Palin: Disingenuous, a Dissembler and Distorter of Her Record

Fox News this afternoon replayed Sean Hannity's interview last night with Sarah Palin. Driving home, I tuned in just at the part where he asked her about the clothes. I thought I must have heard it wrong. Did she really say that the clothes were going to be returned as well as donated? How do you return clothes after you've worn them?

I just checked the transcript on Lexis.com. She said exactly that: [More...]

HANNITY: Well, let's talk about some the attacks. For example, people have attacked -- all right. The RNC spent $150,000 on clothes. That's been an issue that's come up lately, and another issue, as well, the travel account for your family has been, I guess, billed to the state of Alaska.

PALIN: I'm glad that you brought up both of those. First, the RNC spending money on clothes. Those clothes are not my property. We had three days of using clothes that the RNC purchased.

If people knew how Todd and I and our kids shop so frugally. My favorite shop is a consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska, called Out of the Closet. And my shoe store is called Shoe Fly in Juneau, Alaska.


PALIN: It's not -- you know, it's not Fifth Avenue type of shopping. But RNC purchasing some clothes that are all going -- they are either returned or they're going to charity. It's not my property.

HANNITY: I heard they might be put up for auction, too.

PALIN: I think that they should be. And I think charitable organizations should be the recipients.

Three days worth of clothes for $150k? She's been wearing those clothes since the convention. How is she going to return clothes she's already worn? [Added: She may have meant return them to the RNC instead of to Neiman's and Saks.]

She is such a dissembler. In almost every answer she includes at least one "fact" that is false and a distortion of her record. Take this:

HANNITY: Travel with your family.

PALIN: About the travel with the family. Every Governor has traveled with family when it's -- when it's a first family function. And it's always been charged to the state. That's part of the job.

What I did was sell the Governor's jet so that we could fly commercial and save the state a heck of a lot of money, which we have. We've cut the state's travel budget by about $400,000 by flying commercial. And it's nothing that's -- it's not unprecedented.

She ignores that the accusation is that she had the state pay for her childrens' travel to events to which they were not invited, that were not "first family functions." Is she saying that because she saved the state money by reducing the travel budget, she's entitled to a portion of it in the form of payments for her children's non-government related travel?

From the AP report (The Bismarck Tribune October 22, 2008):

Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.

The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel.

In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters' 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. In some other cases, she has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls.

Alaska law does not specifically address expenses for a governor's children. The law allows for payment of expenses for anyone conducting official state business.

As governor, Palin justified having the state pay for the travel of her daughters - Bristol, 17; Willow, 14; and Piper, 7 - by noting on travel forms that the girls had been invited to attend or participate in events on the governor's schedule.

But some organizers of these events said they were surprised when the Palin children showed up uninvited, or said they agreed to a request by the governor to allow the children to attend.

Several other organizers said the children merely accompanied their mother and did not participate. The trips enabled Palin, whose main state office is in the capital of Juneau, to spend more time with her children.

On the economy, she tells Hannity last night we need a spending freeze. She's frequently criticized Democrats and Obama for wanting to spend money on their special projects saying we need to rein in government spending.

We need a spending freeze so that we can get this 10 trillion-dollar debt under control. We've got to quit digging ourselves in a hole there.

What did she do today? Promise new federal spending for special needs children. From her stump speech today during which she outlined her new plan:

Under our reforms, federal funding for every special needs child will follow that child. ...

In a McCain-Palin administration, we will also fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. To his great credit, it was President Gerald Ford who signed the legislation that became the IDEA -- establishing new standards of respect and inclusion for young Americans with disabilities. From that day to this, however, the federal government's obligations under the IDEA have not been adequately met. And portions of IDEA funding have actually decreased since 2005.

This is a matter of how we prioritize the money that we spend. We've got a three trillion dollar budget, and Congress spends some 18 billion dollars a year on earmarks for political pet projects. That's more than the shortfall to fully fund the IDEA. And where does a lot of that earmark money end up? It goes to projects having little or nothing to do with the public good -- things like fruit fly research in Paris, France, or a public policy center named for the guy who got the earmark. In our administration, we're going to reform and refocus. We're going to get our federal priorities straight, and fulfill our country's commitment to give every child opportunity and hope in life.

