POLITICAL observations & opinions

* NYT: Sarah Palin’s $150,000 wardrobe from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue disturbs even Republicans

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 23, 2008

Patrick Healy and Michael Luo write in the NYT …

  • Sarah Palin’s wardrobe joined the ranks of symbolic political excess on Wednesday, alongside John McCain’s multiple houses, as Republicans expressed fear that weeks of tailoring Ms. Palin as an average “hockey mom” would fray amid revelations that the Republican Party outfitted her with expensive clothing from high-end stores.
  • campaign finance reports confirmed that the Republican National Committee spent $75,062 at Neiman Marcus and $49,425 at Saks Fifth Avenue in September for Ms. Palin and her family.
  • Republicans expressed consternation publicly and privately that the shopping sprees on her behalf, which were first reported by Politico, would compromise Ms. Palin’s standing as Senator McCain’s chief emissary to working-class voters whose salvos at the so-called cultural elite often delight audiences at Republican rallies.

Read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/23/us/politics/23palin.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

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