NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin's shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. 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.
This is a really odd story, but I have a feeling we will be hearing more. Republican recriminations are going to really start this weekend, and will help fuel and be fueled by the 24 hour cable news channels. Personnally I am quite interested in watching the Republican civil war that is about to start.
This fight started almost two weeks ago with a McCain aides calling her Sarah Palin a "diva," and progressed to at least one aide calling her a "whack job." Now Sarah Palin's being called a "Wasilla hillbilly."I also saw that Steve Schmidt refused to say that adding Palin to the ticket was a good idea. Now someone in the campaign dishes to Newsweek that McCain "rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign."
This is an opening salvo.
Soon those who are pro-Palin will start hitting back.
as I have said, a Republican Civil War is coming.