The Fab Five had been in charge of her makeover. Certainly passing her onto Jeff Larson, Republican consultant, and asking him to shoulder the burden of Sarah’s $150,000 makeover debt by carrying $132,457 on his ample credit card has raised both plucked and unplucked eyebrows at the McCain-Palin campaign.

Don’t you remember the good old days when Carson Kressley unblinkingly looked into the eyes of red-neck, sweatpants-wearing-dudes and schooled us in how we dressed to express the best about ourselves? Or when Kyan taught us that spray-on tans were preferable to and safer than tanning beds? Think of all the ways that Ted could have paired moose and wine? Thom was my favorite. Was there nothing he couldn’t slap a coat of paint on and drill press to make fabulous? I think that’s who Sarah was evoking when she asked the Republican National Convention to “Drill, Baby, Drill!” But Jai and Blair. I know they were adorable and I suppose no Fab Five would be complete without a culture vulture. But, please, what were they doing?

Anyway, we know that Carson always came in ON BUDGET and ON TIME to make over his weekly charges. And in the process we all felt better about ourselves. Clearly, Jeff Larson is not Carson. I fear that he is some frightened heterosexual male who took Sarah to stores and said, “Spend, Baby, Spend!” then sent his credit card bills to the Republican National Committee for reimbursement.

Or if he is gay, then Jeff Larson is a total bottom.

Sarah’s fashion as governor of Alaska.

Sarah’s fashion as candidate for vice-president.

Sarah Palin’s $150,000 Clothes Budget

October 22, 2008

Ouch. And the Republican National Committee spent that much in less than two months. Now how is Joe the Plumber supposed to compete with this when he buys his girlfriend a Christmas present?

Read about it here at Politico.com.

Republicans are NOT happy about this, either. Read it on the Huffington Post.

Update: Apparently saying that you’re going to donate the clothes to charity after the election still might not make it an allowable expense to be covered by political contributions under the Federal Elections Commission rules. Read: You’re supposed to buy your own clothes. Back in 1993 a Mavericky Senator from a southwestern state tried to tighten up the use of political contributions for personal use saying that the restrictions were written too loosely and could be misused.

“The use of campaign funds for items which most Americans would consider to be strictly personal reasons, in my view, erodes public confidence and erodes it significantly.”

– Senator John McCain, on the Senate Floor. May 1993.