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  •  Blast Away (0+ / 0-)

    but I think the clothing thing is a non-issue.

    The rest of the story about what she did as governor is VERY important.

    What the CAMPAIGN did to make her presentable is not on her shoulders.

    Women in the public eye are in a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation when it comes to image.  If she were wearing Walmart clothes, she'd be blasted for not being professional enough for the VP job.

    I'd like to hear Hillary comment on clothing allowances in this situation.

    And who says Palin is even the one who went shopping, and not a staffer with a budget?

    We need to focus on what's coming out of her mouth, and happening at her rallies and McCain's judgement in picking her, and Obama's positives.

    We are getting distracted, IMHO, by something that really doesn't matter.  It's a drop in the bucket in the scheme of what's been spent on both campaigns and what's at stake in this election.

    If we'd never gone to Iraq, we wouldn't have needed a surge. Take that, McCain!

    by k8dd8d on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 10:50:55 AM PDT

    •  Hillary Clinton (0+ / 0-)

      I do not believe she charged her wardrobe as a campaign expense.

      "ENOUGH!" -- Barack Obama

      by Lemon Fresh on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 10:55:09 AM PDT

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      •  Do we know Palin did (0+ / 0-)

        and this wasn't a decision and expenditure left to a staffer?

        It's also not fair to think that someone with her salary could afford these clothes.  Hillary is in quite a different income class as well.

        If the CAMPAIGN made the decision this level of grooming was necessary, then they would have made the decision to pay for it.  She couldn't have been expected to have the power wardrobe necessary, and her salary wouldn't have permitted her buying it.

        I'm not trying to justify it, only to clarify whether SHE made this decision, and to question whether it's really important in the scheme of things 10 days before the election?!  I don't think it is...

        If we'd never gone to Iraq, we wouldn't have needed a surge. Take that, McCain!

        by k8dd8d on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:01:29 AM PDT

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        •  I don't know her role (2+ / 0-)
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          in the decision-making, of course, but in my view the most important reflection is on the campaign and on Republican hypocrisy when it comes to their professed populism.  In that respect, it is immaterial whether Sarah Palin herself made the decision to go on a huge spending spree for clothing.  Even by gotta-look-good-on-a-national-stage standards, that is a HUGE and I mean huuuuuuuuuge amount of money.

          "ENOUGH!" -- Barack Obama

          by Lemon Fresh on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:14:01 AM PDT

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        •  Just another example of McCain Campaign (0+ / 0-)

          being inept.  If she was part of the decision process it shows she is a freeloader.  If the campaign sent a staffer with a budget it shows the campaign once again made a huge mistake sending them out with that budget.  

          McCain's Campaign has been a Series of Incompetent Events.

          I'm an American I can handle the truth!

          by stas61690 on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:14:14 AM PDT

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          •  And she could have said (2+ / 0-)
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            "I have an image which I created of a down to earth hockey mom; hell no, I'm not wearing a bunch of designer clothes; fuck off."

            This situation would be equivalent to the Obama campaign attempting to force Biden into commuting via a Jaguar car rather than Amtrak.  Even were the Obama campaign dumb spendthrifts (and they're unequivocally not), IMO Biden would refuse an image transformation if he felt it was totally contrary to what suited him.

            Palin's either a puppet or an entitlement minded corrupt politician.  Perhaps she's a little of both, now that I'm thinking about it.

            "If you don't have a record to run on...You make a big election about small things." - Barack Obama

            by GN1927 on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:37:40 AM PDT

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        •  As for how important it is right before (1+ / 0-)
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          the election.  Clearly the economic circumstances of many, many Americans is far more important.  Which is why a decision like this (whoever made it) underscores Republican tone-deafness on such matters.  So it doesn't head the list of importance, but it IS highly relevant.  This story totally undermines their credibility.

          "ENOUGH!" -- Barack Obama

          by Lemon Fresh on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:15:44 AM PDT

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        •  She's a grown woman and governor of a state (0+ / 0-)

          Are we really expected to believe that she has no control over her own image?  Neither version: either the freeloading public servant who gobbles up every perk legitimately and not legitimately at her reach versus the puppet too out of it and too intimidated to understand that it's pretty foolish to parrot hockey mom pseudo-populist rhetoric while letting a campaign swath you in designer labels.  

          Neither version is pretty.  

          I happen to believe the first, considering that other stories, including a $50k Wasilla office makeover as soon as she became mayor, lends credence to the picture of just a corrupt, assholish, entitlement minded politician.  But even your theory isn't a good look for Palin.

          "If you don't have a record to run on...You make a big election about small things." - Barack Obama

          by GN1927 on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:34:07 AM PDT

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