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"Wasilla Hillbillies" Go Shopping

I found Caribou Barbie's Makeover to be one of the more entertaining milestones of the election, and I was hopeful that more would be revealed about the the extravagance after the election. Sure enough, Newsweek delivers the goods, detailing that much more than $150,000 was spent, and citing a McCain aide who refers to the extravagant splurge as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast": (h/t: AmericaBlog).

When the story first leaked the McCain Spin Team quickly lied to the media, claiming that the campaign had forced this makeover on Palin, and that it wasn't her idea to spend obscene amounts of cash on clothes. Not so...

NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin's shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family--clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Campaign credit cards were used, so it's true that the campaign paid for the clothes, but it was not a situation where the campaign did the shopping, as had been previously reported -- Caribou Barbie set out on her own, family in tow, on a high-fashion New York shopping spree:

According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

Sounds like more will be revealed as the audits get underway. Will the public learn the whole story, or will the Palin 2012 machine try to steamroll the truth into the ground? Stay tuned...

Update: ABC News adds:

The tension is likely to continue or get worse. Lawyers for the Republican National Committee are heading to Alaska to try to account for all the money that was spent on clothing, jewelry and luggage, according to The New York Times.


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Comments (21)

Vicki Ellefson:

The sight of the Wasilla hillbillies going back to Alaska was heartwarming. Maybe now we can take a rest from that shrill voice. And maybe next shopping trip, she can purchase a globe so that she can study up on the continents.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

lol! If she puts the globe in her office she'll be able to claim she can see North Korea from her desk...

Mike A:

I was wondering where to go to find the a**hole libs gloating. FOUND IT!!!! Just remember, A**clown, the whole ball of wax is now your responsibility. You have no Rethuglicans to blame it on anymore. So, you wanted to be in charge? You wanted to run the show? OK. Show us what you got. We will be sitting back, snarking and snipping the whole time. Just remember that our dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. It'll be a Democratic Party grand slam.


Maybe it's just me, but right now I would guess that most Americans are more worried about the Dow's 800 point post-election drop than about how much money Sarah Palin spent on shoes.

Sarah Palin's shopping spree won't impact my life one bit, but a major recession spurred by huge tax increases, over-regulation of energy, and the elimination of privately-invested 401(k) retirement accounts certainly will.


You complaining about her wardrobe costs? gosh, the big O spent nearly 1 billion dollars to get elected, and he still can't pay his staff. Jerks...


Lee, what's this thing you have about Palin, her makeup, wardrobe....? Were you shunned by the cool guys in high school or something?

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

"Maybe it's just me, but right now I would guess that most Americans are more worried about the Dow's 800 point post-election drop than about how much money Sarah Palin spent on shoes."

Not complaining - just observing - I see nothing wrong with the Palins spending upwards of $200,000 on a Wasilla Hillbillly shopping spree. After all, she's just an everyday Hockey Mom, -- you know - a genuine "Joe the Plumber" type.

"Sarah Palin's shopping spree won't impact my life one bit, but a major recession spurred by huge tax increases, over-regulation of energy, and the elimination of privately-invested 401(k) retirement accounts certainly will."

And fyi - we've been in a recession since January when the first jobless numbers started spiking up. Your Republican administration just wouldn't admit it to the American people.

Some folks noticed back in August, 2007

Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers [1991-2001] warned that the United States may be heading into recession as the biggest victim to date of the sub-prime mortgage debacle was humiliatingly sold for a token sum in Germany.

Traders are braced for another week of turmoil after the near breakdown of America's $2,200bn (£1,100bn) market for commercial paper.

"It would be far too premature to judge this crisis over," Mr Summers said. "I would say the risks of recession are now greater than they've been any time since the period in the aftermath of 9/11."

- but I was calling it a recession in January of this year. 11 months ago.

Posted by Lee Ward Published: Jan 4, 08 08:00 PM

With oil prices rising for many months at the same time the housing slump accelerated the possible recession was easy to spot -- unless you're a Republican and concerned about the next election, in which case you'll close your eyes and pretend the problem will just go away.

