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Jane Six Pack and the 27 Dresses

Sorry, Mgmax … you can skip this one.
The above video is great, if you’ve not seen it, watch it …
This whole story yesterday about the RNC spending over $150K on Sarah Palin’s campaign wardrobe is just another example of the myriad missteps the McCain camp has made since announcing Palin as his running mate. Over $49,000 at Saks 5th Avenue. A $75,000 shopping spree at Neiman Marcus. I mean, seriously. What on earth were they thinking? What a missed opportunity by Palin to capitalize on the “I’m just an average hockey mom” image she keeps trying (and failing) to sell.

I don’t care if she didn’t personally go on those shopping trips, she’s wearing the spendy designer clothes while putting herself out there as “I’m just one of you, you betcha,” and this whole thing was a colossal miscalculation by the Repubs (although it is indicative, once again, of how very far out of touch McCain, et al are with the real people who are freaked out over the economy — how many of the average-Joe, undecided voters they’re trying to reach even make a $150,000 income in an entire year?)
If I were handling Palin, and she needed a campaign wardrobe, here’s what I would have done: I would have gotten in touch with Target (because Target, as every thrifty mom knows, is slightly higher-class than Wal-Mart, while still being relatively affordable to the average family) and had Isaac Mizrahi whip out some campaign-trail suits and dresses for Ms. Jane Six Pack. As a part of the deal, let Target churn out a line of identical Sarah Palin-wear to sell nationwide in their stores to all the good church-going, working American moms who are struggling to get by with their families on a hell of a lot less than six figures.
Then I would have had Palin talk about having her campaign wardrobe done by Target, in a speech that would have gone something like this, “Ya know, ya gotta have decent-looking clothes when you’re campaign for the vice presidency of the United States of America, and I know that. But the economy is bad, you average folks all across America, all you Joe-and-Jane Six Packs, you don’t have a small fortune to spend on your wardrobes, and I know that and I appreciate it. It would have been a slap in the face to all you hard-working Americans trying to keep a decent meal on your family’s table for me to go out and have a ridiculous amount of money spent on my behalf on some fancy-schmancy designer wardrobe from Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue. So I told ’em, none of those fancy designer clothes for Sarah Palin, you betcha. Just get me some nice outfits made by that guy who designs for Target, because Target knows working families, and those are the people I care about representing. The people just like all of you who are out there struggling in the real world to keep goin’. And I’m proud to say that not a single outfit I’m wearin’ on the campaign trail cost more than $100. My shoes all came from Payless, just like yours, and you can get outfits just like this one I’m wearin’, for a reasonable price, at Targets in towns across America. I wanted to show all you other working moms out there, you can look good for your job or for church on Sunday without having a designer budget. Because I know working families, and that’s who me and John McCain want to represent in the White House.”
Instead, they just look like idiots who, once again, are vastly out of touch with the reality most of us live in.

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4 Responses to “Jane Six Pack and the 27 Dresses”

  1. Is it just me, or is her whole “Joe six pack” shtick condescending in and of itself?

  2. Ogami Itto says:

    No, it’s not just you. I’m a working class guy and I feel like slapping the over-paid talking heads and politicos everytime they patronize me with their “Little Guy,” “Joe Six Pack,” or “Regular Folk” bullsh!t.
    And I can’t stand that Mika woman. She’s just awful.

  3. Cadavra says:

    McCain was on MSNBC this morning again drooling about how the “elitist” Obama is so out of touch with the Joe-The-Plumbers of the nation. Overlooking the concept that elitism is ipso facto bad, he can’t honestly think we’ve all forgotten about his 12 homes, 13 cars, private jet and $100-million-of-daddy’s-money wife? He’s either a liar or a fool (or both); either way, he has no business anywhere near the Oval Office.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon