Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The $150,000 Question: What the Hell Was Sarah Palin:Thinking When She Shopped 'Till the RNC Dropped?

Credit: Dana Ellyn/Huffington Post

The embarrassing revelation that the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 on Sarah Palin's wardrobe at such swanky venues as Barney's New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman-Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue while most of us average Joes and Janes are struggling to make ends meet during an economic crisis is enough to give anyone pause.

Did it ever cross her myopic mind (if she even had anything resembling a brain strem) that there are those who can dress better than she can at a fraction of what the RNC blew on her?

This is coming from someone who takes in background gigs in film and television to help pay the monthly bills. I buy my clothes off the rack and on clearance. I never pay more than $10 for a shirt and $15 for a pair of pants. I have them altered for five bucks at a nearby cleaners. I bought my sport coats off the clearance racks at suit outlets for $25 to $30 a pop and can put together a formal ensemble that looks classy, upscale and elegant.

You don't believe me? Look at these pictures and see for yourself:

Now in all fairness, there may be a double standard in play, as women are judged based on their appearance far, far more than men. This is not a value judgment, but rather a statement of fact. It is unfortunate that for women as a whole, appearance is part of the job. All women in the public eye have to deal with this issue.

However, given that Sarah Palin is trying to project an image to the voters, that she shopped for clothes on the RNC dole at such swanky venues does serve to raise questions as to whether or not she's a crass opportunist.

Perhaps for once, Sarah Palin should show some humility for once by shopping at a T.J. Maxx or a Wal-Mart alongside her imaginary friend Joe the Plumber. At least she's making an attempt at showing some semblance of empathy.

And believe me, somewhere up in heaven, Mr. Blackwell is rolling on the floor howling with laughter at all this.

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