McCain Made ‘Lipstick on a Pig’ Reference to Hillary Clinton – And Palin Has Repeatedly Compared Herself to a Dog Wearing Lipstick

Republicans used to decry the victim mindset in American culture — now they are wallowing in it. At their convention last week, they ramped up their claims that they are victims of corporate media bias, and they have bristled at anything smacking of “ageism” directed at their nominee, John McCain, who is 72.
Palin has repeatedly compared herself and other “hockey moms” to vicious female dogs in lipstick.
One of the reasons they put Sarah Palin — a former beauty queen runner-up, whose only experience on the national level is 21 months as governor of the 47th largest state — on their ticket this year was so that they could play the female-candidate-as-victim card.

Now it appears they have played it too soon — pouncing too quickly on a statement made by Barack Obama in Virginia yesterday in which he used the phrase “lipstick on a pig“:

“That’s not change,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said of what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is offering.

“You know, you can put lipstick on a pig,” Obama said, “but it’s still a pig.”

The crowd rose and applauded, some of them no doubt thinking he may have been alluding to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s ad lib during her vice presidential nomination acceptance speech last week, “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

“You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called ‘change,'” Obama continued, “it’s still gonna stink after eight years.

“We’ve had enough of the same old thing! It’s time to bring about real change to Washington. And that’s the choice you’ve got in this election.”

Obama added that “it is not going to be easy … John McCain has a compelling biography, you know Sarah Palin is an interesting story.”

The crowd booed.

“No, she’s new!” Obama said. “She hasn’t been on the scene, you know, she’s got five kids and my hat goes off to anybody who’s looking after five. I’ve got two and they tire Michelle and me out!”

Of course, Obama was referring the ridiculous claim by McCain-Palin that they would bring “change” to Washington — McCain has been a Washington insider for three decades, and Palin’s meager record indicates that she would be McCain’s helpmate in continuing the same Cheney-Bush policies that have driven the country into the ditch.

Palin has repeatedly compared herself and other “hockey moms” to dogs in lipstick, and, as long as we’re making inferences, we can assume she means female dogs, which are described in kennels by a word that, as Barbara Bush once said of the first female vice presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferraro, “rhymes with witch.”

But if that’s how Republicans want to spin it, here is McCain using the phrase “lipstick on a pig” in a similar context about Hillary Clinton, in Iowa, in October:

McCain criticized Democratic contenders for offering what he called costly universal health care proposals that require too much government regulation. While he said he had not studied Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s health-care plan, he said it was “eerily reminiscent” of the failed plan she offered as first lady in the early 1990s.

“I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” he said…

This is yet more proof that there is no bottom to the depth of Republican hypocrisy — or, apparently, to the McCain campaign’s incompetence.


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  • September 10, 2008 - 10:43 am | Permalink

    You see, for the republicans, everything goes, they can call people names, but god forbid a democrat does the same thing.

    Can you imagine if Hilary had 5 kids and her daughter was pregnant at the age of 16.5? Or if she had attended a crazy church like the one Palin is proudly member of?

  • Bamboo Harvester
    September 10, 2008 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    palin = Piglan ~ Queen of Alaskan Pork & Hypocrisy

  • Phoenix Rising
    September 10, 2008 - 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Why did they take offense to the pig comment and not the old fish? LOL

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