Just when you though the Palinophobes couln't possibly find something more trivial to criticize her about, NewsBuster Tom Blumer documents the pathological need they have to frenzy-feed their PDS with the fruit of meager mead:
Justin Fenner at Styleite needs to buy a clue or two about how women who like Sarah Palin think and act, and about Palin herself.Lord only knows what superficial straw they will grasp at next in their Wyle E. Coyote inspired campaign to destroy Gov. Palin.
In a post late Friday afternoon, he asked, "Why Isn’t Sarah Palin Selling More Clothes?"
What Fenner totally doesn't get is that Palin's popularity has nothing to do with what she wears and everything to do with who she is: a rugged, independent individual, wife, and mom with strong political convictions and a track record. Similarly, he doesn't understand that Palin has legions of admirers -- not "rabid fans" -- who would be expected to have similar independent temperaments. These are the last people who would run out and buy something just because "Sarah's wearing it." I also believe that his assertion that Palin is somehow "patently dedicated to fashion" is way off the mark. "Dedicated to appearance." the term he uses earlier, is not at all the same thing.
As to the $150,000 spent on clothing during the campaign, my recall is that she was told by John McCain's presidential campaign operatives that she needed to spend the money, and that she had little choice in the matter. The spending involved was leaked by supposedly outraged McCain staffers, many of whom "just so happened" to have previously worked with Mitt Romney's unsuccessful GOP primary campaign. During the week before Election Day 2008, The Prowler at American Spectator laid out what the wardrobe leak and other sniping about Palin was really all about:Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin's bid for the White House, have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election. "Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012," says one former Romney aide, now working for McCain-Palin. "The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He's in charge on November 5th."[...]
... Should McCain-Palin not win next week, Romney is expected to mount another presidential run, though it isn't clear that he has handled himself particularly well since losing the nomination.
... Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a "diva" and was going off message intentionally.
But getting back to Justin Fenner's question at Mediaite: Besides the Obama economy, which is causing everyone to watch their personal spending carefully, the reason that her largely conservative admirers aren't running to the stores to buy what she wears is that they're not a bunch of sheep.