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    Thumbs down Sarah Palin denies $150,000 wardrobe; blames sexism

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    ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Sarah Palin is blaming gender bias for the controversy over $150,000 worth of designer clothes, hairstyling and accessories the Republican Party provided for her, a newspaper reported Thursday.
    "I think Hillary Clinton was held to a different standard in her primary race," Palin said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune posted on the newspaper's Web site Thursday night. "Do you remember the conversations that took place about her, say superficial things that they don't talk about with men, her wardrobe and her hairstyles, all of that? That's a bit of that double standard."
    Palin, who is John McCain's vice presidential running mate, said the clothes were not worth $150,000 and were bought for the Republican National Convention.
    Most of the clothes have never left the campaign plane, she told the newspaper.
    "It's kind of painful to be criticized for something when all the facts are not out there and are not reported," Palin said.
    "That whole thing is just, bad!" she said. "Oh, if people only knew how frugal we are."
    News of the purchases of designer clothes, largely from upscale Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, contrasts with the image Palin has crafted as a typical "hockey mom."
    McCain was asked several questions on Thursday about the shopping spree — and he answered each one more or less the same way: Palin needed clothes and they'll be donated to charity.
    "She needed clothes at the time. They'll be donated at end of this campaign. They'll be donated to charity," McCain told reporters on his campaign bus between Florida rallies.
    Asked for details on how they'll be donated, McCain said, "It works by her getting some clothes when she was made the nominee of the party and it will be donated back to charity."
    Asked if he was surprised at the amount spent, McCain said, "It works that the clothes will be donated to charity. Nothing surprises me."
    McCain offered no further comment, except to say that the Republican National Committee doesn't buy his clothes.
    Also on Thursday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a private watchdog group in Washington, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Palin, the Republican National Committee and several political operatives alleging that the purchase of clothing for Palin and her family violates Federal Election Campaign Act.
    The law prohibits a candidate for federal office from converting campaign funds to personal use. CREW notes that FEC regulations make clear the prohibition applies to clothing but also provide that donations by candidates to charity are not for personal use. CREW argued this exception might apply to Palin's clothes but doesn't appear to apply to clothes for her family.
    Asked Wednesday who had paid for the suit he was wearing, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden told WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Va.: "I pay for my suits. I pay for all of my own clothing."
    McCain also said that Barack Obama's money advantage is probably why one Florida poll shows the Democrat doing well in the state. A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday showed Obama up 5 percentage points overall in Florida, which went Republican in the last two presidential elections.
    They spent more, that's the element," McCain said. "If it's true — organization. But we've energized volunteers, we'll get our vote out."

    He then criticized Obama for not accepting public campaign financing after initially indicating he would. That means he can raise and spend as much as he can, and he's doing so at a clip of about $5 million a day. McCain did accept public financing and can no longer raise money. Obama began October with $134 million in the bank, compared to $47 million for McCain. However, McCain also is getting help from the Republican National Committee, which has far outraised its Democratic counterpart.
    "He told the American people something that was patently false and then he's raised a whole lot of money and the implications of that for future presidential elections should be very disturbing to every American. One thing we've shown in history — you get unlimited amounts of money into political campaigns, you get corruption and you get scandals," McCain said.
    At one point in the interview, McCain grew frustrated with a Tampa television reporter during her questions on immigration issues. McCain twice said illegal immigrants who have committed crimes would be rounded up. Katie Coronado of WFLA-TV asked if that meant using raids to round up immigrants.
    "What did I just say that had any connotation of raids?" McCain said, raising his voice with impatience. "Let me try one more time."
    He again explained the idea of forcing illegal immigrants out of the country by issuing ID cards and fining employers who hire illegals. He then softened his tone. "I apologize," he said to Coronado. "I understand how important an issue it is. I didn't mean to be flip."
    Palin denies accepting $150K in designer clothes
    She accuses Obama of being a socialist and palling around with terrorists, but she's whining about having things said 'without having all of the facts.'

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    Um yeah I agree I was pissed when people talked about what Hillary was wearing because it didn't matter to me but I don't recall them ever talking about the 150,000 that Hillary had spent on clothes either. Don't compare yourself to a woman with a brain loser.

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    STFU. She's just upset because she might not get to keep the hooker boots.