In other words, if it's her pet project, it's okay to spend money. And yet, when in Colorado last week, she told a local news station she opposed the initiative on our ballot this year that would provide extra money for special needs kids, because it was in the form of a one cent sales tax increase on every ten dollars spent.

She routinely misrepresents the truth in answering questions about TrooperGate, saying she was cleared of all allegations of misconduct. She's even changed the name to TaserGate.

DREW GRIFFIN, CNN SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE UNIT CORRESPONDENT: There's one thing that's followed you negatively.


GRIFFIN: You call it Tasergate...

PALIN: We sure do.

Who is we? Who calls it that besides her and right wing bloggers? From "Tasergate? Palin borrows silly phrases from right wing blogs", The Minnesota Independent October 8, 2008:

The term has its origins in the right wing blogosphere, where a commenter named Teflon Dad apparently recommended the label in early September. From Teflon Dad, the term ascended the right wing food chain, from Glenn Reynolds to Rush Limbaugh to Fox News, ... Carl Cameron apparently mentioned it on-air.

Since the legislative inquiry pertains to Palins alleged abuse of power and not to the actions of State Trooper Mike Wooten ” who did in fact taser his own stepson“ the phrase makes little sense.

I can find no newspaper or mainstream media source besides Carl Cameron referring to the investigation as TaserGate on Lexis.

In the same interview she lies about the outcome of the legislature's investigation:

I don't think that it was an abuse of power of my office at all. And I was very thankful that that report cleared me of any illegal dealings or anything else.

As I quoted from the report here, the findings were the exact opposite.

She also has a tendency to pick odd phrases when she's grasping for words. Hannity asks her about Biden's comment about Obama being tested as a new President.

Palin: Now I don't want a president who invites that kind of testing. We cannot afford that on the homeland. So, that's a very discouraging to hear, Barack Obama's only running mate proclaiming that, that Barack Obama would be inviting an international crisis that would adversely effect this country, is what he was saying there.

"On the homeland?" His "only" running mate? Has anyone else had more than one running mate?

The oddity of her language aside, here's my point: From her lies about being cleared of wrongdoing in TrooperGate and her spin to rename it TaserGate to her promises to put in a spending freeze one day while promising to increase federal funding for her own pet projects the next, candidate Sarah Palin is, in my constitutionally protected opinion, disingenuous at best, a dissembler and a distorter of her own record. I wouldn't buy a used car from her let alone a used blouse.

It's time to send her packing with her new but used clothes.

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    The campaign said (5.00 / 4) (#1)
    by caseyOR on Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 11:55:50 PM EST
    the clothes would be returned to their rightful owner, the RNC. The RNC said the clothes will be donated to a charity. So, on that Palin speaks the truth.

    Highest paid staffer (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by Amiss on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 02:25:38 AM EST
    of the McCain campaign for October is none other than her makeup artist.

    Who was the highest paid individual in Senator John McCain's presidential campaign during the first half of October as it headed down the homestretch?

    Not Randy Scheunemann, Mr. McCain's chief foreign policy adviser; not Nicolle Wallace, his senior communications staffer. It was Amy Strozzi, Gov. Sarah Palin's traveling makeup artist, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday night.

    Ms. Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup work on the television show "So You Think You Can Dance?", was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks of October alone, according to the records. The campaign categorized Ms. Strozzi's payment as "Personnel Svc/Equipment."

    In addition, Angela Lew, who is Ms. Palin's traveling hair stylist, got $10,000 for "Communications Consulting" in the first half of October. Ms. Lew's address listed in F.E.C. records traces to an Angela M. Lew in Thousands Oaks, Calif., which matches with a license issued by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. The board said Ms. Lew works at a salon called Hair Grove in Westlake Village, Calif.



