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Sarah Palin’s new wardrobe and controversy

When John McCain selected the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin as his vice-Presidential candidate, it was initially seen as a master-stroke. After all, for conservatives who were dubious of his credentials given his many maverick policies, it was the presentation of a person who was everything that a good conservative should be. Family oriented, anti-abortion, anti-homosexual, believing Christian, and so on. And then she would also try and sway some of the women to her side.
However, things have not been turning out quite that way. It now seems quite obvious that John McCain did not really vet the nomination to the required detail. She is turning out to have quite a few skeleton’s in her closet. It was initially itself understood that she does not have national security credentials and any grasp of foreign affairs, but the long drawn out process for letting her give interviews, for letting the press ask her the tough questions (more like a thorough grilling that they give to candidates), all of them make it seem that she is just not ready for the post of being a person who is next in line to the President, and would act as the President in the case of any emergency.

However, it was the next shock of her involvement in the constant bringing of pressure on as well as the firing of the head police man (who refused to fire the state trooper Wooten, in a messy divorce with the sister of Sarah Palin) that made things even worse. An enquiry just barely cleared her, but made it clear that she had not acted appropriately (what the enquiry said was that she had the right to fire the police chief, but there were ethical issues involved). And now this:

Even if it was legal for the Republican National Committee to drop $150,000 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, it went against the spirit of the campaign finance law John McCain championed in the Senate, legal experts said. The news of how the party laid out the big bucks to put Palin in fancy frocks, leather stiletto boots and a new hairdo divided the electorate.
But Russ Glines, 48, a McCain supporter from Salem, N.H., said her Alaska governor’s wardrobe should have been good enough. “She’s a fine dresser on her own,” he said. “We should use our money more wisely. “Her appeal is not in her dress as much as in her belief system,” Glines added. Amy Elliott, 37, of Dunedin, Fla., a stay-at-home mom at a pro-Obama rally in Tampa, was shocked by the expense.
“I would be a Republican if they would do my hair and makeup for me,” she said. “I didn’t even spend $150 on my [three] children’s clothes this year.”

This is an issue that can stoke a lot of controversy. In these tough economic conditions where there is a problem with respect to consumer spending, such behavior can be a problem. It puts off a lot of people who suddenly feel squeamish about the amount of spent, the sheer disregard for feelings of people, and has the potential to reduce her support to some extent. There are others who are unconcerned about such things, and would try to decide on a candidate based on their policies and past history.

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