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Suddenly, McCain/Obama battle over lipstick -- Porky's or Palin's

Oh, boy! Or girl! For a presidential race where three of the four major candidates are of the male persuasion, they're spending an awful lot of time talking about lipstick.

Another measure perhaps of how the addition of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to the political mix in the Republican's No. 2 spot has shaken things up on both sides in just 12 days.

Democratic presidential nominee illinois Senator Barack Obama making a speaking point recently--without lipstick

New polls out Monday revealed a 20-point swing in support of white women away from the Barack Obama-Joe Biden Democratic ticket over toward the John McCain-Palin package, attributed largely to the blast of fresh air and down-to-earthness brought by the surprise presence of the 44-year-old reform governor and mother of five.

Today, Obama walked into some Republican machine-gun fire when he appeared to echo Palin's lipstick line from her widely viewed and quoted convention speech last week.

The self-described hockey mom ad libbed a joke in response to audience cheers from Alaska women: "You know what the difference is between a hockey mom and a pit bull?" she asked, pausing perfectly. "Lipstick!"

It was one of the best-received lines of the night and widely quoted and replayed for days afterward.

Today, campaigning in Lebanon, Va., and complaining about the GOP ticket portraying itself as agents of change, Obama (see video below) said ...

... "You can put lipstick on a pig. But it's still a pig."

Web browsers could almost hear a gasp of disbelief online.

Could Obama be so stupid as to imply that his newest opponent is like a barnyard animal, this candidate they've tried to portray as an inexperienced lightweight from a rural area who seems to increasingly preoccupy Obama's monologues instead of the GOP's top candidate?

Is that smart for the No. 1 on the Democratic ticket to be so distracted by the No. 2 on the GOP side? And where is Biden in this debate?

To be sure, other candidates including McCain himself have used that pig line or similar pig references about their opponent's programs, implying you can't hide what a hog is merely by applying some makeup.

But, to be honest, pig among men is another word for an ugly woman. And none of those past references came so close on the heels of such a widely read, widely viewed and widely heard lipstick line as Palin's and with the two party's national tickets set, one of them with the first female in its party's history.

Coming in a context where everything in public dialogue is perceived as political and the lawyerly Obama always appears to measure his words so carefully, it hardly seemed an accident.

Although it might plausibly be brushed off as a willful misinterpretation by opponents, as the Obama camp attempted to do during the primary season when its candidate appeared to Lipstick like the stuff Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said you can't put on a pig and fool someone withuse his middle finger to scratch his cheek while mentioning another female opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton.

The GOP immediately activated its so-called truth squad Tuesday, a rapid-response unit similar to one Obama uses to counter perceived smears on him.

"Barack Obama's comments today are offensive and disgraceful," said Maria Comella, a McCain-Palin spokeswoman. "He owes Gov. Palin an apology."

On a campaign conference call recorded by The Times' Maeve Reston, former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift, who also served while raising small children, said: "“It’s both a gendered comment and there’s only one woman in the race … and it’s directly analogous to the comment she had made."

Swift added: "“You would think that having gone through a hard-fought primary with Sen. Clinton that the Obama team would have figured out how to respectfully engage in a debate that represents the things they want to do, which is the politics of hope. This is just the same old low road, flinging accusations.”

Those traveling with the Obama campaign in recent days, like The Times' Peter Nicholas, have noted a new, more emotional tone creeping into his comments. His public persona is often described as cool. But since last week, hitting the battleground states of Ohio, Michigan and Virginia as poll numbers dipped, Obama has seemed increasingly combative.

On Monday in Michigan, Obama became exercised when talking about the need to give even suspected terrorists legal rights.

“We may think this is Mohammed the terrorist,’’ he said at a campaign rally, but “it might be Mohammed the cab driver. You might think it’s Barack the bomb-thrower. But it might be Barack the guy running for president.’’

Continuing, he got more heated, his voice booming. Referring to the Constitution, he said: “Don’t mock the Constitution! Don’t make fun of it! Don’t suggest that it’s un-American to abide by what the founding fathers set up! It’s worked pretty well for 200 years!’’

He finished with a sigh: “These people."

If you're one of "these people" or not, what do you think?

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Of course Obama. was referring to Palin. He likes being the front runner After three days in second place he is choking and can't hold the mask in place.A thoroughly repulsive man who isn't close to being ready for prime time.

