Misplaced Blame: Sarah Palin’s Clothes
There’s been a lot of talk latelyabout how much has been spent on Sarah Palin’s wardrobe and makeup artist and the like, and I’d like to take a minute to question what that criticism is supposed to imply.
On the one hand, the argument could be made that she is a hypocrite in her small town values pitch, because small town people don’t shop at fancy clothing stores and spend more than people many people make in two years in two months on clothes.
However, I don’t buy it.
I think what it reveals much more clearly is how much it costs to outfit a woman to be a national politician. I’ve only recently come to have an appreciation for how much clothes spending is necessary for professional women, and I find it plausible that a woman running for the second highest office in the United States, who appears on camera day in and day out, would spend such a sum on clothes if she was starting from scratch.
Does that make Sarah Palin at fault for spending so much, or our expectations of how she should appear on screen? What would the nation’s reaction be if she wasn’t wearing sharp looking clothes each and every day? Do you think McCain’s wardrobe rotates as much or as fast as Palin’s does?
My guess is no… and unless someone is willing to try and logically tie this to how she’d spend state funds if she was in office, I’m officially passing on all presidential wardrobe related news until further notice.
…unless it turns out to be illegal, but I think the argument there is a stretch at best.
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