Sarah Palin’s $150K Wardrobe Upsetting But Legal

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Buying Sarah Palin a $150K wardrobe on the fly was perhaps not the McCain campaign's best move. Because now Palin is mired in all these "but what does this mean for the campaign?" issues. Sure, she needed an upgrade from her fleeces and secondhand Escada jackets, but how is she supposed to relate to the regular folks when she's wearing Valentino? As Joy Behar said on The View yesterday, “I don’t think Joe the Plumber wears Manolo Blahniks.” No, but Janet the Plumber might. Kidding!

And then there are the donors. Politico even talked to an "irate" one:

“I’m not one who says a candidate shouldn’t wear fine clothes,” he added. “I’d just like to think they were successful enough in the private sector to have afforded their wardrobe with their own money, not the party’s or the campaign’s, which is really our money as contributors.”


Sing it, sister! But it's hard to argue she doesn't look polished and professional — generally the way someone in her position ought. However, even though this $150K revelation has distanced her from her Joe Six-Packs sitting in their living rooms drinking Bud Light everywhere, and even though major campaign funders are "irate," the purchases were technically legal. Reported by the Republican National Committee, the funds came from an account shared by the RNC and the McCain-Palin campaign. But now Palin might have to pay taxes on the clothes, unless she can offset some of that by donating the clothes to charity, which the McCain campaign says has been the plan all along. We cannot wait for that auction.

GOP donors critical of Palin's pricey threads [Politico]
$150,000 Wardrobe for Palin May Alter Tailor-Made Image [NYT]

Earlier: How to Spend $150,000 at Saks and Neiman Marcus