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Palin spent more on hair and makeup than on a college education

By Griffin · October 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment


From the Department of Qualifications and Priorities: 

In the first two weeks of October, Sarah Palin spent more on hair and makeup– over $32,000– than she did on her entire college education (a four-school, six-year bachlor’s degree in communications-journalism).  The New York Times reports:

Who was the highest paid individual in Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign during the first half of October as it headed down the homestretch?

Not Randy Scheunemann, Mr. McCain’s chief foreign policy adviser; not Nicolle Wallace, his senior communications staffer. It was Amy Strozzi, Gov. Sarah Palin’s traveling makeup artist, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday night.

Ms. Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup work on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance?”, was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks of October alone, according to the records. The campaign categorized Ms. Strozzi’s payment as “Personnel Svc/Equipment.”

In addition, Angela Lew, who is Ms. Palin’s traveling hair stylist, got $10,000 for “Communications Consulting” in the first half of October.

Meanwhile, the L.A. Times reports that America’s next top VP spent less than that for her communications-journalism degree at the University of Idaho, where she was enrolled off and on between 1985 and 1987:

Tuition at the university ranged from $485 a semester to $520 by the time Palin graduated. Generous educational loans from the state of Alaska helped her pay her way. So did beauty pageants.

Maryline Blackburn, who beat Palin for Miss Alaska in June 1984, said Palin, who competed as Miss Wasilla, earned at least $1,250 [in scholarships] when she placed third and was named Miss Congeniality.

Adjusted for 21 years of inflation, those tuition costs amount to less than $5,000 a year.  Even accounting for Palin’s six years of college, that’s still less than her two-week $32,000 extreme candidate makeover bill.  Of course, the cost of an education does not necessarily speak to its quality.  But neither the University of Idaho nor the three other schools Palin attended (Hawaii Pacific University, North Idaho College, and Matanuska-Susitna College) are even ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

None of this is to suggest that Sarah Palin is an unintelligent person.  She’s just vastly undereducated and dangerously unprepared for the highest office in the world.  And the numbers– including the over $100,000 spent on high-end clothing in the last two months– don’t lie about her priorities: image first, policy and substance a distant second.

It’s no coincidence that the McCain campaign has tapped the best and brightest from the superficial world of reality television to sell America on Sarah Palin.  But maybe they’d be better off if they’d simply tapped the best and brightest for their VP selection instead.

So you think she can govern?

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