10/22/2008 11:34 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011


To dress Sarah Palin and the Palinettes for campaign stops, the Republican party has spent over $150,000. In September $49,425.74 went to Saks Fifth Avenue with $75,062.63 dropped at other major department stores, including Barney's and Bloomingdale's in New York and Macy's in Minneapolis. Hair and make-up ran an additional $4,716.49 through September. Whom did they ask for a hair stylist? John Edwards?

Didn't this woman own clothes? Surely she was dressed when Putin was flying over her house. If they'd asked, Tina Fey might have lent them the red jacket she doesn't need during the week. Don't the Republicans know what you can save at Century 21, Daffy's and Loehmann's? Why didn't she show them how to use e-bay? $150,000 to clothe someone for three months?!! This party wants us to trust them to deal with the country's economic disaster? They'd buy something new to declare bankruptcy!

The "show, but don't tell" policy--dressing up Sarah Palin to refuse to answer questions--reflects the cynicism and insecurities of the party as well as our country's obsession with glamor. McCain proudly introduced his arm candy vice president, and instead of having her briefed on the job description, allowed her to misstate the VP's responsibilities not once, but four times. Did they think that by appearing in different designer outfits, it would obscure the fact that she still has no concept of what the VP does?

This revelation coincides with the disclosure that the governor charged Alaska $21,012 for having her children accompany her to events where they hadn't been invited, later amending the paperwork to show this was for official business. The charges included hotel and commercial flights for three daughters who joined her to watch Todd in a snowmobile race and a trip to New York, where she and Bristol spent four nights in a luxury hotel though she attended only one five-hour conference.

Alaskan law does not specifically address expenses for a governor's children. Palin justified having the state pick up the tab by claiming the girls had been invited, which has been disputed by organizers saying they were surprised when the children showed up uninvited or that they'd agreed to a request by the governor to let the children attend.

Do Alaskan tax payers have the right to know how many Milky Ways these kids took out of mini-bars?