Thursday, October 23, 2008

What Not To Wear - GOP edition

One of my wife's guilty junk TV pleasures is TLC's What Not To Wear, in which our hosts Stacy and Clinton pick some poor fashion loser (nominated by the loser's friends/family) and give them a makeover: new hairdo, makeup and $5,000 worth of clothes.

It's reality television at its finest. A plucky individual remakes themselves in the image of What's Hot and along the way sheds a few tears, gains some insight, and ditches all their old crappy stuff on someone else's nickel. How can it miss?

The McCain campaign has picked up on this heart-warming concept. The Republican National Committee has spent $150,000 on Sarah Palin's wardrobe in the last two months, outfitting the Hockey Mom You Can Trust in threads from Neiman-Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Tell me -- are those stores in Real America or Fake America?

When ungenerous commentators questioned this campaign largess, McCain flacks were quick to say Sarah's outfits would be donated to charity at some as-yet-undisclosed point in the future.

I will be watching E-Bay in eager anticipation.

PS. How will they be donating the $4,700 spent on her hair and makeup to charity? By cutting her head off?

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