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One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family--clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.
Meanwhile, Fox News had a segment noting the complaints about Palin that are coming faster from the McCain camp, now that the election is over, including a claim that she didn't know that Africa is a continent and that she refused preparation for the disastrous Katie Couric interview.
Contrary to post-election spin, the report also notes that Obama's numbers started to come up after the Palin-Couric interview, a few days before the Lehman Brothers collapse.
Update: My mistake -- the Couric interview was post-Lehman, but Palin had done her interview with Charlie Gibson by then. The main point stands, which is that Obama had already surged to a polling lead pre-Lehman.
Also, I meant to express some skepticism about Palin not knowing Africa is a continent. She is in a position where people will believe almost any claim about her, but that one may be a stretcher.
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