Republicans Eating Their Own, Update V

The Wasilla Hillbillies

As Sarah’s gleaming White House carriage turns into a rotting pumpkin, this edition of Republicans Eating Their Own comes with the revelation that Sarah spent a wee bit more than $150k on clothes for herself, First Dude, and their adorable kids.

Newsweek reports that:

“…Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. 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. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

You betcha. Now that Sarah has seen Saks and Neiman Marcus, how will she ever be able to field dress even a moose in anything less than an Oscar de la Larenta ensemble?

Carribou Barbie is rapidly unwinding decades of Republican efforts to brand the Democrats as the party of entitlements.  In this she is only following in the footsteps of George W. Bush who succeeded in destroying the myth that Republicans are the party of small government, fiscal responsibility and foreign restraint.

You go, gal.

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