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$$$$$$Don't Get Lipstick on That Red Leather Jacket$$$$$$

October 22, 2008 - Joselyn King
Hello, my name is Joselyn and I'm a shop-a-holic. But even I couldn't spend $150,000 on clothes, lipstick and my hair over a two-month period.

That's just what the Republican National Committee reports on spending in its attempts to transform Sarah Palin from Alaska governor/hockey mom into U.S. vice president/hot young-grandma-to-be.

Nobody said it didn't work. Sarah's got it going when it comes to the look --the glasses, the red jacket, the white coat and definitely the black suit. Thumbs up to the RNC stylists.

But a really important thing bothers me that does make this an actual issue in the presidential election.

The ultra-expensive clothes came from Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Doesn't she -- or those doing her shopping -- know about sale racks, and recreating looks on a dime?

I mean, if the Palin wardrobe philosophy continues in government, wouldn't we be paying $400 for a hammer that costs $6 when bought in bulk? Would government bypass buying cost-efficient Ford Focuses in favor of Cadillac Escalades?

No one is saying that the first woman to hold federal executive office shouldn't look the role. Whether we like it or not, the fashion standards are much higher for a Sarah Palin than a Joe Biden.

But why couldn't she have dropped some of that money in the Ohio Valley while she was here last week?

Didn't she pass Macy's going into or leaving St. C? Belmont County could have used that sales tax money.

And Kaufman's in downtown Wheeling would have been a great place to place an order for an inaugural gown.

Then there's Kohl's and J.C. Penney at The Highlands. And following a spree in Sephora, she might have enjoyed stopping in Crone's to find something for Todd. (You know she is not going to let him wear that snow machine uniform to the inaugural ball.)

If the campaign fails to win, I assume she does still get to keep the wardrobe.

I guess it's not such a bad gig to get a $150,000 wardrobe for three months work.

 
 

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