She’s in CYA mode now, and with good reason. The McCain campaign has nearly fractured her image as a populist reformer and she has to do something to try and salvage it.
Ensuring that news of the Republican National Committee’s sartorial spending spree will remain in the headlines for at least one more news cycle, Sarah Palin on Sunday sounded off on the $150,000 wardrobe that was purchased for her in September, denouncing the report as “ridiculous” and declaring emphatically: “Those clothes, they are not my property.”
A senior adviser to John McCain told CNN’s Dana Bash that the comments about her wardrobe “were not the remarks we sent to her plane this morning.” Palin did not discuss the wardrobe story at her rally in Kissimmee later in the day.
The only problem with doing something like this? As the CNN story says, it ensures that this stays in the news cycle for at least another day or two. So people are going to focus on her clothing instead of her ideas.