The Price Of Getting Pretty For Politics
In case you missed this little gem tucked away in the national section of Saturday’s New York Times, team McCain apparently filed new campaign finance figures last week with the Federal Election Commission, revealing that it spent $165,000 over the course of nine weeks on three stylists to help make over Sarah Palin. The article also states that about $23,000 in additional charges were made on Ms. Palin’s behalf, deciphered from a paper trail of receipts that snakes around Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Victoria’s Secret, Kate Spade, Brooks Brothers, Radio Shack, and the Gap. Costs for her makeup artist Amy Strozzi and hair stylist Angela Lew (a recommendation from Cindy McCain) came across as equally astronomical, ringing in at a combined $111,015, a sum that was presumably paid with donors’ money. Jarring as these figures may seem, we were more shocked to discover that Strozzi came to the RNC via the television show So You Think You Can Dance. Yes, that’s right, So You Think You Can Dance. With the endless number of editorial and celebrity makeup artists who would no doubt have lined up for that job, our minds are boggled that the McCain campaign went straight to a reality television show to source “talent.” Not to beat a dead horse, but if that’s not “out of touch,” we’re not quite sure what is.