Live By The Gucci

22Oct08

Die by the Gucci.

Since her selection as John McCain’s running mate, the Republican National Committee spent more than $150,000 on clothing and make-up for Gov. Sarah Palin, her husband, and even her infant son, it was reported on Tuesday evening.

That entertaining scoop — which came by way of Politico — sent almost immediate reverberations through the presidential race. A statement from McCain headquarters released hours after the article appeared bemoaned the triviality of the whole affair.

“With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it’s remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses,” said spokesperson Tracey Schmitt. “It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.

It may come as no surprise but I disagree with the people saying it’s a trivial thing. At a time when people are very stressed over the economy and unsure about the futures, parading around in Valentino jackets and Gucci loafers (McCain’s at one point) is just a bit too much like the shade of Marie Antoinette.

“Let them wear Gap.”

True.  We might be asking what Obama wears now, since let’s face it, men’s clothing does tend to stick out a whole lot less than women’s. However, the point here is the appearance that team McCain is sending at a time when they are weak and their party is responsible for the greed that is tanking our economy.

That being said, it’s probably a bit of damned if you do damned if you don’t for Palin and friends  since they can hardly go into the election looking dowdy when just about the only good thing they’ve got going is the VP running mate’s good looks. It’s all they’ve got and so they have to emphasize the crap out of it.

Something thing struck while thinking about this Armani-gate was how so many people mocked or subtly dug at Hillary for her pantsuits (and yes comparing Hillary’s pantsuits to Palin’s Valentinos is laughable). I now say to those people that they don’t know what the hell they are talking about.  Get this – the pant suits weren’t beautiful, no, but they weren’t hideous either.  They allowed her to be taken seriously without her having to buy something new for each and every occasion of office. They also do not cost an arm and a leg.

That’s something to think about as we show our modern day aristocrats the door.

Update: I see I was hardly the only person to feel the Marie Antoinette vibe

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2 Responses to “Live By The Gucci”

  1. 1 ken

    you forgot to mention how much hell John Edwards suffered for his $400 haircut.

  2. 2 faeyin

    There’s really just too much ammo xD


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