Lately we’ve noticed that Sarah Palin’s highly touted updo has seemed, well, a little less up. Also, whoever has been doing her highlights in the last few weeks is doing an excellent job. However! These things come at a price, as apparently does the wardrobe. Politico is reporting that the RNC has spent upwards of $150,000 on Palin’s threads in the last seven weeks.
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.
And people were freaking out about a little non-existent lobster and caviar! The RNC has subsequently announced they will be donating all the purchases to charity (perhaps via ebay?). That said, is it really so terrible?
Hillary Clinton has never detailed how much was spent on her appearance though one suspects it was not a small sum judging from recent appearances — Clinton still looks fine but the reduction in coiffing is definitely noticeable. At The New Yorker Festival earlier this month Peggy Noonan remarked that she often feels sympathy for woman politicians because of the amount of attention they have to devote to their appearance: “Hillary had to face the requirements of appearance. Men don’t have to put that extra hour in. Yes, it’s harder to be a woman.” Still, considering the extent to which Obama is outspending McCain, probably there were better uses for this money.