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Sarah Palin's $150,000 Wardrobe - It's a Caribou Barbie Makeover!

Another $4,716.49 on hair and makeup came from the GOP while wooing "Joe Six-Pack" to vote for John McCain, the records showed.

The problem with Palin:

Palin's problems go beyond clothes, though, to her very candidacy. In recent days, prominent Republicans, from former Secretary of State Colin Powell to Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan, have publicly criticized her lack of experience.

Ordinary Americans agree. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that in early September, when Palin was just starting out as a candidate, 47 percent of voters had a positive opinion of her, compared to 27 percent who felt negatively.

Now 47 percent have negative feelings, compared with 38 percent who feel positively.

And the new poll found that concern about Palin's qualifications is voters' top concern about McCain, ahead of every other issue in the election.

Voting day is less than two weeks away and most polls suggest that Barack Obama is headed for victory. The surprise is that Palin went from being McCain's best asset to his biggest problem. And the Republicans don't have much time, or an obvious way, to fix it.

Back on September 3rd, a full six weeks ago, I told John McCain that it was time to fix his mistake, but does he listen to me? Nooooo.... At that point, before Palin stepped onto the stage at the convention and accepted the nomination, John McCain could have done the right thing and chosen a new VP.

It's time to fix this mistake, Mr. McCain, and give America viable choices in November election. Obama and Biden represent the very best of the Democratic Party. Sarah Palin is not the very best that the Republican Party has to offer, and the United States of America deserves better.

Instead, McCain operatives were at that very moment running around New York spending $150,000 on a new Caribou Barbie wardrobe.

Instead of doing the right thing for America, John McCain was busily at work doing the wrong thing for his party, for his chances at winning the election, and for his country.

It may well have cost him the election.

Related: Catch up on all the hottest Caribou Barbie fashions at the Wizbang Blue Caribou Barbie Fashion Channel!

Update: The finger pointing on the right pinning the blame on the disastrous handling of Palin in the six weeks following the convention is ramping up:

Four Republicans close to Palin said she has decided increasingly to disregard the advice of the former Bush aides tasked to handle her, creating occasionally tense situations as she travels the country with them. Those Palin supporters, inside the campaign and out, said Palin blames her handlers for a botched rollout and a tarnished public image -- even as others in McCain's camp blame the pick of the relatively inexperienced Alaska governor, and her public performance, for McCain's decline.

"She's lost confidence in most of the people on the plane," said a senior Republican who speaks to Palin, referring to her campaign jet. He said Palin had begun to "go rogue" in some of her public pronouncements and decisions.

"I think she'd like to go more rogue," he said.

The emergence of a Palin faction comes as Republicans gird for a battle over the future of their party: Some see her as a charismatic, hawkish conservative leader with the potential, still unrealized, to cross over to attract moderate voters. Anger among Republicans who see Palin as a star and as a potential future leader has boiled over because, they say, they see other senior McCain aides preparing to blame her in the event he is defeated.

"These people are going to try and shred her after the campaign to divert blame from themselves," a McCain insider said, referring to McCain's chief strategist, Steve Schmidt, and to Nicolle Wallace, a former Bush aide who has taken a lead role in Palin's campaign. Palin's partisans blame Wallace, in particular, for Palin's avoiding of the media for days and then giving a high-stakes interview to CBS News' Katie Couric, whose sometimes painful content the campaign allowed to be parceled out over a week.

"A number of Gov. Palin's staff have not had her best interests at heart, and they have not had the campaign's best interests at heart," the McCain insider fumed, noting that Wallace left an executive job at CBS to join the campaign.

Wallace declined to engage publicly in the finger-pointing that has consumed the campaign in the final weeks.

"I am in awe of [Palin's] strength under constant fire by the media," she said in an e-mail. "If someone wants to throw me under the bus, my personal belief is that the most graceful thing to do is to lie there."

But other McCain aides, defending Wallace, dismissed the notion that Palin was mishandled. The Alaska governor was, they argue, simply unready -- "green," sloppy and incomprehensibly willing to criticize McCain for, for instance, not attacking Sen. Barack Obama for his relationship with his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Palin has in fact performed fairly well in the moments thought to be key for a vice presidential nominee: She made a good impression in her surprise rollout in Ohio and her speech to the Republican National Convention went better than the campaign could have imagined. She turned in an adequate performance at a debate against the Democratic Party's foremost debater.

