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Sarah Palin’s political fashion statement: A donkey scarf for Eeyore?

Posted by James McPherson on October 23, 2008

Overspending on clothing isn’t Sarah Palin’s only fashion problem this week. Probably by accident or because of some sneaky Democrat posing as a fan in a rope line, the Republican VP nominee recently ended up wearing a scarf that promoted voting for Democrats. You can see a photo that has been posted throughout the blogosphere (which I first suspected was Photoshopped), here:

If it wasn’t an accident, maybe Palin had merely read a recent blog post in which I compared John McCain to Eeyore, and this was her way of saying, “Vote for McCain.”

Same day follow-up thought: At least the scarf didn’t look too much like a keffiyah, so Michelle Malkin won’t have to join the parade of conservatives abandoning the McCain/Palin ship.

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2 Responses to “Sarah Palin’s political fashion statement: A donkey scarf for Eeyore?”

  1. Rich Strauch said

    CNN is reporting that the Obama campaign is charging $935 per person to get a spot at the close-to-the-action press filing center in Grant Park on election night, versus $695 charged by the McCain campaign at their Arizona wing-ding.

    So here’s my theory:
    The professional personal shopper at Nieman Marcus simply went for the most expensive stuff on the rack, not quite realizing that, the law of supply and demand being what it is, Democratic regalia is the hot stuff on the market this fall. The elephant scarves, on the other hand, were down in the bargain basement.

  2. Angie Pappas said

    I know I’m months behind on this one … but I’m only just beginning to catch up on my Blogroll. Just thought I’d mention that a good friend of mine and fantastic photojournalist, Max Whittaker, took this photo in Reno. He even got a mini-interview on the Newsweek election blog.

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