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    Oh. My. God. SHUT UP WITH THE SEXISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Hillary Clinton was held to a different standard and unfairly criticized for superficial things, she's right about that. But Palin herself is not a victim of sexism, if anything she's been held to a lower standard than any other candidate. People said she did well in the VP debate just because she didn't make any major mistake or do as horribly as she did during the Katie Couric interviews. In reality though, for a VP candidate, she did very poorly (say it ain't so, there you go again joe?)

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    Didnt Hilary Clinton pay for her wardrobe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycgirly101 View Post
    Hillary Clinton was held to a different standard and unfairly criticized for superficial things, she's right about that. But Palin herself is not a victim of sexism, if anything she's been held to a lower standard than any other candidate. People said she did well in the VP debate just because she didn't make any major mistake or do as horribly as she did during the Katie Couric interviews. In reality though, for a VP candidate, she did very poorly (say it ain't so, there you go again joe?)
    OMG, I HATED the moment she said that to Joe Biden. I HATE her stupid quirky way of speaking. I wish, even for a moment, that she could answer a question clearly and concisely with just a modicum of intelligence. The fact taht she isn't able to do that at all just smacks in the face of all the women who have actually worked hard to get to where they are today.

    As far as her clothing is concerned. I don't really care. They spent a lot of money, but $150k isn't that much in the long run. She needs to look profession and lord knows whatever crap she was wearing up in Alaska wasn't going to work. I just wish she wouldn't complain that she's being treated unfiarly.

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    'Oh, if people only knew how frugal we are.'

    What the fuck is that? Frugal my ass. Frugal is making do with what you have, you dumb, dumb woman.
    'Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.' Ben Franklin

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    The Carter's were frugal. Not this bitch.

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    On the one hand, Hillary has been in the national spotlight for so long that she has built up her wardrobe gradually throughout the years unlike Palin. However, Palin is a governor. Weren't her own professional clothes enough? Considering that's how the Republicans are trying to portray her, then that's how she should dress if she's so "frugal."

    Also on Thursday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a private watchdog group in Washington, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Palin, the Republican National Committee and several political operatives alleging that the purchase of clothing for Palin and her family violates Federal Election Campaign Act.
    The law prohibits a candidate for federal office from converting campaign funds to personal use. CREW notes that FEC regulations make clear the prohibition applies to clothing but also provide that donations by candidates to charity are not for personal use. CREW argued this exception might apply to Palin's clothes but doesn't appear to apply to clothes for her family.
    And yet she's campaigning as a reformer. This is the problem regarding this clothing situation--the sheer hypocrisy of spending $150,000 in two months on clothes while you say you're just like everyone else!

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    Other comments on Palin's fashion-gate:
    Today, the New York Times' Caucus blog broke the news that the highest-paid person in McCain's campaign for the past two weeks is Sarah Palin's stylist
    [Amy] Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup work on the television show "So You Think You Can Dance?", was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks of October alone, according to the records. The campaign categorized Ms. Strozzi’s payment as "Personnel Svc/Equipment."
    Before you sharpen your Ginsus, however, consider this: Last night, on CNN, Campbell Brown asked the media to stop covering the story about Palin's wardrobe (which Broadsheet had, of course, already covered).
    There is an incredible double standard here, and we're ignoring a very simple reality. Women are judged based on their appearance far, far more than men. This is a statement of fact. There has been plenty of talk and plenty written about Sarah Palin's jackets, her hair, her looks. Sound familiar? There was plenty of talk and plenty written about Hillary Clinton's looks, hair, pantsuits. Compare that to the attention given to Barack Obama's $1,500 suits or John McCain’s $520 Ferragamo shoes. There is no comparison.
    I asked Salon staffers: Should we stop covering this story? Is it newsworthy that Palin's stylist was paid so enormously well? Why -- if at all -- does this story matter?

    The responses are posted below:

    Andrew O'Hehir:
    Once again, I'm going to have my cake and eat it too. No question, Brown has a point -- women in public life are subjected to intense scrutiny of their physique, hair and wardrobe in a way men never are. But when people wrote or blogged snarky things about Clinton's ankles or her pantsuits or whatever, that's all it was -- random sexist bitchiness. No one argued that the specifics of Clinton's wardrobe or toilette were especially revelatory or pointed out some hypocrisy in the way she was packaged and presented.

