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FASHIONGATE: DRESSING SARAH PALIN & THE PALINETTES
To dress Sarah Palin and the Palinettes for campaign stops, the Republican party has spent over $150,000. Records show that in September $49,425.74 went to Saks Fifth Avenue with $75,062.63 going to other major department stores, including Barney’s and Bloomingdale’s in New York and Macy’s in Minneapolis. Hair and make-up ran an additional $4,716.49 through September. Whom did they ask for a hair stylist? John Edwards?

Didn’t this woman own clothes? What did she wear when Putin was flying over her house? If they'd asked, Tina Fey might have lent them a few outfits she doesn't need during the week. Don’t the Republicans know what you can save at Century 21, Daffy’s and Loehmann’s? They could only have spent more by using Cindy McCain’s personal shopper. $150,000 to clothe someone for three months and this party wants us to trust them to deal with the country's economic disaster?!!

The "show, but don't tell" policy -- dressing up Sarah Palin to not answer questions -- reflects the cynicism and insecurities of the party as well as our country's obsession with glamour. McCain strutted out an arm candy vice-president, and instead of having her briefed on the job description, allowed her to misstate the VP's responsibilities not once, but four times. Did they think that by her appearing in different outfits, it would obscure that two weeks before the election, she still has no concept of what the VP does?

This revelation coincides with the disclosure that the governor charged Alaska $21,012 for having her children accompany her to events where they hadn’t been invited, later amending the paperwork to show this was for official business. The charges included hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join her to watch Todd in a snowmobile race and a trip to New York, where she and Bristol spent four nights in a luxury hotel though she attended only one five-hour conference.

Alaskan law does not specifically address expenses for a governor's children. Palin justified having the state pick up the tab by claiming the girls had been invited, which has been disputed by organizers saying they were surprised when the children showed up uninvited or that they'd agreed to a request by the governor to allow the children to attend.

Do Alaskan tax payers have the right to know how many Milky Ways these kids took out of mini-bars?