Lest we forget that lines of sight vary from person to person, consider two perspectives on this year's Sarah Palin Halloween costume. The context for costume is evolving as room is made for simultaneous reverence and satire.
- “I want to go as Palin because she is an enigma to me,” said a 26-year-old New Jersey lawyer. “She’s random, she's ballsy, and she has the most outrageously close-minded politics I’ve ever come across.” The registered Democrat’s costume consists of a red power suit, American flag pin and an ostentatious fur stole.
- A 50-year-old from Boerne, Texas, a largely Republican community, will be wearing rimless glasses in honor of the politician. “I think Sarah Palin was the smartest thing the Republican Party has done in years,” wrote Kim, whose friends find the costume to be a classy, powerful statement. “[And] my boyfriend thinks she’s hot.”
(Photo: Rubies Costume Company has sold more than 15,000 units of its latex Sarah Palin mask since start of production in late September, and it can barely keep up with requests. In past years, election-related masks were a good indicator of who was slated to win the presidency, but this year it’s “confusing”: Obama is outselling McCain, but the Palin mask is clearly blowing them both out of the water.)