    Not unusual (none / 0) (#30)
    by nycstray on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 09:41:48 AM EST
    Many get paid a day rate for their expertise. Sounds like her rate is about 1500 a day. It's not unusual for a freelancer to make more than staffers. Many times I was towards the bottom of the pay scale on shoots. And I was in charge. But also on staff. I would pay the photographer, makeup artists, caterers, stylist etc. based on their hour/day rate and my budget. Saying Strozzi is a "staffer" is prob wrong. I doubt they were taking deductions from her check.

    I wonder if anyone looked at the lawyers' billable hours for the McCain campaign in Sept when they were advising her on Troopergate?


    Assistant's pay (none / 0) (#37)
    by nycstray on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 11:37:49 AM EST
    I should add, there's prob assistants pay in that also. If you hired me, you would pay me and I would pay my assistants.

    I bet (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by WS on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 07:47:12 AM EST
    she was planning to keep the clothes for her and her family until the media dust up occurred. Did Piper Palin really need a Louis Vutton bag?

    A Gift (5.00 / 0) (#28)
    by MTSINAIMAMA on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 09:26:02 AM EST
    A case could also be made that the RNC made a "gift" of these clothes to Palin. Let's face it, until the expenditure report came out and this stood out like a sore thumb, were there any plans to return the clothes or donate them to charity? I think not.

    well that makes more sense (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 12:04:35 AM EST
    Listening to her I thought she meant returned to the stores.

    She may mean that (none / 0) (#29)
    by nycstray on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 09:28:04 AM EST
    It's very possible there are also many pieces that she hasn't worn.

    Back in the day, I always bought/pulled more than what was needed. When the shoot/event was over, unused stuff was returned to the stores. You never show up with the bare essentials. Options, baby, options  ;)

    Remember the pic before the Dem convention of Hillary's pantsuits being held up against the background? If I recall, she only wore one  :)


    I am curious (none / 0) (#7)
    by Amiss on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 12:39:08 AM EST
    about the items for the family that were bought as well. Kind of a moral delimma to me to give a child something and then take it away.

    Donate the clothes (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by caseyOR on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 12:00:19 AM EST
    I suggest the RNC donate the clothes Sarah has worn to the local Dress for Success programs in the cities where the clothes were purchased. I believe those cities are St. Louis, Minneapolis and New York.

    Denver has one too (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 12:05:39 AM EST
    But the clothes don't really lend themselves to that purpose. They are a little dressy for the office.

    They will be returned = (5.00 / 0) (#5)
    by No Blood for Hubris on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 12:08:53 AM EST
    she knows that she must give them back.


    And it is interesting that it was Rove flack Jeff Larson who purchased these pricey times for Palin on behalf of the RNC.

    Yeah, ok, ok, whatever.

    But still, beyond her inappropriate winks, and inappropriate speech, and inappropriate behaviors, and speaking for me only, Palin's nomination continues to be a hideous hideous insult to all American women -- and to all American men, for that matter.

    She has to return them now (none / 0) (#6)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 12:13:47 AM EST
    or she will have to pay income tax on them.

    According to her... (none / 0) (#19)
    by lentinel on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 05:55:22 AM EST
    The clothes belong to the RNC.

    She wore them for several days.
    Then the RNC will either donate them, return them (?), or auction them off.

    I don't see any tax liability for her.

    Is it any different for her that for an actor who is provided with a costume?


    Michelle (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by Amiss on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 01:45:58 AM EST
    Obama has said several times she buys her dresses "off the rack" I believe the one she wore for "the view" she said she paid like $30 for and I believe another was reported as being $130 or thereabouts.

    I believe if a budget of that sort had been set up for Barack or Michelle, it would have already been reported on the Fox Network at least.

    Exactly... (5.00 / 2) (#11)
    by Thanin on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 02:18:59 AM EST
    And what did Hillarys clothes cost?  I seriously doubt it was 150,000 dollars in what, 2 months?  

    So I guess next we'll be hearing palins kid played hockey with gold plated pucks.


    I think she does both (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by nycstray on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 09:47:27 AM EST
    aka, the racks she's buying off of aren't always the less expensive ones. Think back to rebate checks and what she said about earrings. Or what she said about how much she spends on her kids extra curricular activities.

