Friday, November 7, 2008
Clothesgate, a bizarre finale
COULD YOU have ever imagined last August, when the McCain camp rocketed Sarah Palin into the politicosphere, that it would have had such a bizarre ending as the current Clothesgate scandal? I mean, to paraphrase T.S. Eliot, not with an intended bang on election day but rather with a whimper? While she was jetting back to friendlier turf in Alaska, her GOP detractors, obviously fussy about how some of their money was spent, were said to be jetting a lawyer to Wasilla or wherever to retrieve the fashionable wardrobe that Palin laid out for herself and family for more than $15o,00o. My guess is that they won't find the kind of goods that would end up in a neighborhood rummage sale. So far, Palin doesn't appear to be all that repentant about the buying spree. Besides, she may need every last stitch if she runs for president in 2012. Meantime, I await the photo ops of an eagle-eyed Washington lawyer poking around in Sarah's closets with receipts from Saks amid her complaints that her privacy was being invaded by disgruntled McCain males. On the day she was assigned to the ticket with McCain, I wrote that it was political insanity. ( Every now and then I get it right.) And now Clothesgate. Weird. Folks, you can't make this stuff up.