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PostSubject: Obama 'lipstick' remark gets Republicans in a huff   Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:02 pm

Obama 'lipstick' remark gets Republicans in a huff
Democrat's campaign accuses McCain of 'phony outrage'
By Mark Silva | Washington Bureau
7:51 PM CDT, September 10, 2008

WASHINGTON—Like "lipstick on a pig," the hot new debate of the presidential campaign has sparked one stunning distraction. As anyone knows, lipstick can smear.

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee running with a call for "change," insists he wasn't talking about Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, when he said this about his rivals' claims that they are the true agents of change: "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."

The campaign of Republican Sen. John McCain is crying foul, reading sexism into the remark and demanding an apology. Yet McCain once had the same words for Sen. Hillary Clinton's health care plans. Campaigning in Iowa last fall, McCain argued that Clinton was rehashing the old reform she had promoted as first lady: "I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."

It was Palin, the governor of Alaska and mother of five, who charmed the Republican National Convention with her explanation of the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom—"lipstick." The McCain camp contends that Obama was clearly referring to that comment, and therefore to Palin herself, with his "lipstick on a pig" remark.

Now McCain and Palin are playing the "gender card," the Obama campaign contends. Obama spokesmen note that "putting lipstick on a pig" is a common expression for trying to dress up something bad—and Obama voiced it in the context of the candidates' economic plans—and they accuse McCain of "phony outrage."

It was only a few weeks ago that the situation was in some ways reversed. Obama warned voters that his rivals would try to scare them about voting for a candidate who doesn't look like the president on a dollar bill. The McCain campaign responded that Obama had "played the race card ... from the bottom of the deck."

Voters could be forgiven for thinking that the entire spat distracts voters from the real issues: the economy, the war, health care, education and much more. And, political analysts say, , the endless cycle of cable news and newspapers that love a fight are playing along by focusing on absurd arguments and supercharged words.

Obama sought to tap into that impulse Wednesday, after the Republicans introduced a Web ad on the topic, with some of the more impassioned language he's used in the campaign.

"What their campaign has done this morning is the same game that has made people sick and tired of politics in this country," Obama said. "They have seized on an innocent remark, try to take it out of context, throw up an outrageous ad, because they know it's catnip for the news media.

"Enough!" he added, his voice rising. "I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swift boat politics. Enough is enough."

Some experts agreed.

"While we're concerned about lipstick on pigs—and pigs don't vote and have no constituency—we are missing the point," said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, co-author of a new book, Presidents Creating the Presidency, about presidential use of rhetoric.

But the GOP Web ad sought to link Obama's remark with his readiness to be president. "Ready to Lead? No," it said. "Ready to Smear? Yes." Meanwhile, former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift stepped out with a newly formed "Palin Truth Squad" to voice the McCain team's outrage over the expression.

The tempest began in Michigan on Monday, when Obama warned that McCain and Palin are trying to claim the change mantle even though their party has been in power for eight years. "How do they have the nerve to say it?" Obama asked. Later, in Virginia, Obama said, "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig." As laughter erupted, he added, "You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, but it's still going to stink after eight years."

Vice President Dick Cheney said the same thing about President George W. Bush's rival, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, at the close of the 2004 campaign. On Kerry's wavering stances on the war, Cheney said: "As we say in Wyoming, you can put all the lipstick you want on a pig, but in the end of the day, it's still a pig."

Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, said the expression is a common one. "The inference in that speech was ... that John McCain was dressing up old ideas," she said. "The use of 'lipstick on a pig' was a colloquial, commonplace way of saying this."

At the same time, she said, Obama can be faulted for "priming" voters about the age of his senior rival for the White House by talking about wrapping an "old fish" in paper called change.

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PostSubject: Re: Obama 'lipstick' remark gets Republicans in a huff   Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:05 pm

I love, love, love the Republicans! I mean, they made McCain's running mate so obviously a blatant marketing tool, now they're milking it for every drop of breast milk it's worth. And looking at Palin, that's a fair bit of breast milk. Not an extraordinary amount, but fairly decent.

Where was I going with this? Uh...

Oh, yeah. Obama's comments definitely weren't related to Palin being a female, and I honestly doubt he's sexist any more than a 70 year old Conservative would be. I am, obviously, but I'm not running for the presidency.

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PostSubject: Re: Obama 'lipstick' remark gets Republicans in a huff   Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:13 am

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Oh, yeah. Obama's comments definitely weren't related to Palin being a female, and I honestly doubt he's sexist any more than a 70 year old Conservative would be. I am, obviously, but I'm not running for the presidency.



Damn it... why aren't you running for President, Grant? I'd vote for you. Hell, I'd run your campaign.

"Free beer, and gas, for life, for all who vote President Elect Grant"

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PostSubject: Re: Obama 'lipstick' remark gets Republicans in a huff   Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:22 am

The Democratic Party wanted to put me on their ticket, until it was discovered I wasn't actually born in America. Plus, you know, my cracks about Palin's rack didn't go over too well with the female voters. It's politics with them, all politics. It's bullshit, man.

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PostSubject: Re: Obama 'lipstick' remark gets Republicans in a huff   Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:27 pm

This is hilarious. Both sides do it, but this is just lame. The republicans are going to cry foul at every turn to garner sympathy. Pathetic.

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PostSubject: Re: Obama 'lipstick' remark gets Republicans in a huff   Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:00 pm

F'n McCain made the SAME comment, in some recent months! But, I guess it's okay for the Repub to say something about lipstick on a pig! Gimme a f'n break!!!

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