Michelle Obama, like most of us, buys most of her clothing off the rack. Cindy McCain, on the other hand, not so much.
The following eyeopener comes from Truthdig:
It’s hard to paint the other guy as an elitist when your wife wears an outfit that cost more than most houses. Vanity Fair estimates that Cindy McCain’s convention ensemble, complete with super jewelry, set her back somewhere in the neighborhood of $300,000.
According to Vanity Fair:
Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000-$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100
Once upon a time, John McCain promised to be a different kind of politician and a different kind of Republican. He was about straight talk, reform and nonpartisanship, a resolute foe of the slashing politics of the slaughterhouse.
McCain wants voters to remember that man. But that man has disappeared. His convention, including his running mate Sarah Palin’s big speech on Wednesday, dripped of divisive ridicule as speaker after speaker worked to aggravate the country’s cultural schisms and replay worn-out lines about weak liberals who are soft on terror.
The Republican crowd here gleefully played into the very worst stereotypes of their party as a privileged class resistant to social change.