Have you heard the complaining about Sarah Palin’s expenses on clothes, makeup and hair? $150K on her and her family.
“The clothing purchases have raised questions about the propriety of using party money for such expenses. The Republican National Committee said the clothes belong to the committee, while John McCain’s campaign said the clothing would go to a “charitable purpose” after the campaign. It also sought to deflect the issue by criticizing the media attention.”
To me, it’s such a silly and desperate thing to whine about. Oh, boo-hoo, she tries to look nice. She’s in the public eye! What’s she supposed to do, shop at Goodwill and get her hair done at SuperCuts?? Even if she shopped at moderate places and spent less, there would be people criticizing that and others saying if she had the money, why not.
It’s not the Dems that donated money to the party’s finances, so why are they complaining?
But it’s not just her…”If Palin’s $2,500 Valentino jacket seems expensive, consider that Barack Obama wears Hart Schaffner Marx suits that retail for about $1,500. John McCain consistently wears $520 Salvatore Ferragamo loafers, while Vanity Fair editors estimated that one outfit worn by Cindy McCain cost $313,100, including diamond earrings and pearl necklace.”
I think it’s all just a bunch of nit-picking. It’s really absurd. I don’t give a rat’s rear how much our future president/vp’s shoes cost. If I had their money I’d buy the same stuff!!
Yes it is knit picking. Do we expect her, and her family to look like slobs? If she went out there with Walmart clothes on, and her hair cut in some funky do, they would call her a back woods redneck, or some other hateful name. Do I think they needed to spend, as much as they did, no probably not. How much does a mans suit, as nice as Obama’s go for? Certainly not less than a hundred dollars.
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I haven’t heard a lot about it, but some people may be concerned that it was taxpayer money since John McCain took public campaign financing. Since the RNC paid for the clothes, they probably were bought with contributor funds. While yes, I believe there are better uses for the money, the job of the RNC is to get the McCain/Palin team elected. If they believe that will do the job, then that is what they need to do.
I also think the big deal is that it was such a large amount of money in such a short period of time and people feel it was a little shallow when the economy is doing so badly. From an image-management perspective, I am not sure I agree with the decision to remake her image, but it is certainly their money to do with as they choose.
What I disagree with is society’s need for fashion. You need something to keep you warm and perhaps comfortable, that’s it! I think it’s a great waste of money and supports an industry that really shouldn’t exist since it does nothing for anyone except for those that choose to flaunt their wealth.
Then again, if I had my way we’d all be nudists.
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Nudists, huh? That would put a twist on how we would look at our candidates, wouldn’t it.
oh my, i wouldn’t want to look at a nude Mccain!
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OK, I am going to concede this one. The clothing issue is a dumb issue to be getting so much air time. I do believe that it was wrong and it showed an incredible lack of foresight by the RNC. Team Obama should not be the ones complaining however. It should be republicans complaining about it. Republicans who are supposed to be the leaders in fiscal responsibility and should know better than flashing expensive wardrobes while Americans are being laid off in the thousands per week… but I digress. What I meant to say was that as a voter, I couldn’t care less either way about her clothes. I am guessing that no matter which side you are on you couldn’t care what designer any candidate wears. What is important is the words that are coming out of their mouths, and if we feel that what they say is what will work best for the country. I am hoping the rest of the country is like me and is so over discussing irrelevant issues like this one. Can’t both parties just dig in and show us some detailed plans for our future success as a nation from now until Election day?
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No kidding…I’m really sick of the back-and-forth bickering instead of really discussing real issues. I can’t wait until this is over!