Wednesday, October 22, 2008

$150,000 For Clothes? One Hundred And Fifty Thousand Dollars For Clothes? Dang, My House Only Cost $80,000

Sarah Palin and the RNC spent spent almost twice as much money on clothes for her and her family since McCain selected her as his VP choice in late August than I paid for my house

$80,000 spent on house
$150,000 spent on clothes
From MSNBC's First Read:

McCain's Palin Problem: Speaking of Palin, her numbers have plummeted in our poll. For the first time, she has a net-negative fav/unfav rating (38%-47%), the only principal to carry that distinction.

What's more, 55% think she's unqualified to serve as president if the need arises, which is a troublesome number given McCain's age. (Have worries about McCain's age risen because of Palin? Seems to be the case). In fact, her qualifications to be president rank as voters' top concern about a McCain presidency -- ahead of continuing Bush's policies. (Who would have ever thought that Palin would be a bigger problem for McCain than Bush would?)

And while inexperience turns out to be voters' top concern about an Obama presidency, it's probably not helpful to the McCain camp that inexperience is now a liability for its ticket, too.

If these poll numbers weren't bad enough for Palin, now comes a Politico report noting that the RNC spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize her at high-end stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue -- a story that could further add to the perception that Palin isn't a serious candidate.

The campaign released a statement last night that seemed to confirm the report: "With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it's remarkable that we're spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses. It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign."

A few questions here from NBC's Andrea Mitchell: Did the campaign announce that she was donating to clothes to charity because there's a potential tax problem here? And is Palin permitted to accept these kinds of gifts under Alaska ethics laws


The CDM said...

Jim, that's what you call there a "Prize pig...with lipstick".

Jackie Melton said...

Lemme get this straight.

Obama's campaign collected $200 million in September alone, AFTER he broke his word about taking public financing and then broke his word about discussing campaign financing with McCain, but Democrats, the little spend thrifts, are worried about $150,000spent on clothing for Palin?

Politikiness is facinatin' bidness, ain't it?