Isabel Wilkinson, HuffingtonPost.com: This summer John McCain is traveling in style. He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop — from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA. The Calfskin loafers, with silver-tone "Gancini" buckles, are imported from Italy.
In response to Barack Obama's foreign tour, McCain spent much of his energy last week emphasizing his focus on domestic issues. What better way to show his American pride than to tour the country in Italian leather?
Christopher Hayes, The Nation:
If I were a right-wing blogger, and I found out that Barack Obama was wearing Ferragamo loafers that cost $520, I would spend about 50% of my waking hours making sure everyone knew this. I would mock him for being an out-of-touch elitist and make jokes like, "If you think that's a lot, you should see how much his purse costs " I would send the link to Drudge and wait for Instapundit to pick it up, and then watch gleefully as Fox News ran segments about how Barack Obama's $500
loafers vitiate his entire economic platform. But of course, I'm not a right-wing blogger. And the $520 shoes belong to John McCain. And frankly, I don't think how much his shoes cost matters one whit for how he'd govern the country.
LSB: Sorry, Christopher, I believe you are wrong. As we've seen with McCain's deceitful ads in the past week, the Straight-Talk-Express jumped the track a while ago. The cost of his shoes doesn't matter for McCain, the private citizen; but as a candidate for the highest office in the land, I wonder how this "alleged" man of the people, who spends $520 on footware and fishes in the private lake on his property, is going to treat our tax dollars if elected.