But other elements of her image-making went catastrophically awry. Her dodging of the press and her nervous reliance on tight scripts in her first interview, with ABC News, became a national joke -- driven home to devastating effect by "Saturday Night Live" comic Tina Fey. The Couric interview -- her only unstaged appearance for a week -- was "water torture," as one internal ally put it.

Whoever is to blame it's a unmitigated disaster. McCain's pick of Palin sunk his chances at winning the election, and I suspect McCain knew that at the time he announced the pick. By all accounts, Palin was not McCain's first choice, but was forced onto him by a warring party faction that values Palin over McCain.

And if the 72-year old melanoma ridden McCain's age and health history isn't enough to scare you, imagine some wacko "abortion doctor sniper" deciding McCain should not serve as President and Palin should instead... and you're one bullet away from Caribou Barbie in the Oval Office.

If that prospect doesn't scare the crap out of you then you aren't paying attention.

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Comments (20)

CNN had fresh evidence yesterday that the staffer doing Sarah Palin's makeup is now the highest paid McCain Campaign staffer, not any top strategist, economic advisor or other top official. Shows you where their priorities are.


Paul, as you and I (different states) live in the anti-American states (according to Barbie) what do you expect?

Barbie is the one who said she's the hockey/soccer mom, and now she's the poster gal for the GOP. All the hockey/soccer mom's cannot afford the money spent on clothes like the GOP can. That amount of money spent would be a clothing budget for 80 years for the average hockey/soccer mom.

And someone should look into the receipts for all those clothes she bought. Something fishy about that also.

Hi Allen, I think all of this is going to be a huge turnoff to many female voters who will really resent Palin over issues like this wardrobe and makeup stuff who might have been lukewarm over Obama, even though he's one of the best Democratic candidates in years(Obama can be charming and very personable, compared to more wooden personalities of both Al Gore and John Kerry. And he sort of looks like an NBA star and a top flight intellectual all wrapped up into one, as well as an electrifying speaker at times with JFK-like charisma).

But Palin is making a terrible impression with air-headed interviews with Katie Couric, making outrageous statements and now spending money a mile a minute on makeup and clothes that GOP donors thought was supposed to go to campaign purposes. John McCain's brand is being really undermined by all of this as well as his pathetic campaign and weak debate performances. It is nothing like the John McCain of 2000 or even 2004, that John Kerry might have considered as his possible running mate. It's a pathetic finale to an aging politician's last few years in office.


I suppose the fact hat Palin didn't buy the clothes, and that hey'll be donated to charity, means nothing to you guys, huh? The fact that she's actually extremely intelligent doesn't stop you from the "Barbie" smears. You guys are such hypocritical, bigoted, gender-biased freaks. An intelligent, good-looking conservative female scares the hell out of you, huh? Can't have a beautiful, smart, conservative woman with family values out there... no no no, we can't have women thinking they can be anything other than what the liberals have molded them into, because a true feminist like Sarah Palin is too "dangerous" to America than say, an unrepentant terrorist who wanted to kill tens of thousands of people who didn't agree with him, or a racist divisive preacher who taught Obama that suburban white folks don't want their taxes to help inner city children... you know, Obama's good friends.


Kev, what are the GOP "family values?" Don't worry about my family values, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE GOP FAMILY VALUES ARE!

And by the way, look at the McCain-Fiengold law. It specifically spells out what campaign money can and cannot be spent for. (guess what-clothes are a no-no.) And what's her IQ score, and where is her medical records?

And which terrorist are you talking about? It's a proven fact that McCain hangs out with one, you know, G.Gordon Libby, and he also pals around with dictators. Want to comment on this?

All school taxes are divided between the school districts, unless your trying to say they aren't? Well, if that is the case, why is the Supt of Schools (where I live) divided our tax money to all districts? Is he making a mistake?

Kew, I really think that GOP donors expected that any funds were going towards campaign related expenses and not some $2,500 blouse or other high priced items even if these goods eventually find their way to charity as claimed. But many items such as the huge makeup expense cannot be recovered. I think it's an ethics and trust issue here.

A big question is who demanded all these ultraexpensive clothes and makeup. Was it Palin? Or someone else? But regardless, it is a big turnoff to many women voters and it makes Palin turn out to be nothing like them or feel their pain with this poor economy. Amazingly, small issues like this have the potential to turn millions of votes. And a new NEWSWEEK poll now has McCain down by 13 points according to the McLAUGHLIN GROUP program aired last evening.

The McCain Campaign should have realized the public outrage when former candidate John Edwards used to spend $1,000 of his own money just for haircuts, and then tried to appear as the champion of the little guy. But this use of political funds is so much worse by the GOP by far.


