The Republican National Committee has spent a small fortune making-over Sarah Palin and her family. According to Politico, the Vice Presidential nominee has run up tabs at Neiman Marcus, Barneys and Saks to the tune of $150,000.
There should be some sort of scandal here, as she's on the same ticket with that crotchety old man who won't shut up about wasteful, government pork-barrel spending. But, the reality is, she's on a national stage. And as the expression goes, 'you don't dress for the job you have, you dress for the job you want.' So that's fine. That's not really that big of a deal.
What is a big deal, however, is Palin's interpretation of the role of the Vice President, as laid out by the Constitution. In an interview with Univision's Jorge Ramos, Palin said (while wearing a totally kick-ass, red leather jacket) that being Vice President is a great job to have, because one "can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better." Unfortunately, there is no stipulation in the Constitution for the Vice President to have any hand in policy-making. The Vice President is the "presiding officer" of the Senate, and is essentially granted the authority to break a tie when the chamber finds itself deadlocked. That's it. It's one thing to dress for the job you want, but shouldn't every applicant at least know a little something about the job they want?
But, in Palin's defense, this is a post-Dick Cheney America, where a Vice President can act, and legislate, and shoot old men in the face, however he or she sees fit.
What a maverick!