    She also said on the view that she bought both expensive and not so expensive clothes.

    Maybe the republicans didn't think clothing budgets were something to beat a candidate over? Who was it that was making a big deal about the Edwards haircuts?


    Michelle's no slouch on spending either (none / 0) (#34)
    by Moishele on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 11:04:40 AM EST
    The dress Michelle Obama wore on The View was from Chico's and sells for $148. For some people $148 is a lot to pay for a tank dress.

    For special occasions, like her purple 'fist bumping' dress, Obama favors Maria Pinto, a Chicago designer whose clothing prices in the $300 to $4500 range.

    There are of course many differences between Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin but we don't have to pretend that Palin is a NM devotee and Obama pulls her clothes off the rack at WalMart. Michele Obama has more than enough to recommend her on her own.


    Just curious (none / 0) (#40)
    by Jlvngstn on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 02:26:16 PM EST
    how much did the democrats spend on Michelles wardrobe?

    Until I hear otherwise it is zero.  If MO or SP want to spend 4500 of their own money on a dress, I have zero issue with that.  What is at issue is the joesixpacktheplumber had 150k spent on her by her party.


    I don't think it's boring (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by of1000Kings on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 02:00:31 AM EST
    I think it's pretty interesting that this maverick and spending-slasher uses hard-earned state tax money to take her kids on trips where they don't need to be...(what do kids have to do with politics?  are they a part of some decision-making process?)...
    I know a lot of persons who work on the road and they don't get to charge their company to pay for their children to come along with them just so they can have some good times together...

    and she shows that she is no different than any other politician in that if it's her pet project then it's justifiable...if it's another politician's pet project then it's just wasteful pork...

    Biden isn't trying to act righteous like Palin is; that is the biggest difference for me...

    Biden makes gaffes, Palin lies...(like saying she didn't support TBTNW, even though she backed it at first and even kept the money that was earmarked for the project---how does that make sense to anyone? really?)

    Palin and her evangelical friends need to go to a Quaker meeting or something to learn some humility...

    Palin hatred (5.00 / 3) (#13)
    by Ellis on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 02:38:18 AM EST
    If you think Jeralyn hates Palin and that bores you, perhaps you should join the real haters on sites like RedState. I imagine their hatred -- for at least half of all Americans, for Obama (an imaginary Obama that exists only in their feverish minds), for the truth, and for anyone who isn't a "true American" according to their tiny, brutish little brains -- will keep you far better entertained.

    Note: You won't find me defending Joe Biden's gaffes. It really is unbelievable that he is totally incapable of getting it under control. I thought he was a lousy choice when Obama picked him and I think he's a lousy choice today. But despite a runaway mouth, he actually is qualified for the office he's seeking and the American people by wide margins believe he is vastly more qualified for VP than is Palin -- who just happens to be totally unqualified and a genuine danger to us all should she stumble into the vice presidency or worse, the presidency.

    But Palin is a vile, ignorant, poorly educated, hateful person who has spent most of her time campaigning either lying about herself, lying about Obama, or trying to divide the American people along lines of hatred and suspicion. We've had eight years of that same kind of despicable behavior from Bush and now to have it continued by McCain and Palin deserves nothing but contempt and hatred from every American who would like to salvage what we can from the disaster that Bush and the Republicans have left us.

    When a candidate has no other contribution (apart from all that adorable winking and the truly bizarre aw shucks regular folks act) except to make outrageous statements and accusations designed to twist the truth beyond recognition, the normal and healthy response is to be disgusted and repelled. Hatred seems reasonable. I imagine you think Obama has been "pallin' around with domestic terrorists," and if so, then you are just as deserving of contempt as Palin and McCain are.

    Surely, you could find a better use for your time than whining about Jeralyn's Palin hatred. For example, you could be out there safeguarding the country from the imaginary threat of those dastardly destroyers of democracy...(drum roll)...ACORN. A name so vile that it brings to mind such arch enemies of freedom as KAOS who would have crushed us all were it not for Maxwell Smart. Now, there was a real American!

