Just one day later and McCain staffers are lining up to pin the blame of their loss squarely on Sarah Palin's expensively dressed chest. Two reports today hint at the torrent of criticism to come.
First, that Palin was instructed to buy THREE outfits for the convention but returned with the legendary $150,000 bill and that the final bill could be significantly bigger.
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.
The Second story is from none other than Fox News' Carl Cameron who says that he was told (on condition that it not be released until after the election) that Palin was so woefully unprepared and unqualified for the Vice Presidency as to boggle the mind. According to Cameron, she didn't know what countries were included in the NAFTA agreement (you know, the NORTH AMERICA Free Trade Agreement that would include Canada, the United States and Mexico) nor did she know that Africa was a continent.
Doesn't this all make you feel better knowing she won't be a heartbeat away from the presidency?