Posted by: trickyguy | October 24, 2008

Palin: Hockey Mom or Fashion Plate?

Nope, I don’t care who paid the bill.  And you shouldn’t either.

Nah, doesn’t matter how much Obama spends on suits or McCain spends on shoes.  Really it doesn’t.

And no, I don’t hate well-dressed ladies, nor do I have any distaste for your average comfortably dressed woman.  Nor should you.

But what I DO hate is hypocrisy.  And you certainly should too; it’s tantamount to dishonesty.

Tell me you’re the average gal down the street, making dinner at home, taking your kids to soccer practice (doesn’t freeze much here), grocery shopping at the local supermarket, and I get the picture.  I have a certain respect for that.  I feel that there is a real chance for such a person to influence government policy in the right way, to give input on behalf of the middle class.

But then don’t go out and spend $150K on hair, makeup, and clothes.  Not one darn hockey/soccer mom in this country does that.  That’s hypocrisy, that’s talking out of both sides of your mouth.  That’s the worst of politics.  That makes everything she and her party says have a slightly dirty taste.  It just ruins the image.

Hey, but it’s all about image; I understand that, and so do you.  But what is the image you want us to believe, oh great PR gods of the Republican party?  Hockey mom or runway model?

I don’t think for a minute that this is any of Sarah Palin’s fault.  I may not agree with much of her politics, but I do believe she’s an ordinary (but smart), plain-spoken, American mom.  In fact, I think this is yet another blunder by those making the policy decisions for the McCain-Palin campaign.

And it’s really too bad.  John and Sarah commit enough gaffes on their own.  John’s got enough to worry about trying to disassociate himself from Bush.  Sarah has enough trouble convincing Americans that she could run the show if John keeled over.

Hey folks, get it straight.  No one cares who paid for the clothes.  It’s not the clothes that make the man/woman.  What we do care about is what kind of man/woman is wearing them.



  1. Ironic cartoon at the Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3 blog: “”

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