Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gives a thumbs up sign to a supporter during a rally, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
The McCain campaign probably thought that Sarah's expensive wardrobe was yesterday's story, and that the outrage and ridicule was mostly over. They were fabulously wrong! Indeed, nearly every major news outlet saved their best for today. Here's a partial roundup:
- Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post: "...that it’s a good idea, when the shopping spree turns up on the campaign reports, to say: “The campaign does not comment on strategic decisions regarding how financial resources available to the campaign are spent." Strategic decisions -- like what, St. John vs. Dior?"
- Robin Givhan, also in the Post: "$789.72 at Barneys New York, which, considering the typical prices there, probably got Palin little more than a scarf."
- Patrick Healy in the NY Times: "Sarah Palin’s wardrobe joined the ranks of symbolic political excess on Wednesday."
- Also in the Times: "“My first reaction when I heard about this was, ‘Honey, I could have dressed you for a lot less than that,’ ” said Cindi Leive, the editor in chief of Glamour magazine."
- Robin Abcarian in the LA Times: "A spokesman for the Obama campaign said the DNC had not bought the Obamas any clothing or hair or makeup services."
- BBC News: "It looks as though Mrs Palin's "the heels are on, the gloves are off" comment was more firmly based in reality than was previously thought."
- Kansas City Star: "This is the kind of free-spending mindset Washington does not need right now. In fact, it's the kind of free-spending mindset that Palin supposedly opposes."
- Houston Chronicle: ""While Texans are struggling to spend even $150 for their wardrobes," he said, "Sarah Palin is out trying to look sharp for the cameras.""
- Even Townhall.com timidly admits, "...this does seem extravagant," and tries, fails to find similar extravagance in the Obama campaign.
There's more, much more! But let's just leave it with this illustration from the Christian Science Monitor:
The McCain campaign will have to work really, really hard to top this one, and I am confident they are up to the task.
MEGAPOST UPDATE! Politico has thrown the question of Neimansgate into their Arena, where biased LOLpundits will bat it around like a particularly nubby ball of yarn. I can't wait to see how Grover Norquist will spin this one. My guess is that he'll avoid the topic entirely by saying something about it being a "trivial distraction," the ready-made answer to the question thoughtfully provided by Politico in the title of the topic. And then he'll talk about Obama raising taxes. Stay tuned!
SILLY TAXBEAR UPDATE:
INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT UPDATE: Piper's $800 Louis Vuitton bag? It isn't. It's fake. Sorry. More info in the comments section.