CindymccainlaurabushOne of the persistent criticisms of Democrat Barack Obama is that the senator is an elitist.

But Republicans represent the working people.

So how to explain Republican first lady Laura Bush and Republican would-be first lady Cindy McCain‘s outfits Tuesday night?

Vanity Fair wisely had its fashion department price it out. And it’s a doozy!

Laura Bush’s ensemble

Oscar de la Renta suit: $2,500
Stuart Weitzman heels: $325
Pearl stud earrings: $600–$1,500
Total: Between $3,425 and $4,325

Cindy McCain’s wardrobe

Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600

Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100.

That seems a bit elitist to me! How about you?

Photo: Getty Images

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead