Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Just Your Everyday Hockey Mom On A $150,000 Shopping Spree

Do hockey moms usually dress themselves up in $150,000 wardrobes, all bought within a month? Especially those who hang out with Joe Sixpack?

If the hockey mom is Sarah Palin, the answer is yes. According to campaign finance reports, the Republican National Committee laid out $75,o62 at Neiman Marcus and $49,425 at Saks Fifth Avenue, all for Palin and her family in September. That's only part of the amount, all classified as "campaign accessories."

So we have John McCain, the presidential candidate who can't remember if he has 7 or 8 homes, and Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate who enjoys this elaborate shopping spree. Both profess to understand the struggles of working Americans during economically troubled times. Palin in particular plays up an identification with working class culture. Or, as she'd put it, "workin'."

Meanwhile, their chief message to the country during the past week was their intention to continue George Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest and for major corporations. 

And what about an increased minimum wage for the hockey mom or Joe Sixpack working at Wal-Mart? Forget it! Why, that's socialism!

The McCain-Palin campaign is based on a faux populist image. Yet even that very image is falling apart.

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