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Sarah Plain, um, Palin

Someone forgot to tell Cindy McCain that the fashion word on Sarah's big night was "populist." Cin's half-peeled banana outfit was examined by the couture analysts at Vanity Fair and the numbers look like this: Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000 Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500 Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000 Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000 Shoes, designer unknown, I'm thinking Manolos: $600 Total: about $300,000! How long until Sarah Plain stops playing moose hunter/hockey mom/sexy librarian and starts sportin' some real duds? That would make the election season almost bearable. info via Liza at culturekitchen

Which will make the prettiest Barbie Doll?

Michelle versus Cindy! Which will make the prettiest Barbie Doll? That's a tough one, if simply because neither one is standing next to a Ken. May be that they are standing next to an aging Ken on Cialis, or next to A Ken Look Who's Coming to Dinner Part Deux? So picking the prettiest Barbie Doll this election doll this year is going to be just a little bit different than in the past. At least we won't have Hillary as the Barbie Doll, standing next to her Ken! We just barely missed that fate, thank The Gods! But we must choose a Barbie Doll of some sort, so we won't get off completely now. So what do the feminists have to say about this selection-election (erection)? Just kidding on that last -tion, but it rhymed and I had to put it in. So let's go to alternet to see... The Candidates' Wives Face Media Sexism (Quite frankly, I'm surprised to see the feminists put it that way...lol) Media Sexism indeed! I think that the media is actually doing all of us a service by letting us scrutinize the Barbie Dolls this way. One of the most fun things of all was agogging Laura's activities during the last 8 years. I loved her book selection and would choose it any day over Oprah's! She has been kind of a soft and sexy Bush family Barbie. It's not like the media is promoting pornography by having us all check out Michelle and Cindy closely. It's not molesting a child or anything. Michelle and Cindy are not sad (female) victims of an old fashioned Mormon cult, or the like. They have functioning minds of their own. They're talking dolls! So I haven't made up my mind yet. I may wait until the day of the election before finally deciding which one of the two will make the prettiest Barbie Doll for me. They're both cute! Though I'm leaning and a tilting a little towards Candy Cane!

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