While hopscotching to rural places in "the real America" as your basic "hockey mom" with her "Joe Six Pack" message of small-town values, Sarah Palin went out for shopping sprees in the cesspool of greed and elitism, Manhattan, to deck herself out in chic blueblood duds.
The Republican National Committee's lavish new wardrobe for Palin—the bulk being $75,062 from snobbish Nieman Marcus and $49,425 from elegant Saks Fifth Avenue—has exposed the hypocrisy and inconsistency of John McCain's claim to the "Joe the Plumber" vote.
Voters don't begrudge Cindy McCain's $100 million inheritance, that she has a company jet at her disposal or that she owns seven (maybe 10?) homes, 13 automobiles and can afford a $5,000 Oscar de la Renta dress for day wear. She's an heiress.
But Palin's $100,000-plus new finery? There's more to the Cinderella story. The McCain-Palin campaign also spent $13,200 for a TV makeup artist's work on Palin (compared to a paltry $8,672.55 in September for McCain's makeup), plus a couple thousand bucks for a voice coach to polish Palin's nasal, high-pitched voice.
The GOP pooh-poohs the wardrobe-makeover kerfuffle as a frivolous "distraction" during serious times. Oh? Remember Republican mocking of Democrat John Edwards' $400 haircuts?
Faced with violating campaign expenditure rules, the RNC and McCain offered conflicting stories. The RNC said Palin's stiletto-heel boots and pencil skirts belong to the committee.
McCain said they will be donated to a charity. Perhaps it can use the proceeds from auction to help families out of work as a result of eight years of Republican economics.