If the republican ticket wants to start campaigning with lies
(the bridge to nowhere lie and the obama sex education lie), maybe its time for the democratic ticket to do the same:
"McCain is a war traitor"..."(he helped the Vietnamese by sharing his knowledge of US flight patterns)" lets roll out a few kooks to say this... are the swift boat guys free this october?

A question to liberals:

What if Sen McCain has said "Let's call a spade a spade...."?

Would you be so forgiving?

I didn't think so.

How does PETA feel about Palin killing all of these innocent wolves and moose? They would like to live just like all of the other animals would like to live. Do they hunt them to eat them?

Palin should come back with "the pot calling the kettle black" and see how well that is received by all of the sudden believers that words are only words

I am not as educated as Borama, he simply means that he is a pig.

"Oh, good Lord. "Putting lipstick on a pig" is an old saying. What's WRONG with you people??

Posted by: Rachael K. | September 09, 2008 at 08:44 PM"

Sure it's a standard metaphor, but used in context with Sarah Palin's classic statement in her acceptance speech, it was obvious what Obama was leveling a sexist insult. Obama was making a derogatory statement about Plain, and trying to hide behind the traditional meaning. It's called a double entendre. Obama is a lawyer, and knows how to use language as is evidenced by his speeches. His use of this metaphor in this case was no accident, it was an intentional attempt to denigrate Palin.

Why is Obama, the candidate for POTUS, on the all out attack against Palin, the candidate for VP? It's very simple, she represents Real Change in Action, with record to back it up. Obama talks the Change talk, but he's NEVER walked the Change walk. Obama votes the Democrat line 98% of the time. A vote for Obama is vote for Pelosi and Reid, and the DO NOTHING congress.

Sarah Palin has really rattled Obama and exposed him for the fraud that he is.He and his campaign have no idea how to handle her. Amatuer hour writ large

For those hiting on obama, have you forgotten that mcsame used the same phrase on clinton and even on romney, or are you just being hipocritics?

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen little lady.
(and that's directed at McCain). What a wus!

I am offended by the non Kosher nature of this comment.

Can you say "sexist pig?"

It's highly improbable that this was an inadvertant error on Obama's part. If you watch the tape, you see the set up for the line was awkward. It was a line he clearly had in him mind before he began the speech, one that was scripted before he went up and spoke extemporaneously. And not only did it insult Palin, it insulted McCain by referring to him as a smelly "old fish."

It was vicious, intentional and it was ugly. It will cost him even more female voters and quite possibly the election. He's been losing white female voters at an alarming clip in the past ten days and it was almost as if he was striking back at them-- that is ALL white women voters. Call it the rejected suitor syndrome.

“John McCain says he’s about change, too, and so I guess his whole angle is, ‘Watch out George Bush.’ Except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics. That’s not change. That’s just calling something the same thing, something different. But you know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You know, you can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, it’s still going to stink after eight years.”

The only constituency who could possibly be offended by this statement are fish. The accusation that Obama called Palin a pig is–are you sitting down?–a lie. It’s a lie. They think you’ll believe it because they think you’re fools. Fools who can’t read a newspaper or decipher the meaning of a commonplace colloquialism. That’s their opinion of you. (But Obama’s the elitist.)

Wake up. You don’t have to act like idiots just because McCain tells you to.

You have got to be kidding me, Andrew. You're trying to legitimize this petty whining? McCain spoke of wrestling a pig in reference to Romney in the primaries, and used the same line in reference to Hillary Clinton. Now it's inappropriate? You have got to be kidding me. I find your perspective appalling if it's sincere, and cynical if it's not sincere.

Yes, Palin Did Stop That Bridge"
Sen. Jim DeMint
The Wall Street Journal
September 10, 2008

"But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up." -- Barack Obama, Sept. 6, 2008

In politics, words are cheap. What really counts are actions. Democrats and Republicans have talked about fiscal responsibility for years. In reality, both parties have a shameful record of wasting hundreds of billions of tax dollars on pork-barrel projects.

My Senate colleague Barack Obama is now attacking Gov. Sarah Palin over earmarks. Having worked with both John McCain and Mr. Obama on earmarks, and as a recovering earmarker myself, I can tell you that Mrs. Palin's leadership and record of reform stands well above that of Mr. Obama.

