I haven't been following this latest Sarah Palin Controversy of the Century, but let me see if have it straight: The governor of Alaska doesn't actually own the kind of expensive clothes that look nice on TV, so the Republican National Committee paid for a quick dash through stores in Manhattan so she could be on the road under the spotlight for two months.
Exactly how is this different from whatever large sum the DNC paid so Barack Obama could have marble-looking Greek columns for his convention acceptance speech? Was he supposed to supply his own marble columns?
Isn't everybody aware that it costs a lot of money to look good on TV? (If you didn't realize that, check out BloggingHeads someday to see what actual people actually look like onscreen with no budget. It's not a pretty sight.)