Somehow I can't get my head around it! I don't know what to make of the decision of the McCain campaign to bankroll a fashion shopping spree for their Alaska Barbie. After all her strongest qualification for the role of back-up to the most powerful elected position in the world was her hockey mom status. Hockey moms from coast to coast suddenly took pride in their station in life as one of their own was launched toward political stardom. She hunts, she fishes, she has lots of babies...she's their kind of candidate. She's someone they can trust because she's just like them. A Hockey Mom!
Yep, she can spin a yarn with the best of'em even if the yarn is a bit tainted. Ann Coulter might have been the hockey mom's star political celebrity up till now. Ann has plowed the path to political fame on the neocon pundit circuit, sneering and smearing with abandon, delighting the ogling hockey dads. But the hockey moms perhaps didn't find a sense of identity with the blonde slink that they have now found in Sarah Palin.
But Sarah has had a $150,000 fashion makeover for the ogling pleasure of the male hobnobbers in the Republican National Committee and all the district chairmen across the country. I can imagine that seeing their hockey mom identity frocked in Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus designer fashions could be a bit of an affront to their own housewifely sensibilities. Hockey Moms USA might wonder what happened to their Sarah once she is decked out in the new makeover. How can they identify with someone who can spend that kind of money on designer clothing when the economy is collapsing and hundreds of thousands of workers are out of their jobs?
And nearly $5,000 for hair and cosmetics! That would make John Edwards' $400 haircut look abysmally chintzy! Odd how the Rovians made so much of Edwards' profligacy and then have their own candidate top that 37 times over! Of course, they expect the American electorate would have already forgotten about that little fuss they made.
Nevermind that this shopping spree violated the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002. The ink is barely dry on this legislative triumph by McCain and under his leadership he breaks his own law. But Sarah has become used to dipping into the public treasury, funding travel for her children, taking money from the State of Alaska for living expenses when she is spending her time at home, and so on and monotonously on...feeding at the public welfare trough while decrying those who really need the help ... like the Wall Street bankers and brokers. Poh foke ya noh!
Sarah and Todd Palin have done well, though. They're worth around $2 million. I suppose some hockey moms are millionaires....ya think?
Sarah has a number of other endearing qualities that could make the hockey moms proud, maybe. She proved that she is just a good ole homespun girl with her answers about what the Vice President actually does. She told a kid that the VP runs the Senate and so she expected to make good laws for him and his classmates. Actually, the VP sits as President of the Senate but can only vote to break ties. The Senate Majority Leader "runs" the Senate. Sarah's understanding of how the government works might not be so high-falutin' for some hockey mom's. You don't suppose any of them would take offense to this, do you?
Well, one can hope that my sarcasm is understood and forgiven as another sign of frustration at the American electoral process. After all the political hyperbole, hoopla, and hijacking of the vote I can only sit back and marvel that so many people give it so much of their faith and energy. While many Americans are distracted by the mud-slinging and banter, the theft of the election proceeds quietly as legitimate voters are disenfranchised, electronic voting machines are readied, disinformation about polling places and fear about law enforcement watching for illegal aliens are spread. You'd think the KGB was running things... oops!
Director of Homeland Security did hire two former KGB men to help him run things...and a STASI man, too. Tom Ridge hired East German Stasi Director Markus Wolf, and KGB boss, General Yevgeny Primakov and General Aleksandr V. Karpos, as consultants and advisers to work for Admiral Poindexter's Office of Information Awareness (OIA) which is involved in spying on United States citizens. John Poindexter had been indicted with other Iran-Contra lowlifes, convicted of five felonies, had them reversed on appeal and the Supreme Court declined to have a look. Markus Wolfe had been refused a US visa in 1996 because he was listed as a terrorist. Well ... now you might actually think the STASI and KGB are running things....
Now that I think about it a little bit...
I think Sarah Palin looks great in her Armani and why shouldn't a hockey mom like to look good for her admiring public? Yeah. And what's the problem with a little cash out of the campaign treasury to boost her .... er ... credibility... er .... popularity? They'll never miss a measly 150 Gs and who cares about a silly old law, anyway? It's just a guide line, ya know...an'.... an' .... STASI guys are really cool, ya know...KGB, too ..... ya .... KGB rocks ... ya know what I mean? KGB is cool! An'... an' ... one count of conspiring to obstruct official inquiries and proceedings, two counts of obstructing Congress, and two counts of false statements to Congress ... like nothin' ya know? What's the hang-up about lying to Congress, anyway?! They expect people to lie! An' .... an' ... ob... ob ... obstruct. Cool! OK? Real cool! Way to go John!
Homeland Security, too! Germans called it the Gestapo...Geheimestadt Polizei ... cool! That's what we all need ... an American Gestapo .... gotta feel really safe and secure .... An' the guy running it is a dual citizen of Israel and the USA. Cool! Brave New World Order needs a strong hand! Yessiree Bob....er ....I mean Michael. Ya ...Michael! Michael Chertoff! Great name, "Chertoff!" Russian for the "son of the Devil," I've heard. You ole devil, you! You're certainly the right guy for the job! Know what I mean?
Sarah's cool, too, ya know! Ya .... Cool! Great threads, Sarah! See ya! I gotta go!