Lipstick on a Pig
Obama is trying to say that the McCain/Palin campaign is a fraud, so he uses one of Ann Richards' favorite phrases as the metaphor.
And it really is a pretty good metaphor. The McCain folks decided to counter-attack by calling it sexist. The main stream press, in another supreme example of steering an issue down the Republican talking point lane, focused on the sexist charge all day, not the fraud. Most are calling it a gaffe.
They haven't really given the truth of Obama's remarks the attention they deserve. But the event is getting attention. Instead of letting this go though, I think the Obama crowd should embrace the image, because in the biz, as they say, I would say this one has legs. (hooves.)
Here's Talking Points Memo:
"Let's face it. Lipstick on a pig is a classic American phrase. And there's just no better way to describe the McCain-Palin ticket. The 'Reformer' whose whole campaign and senate office is run by a crew of high-rolling DC lobbyists?
The earmark slayer whose state this year got ten times more earmarks than any other state in the country?
Whose city when she was mayor got twenty times as many?
The whole operation is just one big bamboozling lie. And lipstick on a pig is just using good American English to explain it. If McCain and Palin don't like it they should have thought of that before they decided to run as frauds."
"R"s are not very good at metaphor. Their specialty is using code words that awaken hate, division, and fear. So you can see why they might think that Obama was calling someone a pig. Fact is, the pig is the McCain policy of embracing the policies of the Bush Administration and the disasters that we have experienced in the last eight years.
Palin then, with her swirl of rhetoric and lies , would actually be the lipstick.
Meanwhile, another huge investment bank is going up in smoke, and the government is taking over the housing corporations that just three weeks ago probably "would not need" the money that Congress approved to shore them up. All this seems like a last ditch effort to shore up the economy during the last few months of the campaign. Whether it is bottoming out, or just on another ledge of deep, deep descent into the economic abyss should certainly be enough to put a slight dent in our collective eco-narco tranquility.
And just to add a little spice to this kettle of uncertainty, another powerful hurricane is in the gulf and headed right towards my neck of the woods. I don't think we will like this Ike.
But it does make me remember how far our system has fallen.
The "R's of yesteryear were pretty decent folks. They had a philosophy, and they had morals and integrity. Remember, it was Ike who warned of the military industrial complex that has taken over our democracy. This bunch just tells lie after lie on a daily basis, and the press just repeats them, all the while pimping and obfuscating for that same military/ industrial/oil/corporate/media complex that Ike warned us about. (watch).
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