Sarah Palin’s wardrobe joined the ranks of symbolic political excess on Wednesday, alongside John McCain’s multiple houses and John Edwards’s $400 haircut, as Republicans expressed fear that weeks of tailoring Ms. Palin as an average “hockey mom” would fray amid revelations that the Republican Party outfitted her with expensive clothing from high-end stores.
If Palin had bought all her clothes at Wal-Mart, there would be an outcry about her patronizing a big box store and endangering small-town merchants. If she made her own clothes, there'd be an outcry over poor, unemployed garment workers.
But what really irks the NY Times is the fact that her look hasn't changed all that much.
The Republicans spent about $150,000 on a clothing makeover for Ms. Palin and her family, according to financial disclosure forms. But looking at the before-and-after photos, it was not readily apparent what Ms. Palin got, exactly, from her shopping spree at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
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