Let's compare.

Mrs. Palin used her veto pen to slash more local projects than any other governor in the state's history. She cut nearly 10% of Alaska's budget this year, saving state residents $268 million. This included vetoing a $30,000 van for Campfire USA and $200,000 for a tennis court irrigation system. She succinctly justified these cuts by saying they were "not a state responsibility."

Meanwhile in Washington, Mr. Obama voted for numerous wasteful earmarks last year, including: $12 million for bicycle paths, $450,000 for the International Peace Museum, $500,000 for a baseball stadium and $392,000 for a visitor's center in Louisiana.

Mrs. Palin cut Alaska's federal earmark requests in half last year, one of the strongest moves against earmarks by any governor. It took real leadership to buck Alaska's decades-long earmark addiction.

Mr. Obama delivered over $100 million in earmarks to Illinois last year and has requested nearly a billion dollars in pet projects since 2005. His running mate, Joe Biden, is still indulging in earmarks, securing over $90 million worth this year.

Mrs. Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation's budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credits her with killing the bridge.

When the Senate had its chance to stop the Bridge to Nowhere and transfer the money to Katrina rebuilding, Messrs. Obama and Biden voted for the $223 million earmark, siding with the old boys' club in the Senate. And to date, they still have not publicly renounced their support for the infamous earmark.

Mrs. Palin has proven courageous by taking on big spenders in her own party. In March of this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported that, "Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is aggravated about what he sees as Gov. Sarah Palin's antagonism toward the earmarks he uses to steer federal money to the state."

Mr. Obama had a chance to take on his party when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a sham ethics bill, which was widely criticized by watchdog groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste for shielding earmarks from pubic scrutiny. But instead of standing with taxpayers, Mr. Obama voted for the bill. Today, he claims he helped write the bill that failed to clean up Washington.

Mr. Obama has shown little restraint on earmarks until this year, when he decided to co-sponsor an earmark moratorium authored by Mr. McCain and myself. Mr. Obama is vulnerable on this issue, and he knows it. That is why he is lashing out at Mrs. Palin and trying to hide his own record.

Mrs. Palin is one of the strongest antiearmark governors in America. If more governors around the country would do what she has done, we would be much closer to fixing our nation's fiscal problems than we are. Mrs. Palin's record here is solid and inspiring. She will help Mr. McCain shut down the congressional favor factory, and she has a record to prove it. Actions mean something. You can't just make stuff up.

I wish people would show the entire discussion for full context. After Senator Obama called Governor Palin a 'pig', he went on to describe Senator McCain as an 'old fish':
“You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, it’s still gonna stink after eight years.”

He was obviously referencing both members of the GOP ticket, first Palin, then McCain.


As in the Warren Zevon tune, Palin is little more than a hockey goon, taking a swing at someone because you're team is old and tired, and the crowd wants to see a little blood.

Maybe she should stop whining and telling people what to say (or what to read in her hometown library, or who to fire) and put on a little thicker skin...this is presidential politics for God's sake!

Americans with half a lick of common sense know a pig in a poke when we see it....

What a CROCK! McCain is running a terribly dishonorable campaign, and, when called out on it, he hides behind (and cheapens) his POW heroics. There's no honor in that. Clearly they are taking Obama's comments way out of context -- even Huckabee thinks so -- in an effort to score cheap political points. Similar to this b.s. kindergarten ad. McCain, who I once admired and respected (and seriously considered voting for early on) has sold his soul in the name of ambition.

I would hate to believe that anyone, including Obama, would intentionally use the "pig" metaphor as a slam to Palin. However, the crowd behind him (which he so carefully chose for the cameras) obviously thought as much. If Obama accidentally gets elected and cannot rope-in his brain and contain his loose lips, he is in dire trouble and so is the United States. I do believe Obama is strong in his convictions; just not yet prepared to lead a great country or stick with his original thoughts and convictions. Therefore, being quit frustrated, he is not presenting himself well. Not a good quality if you want to mesh world leaders and improve the United States' standing with those world leaders.

