I Can See Neiman Marcus From My House!

Newsweek reports, you decide:

NEWSWEEK has also learned 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.

A Palin aide said: "Governor Palin was not directing staffers to put anything on their personal credit cards, and anything that staffers put on their credit cards has been reimbursed, like an expense. Nasty and false accusations following a defeat say more about the person who made them than they do about Governor Palin."

McCain himself rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign, and aides kept him in the dark about the details of her spending on clothes because they were sure he would be offended. Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request.


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5 Responses to I Can See Neiman Marcus From My House!

  1. Vickie says:

    Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request.

    I noticed that the camera didn’t even show her until McCain gave her notice. I loved that. She was holding back the tears. I waved good-bye 🙂 I marveled at the fact that she didn’t speak. She shouldn’t have of course-not her place, but we all knew she wanted to!

  2. Ingrid says:

    the wasilla hillibillies..here’s one big ego tripper who was given a world stage and like the ‘hillybilly’ she was, thought that it all belonged to her and entitled herself to people and things she oughtn’t.
    What a piece of work..she better not run in 2012.. let’s hope some Republican moderates and conservative intelligentsias (sp) put the kabash on that as quickly as you can say..

    idiot woman..


  3. Ingrid says:

    oh and a Dutch saying says;
    if you cannot handle the small things in life, you surely cannot handle the big things.
    Ergo, Palin left Wassilla with crap they didn’t need, entitled herself to some big things up in Anchorage and McCain gave her a whole other level of the gimmies to grab from..you’ve got class or you don’t. And let’s face it, the fact that she’s from Wasilla means nothing, there are plenty of down to earth decent people from small towns who have more sense and less ego than she has..


  4. BJ says:

    Oh please! You people are so ridiculous!! Of all the things to sit and harp upon. I guarantee that most men that have run for office have spent plenty of absurd amounts of money on things that would shock us even more.

    So, what, just because we finally have female representation she is judged for not buying clothing at Target? C’mon! She had an image to uphold… not to mention the fact that she would get all of this additional attention for being a woman in this race. If she came out wearing some awful outfit that she purchased at a Wal-Mart you would be sitting here bashing her for that as well.

    I don’t blame her one bit. Even if the story is true (and i doubt it is) that she was purchasing items on other people’s donations or credit cards that belong to the aides – then they were the stupid ones that allowed her to do so.

    Sarah Palin has my vote for 2012.

  5. Mash says:

    BJ, I admire your defense of spreading the wealth around. What are you, a socialist?

    We are not harping – we are laughing. Can you hear the laughter? Please, please, please run Sarah Palin in 2012. We beg you. Please run this so-called “hockey mom” who freeloads over $150,000 for her clothes, up to $40,000 for her hubby, another $35,000 for her kids to buy Gucci shoes and then goes and tries to pretend she is all about working class people. She spends more on clothes than “Joe The Plumber” makes in 4 years.

    Please run this blithering idiot and freeloader in 2012. If there is any petition I need to sign to get her on the Republican ticket in 2012 please let me know. I will sign, and I will get 10 of my friends to sign.

    In the meantime, if any other McCain campaign staffer wants to dish more dirt on Sarah Palin, I’ll be happy to post it here for fun and enjoyment.

    This was a joke of a vice presidential candidate, and I cannot wait to see her as the Republican nominee in 2012.

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