    You wrote:
    "Palin and her husband made, what? - $125,000 last year? and they have 5 kids. But she must have a classy outfit for every day's speeches. If she wore her Alaskan wardrobe, or wore the same thing every day or bought what she could afford, you would be talking about how frumpy she looks."

    Naturally, no one can expect you to understand that the problem with this little picture is the pretense that Palin is just a regular ol' hockey mom, at the same time she's prancing about in clothing worth tens of thousands of dollars while accusing at least half of all her fellow citizens of not being "real Americans." (Question: do you know anything about American history? Do you know what a nativist is? Do you have any idea how old and tired Palin's accusations are? They're the same ugly, mindless crap that the worst elements of America's extreme Right Wing have been spewing off and on for much of our history.)

    Like most Wingers, I guess you can only deal in extremes: black/white; angel/devil; etc. Otherwise, you would realize that the RNC could have bought Ms. Palin all the clothing she needs, well made and attractive, for a fraction of what they wasted on her by buying the labels they bought and by shopping in stores like Nieman Marcus and Saks. Why would anyone trust that kind of decision-making with the responsibility to manage taxpayers' money? Do you really think all her fans came out to try to catch a glimpse of the labels in her clothes? I'm sure as long as she was accusing Obama of being a socialist and a terrorist, accusing me of hating America, and pretending that she has any qualifications at all for high national office her fans couldn't possibly care what she was wearing.

    I don't know if Jeralyn hates Palin. But I certainly do, because I hate ignorance, and hypocrisy, and lies, and the kind of neo-fascist state that a small-minded bigot like Palin, who hasn't the slightest knowledge of American history or the Constitution, threatens to inflict on me and my fellow citizens.

    I don't hate her at all (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 04:06:04 AM EST
    I am just determined to do my part to make sure she does not get elected. All of my criticism is directed at her record, her lack of record, her lack of qualifications , her unpreparedness to serve as vice president -- let alone as president should the need arise --  her position on issues and her fundamentalism, her distortion of her record, her apparent unwillingness to be honest about her record and her campaign attacks on Obama and Democrats. None of it is personal.

    Most of the people I talk to describe the prospect of her becoming a heartbeat away from the presidency as being somewhere between appalling and terrifying.  If you don't, that's fine.

    We wrote 25 posts Friday. Of them, 4 were on Palin. Given that we are less than two weeks out from the election, I would hardly describe that as execessive.


    It's true about Maxwell Smart (none / 0) (#14)
    by shoephone on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 02:46:28 AM EST
    He is a real American hero. I know his feet well.

    Who is this directed to? (none / 0) (#20)
    by joanneleon on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 06:52:57 AM EST
    I'm not sure if Ellis is responding to another comment, or making a general statement.

    Response??? (5.00 / 0) (#33)
    by Ellis on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 11:01:18 AM EST

    I was replying to another commenter who said he/she was tired of Jeralyn's "Palin hatred," but my comment didn't come up as a response to that comment. I don't even know where that comment is now. In another thread?

    I don't have time to look for it now, but I cut and pasted some of the comment. And I don't see it now.
    It's like I got "teleported" from one place to another on the Intertubes.

    I blame it on a tiny blond person wearing a McCain/Palin pin.


    It was a response to a comment (none / 0) (#38)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 11:38:31 AM EST
    that was personally insulting and has been deleted.

    Should have figured that out (none / 0) (#39)
    by joanneleon on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 11:58:38 AM EST
    I get it now.  Thanks.

    I find this whole clothes subject so trivial after (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by suzieg on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 03:18:17 AM EST
    reading that close to 300,000of our  soldiers are being sent back to war with mental disabilities and no one, no one is talking about them! They have been completely forgotten in this campaign. My heart goes to their families who must be so frustrated to listen to these trivialities while their loved ones are being ignored....

    I understand completely why the RNC paid for her clothes - women are held to a double standard, Campbell Brown on CNN explained it very well. Can we please discuss subjects of real importance!

    out of 1700 words in this post (4.00 / 2) (#17)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 04:10:36 AM EST
    2 short paragraphs pertained to clothes. The rest pertained to substantive issues regarding Palin.

