Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Oh, that wacky Palin!

Yes, she is my favorite subject, why do you ask?

So, according to financial disclosure records, the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 on Palin's wardrobe. Clothes for her were bought from stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Barney's New York and Macy's. The entries also show a few purchases at Pacifier, a top notch baby store, and Steiniauf & Stroller Inc., and an additional $4,902.45 was spent in early September at Atelier, a high-class shopping destination for men.

Good to see the RNC putting clothes on the backs of the Palins! Now, here's the thing, based on the Federal Election Commission's rules, that kind of campaign spending, for personal use, is illegal. Which makes sense. However, those clever RNC spokespeople came out and said: "With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it’s remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses," said spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt. "It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign."

Didn't you know that? Those clothes were to be donated. Oh, silly us! Now I feel this small (you can't see it, but imagine my index finger and thumb are almost touching when you read this). And shame on us that we are talking about pantsuits and blouses. Didn't the Republican campaign just perfect the personal attack mode of operations during the elections? And this didn't come from the Democrats either. But I guess it's the elite liberal media, stirring controversy after controversy. Why do they do that, man?

The kicker in all of this is that all of the above expenses came out in the RNC’s September monthly financial disclosure report under “itemized coordinated expenditures,”which is a report that records expenses for things like direct mail, telephone calls and advertising. Those expenses do show up, but the report also has a new category of spending: “campaign accessories.” Does this mean that Palin is considered a campaign accessory?

Anyway, just in case you haven't heard, Palin the Alaska governor was in the habit of taking her kids along for state business, even if they weren't invited, and she just billed the state for their expenses. Conveniently, Palin just never bothered to point out that those expense reports she submitted included expenses incurred on her children and family. What a wonderful family woman. We should only hope to have more people like Sarah Palin.

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