She shoulda been wearing heels, hose and a dress

Diana Reese in WaPo:

When Palin took to the makeshift stage in the middle of a Missouri farm field, she was dressed more for the part of Hollywood celebrity than serious politician. I know someone’s going to remind me that just last week, I said it was sexist to focus on the wardrobes of women in politics.

But it was hard for me to take Palin seriously dressed as she was.

First, her shoes: Five-inch wedges. Her black capris weren’t quite skin-tight but tight enough, and her t-shirt with its Superman logo (a Steelman campaign shirt emblazoned with “Our freedom. Our fight.”) emphasized her figure. She never once removed her oversized sunglasses.

I’m sorry, but I’d like my minister, my doctor and yes, my politicians, to look and dress for their parts.

Even when they know they’re wrong they still can’t help themselves. This wasn’t exactly a formal event:

Palin was in the Kansas City area to campaign for Sarah Steelman, who’s in a tight three-way race in Tuesday’s Republican primary for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat. The winner will face Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in November.

The Steelman Surge BBQ and Picnic featured speeches by Steelman and Palin, followed with Kansas City barbecue served up by the two women to a crowd estimated at 500 or more, many of whom waited an hour or longer.

What would you wear to a BBQ? A tuxedo? A hoop skirt and petticoats? It was casual Friday fer Christ’s sake.

One of these days the media is gonna figure out that Sarah is not gonna play by their rules.

Tune in later to see if Sarah goes 5-0 with her endorsements this year.

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39 Responses to She shoulda been wearing heels, hose and a dress

  1. Oswald says:

    “She’s walkin’ the walk and not just talkin’ the talk,” Palin pointed out.

    They have to make sure you know that Sarah talks like a hick.

  2. I’m sure none of the 500 + in attendance gave a rat’s ass what Palin wore. Honestly, as a midwesterner I’ve seen a gazillion male politicians dress like that for a BBQ. Diana Reese is a catty witch……

  3. angienc says:

    If Michelle Obama wore that exact same outfit they’d be talking about how cool & hip she was & isn’t it great that we have a first lady who is so edgy. Don’t believe me, google MO at the Kids Choice Awards where she wore metallic skinny jeans one size too small and sky-high stillettos — she looked like Barbarella.

    • DM says:

      Jane Fonda had a great body, and never had those hips that MO has to drag around with her wherever she goes.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think appropriateness bothers me more about Michelle, the Kids Choice outfit was disturbing. Mostly about cocktail outfits to somber events, or bending over young children with too much ta-ta’s exposed.

      Remember when there was a “hint” of cleavage on Hillary, the media scoffed at her for days.

      • cj says:

        I think if you’re out there spending thousands of dollars & making fashion statements, then we have a right to express an opinion about it. I really never criticize regular people’s clothing, unless it’s something way *out there* but so-called fashion icons are another story.

  4. DM says:

    Those shoes are awesome!

  5. Comments are clsuterf*ck. Reese got her way, of course. No one’s talking about the economy there. And Obamacrats are busying wishing Michelle and Ann would get in a fistfight. I can’t wait to slam these jokers in the face with the electorate in November.

  6. cj says:

    They never learn do they? You can love her or hate her, but never, ever underestimate the political savvy of Sarah Palin. She knows exactly what she’s doing.

    Besides, I think she looks pretty damned good.

  7. tommy says:

    Shoes, capris, t-shirt. Wow, what a misogynist. When the eff are women gonna start supporting other women (regardless of ideology)? Damn, the way this is going, we’re never gonna have a woman preezy in our lifetime. And that pisses me off. No woman politician is safe from being demonised. We got Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warrren and Debbie Schultz being demonised by the right and Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann being demonised by the left. All women are charactarised as partisan nutjobs. How depressing! /rant off

  8. tommy says:

    O/T but anybody seen WMCB? I miss her wisdom and plain common sense.

  9. tommy says:

    Forgives? Damn, thats a christian biblical word. Should protest that employees lexicon. /Obamacrat

  10. Oswald says:


    This was six months ago so it had nothing to do with SSM.

    Are black people not allowed to eat fried chicken any more?

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  12. carol haka says:

    Wait till she starts rocking out a pair of hotpants and heels! Jealousy is thy name political pundits! 👿

  13. yttik says:

    LOL, dang, she looks pretty darn good in that outfit! And those shoes! I want those shoes!

  14. Lookee here. On August 3, it had a high of 97 degrees. How should she have dressed?

  15. Ha! Elizabeth Warren will only release four years of tax returns, and is standing strong against demands for more. Upside down world.

  16. Chuck Todd and Charlie Cook said on MSNBC today that we’re going to wake up the day after election day and Warren will have beaten Scott Brown by 9 points. Why bother voting then…..

    • DM says:

      I don’t know about the point spread, but I expect Warren to win too. It’s going to be close.

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