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Consignment shop owner speaks, Anchorage paper endorses Obama and more.

By Kate Harding
Published October 27, 2008 4:00PM (EDT)

We're all sick of talking about Sarah Palin's wardrobe, but unfortunately, the rest of the media really isn't. Sunday, Palin announced that she's "back to wearing [her] own clothes from [her] favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska," and CBS News was right on it, scoring an interview with the consignment shop owner. "I think she could probably come in and buy our whole store three-times-over for $150,000!" says Ellen Arvold of Anchorage's Out of the Closet (not saying a word about the name). However, her shop's still not exactly the Sally Ann; Arvold says prices range "from a knit top for $16 to a handbag for $800." I'm sure that bag will set off a pair of Carhartt steel toes just beautifully.

If you'd like to own a Sarah Palin doll that's not meant for masturbation, you can head over to eBay on Thursday to bid on a Cabbage Patch Kid "wearing the Republican candidate's signature rimless eyeglasses, red suit and heels." Which might actually be creepier than the sex doll.

The largest newspaper in Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News, endorsed Barack Obama for president on Saturday and didn't mince words when it came to Palin. "Despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range." Ouch.

Finally, if you haven't seen the video of Elisabeth Hasselbeck introducing Palin in Tampa, Fla., Sunday you can watch it at E! Online. If you were ever tempted to feel sorry for Hasselbeck being shouted down by her co-hosts on "The View," this video will convince you they're actually doing her a favor by shutting her up.


Kate Harding

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It, available from Da Capo Press in August 2015. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010). Kate's essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. in English from University of Toronto, and is currently at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing from Bath Spa University

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