Sarah Palin, vice presidential candidate is reported to have spent tens of thousands of dollars on her wardrobe and accessories since she was nominated, including $150,000 in September 2008 alone. Some critics says that "it seems you can take the girl out of the beauty pageant, but you cant take the beauty pageant out of the girl" Palin's clothes came from retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macys, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York, and expenses included nearly $5,000 for hair and makeup. Voters must find it unfathomable for Palin, who has been presented as a woman like us, to spend that kind of money on clothes in these difficult financial times, to see her speaking so passionately about Joe the Plumber while plumbing campaign coffers for Valentino jackets and pencil skirts. And yet, theyve eaten it up, tittering on chat sites about Palins Kawasaki eyeglass frames and her Naughty Monkey red peep-toe pumps. Palins spokewoman is saying this is much ado about nothing, that we should be talking about more important issues. In Palins defense, being a woman in the public eye has its own kind of pressures. And its unlikely she has been stepping off the campaign trail to join the ladies who lunch for shopping sprees at Neimans. Instead, she is probably working with a wardrobe stylist, who brings her things to try on and choose from. You also have to wonder how it feels, as a woman, to have everyone know that you really have been dressed up and trotted out like a beauty queen for the American public to wag their tongues at.