Top 4: “What were they thinking?” Examples of Frivolity by Political Candidates

(Ed. Note: usually I like to keep the blog apolitical – this largely from the fact that my last blog, Notepad (which by the way remains somewhere in the detritus of the Internet), was completely political and as a result I wanted to get as far away from that as possiblesince it’s Guest Week, I’m making a special exception. Anyway, this post does not necessarily represent my views or the views of Random Musings and Trivia, yada yada yada. – Daniel)
Politicians are supposed to represent the people.  But every once in awhile, they do things that leave us wondering what people exactly they think they are representing.

4. Sarah Palin’s $150,000 designer wardrobe.  At the Republican National Convention, Sarah Palin proclaimed that the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick.  I say, the difference between a hockey mom and Sarah Palin?  The price of said lipstick.

3. Newt Gingrich’s $500,000 line of credit at Tiffany & Co.  As House speaker, Gingrich preached fiscal conservatism.  However, there is nothing fiscally conservative about a six-figure jewelry bill.  In my opinion, this is one costly mistake.

2. McCain’s inability to remember how many homes he owns.  In the midst of the economic crisis in 2008, a time when unemployment was at a high and many Americans had lost their homes, the country looked for a leader to help them out of the dark times – someone who could relate to the common man.  During this time, the Republican nominee for president could not count how many homes he owned.  Nice. (The answer is 10, by the way).

1. John Edwards $400 haircut.  Even before news broke of his extramarital affairs with Rielle Hunter, John Edwards gave us reason to question his judgment.  For a democrat striving to live up to the image of a “mill worker’s son,” Edwards’s decision in 2007 to invest $400 into a new ‘do is enough to make my hair stand on end and definitely enough to write him off.  Hair today, gone tomorrow.

Most people are struggling to feed their families. If you can’t count how many homes you own, if you dish out $400 for a haircut, or if you are spending over $500,000 a year at Tiffany’s & Co…good luck representing the people of this country.


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