Nothing Says Elitism Like A $150,000 Clothing Bill

I wonder how all of those fiscal conservatives who donated to the RNC feel about their money being spent on designer clothing for Sarah Palin:

The Republican National Committee appears to have 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.

I wonder if the Republican party is trying to expand their voting base into the 16 year old girl demographic.

Man Names His Child After McCain-Palin Ticket

No I’m not kidding:

A new father has secretly named his baby girl Sarah McCain Palin after the Republican ticket for president and vice president.

Mark Ciptak of Elizabethton put that name on the documents for the girl’s birth certificate, ignoring the name Ava Grace, which he and his wife had picked earlier.

“I don’t think she believes me yet,” he told the Kingsport Times-News for a story to be published Tuesday. “It’s going to take some more convincing.”

Ciptak, a blood bank employee for the American Red Cross, said he named his third child after John McCain and Sarah Palin to “to get the word out” about the campaign.

“I took one for the cause,” he said. “I can’t give a lot of financial support for the (McCain/Palin) campaign. I do have a sign up in my yard, but I can do very little.”

So let me get this straight. This guy can’t afford to donate to the campaign so he NAMED HIS KID after the campaign? Wow. And he doesn’t even tell his wife about it? That’s what I call balls.

I also love how he compares having a yard sign in his yard to naming his kid after the Republican ticket. I’ve got to hand it to him. That’s a true believer.

P.S. Wouldn’t it be funny if his wife was a Democrat?

Thank You Phil Gramm For Collapsing The Economy

Don’t like your economy falling apart ? Me neither. Lets all thank former Senator Phil Gramm.

1. Primary author of Energy Deregulation bill which caused rolling blackouts, sky rocketing energy costs, and Enron fiasco- CHECK

2. Primary author of Banking Deregulation bill which caused the inevitable collapse of the banking industry we see today- CHECK

3. As a lobbyist, lobbied against current and proposed state and federal laws to stop predatory lending practices that are leading to the crisis going on right now- CHECK

3. Says that the aforementioned problems caused by 1,2,3 are all in your head and we should stop whining- CHECK

And this is the man John McCain wants to entrust with America’s economy?

NOTE: Here’s a fun fact on Phil Gramm:

Gramm has no interest in social conservatism. He tried to invest in a soft-core porn movie in the early ’70s

Sarah Palin’s 17 year old daughter is Pregnant

This keeps getting weirder and weirder.

The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.

Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin’s five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby, McCain aides said.

Is it just me or does this sound like a shotgun wedding? Poor girl. I also think its funny that the McCain campaign is releasing a statement on whether or not Bristol Palin is going to have the baby.

Man, did Sarah Palin have some pretty interesting skeletons in her closet.

Don’t Underestimate the Palin Pick

From my reading around the blogosphere, it seems like a lot of democrats are jumping for joy over John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin. Lets not let our politics blind us to the way the political world works.

First, lets point out that the conventional theory behind a VP pick is to “balance the ticket”. Or in simpler terms, the VP candidate’s job is to cover up for a weakness of the President.

Obama picks Biden to cover up for his “inexperience”
Obama picks Biden to cover up for his “lack of foreign policy” expertise.
Obama picks Biden to cover up for his “lack of Washington knowledge”

Now, I’m not saying I subscribe to any of these perceptual arguments, but these are obviously the theme’s being floated around in this year’s election.

Now chances are, anytime that you pick a VP to balance you’re ticket there’s going to be some conflict in message. Biden is a symbol of the establishment and Obama is a symbol of change. But because of the weird alternate reality rules of politics that’s okay for most people. (Granted I think it’s more problematic for Obama but thats another post.)

So when we look at McCain’s selection of Palin you have to examine the wisdom in selecting her through the lens of what she brings to the table to “balance” McCain

Youthfulness? -CHECK
Anti-Washington credibility- CHECK
Appeal to non traditional voters- CHECK
Personality- CHECK
Personability- CHECK
Easy to look at- CHECK
Bonafide evangelical street cred – CHECK

Now once again, I’m not advocating that people vote for a politician based on how “nice” or “pretty” they look but all bullshit aside, people do.

So when you examine the Palin pick I think its an incredibly smart pick for McCain. Not only does she balance his ticket extremely well, but she does a lot of other things such as:

1. Makes a play for women voters– Puts a decent chunk of the women’s vote up for play. I doubt most of them will vote McCain, especially since Palin is anti-choice, but if 10 to 15% of the women do vote for McCain it could be a big boost. But regardless of the outcome, the Obama camp will be forced to spend even more time and resources on a demographic they should have had locked up.

2. Creates a Media buzz- McCain is already getting a lot of media buzz from the Palin pick. It’s shocking, provocative, its a “sexy” pick from a media perspective. With the shallowness of the press, I can already see the numerous tv segments, articles, etc about stupid irrelevant topics like Palin was Miss Alaska. Never, never, underestimate the poor quality of our media in this country

3. It neutralizes Joe Biden– Sure Biden is a great attack dog, but in Vice President debates, one of the main forums for VPs to attack, Biden runs the risk of looking like a bully to the charming, and female, Palin. Once again, its a silly double standard in our society, but after 8 years of the Bush administration, I don’t think any of us can claim that American voters are intelligent.

4. Electoral votes– It takes Alaska, which seemed as if it was in play for Obama, out of play and solidly in the red column.

Of course, McCain’s pick of Palin will by no means lean McCain to victory in November, my point is that its foolish to pretend that John McCain made a huge error in his selection of Governor Palin.