Friday, October 24, 2008
Remember the $400 haircut?
Ah, he is a handsome devil, isn't he? The events of the past week remind me of the spring of 2007, the beginning of the end of John Edwards political career, just because he billed his campaign for his expensive Hollywood stylest haircuts. Out of touch elitist they called him. He took alot of heat for it, and I believe eventually paid it back. We all know now why he needed that stylish do, to impress the girlfriend that the (pardon my french) SOB had on the side. But enough about him, he's moved on into the pantheon of political-never lived up to their potentials because they are dumb, dumb, dumb-group.
I want to discuss how this relates to the issue of the $150,000 ($400 x 375) clothing and accessories bill for Sarah Palin and her family for the month of September. First of all, in her defense, I realize she probably bought very few, if any of the clothes, just like all the other candidates. I also realize that being in the public eye is expensive, and her clothes would be scrutinized, just like Hillary Clinton’s were (although for completely different reasons.) The McCain campaign asked Sarah Palin and her family to give up basically their entire lives until the election, so should they have to pay to look the part? Go into debt over it? Although it was a choice they made, I would say, probably not.
I do take some issue with how the amount of money spent on making her ‘presentable’ takes her message off task a bit, the one that says “she relates to everyday Americans,” the she’s just like you soccer moms, Walmart mom’s out there. For me personally, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a suit from Nordstrom’s or a suit from JcPenney. Being a politician is all about image, being careful what you do and say for fear of how it might look to potential voters. So I guess I’m surprised she didn’t put two and two together, especially after what happened to John Edwards, and when she was presented with these clothes, I wonder why she didn't say, “No, let’s tone it down a bit.”
Having grown up with a father who’s held some kind of political office for at least a third of his life, I know to be a politician or even a member of their family, you need skin as thick as buffalo hide. It’s hard and stressful to run for office, and equally so if you get elected. For some people that want to make a difference, it’s worth the mental toll it takes.
I watched the NBC interview last night with Sarah Palin, and I noticed something that bothers me still. Sarah Palin did not look like the fresh faced barracuda that gave that now infamous speech at the RNC. She looks older, the lines and crevices around her tired eyes have deepened. Even her hair had taken a different shape. The tone of her voice wasn’t light and snappy; it was sharper, harder, colder, like a hard sheet of ice covered that which it once was. She’s pissed, feeling like she’s gotten an unfair shake with the media. It’s taking a toll; that was extremely obvious, and after the interview I felt something I never thought I would. I felt bad for her.
If McCain’s ticket is elected, will she be nothing more than pretty window dressing on what I consider the tired old policies of the McCain building? I hope not. I hope she will have an effective, influential role in the Whitehouse because I would want any woman in that role to succeed. But, if the McCain ticket loses, will she bare the brunt of the blame? Probably, and that’s unfortunate. But, that's just my dumb, uneducated opinion.
So is she being unfairly scrutinized by the public and media, or does she deserve part of the negative attention she gets?