Skip Nav
Humor
40 Hilarious Costumes For the Funniest Couples
Women
17 Sparkly Halloween Costumes For the Shiniest Girl in the Room
Advice
What Can Happen to Your Body If You Masturbate Every Day

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.”


Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

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?

californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 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.
nuttmegs17 nuttmegs17 8 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 8 years
Elizabeth Hasselbeck puts the EH in MEH.
Jillness Jillness 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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.)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 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 8 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.
saucymegstar saucymegstar 8 years
Elizabeth Hasselbeck needs to find a way to make her points in a better way. She just comes across so...angry and obnoxious even when I agree with her. I don't know if she has adopted that from 'the view'-- I think they are all angry and obnoxious on that show-- or if she was that way to begin with. Either way, it does her no favors. And yes, her already high-pitched voice (even for a female) does go up a notch or two and she seems to yell-speak. Unflattering as it may be shrill is an accurate descriptor. As to the point...I'm not sure it's sexist. It does seem a bit immaterial to the real issues at hand. Plus the RNC outfitted her entire family and probably doesn't want any of the family to be seen in the same thing twice (an idiotic move, IMO). Let them be who they are. Something that I wish John McCain had embraced as well. But you know if the RNC wanted to take me to Nieman Marcus I would be hard-pressed to resist... :)
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
and yes, I know Michelle Obama wore an H&M dress a few times...and also something from that White and Black store...and looked nice. I'm sure not everthing Palin got is uber expensive either.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
You guys mean to tell me that if you were going to be on national television, all the time, in the world of HD....that you wouldn't want to look your best? In the eyes of the Republican party's image consultants this is what they selected. As much as people want to bash her, sometimes clothes are just clothes and you are given them to put on. For all we know, she has terrible fashion sense and they just dress her. If I had someone else doing that, i'd trust them and wear what they suggest because I would know I look nice. In some ways, maybe she had no idea how much the clothes even cost because she didn't go shopping for them herself, I'm sure they were pulled for her. So, not know anything about fashion, the suit might look nice but you have no idea it costs 3k...because sometimes I don't know. I don't look at her outfits and say, wow that's a 20k outfit right there...so if she's really "just like us" and most Americans aren't fashionistas...maybe she didn't know. And it's not her job to know. Her job is to be the vp candidiate and not say the wrong things...that's a hard job :)
em1282 em1282 8 years
Is the McCain campaign now OK with letting anyone go on the trail with them? I wouldn't care if Hasselbeck was on the democratic party's side--I woudln't bring her out to speak. I'd much rather see Chuck Norris out there, decked out in his Texas Ranger outfit, than Hasselbeck. :oy: I also don't really care how much she spends on her wardrobe, but don't go the whole "I'm just a regular American with problems just like yours" if you insist on bringing your whole family with you to five-star hotels on the government's dime and buying Ferragmo pumps. Please. I get it--people can afford things while others can't--but don't shove that "Joe Six-Pack" rhetoric down my throat while you're wearing your Ferragmo pumps, mmmmkay?
elizabetty elizabetty 8 years
Even as a Republican, I think it is incorrect and problematic to frame every attack on Palin's actions as sexist. This is an issue about waste, from someone has touted herself as a reformer. Elizabeth http://www.bettyconfidential.com/ar/h/a/a02422.html
indielove indielove 8 years
"I'd like to know what she plans on wearing if she wins. To say she's giving it to charity makes it sound like she's already lost..." What about the statement about after the election going back to Alaska and shopping at her favorite consignment store? Sounds like a concession to me.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
wow why are people still talking and fighting about this? its ridiculous!!! It was a little bit of a deal when it first came out but 8 days to go? Honestly im sure she lost all the supporters she had left...talking about it more is just getting annoying!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Personally I can't tell the difference between a discount/department-store suit and Valentino jackets, so I doubt that she would be called out on that by your average citizen who wanted to vote for her - maybe she'd get railed by the "fashion police" on E!, but that's kind of their *job*. It seems like Palin can kind of dress herself appropriately already; it didn't make sense to spend *that* kind of money trying to "doll her up". This ISN'T the effing Emmys; nobody's running around asking "OMG! Who are you wearing?!" As for EH and the View, I stopped watching when Rosie came on, because it just looked like a bunch of women squawking at each other. Hasselbeck's always been kind of weird to me...she's a talking head that's always on the attack spitting out typical partisan party rhetoric...and that was LONG before this election came about. I don't care if she's passionate about her political stances [I know a lot of people in real life who are like her]...but it's like she can never see the other side of the issue. Whoopi being on the show now I think was a good move; she's a good diffuser and moderator...very *balanced*. That's more than I can say for EH.
Things That Women Appreciate
Cheap Halloween Costumes For People in Their 30s
Sparkly Costumes
Mean Girls Homemade Costumes
From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds