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Obama on Lipstick and Pigs: ‘Enough!’

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Posted on Sep 10, 2008

In case you haven’t heard, Barack Obama has been sucked into the vortex of another absurd media storm courtesy of John McCain’s Rovian acolytes. If he plays it right, the Democrat could turn controversy to conquest.

During the primary, both Hillary Clinton and McCain championed a gas tax holiday widely disparaged by economists. Obama took the high ground—and let everyone know. Doing the right thing turned out to be the right thing, politically.

Watching Obama’s response to this latest non-controversy, we wonder if this isn’t a great opportunity to make his opponent look ridiculous.

MSNBC:

Read more about it here and here.

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By SueMVeteranfor Obama, September 11, 2008 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment
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Anyone who believes this lipstick crap NEEDS government to think for them!

McShame/Palin - WHEN PIGS FLY!

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By media kingdom, September 11, 2008 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment
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McCain has become quite the politician since he got his party’s nomination… he has proven time and again that his strategy for winning is based on personal attacks and distracting people from the main issues

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By Concerend Citizen, September 11, 2008 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment
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Why getting all excited about the “lipstick on a pig”
Barrack Obama made the other day,which the Repugs tried to spin,” unsuccessfully “one might stress, in reference to Sarah Palin ...how insulting to an innocent pig.

If any comparison required here,the more logical
“George W with a Lipstick ” must come to mind for their only obvious qualifications both are being known for:

ignorant - shallow - phony - arrogant - pretentious

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By Outraged, September 11, 2008 at 10:09 am Link to this comment

Obama’s comment is a common euphemism here in the Midwest, so it doesn’t seem odd to me at all.  It is especially used to describe those of McCain and Palin’s ilk.

Cicero put it this way: “In fine, while wrong may be done in two ways, either by force or by fraud, the latter seems to belong, as it were, to the fox, the former to the lion, and neither to be congenial with man. Yet of the two, fraud is the most detestable. But of all forms of injustice, none is more heinous than that of the men who, while they practise fraud to the utmost of their ability, do it in such a way that they appear to be good men. Enough has been said about justice.”

>>  Today there is more news about the Palin proclivity for heartlessness.  In Wasilla, she required rape victims pay for their own rape kits.  Unbelievable.

“Knowles broke new ground while answering a reporter’s question on whether Wasilla forced rape victims to pay for their own forensic tests when Palin was mayor.
 
True, Knowles said.

Eight years ago, complaints about charging rape victims for medical exams in Wasilla prompted the Alaska Legislature to pass a bill—signed into law by Knowles—that banned the practice statewide.

“There was one town in Alaska that was charging victims for this, and that was Wasilla,” Knowles said

A May 23, 2000, article in Wasilla’s newspaper, The Frontiersman, noted that Alaska State Troopers and most municipal police agencies regularly pay for such exams, which cost between $300 and $1,200 apiece.

“(But) the Wasilla police department does charge the victims of sexual assault for the tests,” the newspaper reported.”

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/2008/view.bg?articleid=1118416

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By wildflower, September 11, 2008 at 8:22 am Link to this comment

This situation reminds me of that incident involving the Baptist minister, who asked McCain about the sleazy expletive that McCain called his wife Cindy.

It’s the “don’t do as McCain does” thing all over again.

But then, again, maybe McCain’s psyche is in such a poor state these days that he truly forgets the things he has said and done in the past.

Hmmm. . . Hillary and Cindy should take McCain aside and remind him of a few things.

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By Catman Joe, September 11, 2008 at 6:26 am Link to this comment

Booty kickin’ time!

They be messin wit da Kid!

Jose

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By Aegrus, September 11, 2008 at 5:47 am Link to this comment

It’s not so much phony outrage as it is fabricated outrage. A lot of people were genuinely upset, but it’s because the media displayed the comment out of context and an ad from the McCain campaign completely spun those words to feign sexism against Palin.

