Approximately $150,000 has been spent to outfit Governor Palin and her family since the beginning of September. Some people are delighted to hear it, because it makes her a target for yet another reason. (She would be Grand High Empress of the Senate, dontcha know.)
People will say, "She has to look good!" Okay, I'll buy that. But I want to ask a question. Why didn't they simply take her to
Talbot's? I bet they could have achieved a great-looking, well-made
wardrobe for a lot less money at Talbot's. I did a zip code search, and there is a complete Talbot's in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul (Talbot's Collection, shoes, accessories, all of it).
If you're a Wal-Mart or Target shopper, Talbot's is a HUGE step up. No need to go to Saks or Needless-Markup.
The worst part: in this economy, it's yet another example of the Republican campaign's tone deafness.
Indeed, the story could not come at a more inopportune time for the McCain campaign. During a week in which the Republican ticket is trying to highlight its connection to the working class – and, by extension, promoting its newest campaign tool, Joe the Plumber – it was revealed that Palin's fashion budget for several weeks was more than four times the median salary of an American plumber ($37,514). To put it another way: Palin received more valuable clothes in one month than the average American household spends on clothes in 80 years. A Democrat put it in even blunter terms: her clothes were the cost of health care for 15 or so people.
A campaign spokesperson says it's always been the intention for the clothes to go to charity after the election. Do you mean to tell me if they WON she wouldn't need to look good anymore?
I suppose they could auction the clothes for charity on eBay.
Ultimately, I ponder this situation as a person of faith, for Governor Palin claims that definition, too. A visiting pastor prayed for her success, even for the money she would need to rise to positions of government leadership. Was he praying for her wardrobe, too? It's a disturbing time to be living out a Prosperity Gospel fantasy–that God will give you a shopping trip if you live out God's will. Right now we need what we really always need, a prophetic word calling us to care for those in need: the poor, the ill, the marginalized, the people who will never, ever shop at Saks.