I find it rather tedious to listen to the lame defense of Sarah Palin's acceptance of a US$150,000 wardrobe for herself and her family.
Supporters of the McCain-Palin ticket are trying to make it seem acceptable for a self proclaimed defender of Joe Six-pack and a "Hockey Mom" to be making public appearances in outfits costing thousands of dollars.
Gov. Palin does not have to wear jackets costing $3,000 or more to look nice. Sarah Palin in a complete outfit costing no more than $500 would be very presentable. (What was she wearing for her last campaign as governor?) I know women who dress for less than that when going out to various functions and they receive complements on their taste—and these are middle- to upper-middle-class moms.
Many Republicans who call themselves conservatives aren't; they are elitists who have no real idea how the average American lives. The average American household earns about $60,000 and spends less than $2,000 annually on clothes. Multiply that by 30 times and you should be able to outfit a family very well for a less than six-month campaign.
A family wardrobe suitable for any election campaign could be had for about US$60,000 or so. That would be the conservative way, not the way of elitists.