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Hasselbeck Campaigns for Palin: Is the Clothes Issue "Sexist?"

Hasselbeck Campaigns for Palin: Is the Clothes Issue "Sexist?"

Is it the metaphoric "Emperor's New Clothes" of the campaign or just blatant sexism in disguise? The seeming wardrobe malfunction of the McCain campaign, the $150,000 spent on outfitting Gov. Palin has been elevated from campaign curiosity to full-blown talking point.

This weekend the View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck campaigned for Palin in Florida where she addressed the furor over the cash spent on costuming the family for the convention. Hasselbeck admonished the attention paid to the price saying, “Now, with everything going on in the world, seems a bit odd. But let me tell you, this is deliberately sexist.” Her point being more or less, 'Hey Joe! How much did your suit cost?'

Either ironically or pointedly, Hasselbeck continued the gendered theme as she made her case for Palin saying, “Did I mention that this woman, she’s got a real knack for cleaning. She cleaned up house in Alaska. Yup. All that corruption went out with the trash.” Hasselbeck concluded, “It’s getting hot up here, and I promise you, when it gets hot in the kitchen, she may be from Alaska, but this woman can take the heat.”


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Palin continued to address the sartorial snafu yesterday saying, "This whole thing with the wardrobe, I try to just ignore it because it's so ridiculous. Those clothes, they are not my property, just like the lighting and the staging and everything else the RNC purchased. I'm not taking them with me. I'm back to wearing my old clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska."

Is the very fact that the issue has to be addressed on the campaign trail, clear proof that it's sexist?

