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Yes!  Thanks, mig -- I almost mentioned that in the diary.  I'd jotted down a few of these same thoughts in reaction to the discomfort I was feeling over some of the stuff I was reading about Sarah Palin's shopping.  

I never did write that article.  For one, I was uncomfortable 'defending' her in any way, even in the abstract when it wasn't really about her, but mostly I didn't have the time then.  But some of that discussion, not here on ET at all, but elsewhere including mainstream media, I found to be very disturbing.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 31st, 2010 at 12:14:16 PM EST
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The Guardian [UK]: Sarah Palin says clothing budget row is sexist (24 October 2008)
As watchdog files complaint, US vice-presidential candidate says men in her position would not face same scrutiny


In a complaint filed to the US federal election commission, the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) argued that Republicans violated campaign finance rules when they spent $150,000 (£96,000) on clothes for Palin and her family.

The purchases came from a joint account, controlled by both national Republicans and John McCain's campaign. At issue is whether the "personal use" ban on buying clothes with campaign money - a reform promoted by McCain himself - applies to such joint accounts.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 31st, 2010 at 12:29:40 PM EST
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