The Republicans are despirate when they they have to invent an insult. anything to get people not to think about the current state of the economy and which party's policies got us there. Aren't there more important issues to discuss? I guess not if you have a candidate who is espousing more of the same

McCain is making a mountain out of a molehill. McCain will say anything to distract the voters from the real issues. And that's the truth. McCain ISN'T talking about our dead soldiers over in Iraq - and over 4,100 US soldiers have died because of the Republicans' war. McCain ISN'T talking about our failing economy. McCain ISN'T talking about how he voted like Bush 90% of the time. Instead, McCain is making distractions to cover up his unpopular party. I believe the voters are smarter than he assumes. Let's help Senator Obama win this election. Obama has called out Bush and McCain on their ridiculous issues - so let's help the right person - Obama. Visit his website - - to help with the election. You can sign up to volunteer or make a donation. Everyone can do something. You can donate as much, or as little time/money as you want. We can't afford another 4 years of Bush's failed policies. McCain promises to keep up Bush's failed policies and that's not good for America.

I do not believe that Obama owes Palin and sort of apology or explination. She was just as vicious as he was and every one is taking out of context what he was trying to prove. I am not biased what so ever because I didn't want Obama or McCain to be president I was voting for Hilary. So my opinion is a good one.

why is obamababy wasting words on the vp candidate? Sure sign of panic. Could he be jealous?

Once again Matt Drudge is driving the news cycle with this concocted fiction. Obama's lipstick on a pig remark was clearly directed at McCain and the same phrase was used by McCain against Obama just a short time ago.

Boy, oh boy. I am one woman whom is changing her vote.
Its time for B.O. to go out to the shed.
Just wait till your father gets home...

I think that the only way to know what Obama wanted to say is to ask him about it.

Are we STILL not missing the fact that Mc Cain is 72 years old? Has anyone ever met a 72 year old person? Do you REALLY want a person like that running the country? The only reason Mc Cain chose Palin is because she is the only person who agreed to wheel him around in his wheelchair. C'mon people. This country needs someone like Obama to get this country back to the way it should be from Bush's screwing it up!!!!!!!

I think the press is missing the bigger point about the "Pig". It is a deeper shot at Hillary and her supporters. "Pig" is typical male thinking and Obama is turning out to be....a typical male with a misogynist agenda.

The lipstick on a pig comment in context was about McCain. And how about that approved perverted McCain ad saying Barack supports "sex education for kindegartners." This just shows me that Barack is a much more tactful and skilled fighter. The rebublican rhetoric is more of the same. Look where it has gotten us over the past eight years.

You know, they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull: lipstick.
Republican V. P. Candidate Gov. Sarah Palin

know the difference between a pork barrel Gov and putting pork on your table?
coincidentally also lipstick.


Holy guacamole 'Barryman' its Sarah Palin!
Quick 'Bobbin' back to the belfry for more lipstick!

How very sad that it's come to this. Please - substantive dialogue???

Palin's the lipstick - McCain is the pig.

It's a METAPHOR, Malcolm. It means you can dress something up, but underneath it still "is what it is". To take offense at that is really scraping, but then again it is part of their strategy to pit "the Big Bad Media" against poor lil' old Pallid.

This column is offensive. This was Obama's full quote:

"John McCain says he's about change too, and so I guess his whole angle is, 'Watch out George Bush -- except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics -- we're really going to shake things up in Washington.' That's not change. That's just calling something the same thing something different. You know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. You know you can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, it's still going to stink after eight years. We've had enough of the same old thing. "

He wasn't talking about Palin at all. For the article to quote him without context, poison the well by leading in with the Palin/pit bull comment before introducing the Obama comment, and then imply that Obama was talking about the whole ticket and not specifically McCain is despicable.

What Obama needs to do is call McCain out. Pull the surrogates off of the viscous cable news cycle and ask John McCain to state flat out whether he thinks he (Obama) is sexist. He needs to ask on a national scene, maybe a press conference why McCain is focusing on wedge issues and cutting off access to the press.

Or maybe he should bring back McCain's "Hot chicks dig Obama" ad which truly was a sexist ad. Ask why John McCain thinks women are so stupid they vote not with their pocket books in these tough economic times but based on looks. American women are smarter than that. This would be a strong counter punch.

Words and phrases have their meanings interpreted by a thing called "context".

And the context of O.'s comments are undeniable; they come right on the heels of Palin's lipstick comment in her now famous speech.

