It is symptomatic of a Republican Party that courts working-class values, yet at its core, many GOP leaders do not actually share the same values as their core supporters. To many critics of the GOP, this is a perfect example of how the GOP is so successful at courting Americans to vote against their class interests. How can you have empathy for your fellow man, toiling away during an economic meltdown while you're strutting around in thousand dollar outfits? Now, the Democrats are not innocent in this matter, either. John Edwards' $400 haircuts come to mind.
The difference is Democratic policy prescriptions generally favor the working-class, Republican policy prescriptions generally favor those who have, not the have-nots. So, when I see the RNC spending $150k on Palin's outfits all I can think is, how can you have a straight face when you claim to be one of the people.