I found this article on MarketWatch.com--it reports on an internet game posted by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee at www.dresslikepalin.com that lets players choose how $150,000 (the amount reported by the McCain campaign as being spent on the Palin wardrobe/makeup).
Fort Wayne gets mentioned towards the end of the article
The Neiman Marxist in the Presidential Race - MarketWatch: "Or for the same cash, DeMoro notes, you could buy three houses in Saginaw, Mich., South Bend or Ft. Wayne, Ind., Erie, Pa., or Akron, Toledo, or Youngstown, Ohio.
"Those happen to be some of the very towns devastated by the tax breaks McCain and George Bush gave to corporations to ship the towns' jobs overseas. Neiman Marxist isn't a store. Neiman Marcus is a store. And when you're wearing their $150,000 line, it's hard to pretend you're really speaking for working families in America," DeMoro said. "
I have no problem with the idea that Sarah Palin needed some new clothes for campaign appearances, interviews, etc. But to spend that much shows that those in charge had no clue/didn't care how such an excessive amount would appear to those "Joe Six-Packs" and "Joe the Plumbers" and all the ordinary people that make up the electorate.
If you're going to present someone as being "one of us," where "us" is a middle-class American, you shop at Macy's, not Neimann Marcus.