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By Inherit The Wind, September 11, 2008 at 4:16 am Link to this comment

Rus7355, September 11 at 7:06 am #

I’ll have to side with Sen. Obama on this one.

He did not appear to be speaking of Gov. Palin in his lipstick remark, however, clearly the crowd he was speaking to thought he had. So why are people surprised that others wonder the same?

Clearly Sen. Obama made a mistake in using the term. Many, including numerous democrats, are convinced that Obama was speaking of Gov. Palin.
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No, then he would have said lipstick on a pit-bull.

But the point below is well-made: Is Palin “Sarah Barracuda” or a little helpless kitten?  Can’t have it both ways.

And he’s right: it’s all phony outrage.

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By tuskan, September 10, 2008 at 11:50 pm Link to this comment
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Phony outrage indeed. We’re supposed to buy her as tough-as-nails, gun-wielding Sarah Barracuda in one moment and then helpless victim of an insensitive Dem candidate in the next? C’mon. There’s nothing worse than this playing it both ways crapola. The same viper-tongued talk show hosts (and guests like Palin) who blame political correctness for the unraveling of the Star Spangled Banner turn around and claim it (inaccurately) when they see a political opportunity. Are you buying this Virginia? New Hampshire? Ohio? The next thing she’ll say is that she’s a Uniter not a Divider. Please, flyover states, fool me once… fool me twice… we don’t get fooled again… do we?

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By Reubenesque, September 10, 2008 at 10:37 pm Link to this comment

Finally, FINALLY Obama used the “l” word in calling out the resmuglicans.

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By Tony Wicher, September 10, 2008 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment

I loved it when Obama said that he was talking about McCain’s economic policies, not Sarah Palin, but if he had been, Palin would have just been the lipstick; McCain and his policies would be the pig! I’m still rolling on the floor. Barack is just getting warmed up. You think he’s another Kerry or Gore or Dukakis? Think again! Stop hand-wringing and start rooting and cheering!

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By Inherit The Wind, September 10, 2008 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

hippy pam, September 10 at 3:15 pm #

..and has anyone been paying attention to the PARTICLE ACCELERATOR?and the “BIG BANG” TESTS?I bet the majority of you DO NOT KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT…..

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Of course you mean Cern.  Did you notice the world and the solar system didn’t collapse in on itself today, even when they got both beams going, one clockwise, one counterclockwise?  And it won’t tomorrow.  If you are worried, put on your tin-foil hat and grab your pyramid crystal.

And if I’m wrong, nobody will ever know anyway—we’ll all be instantly in a Black Hole, without time to even feel it happening.  Plus, based on some of the cosmology theories, it may already have happened but time has gotten so skewed that I think I’m still typing on my PC—and you thing you are still sitting there reading this! (Doo-doo-doo-dah doo-doo-doo-dah—theme from The Twilight Zone playing)

So you won’t care that Obama is FINALLY doing what Bill Clinton showed us back when he ripped that weasel Chris Wallace a new back orifice!

EVERY Democrat should do that to the weasel-words and leading questions—make ‘em scared to ask these bullshit questions.  Think Wallace will ever do that to Clinton again?  Do it to ALL of them! Liberal Media, my ass!  They are ALL controlled by right-wing corporations.  All except NPR and PBS—but Bush is working on that, too.

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By westernvoter, September 10, 2008 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t want to hear a debate about lipstick and pigs.  Or hockey moms, for that matter.  What happened to political discourse about the economy, the wars, sustainable energy, etc., etc., etc?  I am totally dismayed at the insinuation that the typical American voter is stupid enough to actually decide how to vote based on this garbage. It is an incredibly depressing thought.  And I’m extremely disappointed in the media that they are fueling this distracting, inane mess. 

And could somebody please explain to me how it can be that this woman is prepared to be vice president, but not prepared to answer questions from the national media?  Is it me or is that confusing anyone else?  One carefully controlled, celebrity-style interview is all she can handle?  Huh?

