Lipstick Jungle

You know that John McCain’s campaign might be succeeding in their attempts to keep the campaign away from the issues when they manage to make lipstick the top story of the day. It started, according to Marc Ambinder, when McCain’s Orwellian named “truth squad” called the press with their first lie. They complained about this incident at an Obama rally:

Obama poked fun of McCain and Palin’s new “change” mantra.
“You can put lipstick on a pig,” he said as the crowd cheered. “It’s still a pig.”
“You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still gonna stink.”
“We’ve had enough of the same old thing.”

The McCain Lie Squad claimed that Obama was calling Sarah Palin a pig since Palin had read a joke about lipstick in her acceptance speech. (As you will recall, Sarah Palin only reads prepared statements. Apparently, while she is not a pig, she is too uninformed on the issues to speak without prepared text.)

The McCain Lie Squad had hoped to fool the media into believing that Sarah Palin now holds the copyright on the word lipstick and any reference to it must only apply to her, meaning that Obama was also calling her a pig. It didn’t work. It turns out that Obama has frequently used this expression, such as here in 2007:

‘I think that both General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker are capable people who have been given an impossible assignment,’ Sen. Barack Obama said yesterday in a telephone interview. ‘George Bush has given a mission to General Petraeus, and he has done his best to try to figure out how to put lipstick on a pig.

McCain has said this too:

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 plan, he said it was “eerily reminiscent” of the failed plan she offered as first lady in the 1990s.

“I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” he said of her proposal.

Meghan McCain stated on Fox News that she has also heard her father use the phrase.

MarK Halperin, who all too frequently repeats Republican talking points fed to him by Matt Drudge, has had enough of this. On Anderson Cooper he said:

MARK HALPERIN, “TIME” MAGAZINE: Stop the madness. I think, with all due respect to the program’s focus on, listen to David just said. I think this is the press just absolutely playing into the McCain campaign’s crocodile tears.

COOPER: Crocodile tears

HALPERIN: Yes.

COOPER: They knew exactly what it is.

HALPERIN: They knew exactly what he was saying. It’s an expression. And this is a victory for the McCain campaign in the sense that every day they can make this a pig fight in the mud. It’s good for them because it’s reducing Barack Obama’s message even more. But I think this is a low point in the day and one of the low days of our collective coverage of this campaign. To spend even a minute on this expression, I think, is amazing and outrageous.

Obama has had enough of these lies and swift boat politics:

“Enough!” Mr. Obama said, interrupting a speech on education to address the latest controversy in the heated presidential campaign. “I don’t care what they say about me, but I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swift boat politics. Enough is enough.”

Obama has taped an appearance on Letterman and has again responded to this matter:

OBAMA: The answer would be no. But I think it might be fun to try …. This is sorta silly season in politics. Not that there’s a non silly season but it gets sillier . It’s a common expression in at least illinois. I don’t know about in New York City. I don’t know what you put lipstick on here. (Silly cringe from Letterman. Laughter from audience) In Illinois, The expression connotes the idea that if you have a bad idea — in this case I was talking about McCain’s economic plans — calling them ‘change,’ calling them something different doesn’t make them better. Hence lipstick on a pig is still a pig.

LETTERMAN: Let me ask you a question here, have you ever actually put lipstick on pig?

He then added that Palin represented the lipstick in the picture, with McCain’s policies as the pig.

Letterman asked what Obama and the campaign thought of Palin when she was picked: “We didn’t know much about her. Honestly, she’s a skilled politician.”

“There’s no doubt that she has been a phenomenon,” Obama continued. “I mean, as somebody who used to be on the cover of Time and Newsweek — those were the days, I had a recent offer with Popular Mechanics, centerfold with a wrench,” he said to laughter. “Look, she’s on wild ride and there’s no doubt that she has energized the base. “

Update: Transcript of Barack Obama’s appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman

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    media kingdom says:

    McCain has proven time and again that his strategy for winning depends on personal attacks and distracting people from the main issues… i just hope people aren’t as gullible as he seems to think they are

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    michaelnash says:

        THE AMERICAN ELECTORAL SYSTEM IS THE RESULT OF A LONG EVOLUTION. IT IS A VETTING PROCESS BY WHICH, WE, AS VOTERS ARE ABLE TO DISCERN BASIC CHARACTERISTICS ABOUT THE PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES.
        IN MY OPINION, BOTH CANDIDATES ARE EMINENTLY QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. VERY FEW INHERANT DIFFERENCES, HOWEVER, HAVE COME TO LIGHT THUS FAR IN THE PROCESS.
                         UNTIL LIPSTICKGATE.
        ANY MISTAKE, ANY AT ALL; ANY LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT, HOWEVER TEMPORARY, IS THERE FOR EVERYONE TO CONSIDER.
         BARACK OBAMA HAS BEEN USING THE ‘LIPSTICK-ON-A-PIG’ ANALOGY THROUGHOUT HIS CAMPAIGN, YET, FAILED TO RECOGNIZE A NEW POLITICAL SITUATION.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    There was no new political situation. This is just another typical Republican smear tactic and attempt to distract from the actual issues.  The Republicans would like you to think that since Palin tells a lipstick joke any reference to lipstick must be to her, which is nonsense.

    There are major differences between the two candidates. The lipstick nonsense from McCain is a poor way to choose between the two.

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