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  1. We have stooped to a new low, in caring as much about how much Sarah Palin’s shirt cost as we care about our wars and our economy.

    This isn’t news.

    Reply to Captain D

    Comment by Captain D — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 10:19 am

  2. The news here, as I see it and as I described in the post, is what it says about the McCain campaign.

    Reply to Dr. Steven Taylor

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 10:27 am

  3. Now, let’s stipulate for the sake of argument that it makes sense for clothing to be purchased for the Governor given that rushed nature of her nomination.

    I know you’re playing the devil’s advocate, but for crying out loud she was GOVERNOR! She wasn’t working in a hot dog stand somewhere. Wouldn’t a governor making $125,000/year already have a professional wardrobe?

    Given her penchant to bill the state for her family’s travel and the $17 grand in per diem she picked up whilst at home, you would think that she would have plenty of money to spend on clothes.

    Reply to Ratoe

    Comment by Ratoe — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 10:40 am

  4. I continue to be amazed at the ineptitude displayed by the McCain campaign. The more obvious examples include squandering their head start in the campaign

    I think you’re right here. At the time I bought the argument that the media wasn’t going to listen to McCain anyway. However, as things have played out, Obama’s been able to define McCain as a Bush lackey, even though on several key votes Obama supported Bush and McCain did not (Cheney’s Energy Bill for instance).

    If McCain had spent some time defining himself while it was still an open playing field, he would be in much less trouble today.

    Reply to Max Lybbert

    Comment by Max Lybbert — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 11:33 am

  5. Max brings up a good point. I think McCain’s foundering campaign is a testament to the fact that he is-when you come right down to it-a poor leader.

    There is a strand of the political theory lit-typified by James MacGregor Burns-that elevate the leadership qualities of judgment, steadiness, and an ability to articulate mutual needs. McCain, of course, has failed on all of these points during the course of the campaign.

    If he can’t even manage his campaign competently, it doesn’t augur well for a McCain presidency. Of course he didn’t pass the campaign “vetting” in 2000, so it’s not surprising that he isn’t faring too well this time around.

    Reply to Ratoe

    Comment by Ratoe — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

  6. Just a thought, why is it we are talking about $150,000.00 on Sarah Palin’s clothing? Did anyone check out how much other people have spend on clothing on their run for office? The answer is no, because we have a double standard. Throw anything out to the news on Sarah Palin, and they jump on it what has the world come to? The Obama campain have spent over $605,000,000.00 on their campain do we not think some clothing has been purchased with that money how much money or did we bother to ask? The answer to that question is NO, but the question is why didn’t we ask.

    Reply to Walter Anger

    Comment by Walter Anger — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

  7. This is all just a bunch of “gotcha” politics. It’s utterly pointless, juvenile banter.

    Reply to Captain D

    Comment by Captain D — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

  8. Captain:

    It is unclear to me how looking out how a candidate runs his/her campaign is juvenile banter or gotcha politics.

    Likewise, it is of interest, both as a citizen and as an academic concerned with electoral politics, to observe the tactics and behavior of a campaign, be they successful or not.

    Note: my focus was not on the clothing, but rather on the symbolic implications for the campaign.

    Reply to Dr. Steven Taylor

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

  9. Symbolism in clothing. Well, I guess I’m just not capable of the level of deep thought that you are. To me, a pair of pants is a pair of pants. A crucifix is a symbol.

    You know I’m in the McCain camp, and I wouldn’t care one lick if I found out that the democratic party bought Obama a nice suit or ten. Who cares? In the big picture of how much money is spent on campaigns - some of it in borderline illegal ways - it just doesn’t matter to me what someone paid for a shirt, or whether that money came from the campaign fund or a tree that drops silver dollars instead of acorns (no pun on the group ACORN intended).
    And out of the hundreds of millions of dollars that are spent on these campaigns from beginning to end (including both party primaries), this is really a pretty tiny sum.

    Now, in the past, I’ve argued that it’s a shame so much money is spent on presidential candidates, and you’ve countered that it’s such an important thing, we should spend a bunch of money on it. If it’s so important, and image counts for a lot these days, doesn’t it make sense to dress your candidates nicely, and don’t you think that they should look good on TV? Obama’s suits and Palin’s whatever (I’m not horribly familiar with women’s attire) are just part of the game.

    A symbol to you, a shirt to me; sometimes I think a shirt is just a shirt.

    Reply to Captain D

    Comment by Captain D — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

  10. Captain:

    If one is running a campaign wherein one is accusing one’s opponent of being an elitist, then spending $75,000 on clothing at perhaps the most expensive department store in all of history is symbolically problematic.

    It is made worse when the person for whom the clothes have been purchased is selling herself as an anti-elite from a small town who is really nothing more than Hockey Mom who ended up getting into politics.

    It is compounded by the fact that the campaign is running as a reform ticket that is anti-greed and is doing so in the midst of a financial crisis.

    And, of course, there’s that whole the GOP is supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility.

    So, no, a skirt isn’t always a skirt.

    Reply to Dr. Steven Taylor

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

  11. Captain D, et al.

    That the Repubs spent $150,000 on Palin’s clothing is only important because of the irony of her promoting herself as a blue color hockey mom, which is patent BS. She and Todd are worth more than a million, she makes a decent salary and so does he, yet she is pretending to be a member of the suffering majority of people struggling to keep their homes and make ends meet. That is why it is relevant. She could/should have worn/bought her own clothes, especially if she was going to masquerade as a blue color babe. She is dishonest, and her Neiman Marcus bill for designer clothes exposes that, along with her charade on Troopergate.

    Reply to Marbar

    Comment by Marbar — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

  12. This wardrobe malfunction isn’t the first of mistakes made around picking Palin and selling her to the people.

    McCain presented a strong anti-abortionist to the base who couldn’t remember the term “Roe vs. Wade.”

    McCain continues to say that Obama isn’t experienced enough to be president and Palin doesn’t even know the job description of VP. (How much experience did Reagan have, anyway)

    This supposed corruption buster was under investigation, prior to being picked for VP, for violating ethics laws.

    I’m a moderate and there are some things about McCain that might have actually caused me to vote for him, before he showed poor judgement in picking his running mate and before I considered that Palin might possibly be our president.

    Now I know he rushes to rash decisions and I want no part in supporting him. Either that, or he couldn’t find an honest experienced Republican in congress to run by his side.

    Reply to Phil

    Comment by Phil — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

  13. From Walter Anger

    “The Obama campain have spent over $605,000,000.00 on their campain do we not think some clothing has been purchased with that money how much money or did we bother to ask? The answer to that question is NO, but the question is why didn’t we ask. ”

    The Obama campaign (like all decent campaigns) has stated that it spends a very small amount of money on haircuts for Obama related to campaign events but it has not spent a penny on personal clothing for Obama or any other Democrat.

    So the question is not ‘why didn’t we ask’ but ‘why didn’t you simply look up the answer to your question’

    This story is not about clothes, it’s about exposing the ridiculous sham that Palins ‘hockey mom’ persona is and about exposing yet another piece of dreadful Republican hypocrisy

    Reply to Gary

    Comment by Gary — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 5:28 pm

  14. I defer to all of your superior intellects, to which the skirt is more than a skirt.

    I am a simpleton, and the skirt is just a skirt. I’m sorry if my brain can’t grasp the symbology there, but there’s nothing you can say to make it more than a skirt.

    BTW - what’s the difference between a skirt and a dress? Skirts are the things that just go around the waist, where a dress is more of a whole-body, one piece deal, right?

    I never buy clothes for my wife.

    Reply to Captain D

    Comment by Captain D — Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

  15. Look at the candidate through the eyes of the blind who can see no color. Because something is truly blocking the mind of Mcain and Pulin supporters. Macain says he Know how to fix the economy he has all the experience. Why did he not share it with George Bush why did he vote with him 95% of the time and allow the country to go down. Is this the way a person who cares for his country behave.

    Reply to jacki

    Comment by jacki — Friday, October 24, 2008 @ 9:10 am

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