All Votes are Final -- Campaign Couture? Not So Much

12/08/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The McCain-Palin ticket promised to do something to boost the economy, and even though it lost, it kinda sorta did.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the luxury store Neiman Marcus got whomped with a 26.8% decline in sales from last October. Other chains like Saks and Nordstrom took a big hit, too. And the month before, in September, Neiman Marcus' sales figures were down by 11% from a year earlier.

Imagine how much worse those numbers might have been if it hadn't been for the shopping sprees reported by the RNC for the Sarah Palin candidacy: $75,062 at Neiman Marcus, $49,425 at Saks, and an afterthought-looking $9,447 at the mid-market Macys.

The Times also reported that the RNC may be heading north to Alaska to repossess what it can of the Cinderella wardrobe, but on the campaign trail, Palin herself had already said she regarded them as props: "These clothes -- they're not my property, just like the lighting and the staging and everything else that the RNC purchased. I am not taking them with me.''

What, I wonder, is Neiman's return policy? Full refund up until thirty days with the tags still on? And after that, just store credit?

But is the store credit good until 2012?