October 24, 2008
I am all for people looking good. I try my best. But when people try to paint themselves as average men or women, but act differently, that is usually referred to as hypocrisy. Like John Edwards’ $400 haircut, a man who always styled himself as an advocate for the poor and an opponent of Republican excess.
Cindy McCain makes no pretense about her inherited wealth. She likes expensive clothes and pays for them out of her own pocketbook.
Now comes news, courtesy of the politico.com Web site, that the Republican National Committee paid $150,000 to give Sarah Palin a makeover. That included clothes, boots, makeup and presumably hair styling.
The legality of using campaign funds for personal grooming is yet to be determined. I wonder how donors feel about this? I guess we’ll know soon. But Governor Palin has styled herself as a Wal-Mart shopping, average hockey mom who could be comfortable in anything. It doesn’t look good and you can count on the left, which tries to ignore hypocrisy on their side, to make a big deal out of this. What were they thinking and who is responsible for such a stupid move?
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.