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Iggy piggy

Posted by Ron Coleman on September 10, 2008

The “lipstick on a pig” thing?  Let’s get it straight, here:

Obama uttered the phrase in the midst of ridiculing the Republican nominee’s commitment to change. “John McCain says he’s about change, too,” Obama said in an appearance here, leading into a string of ways he contends McCain represents more of the same — on economic policy, taxes, education, foreign policy, campaign tactics.

“That’s not change. That’s just calling something that’s the same thing something different. You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig,” Obama went on, and the crowd erupted in cheers. “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper and call it change. It’s still going to stink, after eight years. We’ve had enough of the same old thing.”

I completely don’t get it.  I don’t see how any reasonable person can identify this comment as having been directed at a person, in the sense of describing that person as a pig.

Stop it.  Barack Obama has enough serious questions to answer.  This shouldn’t be one of them.

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4 Responses to “Iggy piggy”

  1. Mrs. LOS said

    Here’s how: During her acceptance speech Sara Palin said “I was just your average hockey mom …” She also said “I love those hockey moms. You know they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull: lipstick.” Those lines are still fresh in everyone’s minds. Fresh enough to think Sarah Palin = hockey mom = wearer of lipstick = pig (via Obama).

  2. LotharBot said

    I guarantee Obama remembered the pit bull line. I suspect, when he picked out the lipstick on a pig idiom, he knew the two would be connected in people’s minds. It wasn’t a spontaneous line; it was a question he expected and an answer he’d rehearsed. I don’t think he meant it to be taken as directly as “Palin = pig”, but I do think he meant it as a cheap shot, perhaps hoping people would make that connection subconsciously.

    Every veteran of internet debates has seen the tactic used time and time again… allude to someone using something memorable they said, make a mean comment, claim you didn’t mean it as an insult, and rant about how they’re dodging the issues by calling you on it. I think McCain was right to point it out, but I don’t see any sense in focusing on it beyond a mere mention that it was low. There are plenty of other avenues on which to criticize Obama.

  3. Well, Dean Esmay agrees with me, see!

  4. Ara Rubyan said

    Obama himself had the best comeback to this silly crap. “Actually, if you want to get technical,” he told Dave Letterman, “in my analogy, Sarah Palin is the lipstick.”

    The End.

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