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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

IOKIYAR

by folkbum

It has been barely a year since the conservative blog-o-tubes congested themselves with mockery for Democrat John Edwards's $400 haircut. It has only been a couple of months since a local righty went after Marge Krupp, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin's first congressional district (website; give), for her campaign expenses:
4-7-08, $20 for Crest White Strips? Seriously? You expect your campaign to help whiten your teeth?

1-4-2008, $537.95 for, get this, camera friendly glasses?

5-22-07, $261.00 for a campaign suit...

6-1-07, $261.00 for another campaign suit? Same suit? Same price? Different color?

It goes on and on...
I wish I were kidding--those were among the complaints this local conservative leveled at Krupp after seeing her spending reports. I can only imagine how that blogger will react when he learns his new favorite has her own issues:
The Republican National Committee appears to have spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.

The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.
As I said, I can imagine the reaction--and it will likely be indignation that anyone is bringing this up at all. How dare we go after Sarah Palin in this way? It's okay if she does it, after all. It's okay if you're a Republican!

Different, brief example: Same righty blogger as above complains (in comments here), "Jay, how do you lower taxes on people who don't pay them?" IOKIYAR: "Welcome to the People's Republic of Alaska, where every resident this year will get a $3,200 payout, thanks in no small measure to the efforts of Sarah Palin, the state's Republican governor. [. . .] No wonder she is popular with voters in a state whose residents pay no income or sales taxes."

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