[Updated] Palin's Clothes Waaaay more than $150,000. And SHE bought 'em, you betcha!
by January 20, Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 05:42:38 PM EST
I humbly dedicate this diary to the tireless Nancy K. I pray that she continues to treat us to her delightfully droll tales of the fantastic brilliance of Sarah Palin, Genius Woman Politician. For more on the extent of her spectacular genius may I direct you all to vcalzone video-clip treat of the day: http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/11/5/2123 54/732
Now for my little dose of consumer Palinology, I turn to Newsweek's "How He Did It, 2008," the latest installment in NEWSWEEK's Special Election Project, which was first published in 1984. As in the previous editions, "How He Did It, 2008" is an inside, behind-the-scenes account of the presidential election produced by a special team of reporters working for more than a year on an embargoed basis and detached from the weekly magazine and Newsweek.com. Everything the project team learns is kept confidential until the day after the polls close.
http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/11/5/2123 54/732 This diary is sticking just to the content on Sarah, Superstar of Republican base.
As you all know, stunning Sarah got spiffed up some for her swell gig as Vanna White to McCain's Bob Barker. We've all heard how she was shocked, shocked! by the cost of the threads. The poor gal really wanted to wear her own jeans and elk skins.
Well, not so much as it turns out. Join me after the jump for "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and Sarah in a towel!
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.
A Palin aide said: "Governor Palin was not directing staffers to put anything on their personal credit cards, and anything that staffers put on their credit cards has been reimbursed, like an expense. Nasty and false accusations following a defeat say more about the person who made them than they do about Governor Palin."
McCain himself rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign, and aides kept him in the dark about the details of her spending on clothes because they were sure he would be offended. Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request.
Other shocking (and very disturbing) Sara revelations in the Newsweek project include:
* The Obama campaign was provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October, at the same time that many crowds at Palin rallies became more frenzied. Michelle Obama was shaken by the vituperative crowds and the hot rhetoric from the GOP candidates. "Why would they try to make people hate us?" Michelle asked a top campaign aide.
* Palin launched her attack on Obama's association with William Ayers, the former Weather Underground bomber, before the campaign had finalized a plan to raise the issue. McCain's advisers were working on a strategy that they hoped to unveil the following week, but McCain had not signed off on it, and top adviser Mark Salter was resisting.
* At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Palin was completely unfazed by the boys' club fraternity she had just joined. One night, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to her hotel room to brief her. After a minute, Palin sailed into the room wearing nothing but a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat with her laconic husband, Todd. "I'll be just a minute," she said.
I'm guessing this is is still but the tip of the iceberg.
And Nate has something that might be interesting as well... http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2008/11/w hat-in-hell-happened-in-alaska.htmlUpdate [2008-11-6 3:39:3 by January 20]: Elisabeth Bumiller has a comprehensive prelim on the Palin/McCain dust-up & brouhaha featuring everybody's bestest pal, the pit poodle of punditry, Bill Kristol @ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/us/politics/06mccain.html?hp