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!