It didn't just go away.

It didn't take Barack Obama being elected to throw this nation into a recession. I love the fact that Republicans are just now waking up to the fact this nation's economy is going in the crapper - just in time to blame it on Obama.... who hasn't even taken office yet.

This is a Republican made recession and I saw it coming 16 months ago, and called the start 11 months ago. That same month, Fred Thompson stated in a Republican debate that the nation was not in a recession.

It was.

But let's look back at what's making Mike wet his bed these days:

" but a major recession spurred by huge tax increases, over-regulation of energy, and the elimination of privately-invested 401(k) retirement accounts certainly will."

Huge tax increases? Obama will roll back the Bush tax cuts, and restore the top level of the progressive tax table to its Clinton-era level. You call that "huge"??? Hmmm..

"over-regulation of energy" That's a catch phrase. Meaningless, but it sound so OMINOUS...

"and the elimination of privately-invested 401(k) retirement accounts"

Now you're just plain being silly - but go ahead. Wet your bed about some possible future Obama-induced recession and continue to ignore the current meltdown -- after all, "the fundamentals of the economy are strong," right?

Bob Smith:

I had to laugh prior to the NFL Browns game tonight. The "millionaire" black news commentators were working hard to tell the audience that.... "at last" they could tell their kids that they could achieve "anything". I was a little blinded by one of their diamond earrings. As I watched them revel in finally reaching "equality". I then watched 28 black players and four white guys take the field. Although I think some other races were allowed to carry towels to the tired players, and move the chains to mark the advance or decline of the ball.
Now that those black millionaires stop feeling oppressed. Perhaps they will lead the charge to stop raciest elements of their society. Those would include The BLT Network, Black Entertainers Award, All Black Colleges, Black Miss America, ALL Black Magazines. They are as archaic in our society as ALL WHITE COUNTRY CLUBS.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Obama's election takes away a lot of excuses African Americans have used and Obama has signaled that it's time for Black America to stand up and be accountable. It's no longer true that America will not let black men and women "be all they can be." If Obama can become President, black men and women can accomplish anything. He's proven it all it takes to succeed is hard work and dedication and drive.


Bob, a whole bunch of people, me included, agree with you on that. And yes Lee, they really don't have anymore excuses. I am hoping that Obama would appoint Dr. Bill Cosby as head of the Education Dept.

About half of the black Americans hate him, because he has been telling them to get educated, learn to speak correctly, and act like the rest of all Americans do.

Going to be some surprised black Americans when they find out Obama won't be giving them free handouts, but they will have to work for them, same as the majority of Americans do. But with job losses over 1.2 million in this year alone, buddy can you spare a dime?

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

I think the Obama's Education czar will be an African American but I think it won't be Bill Cosby. I see someone else in the wings, but I'm not at liberty to say their name.

Jason Kemp:

Lee Ward and Allen, you 2 are probably the most dumbest carbon based organisms since Sarah "White Trash" Palin. Hmm. If you think that half of white America's selection of a black man to lead this country is going to put an end to all of the institutional racist values that this country was built upon, you're in for a rude awakening. This entire election has been plagued with overt racism. The things said and hate expressed at those clan rallies that McCain-Palin hosted is a great reference to the so called "Post Racial America". Only then when other aspects of this society is corrected,one example being the justice system and it's bias treatment of blacks and latinos,can some sort of forward plan be addressed. Until then, Whites continually remain to be ignorant to their white privilege benefits, issues surrounding communities of color, and subtle racism. Of course, I don't expect either one of you two to know anything about the current state of other communities living outside "Wonderland". It's probably a full time job being a introverted racist. Have a nice day.
OBAMA/BIDEN 08 "Yes We Did"

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

lol... a friend of yours, Allen?


