Like Tom Levenson I sincerely hope that the hard right fringe wins the battle to make Sarah Palin the charismatic face of conservatism in America. Unfortunately as with all unrealistic dreams (in weaker moments I visualize what would happen to Pam Geller if we had a black president with a muslim name) I fear that I am setting myself up for disappointment. By the time Republicans finish counting the tab that she ran up on their dime, those cries for Palin ’12 might quiet down a notch.
NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported…One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards.
In other words, the RNC’s $150,000 clothes bill was only the beginning. Sarah Palin ran up separate tabs with a wealthy donor, the campaign and even her own staffers’ credit cards.
Granted, that is pretty bad, but at least she did not run run around behind her running mate’s back like a petty criminal.
The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement….McCain himself rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign, and aides kept him in the dark about the details of her spending on clothes because they were sure he would be offended.
At least she did not soak her twenty-something aides for far more than the average recent college grad can possibly afford.
One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000,…
huh. The clothes were for her?
…and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband.
There has to be one extra little insult-to-injury that Palin could squeeze in now that she has soaked her friends for the price of a two-bedroom suburban ranch.
Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost.
Something tells me that if the GOP runs Sarah Palin anywhere it will be on a rail.