10/22/08 at 2:49 PM
(Stephan Savoia / AP Photo)
As the old saying goes, "Clothes make the man"--or woman. But can they unmake her as well?
Despite a war in Iraq, another
in Afghanistan and a world economic system teetering on the brink of
collapse, the good people of Washington D.C. are chattering this afternoon about one thing and one thing only: Sarah
Palin's wardrobe. As the Politico first reported
last night, the Republican National Committee has spent more than
$150,000 "to clothe and accessorize" Palin since she joined the GOP
ticket in late August--a sum that includes purchases of $49,425.74 from
Saks Fifth Avenue, $75,062.63 from Neiman Marcus, $9,447.71 from Macy's
and $5,102.71 from Bloomingdale's.
For Republicans, this is a nightmare. To put it mildly.
Palinites, of course, will claim that Palin's new duds are irrelevant. The RNC's expenditures weren't illegal or anything, they'll say. Politicians always invest in clothing and makeup.
Which is correct--except that it ignores how Amer...