ha you idiots. Obama won't even show us his actual BIRTH CERTIFICATE! if he has nothing to hide, and truly was born in the US, that shouldn't be a problem. and on top of that have you gone completely stupid... he isn't even full black, didn't they come out and say that he is like 10% black? either way, considering 9/11 was a little over 7 years ago, no way should a MUSLIM be our president. Not being prejudice, just a fact of life that you don't put someone into office that can't even be honest about their religion and who wants to "negotiate" with terrorists. Should be a a GIANT FLASHING SIGN to you that Obama would be a BAD president when countries who absolutely HATE the US say that they will be "dancing in the streets" if Obama becomes the President. Hopefully he doesn't get us completely taken over by terrorists.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Nice hat -- and you can wrap leftovers in it!


Ref #13. Yes your are correct, electing a 1/2 black, 1/2 white to become POTUS is not going to solve racial problems here in the US. The reason why is too many white people think they are smarter than black Americans.

Most white Americans over the age of 35 have been, by the media, their parents, where they live, shown that they are the elite.

But talk to a white person who was sharing a foxhole, (like I did) with a black GI when the manure hits the fan, and he saves your ass or you save his ass. You realize real fast, and forever, that no matter what the skin color is, you are in the same position.

The black community all across America has had to fight for everything since they were freed when our civil war was over. I don't care what color a person skin color is, nor their sexual slant, etc or religion. I care about how they accept me, and how they do that is how I accept them.

Now am I prestigious, you damn right I am. I can't stand fools, lazy idiots who think the government owes them, etc. I am also prestigious against any person who thinks they are better than someone else.

I am dead set against BET TV, Black College Fund, etc. Because if we white people had a WET TV, White College Fund, we would be called racist. That is pure BS.

And as for me being dumb, I'll match your college credits with mine, plus military time, plus military disability time, plus life experience with you any time. GUESS WHAT JASON, you will lose on most of them.

So please go somewhere else and spread you BS. You have proved that you don't know me, nor anything about me, but you have proved to me just how STUPID you must be.


Shelby, my goodness you really know how to make a person laugh. 1st his birth certificate was validated by the Hawaii Sec of State. Right there, by that validation, your BS is pure BS.

Now is he or is he not a MUSLIM? Well you STUPID IDIOTS raised hell about he spent twenty years listening to Rev Wright. Muslims have Ayatollahs, Christians have Reverands, So why are you complaining he's a Muslim and complaining about the church and Pastor he listen's to. EXPLAIN THAT, that is if you can.

Just like the rest of your a##hole buddies from the ne-con side, you say he associates with terrorists, wants to negotiate with them??
Just like General Pretrus, your necon buddy, also says we should talk to our enemies.

And little old me just happens to agree. Talk to them, and very quietly tell them they are fricking history if they continue their ways.

But no, you say he just wants to talk to them. DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT HE IS GOING TO SAY TO THEM? Hell no you don't. Your just a troll shooting your mouth off. So thanks Shelby, I'll know next time not to read your BS. Plus hurry and have your cranial/rectum surgery soon.


Ref #14. Hell Lee, I though he was your buddy posing in drag.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

His rant was certainly "a" drag, but I hadn't noticed the high heels. Now that you mention it he does resemble Rudy Giuliani's best moment on YouTube.

I was really disappointed Giuliani wasn't nominated (in a way.) I wanted to help get that "Rudy in Drag" YouTube video up to 5 million hits.

Jason Kemp:

Where do they hand out the script that has prepared responses to White Privilege challenges?

Every time a white person is deluded into thinking they have made a point about addressing things with the name "black" in the title or targeted to blacks, they always cite the predictable usual examples: BET, United Negro College Fund, etc.

It's also interesting, that you people can whine about one channel targeted towards a community, completely ignoring the reason it was created. If it makes you feel any better, BET was bought by a white controlled company that has diminished the quality of the programming since then. Ignorance is bliss.

Might I recommend time spent at: www.racialicious.com, you actually might learn about some things that "Wonderland" shields you from. Have a great weekend!


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