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PITTSBURGH - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin insisted in an interview with the Tribune on Thursday that she did not accept $150,000 worth of designer clothes from the Republican Party and "that is not who we are."
The McCain campaign and RNC's pushback to revelations that they purchased $150,000 worth of clothing and accessories for Sarah Palin has been, primarily, that it was money well spent.
After all, the Alaska Governor's image has graced countless newspaper covers and been featured prominently on television newscasts. Politics, the argument goes, is a superficial business. "She needed clothes," said McCain.
But what has some GOP operatives shaking their heads is the missed opportunities that that $150K represents. Had the RNC forgone the clothing purchases, they could have put more mail in mailboxes, more boots on the ground, and more advertisements on air.
Indeed, a look at some ad buy statistics provided by a Democratic source shows that the RNC put more money down on Palin's attire than they and the McCain campaign have spent on a weeks-worth of advertising in half a dozen, potentially, swing states.
From October 13th through October 19th, the McCain campaign and the RNC spent a combined $125,000 on advertisements in New Hampshire, roughly $90,000 in West Virginia, and $86,000 in Maine. In each of those states, the Republican ticket is fighting Obama for a small but potentially significant number of electoral votes.
Originally posted by nyk537
Why is this an issue? If she did buy that many clothes, who cares?
It's no different than Michelle Obama's outrageous room service bills is it?
This class envy stuff is getting old.
Let's talk issues.
She dressed like a hick up in Alaska and so did her First Dude. I can almost understand why she would need a new, expensive wardrobe. In order to appear center stage in front of the USA and the world, she needed to look more high maintenance.
If she had been wearing her 2nd hand store stuff then the world would be making fun of her for it calling her redneck trash. If she was wearing stuff from Walmart, the world would be screaming at the top of their lungs for her supporting the evil EVIL WALMART!!