Mcain's and other's references to the old proverb were made in a different context...that doesn't excuse them, necessarily, but at least let's have some clear thinking instead of the politicized reactions I've been reading.

Have just listened to Obama TRY to get himself out of hot water and lipstick. Now if you think Obama did not KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS SAYING, you only have to listen to his speech on the subject. Yes, SPEECH. NO APPOLOGY. NO, we who are insulted are no doubt (sigh, THESE people)and we should get "SERIOUS" LET ME TELL YOU SENATOR OBAMA, SEXISM IS SERIOUS. I would think that might now have got through to you as women abandon Obama foir McCain. JUST BECAUSE THE GUYS DON'T GET IT DOESN''T MEAN THAT WOMEN DON'T GET IT. AND, check this out. WE ARE NOT GOING TO PUT UP WITH IT ANY MORE.
The Senator was angry, petulant and genuinly pissed off that he above all HE should be accused of a blatently sexist remark. FACE IIT, HE SAID IT BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE WAS BEING CUTE AND COULD GET AWAY WITH IT. WHY? BECAUSE HE THINKS HE IS SOMEBODY SPECIAL AND HE HAS AN EGO THE SIZE OF CHCAGO.
SO. what can we take away from Obamas little tantrum this morning? WE are being silly to ever question his remarks. WE are to get on board with what HE thinks is serious. WE are wrong wrong wrong because HE would never be sexist.
Now all that might be believable by those without brains BUT, given his wanton avoidance of comment on the virulent sexism directed to Hillary (it was working for him then) and given the fact that he dumped the best VP he could have EVER had in favor of a nobody with white teeth and nothing else, HE now FEELS atttacked by "THESE PEOPLE" AND NOW (HORROR OF HORRORS) T"HESE PEOPLE" won't believe the golden boy that he didn't really mean to call Sarah Palin a PIG. Well get over yourself Senator, because WE or "THESE PEOPLE" are far from over your sexism towards Hillary let alone your sexism directed to Governot Sarah Palin. SHOEW HER AND US SOME DAMNED RESPECT. DO NOT TELL US THAT WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO CONSIDER IT TO BE SERIOUS. YOU WILL NOT DEFINE WHAT IS SERIOUS TO US. NOT ANY MORE. Although I have to add that in most cases, you have gone too far and it won't help. WE ARE NOT THE DIVERSION. YOUR SEXISM IS.

Going to get reallly dirty now, just take the "L" out of palin. Poor, Poor thing, she is going to be a martyr. Gag me with a lipstick. When will the republicans have the capacity to receive all the dirt they muster, they are above it all, gets me sick to my stomach. People beware!

I am so sick of the MSM. Our counrty is in one of the worst positions it has ever been in. George Bush and Dick Cheney have managed to give us $4 gas, home foreclosures up the wazoo, and have sent over 4000 men and women to their deaths in Iraq when we should have been hunting down Al Qaeda and Bin Laden.
Now is the time to get the conversation on OUR COUNTRY and ITS FUTURE.

DEBATE THE ISSUES. Forget the culture war. Are we going to be a polorized country now??? It is the DUTY of very news organization to give unbiased reporting. I realize that ratings are your do all/be all, but maybe just maybe you could turn the conversation to the ISSUES. Ignore the rest. For the sake of your country, for the sake of your children.
Do your job like you are Edward R Murrow and tell the corporate bosses that own you to go to hell.
Otherwise all the flag pins in the world will not make you patriotic. Find your integrity and exercise it.

If a republican said "Let's call a spade a spade" what would you be saying? The democrats have ruled the senate and the house now for two years. Both years they, "THEY", put in enormous budgets with pork and continue to fund the war(a war that we should be fighting and will win). So what are you democrat party folk talking about change for? The only thing a democrat considers reaching across the isle is a republican voting with them, other than that a democrat marches lock step with the socialist party.

Other than low-blow politics, Obama's remark is stupid.

He has branded himself stupid. He has attack dogs to do this kind of stupid stuff. Where is Biden?

What are the doubts about him? That inexperience will rule the day! Wouldn't you think Obama would know better than to create a firestorm that takes the focus off message rather than gives him an opportunity to stay on point?

HERE IS THE EXAMPLE! IN bright red the lipstick the he, Obama-man, smears on himself.

What would be the fallout if he insulted a foreign leader, dignitary or president in such a manner?