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I agree with nuttmegs17 100 percent. And I wrote about this in my blog recently...I don't like Joy Behar that much either (at least she's funny sometimes, though) and Rosie O'Donnell was TERRIBLE on The View. So no, I don't think people dislike Elisabeth Hasselbeck because of her views. It's the way she EXPRESSES her views.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I agree with <b>nuttmegs17</b> 100 percent. And I wrote about this in my blog recently...I don't like Joy Behar that much either (at least she's funny sometimes, though) and Rosie O'Donnell was TERRIBLE on The View. So no, I don't think people dislike Elisabeth Hasselbeck because of her views. It's the way she EXPRESSES her views.
nuttmegs17 nuttmegs17 7 years
My problem with EH is that no matter what, she follows her political party not with reason, but with a religious fervor that is quite frankly, unnerving. It's like they are infallable in her eyes- they can do no wrong - and I think it's dangerous to follow anything or anyone blindly (I have a feeling she'd be someone who'd drink the Kool-aid so to speak). She also discredits herself when she doesn't take a moment to consider what the other side is saying. She was all about Bush and thought he could do no wrong until McCain became a viable candidate, now she's mum on how great Bush is. She's just ingnorant. Surely there is better representation for Conservatives? Sometimes I feel bad for her b/c she's outnumbered, but they wouldnt jump all over her if she wouldnt make bold declarations that she can't back up. There is no gray area for her, it's only black or white: This is right, that is wrong, end of story." Its not condusive to having open, thoughtful conversations.
busybeegal busybeegal 7 years
Elizabeth Hasselbeck puts the EH in MEH.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"How did the clothing budget get leaked anyway? " I think as part of regulations, they have to release what they are spending campaign money on.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"How did the clothing budget get leaked anyway? "I think as part of regulations, they have to release what they are spending campaign money on.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I don't think this would be an issue at all if it didn't SPECIFICALLY say in the FEC regulations that clothing can NOT be bought with campaign funds. No one would have looked into it, if it wasn't a potential violation of federal election regulations. She's is always trying to find ways to skirt the rules!
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I don't think this would be an issue at all if it didn't SPECIFICALLY say in the FEC regulations that clothing can NOT be bought with campaign funds. No one would have looked into it, if it wasn't a potential violation of federal election regulations. She's is always trying to find ways to skirt the rules!
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 7 years
Probably from inside the McCain camp kastarte. There is so much in fighting and they don't like SP so they are trying to make her look bad. That was the buzz on the news stations last night.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
How did the clothing budget get leaked anyway? How did we find this out? It seems like such an arbitrary, nonsense piece of information.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 7 years
Very interesting, I love reading all your comments, I'm getting so many new perspectives! It feels like whenever I watch the news it's all back and forth bashing with no real discussion. "You're sexist" "well you're a hypocrite" "well you're a socialist" ... if she really was presented with the clothes I can't really blame her as much as I was yesterday. And I would also like to know how much the other guys get to spend on clothes. Though as some people pointed out, Obama spends his own money on clothes, so is Palin the only one spending donated money? What does McCain do? And I think it's incredibly funny that for Palin's image they insist on having her wear expensive clothes and they throw a hissy fit when she doesn't get enough airbrushing on the cover of a magazine. Is her whole selling point the fact that she's pretty? I'd argue that the sexist people are the ones within her camp. But clothes are always an issue, and though my first reaction was to scoff at the whole sexism accusation I suddenly remembered how much fun people used to make of Hilary Clinton and her pantsuits. Must the women always be defined by what they wear??
pixelhaze pixelhaze 7 years
Very interesting, I love reading all your comments, I'm getting so many new perspectives! It feels like whenever I watch the news it's all back and forth bashing with no real discussion. "You're sexist" "well you're a hypocrite" "well you're a socialist" ...if she really was presented with the clothes I can't really blame her as much as I was yesterday. And I would also like to know how much the other guys get to spend on clothes. Though as some people pointed out, Obama spends his own money on clothes, so is Palin the only one spending donated money? What does McCain do? And I think it's incredibly funny that for Palin's image they insist on having her wear expensive clothes and they throw a hissy fit when she doesn't get enough airbrushing on the cover of a magazine. Is her whole selling point the fact that she's pretty? I'd argue that the sexist people are the ones within her camp. But clothes are always an issue, and though my first reaction was to scoff at the whole sexism accusation I suddenly remembered how much fun people used to make of Hilary Clinton and her pantsuits. Must the women always be defined by what they wear??
True-Song True-Song 7 years
EH was back on the View today and arguing Palin's clothes are a non issue and it's a sexist attack. So Walters says, if it's a non issue, why is it the first thing you talked about? And honest to god she said she wanted to put an end to people talking about it. Because a controversial tv personality bringing it up in a speech is going to keep people from talking aboutit more? LIZ, UR DOIN IT WRONG!
lexichloe lexichloe 7 years
Who cares? Campaign monies have been misused on both sides. While I don't agree w/ EH all the time, you have to admit she is a patriotic American who supports our military. I respect her for her passion and commitment.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
IMO the clothing issue is silly and nothing more than a tool of distraction just like the hair cut issue. For those who think it's sexist this is interesting because I think it is and it isn't. Yes it's sexist but it's purpose is not to promote sexism it simply a distraction and if it were not a distraction sexist or not it wouldn't have been used.
