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09 September 2008

Say What?

Did Obama just claim that the McCain campaign is putting lipstick on a pig? I think he did! "You can put lipstick on a pig," he said to an outbreak of laughter, shouts and raucous applause from his audience, clearly drawing a connection to Palin's joke even if it's not what Obama meant. "It's still a pig."

Yes, of course it's an old expression and might have just mindlessly been inserted into the speech. But the reference is so obvious it's a little hard to believe the double (triple?) entendre was not considered.

And that's fine with me - really, what's wrong with Obama interjecting a little ad feminem spice into his campaign. I wouldn't care if he called her a "moose-gutting ho'", quite frankly. What interests me is why - why do something so unartful?

I think it means that the Obama camp has pretty much given up its lofty 'unification' goal, and is now girding for a protracted base-war. Note how the crowd didn't share the campaign's alleged naivete - they got it right away and loved it. I'm pretty sure they'd love the moose-gutting ho' crack as well. But it's not going to do much beyond the base.

Obama might have a more motivated base to begin with than any other recent Democrat, so if that's what it's coming down to, he should be able to put up a good fight. But for the first time since McCain became the presumptive nominee in the spring, I'm afraid Obama may well lose.

P.S. - should any of you think I'm a little overprotective of Miss Sarah - please. It can get a lot stupider.

6 Comments:

Blogger Glaivester said...

McCain's campaign is putting lipstick on a pig. The lipstick is Sarah Palin. The pig is John McCain.

September 10, 2008 2:56 AM  
Anonymous jbo said...

As has been the case in the last couple of presidential elections, for the Democrats to win, they are going to have to get alot tougher and dirtier... The latest from McCain that Obama supports teaching sex ed to kindergarten kids... come on...

As far as you being "afraid" of Obama losing... ? I´ve always thought this would be a tough close one for Obama... but I do think the unexpectedly strong post RNC bump has peaked... Unless there is a similar result in the debates as 2000 (Gore smugness versus Bush awe-shucksness.., which is possible ) I don´t really see any positive gains for McLipstick... they´ll just keep slinging the mud and Obama needs to keep hitting back...

September 10, 2008 5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you Ziel, it´s fine with me... in fact the more the merrier...
Defensiveness in national campaigns doesn´t work, even if it´s a woman´s honor one is defending...

September 10, 2008 6:04 AM  
Anonymous jimbo said...

The fact that he approved that sex ed ad is good enough reason in itself not to vote for McCain...

September 10, 2008 10:49 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Good one, g - as usual

September 10, 2008 8:46 PM  
Anonymous jbo said...

if you can, take a look at Obama on Letterman...

September 11, 2008 9:51 AM  

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