    For one thing, we were all pretty sure that Hillary Clinton was packaging herself, for better or for worse. And that's where the Palin clothing budget becomes relevant. As I said earlier, the GOP made a strategic and/or tactical decision to package Palin as a pop star and to play up her physical attractiveness by dressing her in flattering and extremely expensive designer outfits. I'm not horrified by this in the abstract, and I'm sure Obama and/or his people select his very nice and very not-cheap suits with immense care. They flatter his physique, too, and he looks terrific. (McCain, well, you have to feel for the poor bastard on this front. He can spend a million bucks on shoes made from Peruvian anteater hides if he wants, and God knows Cindy's got the money, but it won't help.)

    But of course the media has seized on the Palin fashion budget because A) it appears to undermine her winky, Wasilla Main Street, Wal-Mart-mom stage persona, which as it happens is not resonating outside the Republican base the way they hoped it might; and B) it was a dumbass blunder that speaks to the arrogance and cluelessness of this year's GOP campaign, which just keeps dredging up golden oldies and finding that the audience has moved on.

    So while I think there is always an element of sexism in any public dissection of a prominent woman's appearance -- and some of the media will fall into that trap more than others -- this remains a legit story.

    Rebecca Traister:
    My take on Palin and wardrobe: I am just flat-out tired of talking about it. I didn't think it was sexist when it broke as a mini-story (see also: Edwards' haircut, Kerry's botox, McCain's 15 houses) but the four-day fetishization is pushing me to: Move along, folks, the lady bought too many expensive clothes. Nothing to see here. And can't help but feel that the gawking would be less intense and prolonged if it were about a man's wardrobe. But also: There is way more problematic distance between how Palin addresses her real American fans vs. how she legislates on their behalf than there is between how she dresses and how she talks.

    Jeanne Carstensen:
    I agree with Rebecca that "There is way more problematic distance between how Palin addresses her real American fans vs. how she legislates on their behalf than there is between how she dresses and how she talks." Totally.

    But I still the media scrutiny is warranted. Sure, sexism puts more pressure on women than men to play the beauty card, to spend extravagantly on fashion, hair, makeup. So it's not surprising to learn those Valentino suits and Manolo Blahnik shoes weren't in Palin's closet in Wasilla but were purchased after she was plucked by McCain for his veep. Same for that hair and perfectly applied foundation. Any politician, and especially a woman, would need a major makeover after being thrust suddenly onto the national stage from a regional one. But still, the disconnect between Palin's populist hockey-mom routine and her current status as a right-wing celebrity complete with GOP-funded fashion entourage is notable. She derides anyone not on the barstool next to her with "Joe Sixpack" as un-American. Since she's so aggressive about attacking others not in her supposed cultural camp, the details about what Sarah "Hockey Mom" Palin actually wears, and how much it costs, are facts voters have a right to know.

    Judy Berman:
    I wasn't especially bothered by the original revelation about Palin's clothing expenditures, but the makeup artist's paycheck gets to me. Though I don't necessarily think the McCain camp should be prohibited from spending that much money on an employee whose entire job is to keep Palin's face looking VPILF-tastic, the decision does say something depressing about their priorities and judgment. You're lagging by a large margin in the polls, voters are hungry to hear something -- anything -- about how your administration would deal with the economic crisis ... and you're paying the makeup artist from "So You Think You Can Dance?" nearly twice what the heads of your communications and foreign policy teams make? Really?

    Katharine Mieszkowski:
    It's a great day when the political tempest in a teapot is that a woman is being paid too much.

    ― Sarah Hepola

    Should we be covering Palin's wardrobe? - Broadsheet - Salon.com

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    Palin's got some damm nerve. Here she is saying Obama pals around with a terrorist and saying other false accusations and she's pissed. Unbelievable.

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    Also on Thursday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a private watchdog group in Washington, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Palin, the Republican National Committee and several political operatives alleging that the purchase of clothing for Palin and her family violates Federal Election Campaign Act.

    The law prohibits a candidate for federal office from converting campaign funds to personal use. CREW notes that FEC regulations make clear the prohibition applies to clothing but also provide that donations by candidates to charity are not for personal use. CREW argued this exception might apply to Palin's clothes but doesn't appear to apply to clothes for her family.
    The funny thing I found out, the specific law that covers this was passed by McCain. LOL! Too funny! There's lots of debate over whether the law was actually broken, but lots of people are saying at the very least the spirit of the law was broken.
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