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Oct 22, 2008

More On Palin's Saks Scandal

Piper911"...It was during this same campaign cycle that Republicans belittled the $400 haircut that former Sen. John Edwards had paid for with his own campaign money (the funds were later reimbursed). And yet, the comparison to that once-dominant news story is hardly close: if Edwards had gotten one of his legendary haircuts every singe week, it would still take him 7.2 years to spend what Palin has spent. Palin has received the equivalent of $2,500 in clothes per day...." from: Palin Clothes Spending Has Dems Salivating, Republicans Disgusted (Stein/Huff Post)

Palin was sad to see the Washington insiders go. Hanson recalled, “She said, ‘Hey—does anyone want to stay for dinner? We’re going to eat right now.’ She also invited everyone to come back the next day. ‘If any of you are in the area, all you have to do is knock. Yell upstairs, I’ll be right down.’ ” from: The Insiders: How John McCain came to pick Sarah Palin. (Jane Mayer/The New Yorker)

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. -- from AP INVESTIGATION: Palin children traveled on state (AP)

In its coverage of the Palin clothing expense story, I was struck by this photo Huffington Post included in its featured slideshow. It shows Piper Palin toting Mom's LV bag -- unless it's Piper's! To really appreciate the image, however, you have to also know it was shot on September 11.

The BAG's take:

1. Again, Palin kids end up carrying the family baggage.

2. Keeping up with the Joneses?

3. ... Or, another oil-and-gas politician?

4. McCain's not Bush? Looks like 9/11 still equals "go shopping."

5. And, talking family values, I still don't understand why Piper hasn't been in school this year.

(image: Eric Risberg/AP via Huffington Post. September 11th, 2008. Fairbanks, Alaska)


Let us not forget the highly identifiable cup from McDonalds. Yes, it is a perfect example of GOP family values. As a former child welfare prosecutor, I am wondering whether this would merit the children being removed from the home. Educational neglect; developmentally inappropriate care (keeping them up all hours as props on a stage to hear the same speech over and over); inattentive parenting; forcing the older children to raise the younger ones. Sorry, but she is a lousy mom.

If the Obama girls had been trotted out as shields like Palin has no compunction about doing, Obama would rightly be critiqued from the right. IOKIYAR, I suppose.

If it helps any, that bag is clearly a FAKE LV bag. And we all know that fake handbags support terrorists, right? Does this count as "paling" around?

Piper? What about Willow's high school education? Why isn't Bristol going to college? Why not her son? Her future son-in-law just dropped out of high school. This has flown under the campaign press radar and I find it very interesting that not a single child or young adult associated with the Palin family seems to be in school now.

Not that I want to sound elitist, but that a family with Palin's income and status appears to have no interest in the education of their children is a real first in modern American politics. It may just be appearances, but wow.

And don't get me started on keeping a newborn up all night in loud raucous convention and debate halls. I can't think of a single mother who would look at that and not think "whaaa?"

I didn't realize Bristol has yet to graduate from high school. Wow.

Two comments:

1. The billionaire Gas & Oil Princess of the Ukraine:

"[Yulia] Tymoshenko's plaited hairstyle became iconic at the time of the Orange Revolution. When asked whether she visits a professional hairdresser, she responded that she does her hairstyle herself." This woman was once considered by Forbes magazine as one the top 3 most powerful women in the world.

2. Who is Lisa L. Kine? She apparently bought a great deal of Palin's accessories. I can find no information on her. Is it a pseudonym?

Safe bet the RNC has been funding purchases for the entire Palin klan. Stay tuned.

Succumbing to the temptation to make a non-visual-analysis comment:

Eh. If I were a central figure in a huge historic event, I imagine I would bring my (hypothetical) kids along too. I have to think the interest and variety of the campaign will offer those kids something they can't get during this year of school. They can be a year behind next year, but they can't ever be part of something this big again.

She's quite the reformer. Palin has no qualms about spending other people's money - whether its the state of Alaska's or the campaign donations of fellow Republicans. Imagine what she would be like with her very own jet and full-time staff.

But if the 150k Shopping Spree was her 9-11/Patriotic duty, isn't it a little late...or, maybe too EARLY?

Doesn't "carpetbagger" also spring to mind?
Plus the outsized bag for the child seems significant, if only because of how it draws attention to itself.

The child is home schooled.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess Piper's jacket is also new. It doesn't look like something you can buy just any old where.

It was so obvious Palin had had a makeover, but the figures are just staggering. And really, really stupid move -- except that, I wonder if one of the motivations was not only to upgrade her look, but also to give her more confidence? (as if lack of confidence is a problem for her)

I'd imagine one would feel pretty special wearing such expensive, well-fitting duds.

desertwind, I sense that Sarah Palin has always felt pretty special. I would go so far as to say that, as a narcissist, she views the expensive clothes as her rightful due.

desertwind beat me to it, on Piper's jacket. You don't see that kind of jacket around the local public elementary school much.

and I find the RNC's rationale that "after the campaign is over we'll donate the clothes to charity" laughable.

Are they saying that she only needs to look Vice Presidential until November 5? What about after that?

I guess they're acknowledging McCain/Palin is going to lose.

If Palin's children are paying attention, they sure are getting one hell of a civic's lesson. Of course, this is probably not the intention of the McCain campaign.

Alaska is one of very few states that has NO regulations whatsoever on homeschooling your own children -- no papers to file, no state testing, no district notification, no requirements that the parents have a high school diploma, no "number of hours" or "number of days" spent obtaining education, nothing.
Saying "I'm homeschooling" in Alaska can mean a parent is doing everything, anything or nothing to provide for a child's education.
Homeschooling can be a wonderful experience all around, but I'm guessing that the Palin children aren't being homeschooled right now. And in Alaska, there's nothing wrong with that.

Two days ago, the Times ran a story, by Michael Powell and Jo Becker, "Palin's Hand Seen in Battle Over Mine." Sarah is literally as well as figuratively a golddigger. She's promoting a gold and copper mine operation in an area where Native Alaskans live, and where there is danger of pollution causing harm to Bristol Bay. The place where the Palins do their commercial fishing. Maybe there's more profit for them in supporting the development of the Pebble Mine.

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