“Nobody argues that freedom of religion the Muslims have to build that mosque somewhere however there are a 100 mosques already in New York to chose and be so adamant about this exact location just a block or two away from 9/11 is just that knife it feels like.”
The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.
According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.
The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.
The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.
Despite the obvious hypocrisy of an average hockey mom spending $150 grand on clothing in the midst of an economic crisis, Huffington Post points out some harder numbers:
Palin’s fashion budget for several weeks was more than four times the median salary of an American plumber ($37,514). To put it another way: Palin received more valuable clothes in one month than the average American household spends on clothes in 80 years. A Democrat put it in even blunter terms: her clothes were the cost of health care for 15 or so people.
And even those few Republicans who still have principles aren’t happy about this as Ambinder points out that $150,000 is “one good week of television time in Colorado.” Off the record Republicans are supposedly “utter[ly] disgusted.”
Yet somehow, we still live in a Conservative America. November 5th is going to be an interesting day.