Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Palin's Parting Gift

I'm definitely looking forward to Palin heading back up there to Alaska. Not just because I'm worried about her taking her eyes off of Putin rearing his head from Russia for even a few minutes and not just because she scares the hell out of me as a potential president but because I expect there will be a lot of great stories about her leaked over the next few days as some people try to save their own reputation or hamstring her chances in 2012. A great example is this story that came out in Newsweek.
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.
Jon Stewart was clearly right when he said "they're a family of grifters!" Everywhere she goes she tries to milk it for every penny or perk she can scam out of it. Free plane rides, travel expenses from home, extreme makeover for the whole family? Bring it on.

I love how the clothes are mysteriously "lost." I'm sure they will just as mysteriously reappear as soon as someone tells them they will still have to pay taxes on them. I guess some lucky Wasilla Goodwill shopper is going to have a great day. What does the McCain camp think about the whole thing?

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.
Now seeing as some of my kin come from the hills I take exception to denigrating hillbillies to those fools but...bwahahahaha. Wait, "Wasilla hillbillies looting from coast to coast"??!? That is awesome. And the funniest part is that they had to keep McCain in the dark about the whole thing because he would have exploded. Seriously that man would have snapped. He called his wife a "cunt" and a "trollop" because she had too much makeup on. What would he have done to Grifterbot?

The article then goes on to say that she wanted to speak last night! Fortunately they told her no. Can you imagine her up there talkin' 'bout socialism and pallin' around with terr'ists while the crowd goes wild in contrast to McCain's very good, heartfelt speech? It would have been ugly. Wow, this woman. I can't decide if I want her to run in 2012 just for the comedy or if I just never, ever want to see her again.

Page 2 of the article runs through a list of "behind the scenes" stuff that was pretty interesting but since this is about Palin here is another classic one.
At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Palin was completely unfazed by the boys' club fraternity she had just joined. One night, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to her hotel room to brief her. After a minute, Palin sailed into the room wearing nothing but a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat with her laconic husband, Todd. "I'll be just a minute," she said.
Hmm, what's their angle? Is she supposed to distract them while Todd steals their wallet or is she trying to draw them into a sexual harrassment lawsuit? You never can tell with grifters like these.

Also, check out the illustrations here. Hilarious.

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