It was fair game to talk about John Edwards’ $400 haircut (which conservative commentators did for weeks), because Edwards was basing much of his presidential campaign on poverty issues. So why is it sexist, as Sarah Palin’s campaign claims, for the press to report that the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 in one month on designer clothes and accessories for Palin and her family? Or that her campaign spent almost $23,000 in the first half of October on a makeup artist and another $10,000 on a hair stylist? After all, much of Palin’s campaign speeches are appeals to Joe Six-Pack and Joe the Plumber. As columnist Maureen Dowd noted: “Sexism would be to treat Palin differently, or more delicately, than one of the guys.”
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