The Jill Zuckerman of the Chicago Tribune interviewed Palin:
Q: You're giving this policy speech tomorrow, but has this journey been worth it to you when you're getting nitpicked on wardrobe and pollsSo where are the followup questions?
SP: "It is all worth it because we know we are on the right path here in providing Americans a choice on Nov. 4th. You can support a children that will do all that we can for children with special needs and we support policies that will create jobs and get the economy back on track. Of course it's worth it. But I'm glad you brought up the wardrobe.
"That whole thing is just, bad! Oh, if people only knew how frugal we are."
"The clothes that were loaned to us during the convention. And I don't think it was anywhere near...What did they say, Tracey? $150 grand? It wasn't anywhere near that. Those are not ours. We give those back, those go to charity or they'll be auctioned off or whatever. That's not even my property. So to be criticized for that, that is not who we are."
Q: So you're not carrying around cartons of brand new clothes that people have gone out and bought for you
SP: No, I think some of them were in the belly of the plane. No, yeah, that's not [how] we live.
"It wasn't anywhere near that. Those are not ours." Interesting lines. Was the $150,000 reported on RNC filings for clothing and accessories for people other than the Palin family? If so, why hasn't the RNC said that? Or is she saying that the RNC filing is mistaken? Or what? What is Palin saying?
Zuckerman allowed her an incomprehensible denial. She says they're storing a bunch of unworn brand new clothes in "the belly of the plane."
So what does Zuckerman say next?
Q: This must be painful for you.Can I share some of that pain? The sweater I've got on has a hole in the elbow. Does this pain come with a stylist?
Empathy for someone who has just confessed to flying around in a plane stocked with unworn designer clothes is not the right response.