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That unkind cut

But is it fair to blame Ms Palin for being like any other woman in wanting to trade in Marks and Spencer for Dolce and Gabbana?

india Updated: Nov 10, 2008 00:23 IST


The Republican veep candidate has probably never heard of Mark Twain — she thought Africa was a country — but his famous dictum ‘clothes make the man’ would fit her in more ways than one. Now that the pyrotechnics of campaigning are over and it’s back to Wasilla for her, Sarah Palin got tied up in knots over her family’s shopping spree. After what a magazine described as ‘Wasilla hillbillies looting Nieman Marcus from coast to coast’, Ms Palin will now have to show that she is cut of a different cloth. She has got a dressing down from aides in the Republican camp for her penchant for dressing up. It seems that the wet-behind-the-ears hockey mom had expensive tastes and splashed out big bucks on designer labels, earning her the label of diva. To her credit, or shall we say credit card, she did cut a dash in an otherwise dull McCain campaign.

In the last legs of the McCain challenge, it was the Palin legs that saw things through. But now, the Republican machinery has got so shirty that they have sent a lawyer to snowy Alaska to take the newly-bought shirts off the backs of clan Palin. This is one ace up the sleeve of the McCain camp that Ms Palin did not bargain on. Clearly, Armani and Alaska don’t fall well together.

But is it fair to blame Ms Palin for being like any other woman in wanting to trade in Marks and Spencer for Dolce and Gabbana? So let Ms Palin, and her family, have their Valentino moment. The few hundred thousand she dropped on clothes surely Palin in comparison with Jackie Kennedy’s Balenciaga and Chanel couture. And we are still O so moony-eyed about Jackie O.