RUSH: We'll come back and we'll try to figure out how much money's been spent on Michelle Obama's wardrobe, or Barbara Walters' wardrobe or Katie Couric's wardrobe or Diane Sawyer's wardrobe or Hillary Clinton's? For crying out loud, do you remember -- you may not have seen this, folks, but I did because I was here executing broadcast excellence on the day that Hillary Clinton was to speak in Denver at the Democrat National Convention. You do a walk-around, you go to the venue where you're going to speak, you stand at the podium, you check the prompter, the lighting, they had seven pantsuits that they were holding up to see which one looked best behind the podium and she chose the carrot-colored pantsuit, if you recall, but they had six or seven of them up there.
One of Mrs. Clinton's famous political fashion designers, Susanna Chung Forest, who designed Hillary's pantsuits, which, that's gotta boost the resume. She says that it would be unusual for a candidate as famous as Sarah Palin to need to buy clothes at all, meaning most of these women are not buying their clothes, they're given to them by the designers in order to get publicity, just as Hollywood starlets on the red carpet before the Emmys and the Oscars, those gowns are all donated. The jewels are all donated and half the time these reprobate stars try and keep the jewels rather than give them back. It's amazing to me Harry Winston still stays in business, the Hollywood people don't give back his baubles, so now we find out Hillary didn't buy her pantsuits. Who knows however many other fashion leaders in female media and politics are not buying their own clothes. How about that strand of pearls that Pelosi wears around her neck when she shows up all over the place? You know that strand of pearls had to cost at least as much as the $150,000 and they're complaining about with Sarah Palin's wardrobe. A hundred and fifty thousand, I know women that wouldn't outfit for one night.
RUSH: Ladies... See, here's the difference. I just got an e-mail from a woman telling me that Hillary's pantsuit color was not pumpkin, not carrot color; it was called "shell orange." Ladies, listen to me. When we men see the pantsuit that Hillary Clinton was wearing, we saw a pumpkin! We didn't see "shell orange." We saw a pumpkin. We saw a carrot. (crumbling up paper) Shell orange? They wonder why we don't like to go shopping. "Oh, you like the carrot thing? Get it. Let's move on to the next aisle. You like the lime thing? Good! Looks great. Let's move on to the next aisle. Oh, you want to go to Tiffany's? Oh, fine. Let's go down to Tiffany's. Oh, fine. Let's just get it over with and go back home to turn on the football game." It's pumpkin! How much money's been spent on Michelle Obama's wardrobe? Do we know? Has anybody asked? How much money's been spent on Obama's suits?
The same liberal media that tells us that gay marriage, abortion, the failure to wear a flag lapel pin, Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, et cetera, those are all irrelevant -- and they've now gone with this wardrobe nonsense for a couple days. How much is spent on Katie Couric's wardrobe or Diane Sawyer's or Barbara Walters'? Palin's wardrobe costs about... I'll bet it doesn't cost much more, if that, than that pearl necklace Pelosi normally hangs around her neck. How much was that, since this is an all-important area of inquiry? $150,000. If $150,000 is the amount of money, do you think Steve Gobie might have raised 150 grand for male hookers in Barney Frank's townhouse back in the 1970s? $150,000 amounts to the fee Colin Powell receives for delivering one speech! How much did Joe Biden's failed hair transplant cost?
I mean, if they're going to start looking into Sarah Palin's wardrobe costs, this is ridiculous and absurd. Where does this stop? What strikes me about this, and this is the honest-to-God truth, Palin is supposedly the middle-class woman these elites claim to embrace. Now, the fact that they are mocking her for not having a wardrobe for herself that would meet their standards, is pathetic. So the Republican Party goes out, nominates a working woman without a trust fund, without a sugar daddy. She's a self-made woman, and this is how they mock her. The Drive-Bys are looking at this all wrong. I want you to put yourself in her shoes. You are minding your own business; you're up in Alaska. You just got back, maybe, from dressing a moose.
You get a phone call; McCain wants you to be veep. You have got to be in Ohio in six hours. You don't have in your closet a campaign's-length worth of clothes. You do not have it. That is not who you are. You have hours to get your family together, to get packed for who knows how long you're going to be away from home, to get on that airplane. You gotta fly from Alaska all the way to Ohio. Then you go out there and you have to act fresh. It was remarkable what she did. It was remarkable how she has put this all together in such a short period of time. And who cares if she had help? For crying out loud, all these other women have these famous designers and they're always bragging about them. All their clothes are brought to their offices or to their homes for them to try on, for them to be fitted. You don't think they walked the aisles at Neiman Marcus, do you?
When's the last time you saw Hillary at Neiman Marcus or Macy's or wherever else? You don't see them there, do you? When's the last time you saw John Kerry at Turnbull & Asser buying his shirts? He wears Turnbull & Asser shirts. Do you think he walks to Turnbull & Asser in Boston and patrols the aisles, or do you think they might send somebody to his Beacon Hill townhouse? And all of a sudden we're beating up here on Sarah Palin for actually performing something that a lot of women would have panicked and crashed over. "Oh, no! I don't have the right makeup. Oh, no, I don't have the right accessories!" She pulled this off seamlessly. I get really irritated having to come in here and clean up the messes that these jerks in the media are making each and every day in order to square this and put the proper perspective on what this woman is, who she is, and how she has borne up under all this.
