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Palin's Legacy: Selling Her Shoes for $2025

Matt Negrin

Posted: Jan 29th 2009 11:22PM

Filed under: US Elections, Politics, Culture, Boston University

Now, now, settle down, everybody. Before you jump to conclusions, read this disclaimer from Sarah Palin's niece, who put up the Alaska governor's shoes for sale on eBay:

"These shoes were bought in a small store in Juneau, AK. They were NOT paid for by the RNC. They were purchased by Sarah!!!"

But, nonetheless, the Folksy Governor of the West's ruby-red high heels that she wore at the Republican convention last year did indeed sell for more than $2,000 on eBay. The shoes are "Naughty Monkey Double-Dare pumps." Sure, because when I think Sarah Palin, I think naughty monkey.

The niece obtained the footwear after asking her aunt for them because she liked them. Turns out they "don't fit to (sic) well," but if you look them up "on a serach (sic) engine," you can read all about their storied history.

The Christian Science Monitor speculates that the new cash could go toward Palin's potential 2012 presidential campaign. Speaking of which, why hasn't she started campaigning yet? Four years away is just around the corner.

Or maybe she has. A few days ago, Palin launched SarahPAC -- a Republican political-action committee -- which states that she is "dedicated to building America's future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation," presumably by linking Democrats to washed-up domestic terrorists.

Interestingly, the new website makes scant reference to her role on the GOP ticket with John McCain. Although it does mention that she believes Republicans are on the verge of a "
historic renaissance," and that everyone has a part to play "as a new president takes office and begins to lead our country."

Maybe she threw that on there to spark some dinner conversation with eight-day-old-president Barack Obama. Palin is apparently planning on attending a Washington dinner this weekend with the hopes of catching the attention of Obama, the man she attacked so much while on the campaign trail.

"How often will I get an opportunity to have dinner with the president?" she told reporters outside her mansion. "I will take up that offer to do so."

Palin also elaborated on the purpose of her PAC. While denying that it in any way will contribute to a 2012 presidential bid -- "No. Not at all. Not at all. No," were her exact words -- she said that the donations made to the fund will pay for her travel to fancy dinners.

"It's helpful to have a PAC so when I'm invited to things, even, like, to speak at the Lincoln Day dinner in Fairbanks, to have the PAC pay for that instead of have the state pay for that, because that could be considered quasi-political," she said.

I don't know how many voters will be enticed by that pitch, though it's certainly an impressive use of the phrase "quasi-political."

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