Why is this such a big deal? It was legit.. What about the money Obama has raised? Going back on his word to accept public funding and how much of it was/is LEGAL?....Election buy? besides having the MSM as his largest contributor by refusing to report the truth! Are any of you Obama followers concerned about the security of our great nation? Are you doing your own due diligence to find out more about your candidate or is it that you believe the HYPE of change...we'll have change alright...not for the greater good!

George F. Somsel:

1. Q: Who paid for Sarah Palin's wardrobe?
A: The Republican National Committee (RNC)

2. Q: Where did the RNC get the money?
A: Private citizens' contributions.

3. Q: Why did the donors contribute to the RNC?
A: To promote the Republican cause.

4. Q: Why did the RNC spend the donated money for this expense?
A: Because they thought it would be advantageous for her to appear attractive while campaigning.

Since this is private money given and used for the purpose of promoting the Republican cause, there is a legal statement sometimes used in dismissing cases -- the plaintiff has no standing. This means colloquially that "you don't have a dog in this fight." I therefore suggest that, unless you were a contributor to the RNC, you SHUT UP !


"3. Q: Why did the donors contribute to the RNC?
A: To promote the Republican cause." -- George F.

Well how about a little truth in advertising in requesting donations, okay? Imagine the following conversation:

RNC: Hello, Mr. Sixpack! Say, we here working at the McCain Campaign have a serious problem: Governor Palin doesn't have a decent thing to wear during the campaign! Can we count on your support to help correct this problem?"

Joe Sixpack: I can't believe you're calling me about this! Can't she just go to the local WalMart and pick up some dresses?

RNC: "Uh, no, Joe, WalMart won't do. She'll be needing to spend at least $150,000 on clothes to last her for two months. Clothes at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nieman-Marcus are, alas, not cheap.

Joe Sixpack: HOLY CRAP!!! $150,000 on clothes!!! Is this some kind of sick joke???? Who the hell is this Nieman Marcus guy? And I've never heard a sax on Fifth Avenue! YOU WANT ME TO GIVE YOU MY HARD-EARNED MONEY to buy the governor clothes made out of gold??? I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!!

RNC: It's called Style over Substance, Joe. It's how we do things. Believe me, no one cares about the issues, just the way Governor Palin looks. So, Joe, can you help us out? Joe, you still there? Joe?? JOE?????

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

$150,000 is an obscene amount of money to spend on clothing.

Arrogant elitists wear expensive clothing like this, not "hockey moms"...

How can someone complain about John Edwards' $400 haircuts and not be grossed out over Sarah Palin's Caribou Barbie makeover $150,000 wardrobe?

Hypocrisy, that's how...


Ref #5. Kev, where are you? Will you be like the rest of the wingnuts, can't explain a simple slogan like "FAMILY VALUES."

I know Kev, it's awful hard to explain something that is pure BS, isn't it? But at least I though you would try. Hopefully you won't disappoint me and other readers here.

Also, I hear they have some medicine out for all the people that are starting to have ODS. It's called cranium/rectal surgery. That at the same time will help get rid of the CDS also.

Doug Samples:

All I can say is--ten days left, lets get out the vote (yes, we can...).

I just finished a couple days in NC (SC is not in play) with great people committed to making a difference not just for today but for our kids and grandkids. We know the GOP is using the divide & conquer strategy (it worked in '68, i couldn't vote at 15 but knew) and most recently in 2000 and 04.

Come help us wherever u can make a positive difference--I luv this country and, as a poor white boy from Long Beach, luv that BO is gonna head the the next "Administration".

Sarah P? I wonder if Alaska will re-elect her when she goes home...


"I wonder if Alaska will re-elect her when she goes home..." -- Doug

I've been wondering that too, Doug. Hopefully, it won't.


Ref#5. Kev, WHERE ARE YOU? I am beginning to think you are not only a wingnut, and can't speak unless it's the party line, and refuse to answer any questions put to you.

I also bet you are one of the "YELLOW ELEPHANTS" that are really chicken manure. Answer my questions, will you?


Palin derided Obama for being elitist. Palin said in her acceptance speech at the Republican party convention that she is not going to Washington to win the approval of the press and political elite. Then why on earth is she wearing clothes from NEIMAN MARCUS and SAKS FIFTH AVENUE? I could shop at both places and once bought cosmetics from SAKS. But, I want the most bang for my buck. I compare prices and Macy's and Nordstrom's online. I only shop the sales and buy designer shoes at Smartbargins.com. I don't pretend to be a little ole' hockey mom from Gosh Darn, Alaska. Palin is using her political career to enrich herself. She is only in it for the money. That is why she can lie so easily, about anything.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

There's a difference, Tyree. The $150,000 spent by the McCain campaign on Caribou Barbie's makeover is what we in the business call "a fact." It's therefore part of what is known as "reality" and something worth discussing.

"Obama's campaign is committing massive credit card fraud" is what we in the business call "a wacko conspiracy theory" and a part of "wingnut fantasyland" and therefore not worth the 60 seconds it took to write this comment.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Naw, Tyree - I've looked into this supposed credit card fraud and what Steyn is reporting is just another right wing idiot proving what they don't know - one conservative jackass who because they have a website that accepts credit cards they thing they actually know something.

Morons like this spout up and spout off all the time, but when it's this close to election time partisan hacks like Steyn will give them some column space.

These pathetic putzes are amusing, but you're still out there in fantasyland grasping at straws. It's sideshow politics, which is exactly where these freaks belong.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

You wacko tin-foil-hatted nutcakes crack me up. Do you seriously believe that the next President of the United States would commit some kind of credit card fraud to get elected when he's already miles ahead in the polls, and millions ahead in donations?

Standard conservative operating procedure.

1. Make crap up.

2. Repeat it everywhere you can, expecting that other idiots like yourself will actually be influenced by these idiotic claims.

Ashley Todd is the poster child for these fact-challenged trolls - she's the ultimate troll in fact. She made up crap and risked jail for her beliefs.

Lee Ward:

"However, the fact is, anyone can go to his website and post completely incorrect data and donate to The One."

Congratulations, Tyree, on donating to the best candidate.

"Our focus is making sure we comply with campaign finance requirements," mostly through twice-daily computer-aided review of online donations, said Robert Bauer, general counsel for the Obama campaign. A software program checks incoming donations and then flags instances where a single person is using multiple credit cards, instances of suspicious addresses, strange words, business affiliations, or donations that exceed federal limits, said Bauer. Suspect donations are then reviewed by compliance staff , and invalid donations are returned to the donor's credit cards, he said. In September, for example, the Obama campaign's system flagged about 1.5 percent of its $150 million in donations as questionable and inadequately verified, and officials decided to return $353,000 in donations. "We do a very strong job, both with the technology we use and with this very heavy commitment to comprehensive back-end review," he said.
Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

What sums it up is this, Tyree.

This post is about the fact that Sarah Palin has had a $150,000 fashion makeover at the same time the GOP is trying to tell middle-America that Sarah Palin is an everyday Hockey Mom.

That's what's known as a fact.

You presented a theory. Your theory is that the Obama campaign is not catching credit card-based fraudulent donations. You've based this on a theory that the Obama campaign is not catching fraud despite their specific claim that they are - which they support with the fact that their back-end review is flagging 1.5% of the donations as questionable and are subjected to review.

So yes, as the Obama campaign admits, it is a fact that people like yourself can submit a credit card identity that is false, and it is also a fact that these transactions are being caught by the Obama campaign on the back-end.

You and Steyn and many other tin-foil hatted lunatics are spouting half-baked theories that there is some large-scale fraud going on, and apparently you also have a theory that the fraud is large enough that it could matter, and be influencing the outcome of the election.

Well, all of those theories are just opinions, not facts and when you finally have facts which support those theories then you will have something that's newsworthy, and something which will be reported in the press.

So far, there are not facts to support your opinion that the Obama campaign is getting away with anything dishonest.

"News" = "facts", Tyree, and "theories" = "opinion".

Until you have facts which support your opinion, the opinions belong on blogs and in opinion-based newspaper columns, commentary etc. You won't find it on the front page of a newspaper because it's opinion, not fact.

When you actually have some facts to support your theories let me know and I'l be happy to talk about it.

Until then you and Mark Steyn and the rest of the tin-foil hatted parade of fools are just running around spouting your opinion as fact without any evidence to support your theory, and I'm only too happy to smear you schmucks as much as I want -- because it's my opinion and theory that you're a schmuck, Tyree, and apparently holding an opinion gives me the right to state such as a fact -- according to your own ground rules and behavior.

I guess that sums it up for me. Feel free to get back onto the topic of this post anytime. Let's stop taking the comment thread off into your unrelated theories, Ok? Or feel free to get your own blog then you can express your opinion all you want.

Stick at least close to the topic of the post from now on, m'kay?


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