Buh-Bye Lipsticked Pit Bull – Caribou Barbie Gets A 150K Makeover?

Well, well…it looks like it’s the McCain-Palin campaign that has “champaign wishes and caviar dreams”. While the right wing pundits have been pushing a false story on Michelle Obama’s supposed elitist tastes, it looks like Caribou Barbie has been the beneficiary of a 150K makeover.


Commentary By: Daniel DiRito

Oh how I love irony! My frenzied friends on the right have done their damnedest to portray the Obama’s as snooty elitists…despite the fact that it’s the McCain’s who own seven homes, thirteen automobiles, and a virtual department store of haute couture for Cindy to show off on the campaign trail.

None of this should come as a surprise since the GOP has spent the last three decades pretending to care about the interests of the common man. With the emergence of the maverick McCain-Palin reformers ticket, that persona has been put on steroids…championing the likes of Joe Six-Pack, Joe The Plumber, and Tito The Construction Worker.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to play a caribou killin’ moose burger eating mom, with a doggone down home dialect, when one is dressed up in 150K of name brand clothing purchased with campaign funds. It’s especially problematic when just days earlier your rabid right ring rottweiler’s are pushing a story about Michelle Obama partaking of a delectable dinner fit for an airing on an episode of Robin Leach’s “champaign wishes and caviar dreams” Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

So here’s the problem…it turns out the Michelle Obama story was false…shooting a huge hole in the efforts to paint her as none other than an angry and arrogant African American manifestation of Mommy Dearest meets Leona Helmsley.

From The New York Post:

The source who told us last week about Michelle Obama getting lobster and caviar delivered to her room at the Waldorf-Astoria must have been under the influence of a mind-altering drug. She was not even staying at the Waldorf. We regret the mistake, and our former source is going to regret it, too. Bread and water would be too good for such disinformation.

Now cue the creation of Caribou-Barbie-wears-Christian-Lacroix (yea, that’s close enough for Vic the Voter to draw a connection to hockey’s Pierre Lacroix, right?) and you begin to see the sweet irony that comes with exposing those whose expertise is found in concocting ill-conceived illusions.

From Politico:

The Republican National Committee appears to have spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.

The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.

Politico asked the McCain campaign for comment, explicitly noting the $150,000 in expenses for department store shopping and makeup consultation that were incurred immediately after Palin’s announcement. Pre-September reports do not include similar costs.

Spokeswoman Maria Comella declined to answer specific questions about the expenditures, including whether it was necessary to spend that much and whether it amounted to one early investment in Palin or if shopping for the vice presidential nominee was ongoing.

Think about it…when Sarah Palin asked us to imagine the difference between a hockey mom and a Pit Bull, we foolishly believed it was limited to lipstick. Well, we now know it includes skirts and suits, handbags and high heels, dresses and designer wear, and anything else one can buy on a paltry allowance of 150K.

Not to worry though, John McCain and Sarah Palin plan to share the pie with the two Joe’s and Tito and Vic…that’s what Republicans do when they cut taxes for all of Robin Leach’s BFF’s. A word of caution to the wise though…you better stay alert…I wouldn’t want you to miss out on a few of the crumbs when they fall off the table.

Cross-posted at Thought Theater

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 by Daniel DiRito |

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