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Sarah Palin Wardrobe

Sarah Palin wardrobePosted by Vivian McInerny, The Oregonian October 22, 2008 10:26AMCategories: Living Top StoriesSarah PalinAssociated PressThis Sept. 3, 2008 file photo shows Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in her Valentino outfit waving to the crowd as she prepares to address the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.Readers might be interested in this Politico story on the GOP spending $159,000 to update Sarah Palin's wardrobe -- and that of her family. Even baby Trig got a $250 infant update. Hey, bibs are expensive!

No politician wants to kiss a badly dressed baby.

But OMG the GOP may now get in trouble for spending campaign donations on clothes. The charge: Crime of fashion.

Another interesting bit just in. The GOP also spends $13,000 a month -- a month, my friends -- on Sarah Palin's makeup. It's done by the same person who does the makeup for "So You Think You Can Dance."

Next reality/competition show: So you think you can do makeup?

Just curious: How would readers spend $150,000 on clothes? Would you buy the Naughty Monkey shoes? The red suit? The Palin 'do? How about those glasses? How would you spend $13,000 a month on makeup?

Seriously, that's a lot of MAC, Estee Lauder and Stila, donchya know?

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I would buy 10,000 Obama/Biden t-shirts.

Inappropriate?  Alert us. Post a commentPosted by vivianblog on 10/23/08 at 11:23AM

And I know just the place you could buy them -- Fred Meyer.

That's a lot of Obama/Biden t-shirts, my friends. (Oops, wrong catch phrase)

Look, that's a lot of t-shirts but we can do it.

Inappropriate? Alert us. Post a commentPosted by flyers73 on 10/23/08 at 11:28AM

Different city everyday T.V................ The Hollywood people Film Actor Guild (F.A.G.) SPEND ALLOT MORE..............

Inappropriate? Alert us. Post a commentPosted by flyers73 on 10/23/08 at 11:28AM

Different city everyday T.V................ The Hollywood people Film Actor Guild (F.A.G.) SPEND ALLOT MORE..............

Inappropriate? Alert us. Post a commentPosted by vivianblog on 10/23/08 at 11:42AM

I think you mean S.A.G. -- Screen Actors' Guild -- and will give you the benefit of the doubt.

True, a lot of money is spent on actors' wardrobes, otherwise known as costumes. They are acting which is a grown-up form of play pretending.

Some people might hope for a bit more in our political leaders.

Inappropriate? Alert us. Post a commentPosted by NWilliams770 on 10/23/08 at 1:41PM

Regardless of your political opinion, you have to admit that Sarah Palin is pretty hot and now

I know who's behind it all. I can see how the GOP would want to spend money on the candidates because appearance plays such a huge role in elections (unfortunately) but it's kind of ridiculous in my opinion to be spending that much on her. I guess they're trying to cover-up all her crazy opinions with lots of Estee Lauder...makes me glad that the GOP didn't get a cent of my money.

Inappropriate? Alert us. Post a commentPosted by vivianblog on 10/23/08 at 2:48PM

Agreed! She does look adorable.

So much emphasis is put on her glasses, her clothes, her shoes, her hair but seriously, she's just got cute bone structure. Something about her square jaw and perfect teeth.

That said, I cannot imagine that anyone ever though that spending $150,000 at Neiman Marcus to outfit her and the family was a good idea when they are trying to act all Joe-the-plumber.

I believe that the average American woman spent about $1,800 on clothes last year if I read the U.S. Department of Labor stats right. Or maybe that was per household. I saw that in 2004 it was about $630 for a woman, $317, for men and about -- $100 for each kid.

Republicans dress well.

Inappropriate? Alert us. Post a commentPosted by taobowwow on 10/23/08 at 4:47PM

I'd love to see some "before" and "after" photos. Does she really look any different with the $150,000 make-over??

Like, did she look more like Roseann Barr instead of Tina Fey? Did they put that little black bar over her eyes during her state of the state address because of her fashion faux pas? (And is there a plural of faux pas??)

Inappropriate? Alert us. Post a commentPosted by vivianblog on 10/23/08 at 6:26PM

I think I could look a lot snappier for $150,000. Course, I doubt any of it would be party approved.

It seems most people are having a hard time seeing where the money was spent. Maybe Palin bought 10 karat diamond stud earrings. Or maybe after her personal GOP shoppers bought her all the stuff, she sneaked back and returned it all for cash.

As much as I love clothes, I could think of better things to do with $150,000.

And, hey, if they paid me $10,000 I'd do my own dang makeup.

Inappropriate? Alert us. Post a commentPosted by vivianblog on 10/27/08 at 11:50AM


Yeah, just read your column in the Living section and, yeah, you're right, what has been keeping me up late at night every night during this campaign this last week is that somebody spent money on Sarah Palin's clothes.

I'm not afraid for the economy. I'm not afraid about whether either one of these guys is up to the job which, by the way, I'm not sure either one of them is up to it. I'm an independent. I think a pox on both their parties.

Despite all that, the thing that really, really, really worried me and scared me is Sara Palin's $150,000 wardrobe. Yeah, versus let's say the 150 million bucks Obama reeled in the month of September. Huh? I wonder where it came from. Should I be worried about that? Should I be worried about the big donors and lobbyists giving money to our candidates in such a huge amount that he has more money than any presidential candidate ever in the history of America. Should we worry about that? No!!! Let's focus on Sarah Palin's $150,000 wardrobe!.

We don't want to be bothered with finding out where all that big money came from to all the Democrats. And even from the Republicans.

I'm so glad you have your eye on the right thing. It's so much easier to focus on that little wardrobe than to think about the really, hard tough things like should lobbyists have such a big influence on someone? Let's just keeping looking the other way and telling ourselves $150,000 important? 150 million and the influence it's going to buy, whoever gave that money, and by the way, that wasn't the little $5 and $10 donors. What kind of influence is that going to buy with President Obama.

Uh-huh. Yeah! Let's keep our eye on the prize; Sarah Palin.

Good for you!! You're focused on the right things.

Inappropriate? Alert us. Post a commentPosted by vivianblog on 10/27/08 at 11:57AM

The reason I wrote about Sarah Palin's wardrobe is because I write about fashion. I leave the political investigation work to the political reporters. I know. I know. You think I belong on the funny pages.

By the way, have you met Darlene Tutman? I think you two would be pals..


Inappropriate? Alert us. Post a commentPosted by vivianblog on 10/27/08 at 12:07PM


You know it sounds very doubtful that Palin spends $13,000 a month on makeup. And if you want to be fair, why don't we talk about Joe Biden's hair transplants.

Let's make it equal.

Inappropriate? Alert us. Post a commentPosted by vivianblog on 10/27/08 at 12:20PM

It does seem not only doubtful but downright ridiculous that Sarah Palin spends $13,000 a month on makeup.

Alas, it is true. As mentioned, the makeup comes with a personal applicator, a stylist who once worked on "So You Think You Can Dance." Sounds like urban myth, I know, but just the facts, maam.

It's also true that the person who bought Palin the $150,000 wardrobe in Minneapolis was quickly reimbursed after the media -- not me, but that other media -- learned of the donation and pointed out that it was illegal.

Now about that Biden hair transplant.. . I thought it must be urban myth because, quite frankly, I thought he'd have more hair if it were true.

According to Reuters, a reputable international news agency, Biden did have a hair transplant that was made fun of many times during the Clarence Thomas hearings.

Makes for some hilarious blogs.

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