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By BobZ, September 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm Link to this comment

Now Sarah Palin is the only one allowed to use the term “lipstick” in any form? Chris Matthews to his credit today tried to put an end to this b.s. Even the Republican surrogates seemed embarrassed by all of the hullabaloo about this non-issue. Are McCain and Palin now entering into their dumbing down phase to appeal to the lowest common denominator. So none of this is a surprise - this is the Republican Party playbook and they know they are on the wrong side of the issues. Obama has to get the team back on message about the issues and let his surrogates and Biden handle more of the b.s. Obama’s people should not be surprised by any of this. I’m impressed by what he has done on the campaign trail - he comes across well in small or large groups. I thought he even did well at the Saddleback event and that was a hostile audience. And every day the reporters are coming up with more inconsistencies about Sarah Palin. Her halo will start to wear thin with the public especially when reporters are allowed to grill her. She won’t be able to deflect questions with her stupid one liners. I can hardly wait.

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By troublesum, September 10, 2008 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment

The republicans chose Palin to get attention off Bush.  They would not allow Bush’s name to be spoken from the podium at the convention.  Now they are trying to have the same control over democrats.  They don’t want the last eight years to be an issue in this campaign.  If they can get the democrats to talk about Palin instead of the Bush fiasco they think they can pull off the election.  Why are democrats cooperating??

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By hippy pam, September 10, 2008 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment

OH FER CHR*ST SAKE…..Now if noBAMA had said…“LIPSTICK ON A BULLDOG”....OR…..“LIPSTICK ON A BARRACUDA….Then I would have said[maybe/probably] he was talking about “moose turd”!!!BUT..SINCE MCSAME HAS MADE THAT SAME STATEMENT MANY MANY TIMES…..SHOULD WE-the people- BELIEVE THAT McBULLSH*T WAS DISSING ON HILLARY CLINTON???These idiots out there SHOULD BE LOOKING AT THE REAL ISSUES…BUT INSTEAD THEY ARE PLAYING “he touched me…he touched me first”....and has anyone been paying attention to the PARTICLE ACCELERATOR?and the “BIG BANG” TESTS?I bet the majority of you DO NOT KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT…..

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, September 10, 2008 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

Why not look at it this way:

McCain is controlling the tenor of this campaign.  Apparently there in not one soul in the Democratic campaign who knows quite how to redirect the campaign back to the issues, if I understand what the issues are and I’ll give you that I might have a completely warped view of that or they’ve changed.

I ask you, do you want someone in the WH who lacks the wherewithall to either find people who know how to run a campaign or to, himself, direct the dialogue, let alone run the world?

Much as I detest the conservative ideology and how McCain is campaigning, at least he and the right-wingers have the craftiness to inhabit the WH.

WTF is wrong with the democrats??????

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By rke, September 10, 2008 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment

So Obama calls McCain’s change message “lipstick on a pig”—and McCain replies, hey don’t talk about SP that way.

Who is making the pig-to-Palin leap here?

I think Obama’s got this under control.

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By Mudbones, September 10, 2008 at 2:17 pm Link to this comment

Inherit the wind, WELL SAID

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By Inherit The Wind, September 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment

SPARE ME THE PHONY OUTRAGE!

That could be a bumper sticker all by itself!  McSame-Piglin will do ANYTHING to avoid talking about the issues, or to avoid telling the truth.

About time Obama got mad and started calling a spade a spade—just swift-boating yet again.

I see Re-thug-li-cons all over trying to hand the mortgage mess on Democrats—“Ooh, Congress passed this loosening in 1982!”  Like we don’t remember that Ronald Reagan was President and signed it?  Like we don’t remember that Bob Dole was the Senate Majority leader and the Senate was Republican for 6 years?????

About time Obama and EVERY Democrat got mad!  There are 11 million more registered Demss than GOPpers so how come the polls show McSame leading???? WHERE ARE THE DEMOCRATS?????

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