Saturday, November 08, 2008

In case You're thinking 2012

I think I said it was like the last days of the Marcos regime...John Stewart said it was like the Grifters. I think were were both right:

From Newsweek:

NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin's shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards.

The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

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6 comments:

Susan G said...

Guess this article is so appaling that we're all speechless!

Green Fertility Marie said...

Yes, I write for the WashPost, and they are more courageous at digging stuff out than the NYT, I think, but they are still very careful. But most recently, for the First Dude:

"The campaign was charged for silk boxer shorts, spray tanners and 13 suitcases to carry all the designer clothes."

Let us not get started on NAFTA. Good night!

Kelli said...

What really irks me, is that political viewpoints aside, why is it that no one is recognizing the fact that she is being attacked on "girlie" issues? The attacks are all based on the fact that she is a woman and they are exploiting that to make her look bad. Clothing expenditures - no one has even thought about auditing the Obamas, her parental abilities, and her appearance overall. This is as bad as playing the race card, but no one would dare go there - nor do they need to. The media was needlessly bringing "girlie issues" against her instead of having a more intelligent debate be the forefront.
I'm so tired of politics I could just puke! I just hope that our country can get things straightened out with the economy and all the important issues of society.

Green Fertility Marie said...

Thanks for Posting, Kelli!

I actually don't see this as a girlie issue, I see it as a graft issue, where she took RNC funds from donors and spent it on herself! I think Ted Stevens is also embroiled in this kind of muck.

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