The net-o-blog-o-sphere has invested a good deal of digital ink to the revelation that RNC spent 150,000 dollars on Sarah Palin’s wardrobe over the past few months. Not only does this look off-message from the ‘above the fray’ tone of the Obama campaign, it also might fall totally flat – while making the Democrats look ‘out to get‘ Palin.
Look, progressives are totally obsessed with the idea that the GOP represents a false front to the working class that they jump on personal spending as a reason that the republicans don’t represent ‘real’ people – when the argument against the Democrats with the working class is caught up in tax policy, good stories (JOE), and ‘egghead government’ as the individual people making those policies. Also, I think there’s a lot of working class folks who would like to spend 150,000 dollars of GOP money on clothes if they got the chance. We also live in a patriarchal society – folks expect women to look nice, and I think people will excuse spending money from campaign donors on gettin’ all dolled up.