Ginger Ginger 7 years
<i>You don't hear, us, the people who actually donated, complaining about this. I think that shows that the outrage isn't really about this at all.</i>That's not correct. I personally know people who donated to the party for many years, but as a result of their spending in the campaign don't plan to give them another penny.From Newsweek:One top party fundraiser told NEWSWEEK that, ever since the story broke on Politico.com, he was bombarded with calls from Republican donors who were "furious" that their contributions were used for such purposes. "This has damaged everybody's credibility," griped the fundraiser (who asked not to be identified talking about party business). Among those upset was Saul Anuzis, the Michigan Republican Party chairman, still smarting over McCain's decision to pull out of his state. "I have no idea how you spend $150,000 on clothes," he says. Lobbyist Andrea McWilliams, a GOP fundraiser in Texas, said the flap undercut the party's message. Palin's "transformation from low couture to haute couture isn't the kind of change that voters had in mind," she said.There are numerous articles covering how outraged donors are.
Ginger Ginger 7 years
You don't hear, us, the people who actually donated, complaining about this. I think that shows that the outrage isn't really about this at all. That's not correct. I personally know people who donated to the party for many years, but as a result of their spending in the campaign don't plan to give them another penny. From Newsweek: One top party fundraiser told NEWSWEEK that, ever since the story broke on Politico.com, he was bombarded with calls from Republican donors who were "furious" that their contributions were used for such purposes. "This has damaged everybody's credibility," griped the fundraiser (who asked not to be identified talking about party business). Among those upset was Saul Anuzis, the Michigan Republican Party chairman, still smarting over McCain's decision to pull out of his state. "I have no idea how you spend $150,000 on clothes," he says. Lobbyist Andrea McWilliams, a GOP fundraiser in Texas, said the flap undercut the party's message. Palin's "transformation from low couture to haute couture isn't the kind of change that voters had in mind," she said. There are numerous articles covering how outraged donors are.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
GS I've always found Hassleback annoying. I think it has more to do with her tone than with what she says. Bay Buchanan is a republican pundit who appears on CNN a lot and she doesn't annoy me even though I often disagree with her. Same thing with Amy Holmes. When it comes to Hassleback, I honestly think it is her phrasing or tone. When liberal Rosie was on the View, however, she was hands down, the most annoying one. I couldn't even get through an episode when Rosie was on.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
GS I've always found Hassleback annoying. I think it has more to do with her tone than with what she says. Bay Buchanan is a republican pundit who appears on CNN a lot and she doesn't annoy me even though I often disagree with her. Same thing with Amy Holmes. When it comes to Hassleback, I honestly think it is her phrasing or tone. When liberal Rosie was on the View, however, she was hands down, the most annoying one. I couldn't even get through an episode when Rosie was on.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
What does she mean "deliberate" sexism? So there is deliberate and unintentional sexism? I thought sexism was just sexism? I can't stand EH, she is very dimwitted and a horrible speaker.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
What does she mean "deliberate" sexism? So there is deliberate and unintentional sexism?I thought sexism was just sexism?I can't stand EH, she is very dimwitted and a horrible speaker.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 7 years
Its really stupid that this is such a big deal. I don't like the woman but again, more nit-picky crap designed to tie up people's minds (on both sides) while real people lose their homes, real people worry about their tax dollars, real people worry about their kids, their schools, their jobs, their planet, their neighbourhoods.... Its so stupid! And...its not as sexist as the person who decided she NEEDED that much money spent on her to be appropriately styled..... THAT....that sort of "Our "Barbie" needs to be all prettied up" sort of sexist. She's running for office this time, not Miss USA, for crying out loud. And....... boo to spending so much on foreign designers! "Miss pro-America" could have supported US-based small fashion houses or design companies - its not like the country doesn't have the talent and it probably would have made a nice little soundbyte. :P As for Hasselbeck..she reminds me of those little toy cars...you know the ones where you have to sweep them several times to "rev them up"? When she starts to get irate, it reminds me of that....vroomVROOMSQUEEEEEE! (its late. I'm going to stop now.)
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 7 years
Its really stupid that this is such a big deal. I don't like the woman but again, more nit-picky crap designed to tie up people's minds (on both sides) while real people lose their homes, real people worry about their tax dollars, real people worry about their kids, their schools, their jobs, their planet, their neighbourhoods....Its so stupid! And...its not as sexist as the person who decided she NEEDED that much money spent on her to be appropriately styled..... THAT....that sort of "Our "Barbie" needs to be all prettied up" sort of sexist. She's running for office this time, not Miss USA, for crying out loud.And....... boo to spending so much on foreign designers! "Miss pro-America" could have supported US-based small fashion houses or design companies - its not like the country doesn't have the talent and it probably would have made a nice little soundbyte. :PAs for Hasselbeck..she reminds me of those little toy cars...you know the ones where you have to sweep them several times to "rev them up"? When she starts to get irate, it reminds me of that....vroomVROOMSQUEEEEEE!(its late. I'm going to stop now.)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
She kept this in the news on purpose. The only reason anyone is still talking about it is because she won't drop it. Who cares.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I do have to say that I think it's a little sexist, BUT I do think it's dumb that she had to make a point that she buys her clothes from a consignment shop. That seems like she's trying too hard.
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