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Lipstick on a pig?

Posted by Bill Nance on September 10, 2008

Let the whining begin!

Everyone who has the intellectual capacity to distinguish between substance and lies knew it was going to happen. Everyone who didn’t instantly take a look at Sarah Palin and decide to vote for her based upon Boobs and Guns knew it was going to happen.

In short, everyone who isn’t a bloody idiot knew it was going to happen.

The Republicans are whining to the media about the Obama campaign over sexism, and yes, you guessed it, low-blows.

To call these allegations laughable would be to give them far too much credit. Obscene I think, would be a more apt description.

In the First instance, Obama ridiculed McCain’s claim that he’s going to “reform Washington.” Speaking to a crowd Obama said:

“John McCain says he’s about change, too — except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics,” Mr. Obama told his supporters here. “That’s just calling the same thing something different.

“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still gonna stink.”

I realize of course that it is just a ridiculous and totally unfounded notion that someone might dare to question the veracity of the Republican’s claim that they are going to “clean up” the mess they themselves have created while controlling both houses of congress for 12 of the last 14 years and holding the White House for the last eight.

But using the word lipstick, is instantly sexist?  It turns out of course, that Senator Obama has been using this phrase for a long time. As in before anyone outside Alaska ever heard of Sarah Palin. But because Palin described herself as a “Pitbull in lipstick,”  Obama must of course be sexist when using the exact same phrase he has used for years. A Phrase which is common in the lexicon, and one which  JOHN MCCAIN has also used, when referring to Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal.

From the link above:

McCain criticized Democratic contenders for offering what he called costly universal health care proposals that require too much government regulation. While he said he had not studied Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s health-care plan, he said it was “eerily reminiscent” of the failed plan she offered as first lady in the early 1990s.

“I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” he said of her proposal.

So let me get this straight. When John McCain uses the phrase to describe quite specifically a woman’s policy statement, it’s just hunkey dorey. But when a Democrat uses the exact same phrase to ridicule John McCain’s plans, he’s a sexist. Have I missed anything? Nope, didn’t think so.

And there’s more. Oh yes, the Republican lying machine is never at a loss to for horsepuckey, have no fear.

Yesterday, in a reference to Palin’s nomination speech, in which she assured families of disabled kids they would have “a friend and advocate in the White House,” Joe Biden asked the horrible question: If you care about it, why don’t you support stem cell research?”

Why, the very notion that Joe Biden would ask Sara Palin to explain why, with one hand she would “support” families with disabled kids and with the other hand sabotage the very research that might prevent such disabilities in the first place is an outrage!

People are actually buying this crap. There’s an old saying that goes “No one ever went broke underestimating the Intelligence of the American public.”

If ever there were a better example of this, I’m hard pressed to think of it at the moment.

EDIT: I added the full context of the remark, from this article.


One Response to “Lipstick on a pig?”

  1. pedigree said

    This is Sarah Palins response to Barack

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