    There are open threads if you'd like to discuss the war in Iraq. If you were really concerned about the soldiers with mental illness who are being sent to war, you'd be doing your best to elect the candidate who supports veterans and has voted for them and that's Obama.

    How about putting the cart before the horse?


    clothes are props for Palin, and Palin (5.00 / 0) (#23)
    by No Blood for Hubris on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 07:55:38 AM EST
    is a prop for the RNC.

    This makes it a non-trivial issue for me, the whole trophy-VEEP thing.

    Not to mention the long history of Rovians using pure sexism to trash Dem candidates -- disparaging Gore for using girlie colors and John "Breck Girl" Edwards for being girlishly vain and extravagant enough to pay $400 for an unmanly haircut and John Kerry for being a poofy wind-surfer (how did they ever get away with that one?).

    Then they trot out Caribou Barbie who they first shut up and then dress up ---at unbelievable expense -- then try to pass her off as just Regular Jill Six-Pack.

    No, to me, that's not trivial.  That's propaganda. This time it's coming back to bite them, all the other times, it's worked.

    I think (5.00 / 0) (#24)
    by connecticut yankee on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 08:23:05 AM EST
    Using "tasergate" is a mistake on her part.  It might make the extreme right happy but it shows an undue interest in her brother in law that she probably shouldnt be displaying at this point.

    As for the rest, of course she's a naked liar.  My favorite is still where she said the ethics report found she did nothing unethical, the opposite of what it said.

    the use of the name is interesting (none / 0) (#42)
    by of1000Kings on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 05:30:32 PM EST
    the use of 'tasergate' says to me that maybe she did misuse her power as governor but that the misuse was justified because of the person involved...

    the use of 'tasergate' puts too much emphasis on Palin's hate for her ex brother-in-law...which just emphasizes her abuse of power...but hey, she is a maverick, and that's what a maverick does...


    Politico article on McCain/Palin tension (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by WS on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 08:33:58 AM EST
    Palin allies report rising campaign tension

    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.


    Some McCain aides say they had little choice with a candidate who simply wasn't ready for the national stage, and that Palin didn't forcefully object. Moments that Palin's allies see as triumphs of instinct and authenticity - the Wright suggestion, her objection to the campaign's pulling out of Michigan - they dismiss as Palin's "slips and miscommunications" - that is, her own incompetence, and evidence of the need for tight scripting.

    McCain: Stop screwing up!

    Palin: But I'm authentic and real!

    Palin 2: I'm not going to Washington to get your good opinion, media.  I'm going to Washington  to do some shopping!  

    love it. (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by connecticut yankee on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 08:38:55 AM EST
    Hopefully this leads to more pearls of wisdom from the moose whisperer.

    i find gov. palin to be (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by cpinva on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 09:57:03 AM EST
    dangerously ignorant, on multiple levels. she's also a liar, flat out. disengenuous isn't the same thing, it's way too kind. supposedly, she was a member of the national honor society in high school, i find that difficult to believe.

    her positions (such as they are) on multiple issues reflects a callous disregard for facts, consistent with the republican philosophy since at least richard nixon. every republican administration since nixon's has been pretty much a disaster, both foreign and domestic.

    mccain/palin represent the apogee of republican intellectual vacuity. what i find truly astonishing is that they've taken a decidedly communist approach to economics (supply side/trickle down), and convinced at least a portion of the population that it is actually free market capitalism at work. it is not.

    since neither mccain/palin have even the slightest clue about basic economic theory, they might actually believe this hokum. those of us who have the education/training/experience know better.

    on social issues, mccain/palin would take us back 500 years, when woman were chattel of their fathers/husbands, and the church dominated the secular.

    with regards to the clothes: if the palins are merely "borrowing" them from the RNC, and return them when the campaign is done, that's fine, no tax consequences to them. they might well have some nominal historic value, though being second isn't as good as being first. a charity might be able to auction them off and make a few dollars.

    but, the clothes themselves aren't the real issue, they just represent how totally out of touch the republicans are with the rest of us.

