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Lipstick-A Matter of National Security

A “Fox News” moment: I report; you decide.

From Sarah Palin’s speech at the RNC a week ago:

“What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

And from Barack Obama, during a campaign stop in Virginia (via the WSJ):

Barack Obama says the John McCain-Sarah Palin policies don’t represent change, they’re “just calling the same thing something different.”

“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” Obama said during a town-hall style event here Tuesday night.

Ouch. Or rather, oink.

Question of the day: was Obama referring directly to Palin?

And, maybe a bigger question: why, again, is this important?



Update: Over at JJP, I posted that Obama’s comment was “not smart” (a statement I generally use for things that could’ve been done/said better). That led to a comparison between McCain’s use of the statement in 2007 and Obama’s current one, which led to this posting from me:

McCain’s use of the phrase, from what I’ve read, seemed to be a reference to Clinton’s policy…as in you can’t take a fundamentally flawed plan and make it better by “sweetening” the deal.

Before this delves into another conservative bashing session, I’m not beating Obama up over this. I get what he was saying; disagree, but that’s not the issue. My beef is that his timing in using the phrase, after Palin’s speech, was not good. If anything, it’s a tactical error. They happen, and God knows McCain’s made several (remember the “I just got done beating my wife” statement? I said the same thing then: not smart).

Hell, if the candidates wanted to apologize for every statement that was perceived as “fucked up” by the opposition, the campaign season would come to a grinding halt.

Unfortunately, I’m not really sure how he could’ve made his point without using that phrase. It’s said, it’s done, let’s move on.

So that’s it. It’s said, it’s done…..let’s move on. -D.

Written by Coby Dillard

September 10, 2008 at 9:04 am

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  1. See my headline today.

    D. I just about choked on my breakfast. That’s a terribly accurate assesment.

    Dr. Tom Bibey

    September 10, 2008 at 9:07 am

  2. This is STUPID!! I’m sure he was not using this to make fun of Palin, but you never know. I’m just trying to understand why it’s such a big deal now, that Obama has said it, but when McCain made the same statement about Clinton’s Health Care plan nothing was said until now. Can we just move on and stop thinking that everybody is picking on S. Palin?

    D. Yeah, see my update above. We’ll never know what he truly meant, but it sounded bad. I’ve got bigger issues with Obama than this. Let’s move on.


    September 10, 2008 at 12:11 pm

  3. For some time now, Obama supporters have been asking Obama to get tougher, fight back. Seeing Palin deliver pointed blow after blow to Obama during her acceptance speech, and do it with such wit and deft, obviously stung Obama.

    Palin is in his head and he has been trying for days to land a blow to her, but without success. I think that this was an attempt to try an emulate Palin’s delivery. But with Palin it was authentic, she is naturally a fighter and her attacks were well-founded and softened by the humor. Not so with Obama. His ‘folksy’ act is unnatural and his delivery is not sharp, just snarky.

    He knew what he was saying, knew supporters would have his back, and it allowed him to bait the Republican into responding so that he could go back to the ‘distractions that divide us’ theme that had shielded him from Wright, Ayers, Rezko, et al.

    I do find it interesting though that there is a bit of a double standard at work here. Bill Clinton was roasted by the MSM for his ‘fairy tale’ comment, while Obama is vindicated.

    IMO, people will see it for what it was, an attack on Palin and McCain, the MSM carrying water for Obama, and ‘same old politics’ from the guy who used to be all about ‘hope and change.’

    It is of little consequence to the general election, especially on the eve of 9/11.


    September 10, 2008 at 6:16 pm

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