Saturday, December 06, 2008

My, My, My, Ain't That a Lot of Lipstick?

It didn't help Sarah Palin's credibility but it sure made her a piece of eye candy for the party faithful.

The New York Times is reporting that Republican vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin ran up a tab of - wait for it - $165,000 - on stylists for the nine week campaign. Keep it in perspective, that's still comfortably less than twenty thousand a week.

The fees showed up in new campaign finance reports filed late Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. The filings furnished a trickle of new details to what has become one of the lingering controversies of the 2008 presidential campaign: the expensive makeover of Ms. Palin, the vice-presidential nominee, for the campaign, including the tens of thousands of dollars spent by the Republican Party on clothing for her and her family, undermining her calibrated “hockey mom” appeal.

Besides the payments to the stylists, the new reports, for the period of Oct. 16 to Nov. 24, showed additional purchases on Ms. Palin’s behalf, significantly beyond the $150,000 already reported that was spent by the party at luxury stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Jeebus, I don't think the Soviets spent that much to embalm Lenin, and he's still looking daisy fresh even today, decades after he croaked.

Now, remember, that was for just the nine weeks she was actually brought aboard the McCain campaign. She's already indicated she wants to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 which means, next time, she'll start campaigning in 2010.

Sarah, best start your campaign fundraising soon. At the rate you go through money, a gruelling two-year primary campaign is going to run you better than $1.8-million - on hair and nails alone. Yikes!

1 comment:

Christian said...

Well, in all fairness, they needed a distraction from what she was actually rambling on about. And you're right it did work on the party faithful.

Rich Lowry, editor of Nationl Review Online had this to say:

“ I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me." And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. ”