Mr. Obama has shown early on that he IS NOT ready and this lipstick sticks to him as a brand of inexperience.

If the shade fits - wear it ~ baby!

The Death of a President:

Just imagine for a second that you're a doctor in the hospital. On the table before you lies John McCain. You've seen him lie before but this time its in the Emergency Room.

He's just suffered a stroke and sits motionless as President of the United States having been recently elected.

His heartbeat gets slower and slower and slower, his breathing more shallow and then he flatlines........................................
The 72 year old President is dead.

The very next day the untested, uneducated inexperienced Mayor of Wasilla is sworn in and is now the President of the United States.

On her agenda for the next week are meetings with leaders who will never respect her, in countries she has never heard of, discussing issues she doesn't understand.

Back home the economy is falling apart, millions of jobs have been lost and the environment around us is in need of fixing.

Afghanistan is spinning out of control , Iran is flaunting its new centrifuge and Russia continues its Westward agression.

3 Supreme Court Justice positions are open and she certainly has an agenda for those.

You all can write blogs about lipstick on pigs but try talking about issues that matter.

Would it be too difficult to blog on the Nationalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac the largest companies the world has ever known with more debt than any country in the world? Get on some real issues here.

Now What?
Vote real change, real experience.
Vote Obama/Biden 2008.

I enjoy reading the comments here by the democrat party folk. All vile and vitrial. Personal attacks and lies. Why is it you never see Bush or other republicans making these vicious attacks? We attack Obama on his poor record. We point out his lack of acomplishments and his associations with known terrorists and his shady land deals with criminals, his Chicago Annenburg Challenge fund raising with terrorists and diverting money to communist groups but we don't attack his family. The democrat party attacks persons and can't post facts.

So Palin takes everything as an insult when it wasn't? What kind of commander and chief can get away with that? She talks tough and then imagines someone is making fun of her when it just was a common saying. I swear, this woman is trouble. She is the one who accused Hillary Clinton of whining during the primary. Now she is doing worse. This is all giving women a bad name. Women don't look like leaders they look like fragile egos who can't take the heat.

"“Don’t mock the Constitution! Don’t make fun of it! Don’t suggest that it’s un-American to abide by what the founding fathers set up! It’s worked pretty well for 200 years!’’ Brarrack Obama

When we are at war consideration needs to be taken in the best interest for the safety of the United States. Abraham Lincoln did what he did was to to keep our union together during the civil war. So if & if a guy named Obama was a suspected rebel we have an obligation to investigate & do what needs done to protect the american people.

Personal attacks like BO is conducting on Palin are exactly what conservatives thought they would see. When women voters see how BO and the liberal democrats treat a lady running for VP, they will know exactly what BO and the libs really think about women. No respect, no tolerance, no understanding that women take pride in seeing their sisters get a chance to compete. I believe that women who think independently will detest BO's, Biden's. and the lapdog meida's attacks on Palin just because she is a woman.

Did Obama intend the pig-lipstick remark?

Two things...

It was used at a Biden rally earlier in the day. No question it was pre-meditated.

Obama Inc is off its rails. The community organizer can't stand the idea that someone else is doing to him what HE did to Hillary, who was supposed to be the Anointed One.

Keep up the pig remarks O Great One! Every time you do, Sarah & John's stock rises and they gain more electoral votes!

This is exactly the right tone Obama must make. The McCain/Palin sleezy campaign just makes him that much better equipped to deal with all of the new enemies Bush and his cronies have made during the eight years of their disastrous administration.

A message to McCain,

"I see nothing but the Karl Rovian tactics of the past eight years. Where's the CHANGE McSAME????"

For the love of God, please talk about substance.

The "Lipstick/Pig" thing is the EXACT politics of distraction that Karl Rove LOVES. Just drop it and go after the candidates on issues!

Many of us are about ready to vote out newspapers rather than G.W. Bush (OK, we're ready to vote out both).

We'll come back when there is SUBSTANCE in our media coverage. If you all do your jobs, we would have gotten a decent side-by-side of the two candidates acceptance speeches, and the substance gap would have been plain as lipstick on a pig: McCain is flimsy, Obama is on it.

We are told that McCain was brilliant for picking Palin. That's just a made up narrative. It could just as easily show he panicked when he watched Obama's well-run and articulate DNC.

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