    Not only is she a (5.00 / 0) (#35)
    by mg7505 on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 11:09:16 AM EST
    dissembler, she's pure bad luck. She caused an all-star NHL goalie to injure his hip.

    The real Sarah Palin (none / 0) (#22)
    by Roschelle on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 07:54:31 AM EST
    The sad truth about Sarah Palin from those who know her best...

    Sarah Palin Ugh! (none / 0) (#36)
    by hilts on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 11:23:13 AM EST

    This is a brilliant, tour-de-force legal brief against Sarah Palin. I wish this post could be printed in every newspaper and mailed to every undecided voter. I wish you could buy time on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox News, and CNN and simply read this post verbatim.

    Thank you for producing an outstanding indictment of the least qualified person ever nominated for the office of Vice President. A McCain/Palin victory would be a profound tragedy for the country and the world.

    Thank God for you Jeralyn and thank God for TalkLeft!!!!

    Thank you, that's quite a (none / 0) (#47)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 11:25:18 PM EST
    compliment and very appreciated.

    You're a good friend, Anita (none / 0) (#48)
    by MoveThatBus on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 12:09:01 AM EST
    FYI (none / 0) (#41)
    by Dadler on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 04:41:16 PM EST
    I've known people who simply leave the tags on and hide them, then return the stuff after they've worn it.  Depending on the tag, it can easily be done.  

    Haute couture chic (none / 0) (#43)
    by Oceandweller on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 06:14:46 PM EST
    French first ladies have routinely their clothes loaned by the country top designers and thet give them back.
    What do the designers do with the worn outfits is a mystery, but those shops have second hand stores ; where said items have sold 1/2 price. Amazing sale for a small torn hem. During 2007 election, Royal, Sarkozy then opponent has her clothes loaned also by the same designers.
    THE "dames" first and prospective first are supposed to show to the world what their country fashion industry has best.
    What is a mystery is that those loans are ...loans, no money discussed, just the menion Mrs Sarkozy dressed by DIOR or Chanel. No money asked as long as the clothes are given back. Why did the RNC buy the clothes, I am not offended by Michelle or Cindy SHOWING OFF THE BEST AMERICAN DESIGNED OUTFITS ...
    BUt that money exchange is weird; no one was going to discuss borrowed dresses as long as they were given back*
    but outfits bought by the RNC. pLEASE...
    iS McCain that clueless about the interaction between fashion and politics they actually buy the clothes ???

    Quite obvious what she meant (none / 0) (#44)
    by Yotin on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 07:54:32 PM EST
    She said RNC bought and owned the clothes. Hence, returning it would be back to RNC. She doesn't even have the receipts nor exactly knew where they were purchased.
    It'll also be up to RNC if they decided to donate to charity instead, and just to be clear like auctioning them off.

    It's quite common in the modeling industry that models get to wear the clothes and return them after their tour modeling those clothes.

    Is there not a double standard here? No questions were asked of Obama for having spent millions on massive stages and large entourage in his trips overseas. I know contributors who didn't agree with the expenditures. The media, however, didn't bother to raise the question.

    Are the Democrats becoming like the GOP of Karl Rove or DailyKos, attacking everything in sight to down an opponent? Or are we still in the silly season?

    We put clothes back on the racks after (none / 0) (#45)
    by nycstray on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 10:19:39 PM EST
    photo shoots and fashion events all the time. I still have my tagging gun to reattach tags. We taped the bottom of shoes, etc. You'd never know we took those pretty dresses to the desert and climbed around on some rocks . . . . {grin}

    Isn't Palin like Ann Coulter? (none / 0) (#46)
    by ThatOneVoter on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 10:37:12 PM EST
    Imagine the kind of things AC would say if she were McCain's VP, and it's not far from what Palin says.

    She'll be donating the clothes to... (none / 0) (#49)
    by pluege on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 07:59:08 AM EST
    the consignment shop in Anchorage where she and Todd can go shopping and pick them up for a song.