I dare say that not one of the reporters or reporterettes that has put Sarah Palin under the lights could stand up twice to the treatment that she has received and still run around and smile and enjoy what she is doing. Republicans have nominated a working woman without a trust fund, without a sugar daddy, a self-made woman, and look how they treat her -- and look at what John Murtha says about his own constituents. First they're "racists" and now they're "rednecks." Barack Obama in San Francisco (paraphrased), "Ah, those people in Pennsylvania, they're just bitter. They cling to their guns and they cling to their religion when people move into the neighborhood that doesn't look like them. You have to watch these people." This is how they treat people of modest means.
This is the arrogant condescension that I have constantly warned you about regarding the way the left looks at average Americans, the so-called people they really care about: the little guy, the people they really care about. Look at what they really think of them -- you. Look at what they really think of you. These are elite snobs looking down at the people of this country. This CBS story is interesting: "CBS News has confirmed that the Republican National Committee spent up to $150,000 on what appears to be wardrobe and makeup spending at high-end department stores for ... Sarah Palin." Scandal, scandal, scandal, ladies and gentlemen! Scandal!
"[O]ne of the most famous political fashion designers of the year, Susanna Chung Forest, who designed Hillary Clinton's pantsuits," which I am stunned that Susanna Chung Forest would admit this, but she did, "says it would be unusual for a candidate as famous as Sarah Palin to need to buy clothes," in the first place. She said, "Why do you need to pay for it?" Her boutique, by the way, is in Beverly Hills. She says "that most designers would offer to clothe a candidate for free. 'It's an honor, you are going to design for someone who could be the president of the United States' ... The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this year that Senator Clinton's custom made pantsuits from Forest were worth about $6,350 a piece retail." What a shocker. Do you know what the shock is? The shock is that Sarah Palin and the Republicans actually paid money for their own clothes. Don't they know, like Democrats, they can get them for free? They actually paid for it! Why, how out of touch can you be to pay for your own clothes?
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, it seems to me that the Republicans will pay thousands of dollars to get women into clothes while the Democrats spend thousands of dollars to get women out of their clothes. Now, this is the way to look at this. How about this guy from down here in West Palm Beach, Tim Mahoney? Tim Mahoney paid off one of his mistresses' 121 grand and then gave her $50,000 for a-no-show job. That's $171,000 to get her out of her clothes and then to keep her mouth shut. You couldn't even make a nice dent in what Jesse Jackson has paid his mistress. "Jackson had 'provided his mistress with $40,000 in moving expenses, a $365,000 house and $10,000 a month in child support.'" Let's add this up: ten grand a month, plus a $365,000 house. So let's add $400,000 for the house and moving expenses, $10,000 a month in child support, and we're sitting here worried about what the hell Sarah Palin's wardrobe cost and whether it came from campaign funds?
Did Jesse Jackson's payments to his mistress come from slush funds? Where did Tim Mahoney get his cash to pays off his mistress? How about Eliot Spitzer? He dropped up to $80,000 on sex with prostitutes, another Democrat, ladies and gentlemen. Eliot Spitzer. I'm telling you: Democrats spend money to get women out of their clothes; Republicans spent money to put women in their clothes. How can we forget John Edwards? "[A]n earlier payment of $14,000 by [the Breck Girl] to Edwards' mistress from the candidate's political action committee was exchanged for 100 hours of unused videotape she shot producing short Web movies. The earlier $14,000 payment to Edwards' [honey] is significant because its source was Edwards one America Political Action Committee." How long did they sit on that story before they were dragged kicking and screaming to cover it? For two days here, they're trying to make a scandal out of the fact the RNC bought a wardrobe for Sarah Palin, ladies and gentlemen, when the Democrats are running around, these designers are running around bragging about how they get theirs for free.
RUSH: Here's Kathy in Pittsburgh, as we go to the phones. Nice to have you on the program. Welcome.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I just want to make a comment about this silly wardrobe controversy over Sarah Palin. You know, they did this to Nancy Reagan, only they got her using designers. I believe Nancy paid for her own clothes, but the woman couldn't change an outfit without us knowing who it was, how much it was, and I never heard a comment about Hillary the entire time that Bill was in office.
RUSH: Yeah, that's true, but in Hillary's case there aren't probably too many designers that want to admit it.
CALLER: That's true. That's true. But if Sarah had gone to Wal-Mart, imagine what they would say about her? She was trailer trash, just common, you know. I mean the woman just simply cannot do anything to suit them.
RUSH: Well, but, see, it doesn't tell us anything about her. It tells us about her critics and who they are. This is just mean, it's elitist, it's arrogant, it's condescending. The thing that I think people need to understand is this is how they look at all of you. The elites, I don't care whether they're the Republican Party or the Democrat Party, they all look at anybody they consider to be an average American or not part of the "smart people" crowd, you're hayseeds, you're hicks, and you're embarrassing, except on Election Day. Then they want as many of you as they can get. But here they are going out and trying to make mincemeat of Sarah Palin thinking they're going to attract more votes from people who actually support or like her.