Skip to comments.We need to accept Sen. Obama's explanation of the 'lipstick/pig' insult this morning,,,,,
Posted on 09/10/2008 3:50:32 PM PDT by stockstrader
Some of us (especially me) owe Hussein an apology for attacking him on his lipstick/pigcomment.
As someone who was slamming Hussein for his use of the ugly potitics of personal destruction, Chicago-style, I have now reconsidered my comments of yesterday--after hearing Husseins indignant explanation this morning.
Husseins use of the gutter politics of personal attacks yesterday can be explained two ways:
(1) The first possibility, and the one that many of us reacted to--was that Hussein was stooping to a new, ugly personal attack, lowering himself to an unimaginably low-level--by comparing Gov. Palin to a pig. Initially, I was sure this was the case.
(2) The second explanation, however, is the one that Hussein used this morning. His comments made it clear that there was no malice intended (other than the normal vicious, personal attacks the democrats have been using on Republicans for years)and it was just 'a coincidence' or 'accident' that the joke could apply to Gov. Palin.
Now, I have heard the lipstick on a pig joke, many times in my life too. Its a very old joke, and I think its even been used by John McCain, Dick Cheney and many others. But the use of that joke was well before Gov. Palin made her comments (made only in the last couple weeks) tying her hockey mom status to lipstick.
Given the incredibly unbelievable public press and relentless comments in the MSM focusing on Gov. Palins lipstick commentsit is inconceivable that her lipstick comment could not have been heard by anyone not living in a phone booth (although I bet even someone in a phone booth has heard it). Her lipstick, 'schtick' (no pun intended), therefore, was known by everyone.
GIVEN THE FACT THAT GOV. PALIN IS NOW SO CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE TERM LIPSTICKand given her humorous tying of lipstick to hockey moms and pitbullsand her use of it as a visual prop in her political satirethe term lipstick in now inextricably associated with Gov. Palin.
Although Hussein's indignant denial, just DOES NOT PASS THE 'SNIFF TEST'I am willing to defer to him--and accept his explanation this morning.
In his explanation this morning, Hussein asks us to believe that he was not aware of a possible tie between lipstick and Gov. Palin, and asks us to believe that he is--
AND STUPID BEYOND ANYONES WILDEST DREAMS (to borrow a recent phrase of his, if I may) instead.
I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, and accept that explanation.
Well, o-k then. Based on that understanding.
I now think it is very possible that such a small minded man would consider making such a crude and sophomoric quip.
I believe it was done on purpose. But there is no way to prove so the McCain campaign should drop it,
It has been put out in the arena of ideas for people to judge.
Obama’s sin isn’t meaning. Its symbolism and timing.
Lipstick in the context of his opposition is Sarah Palin, plain and simple. Not recognizing that is to ignore the phenomenon sweeping the country right now, which may explain why his campaign has been off kilter since her introduction.
After Rick Lazio’s being pilloried by the left for sexism for daring to approach Hillary’s podium during the Senatorial debate, Hussein deserves everything he’s getting.
LOL!!! You got me for a while with that one!!!
OK. I accept that he’s not ready for prime time.
I'm in total agreement there. Where McCain should hit them is on the CLEAR plagiarism used for his attacks against McCain/Palin.
If you watch the video, you notice that Obama pauses, just prior to making that statement, and shields his eyes from the audience while he then says it.
That is a ‘tell’.
He knew what he was about to say, and what implication it would have with his audience.
I would bet money that his campaign staff spent days working on the ultimate line that they could have him deliver, using the word ‘lipstick’ and still have plausible deniability.
You are naughty!
It was ok for Obama to totally take out of context, John McCain's “hundred years in Iraq” comments,
but all of a sudden John McCain is a liar, when turnabout is done to Obama.
No whiners in the White House !
I saw that clip as well. He does love to play to his crowd and friends, doesn't he.
It doesn’t matter if he was comparing Palin to a pig. His campaign is falling apart and he allowed us to distract him all day over this issue. It shows an amateurish campaign. LBJ once told a campaign aid to accuse his opponent of being a child molester. His campaign aid told him his opponent was definitely not a child molester and Johnson replied, “I know he isn’t, I just want to hear him deny it.” We’ve had a whole day of Obama denying he called a woman a pig.
He was trying to provoke his audience by comparing Palin to a pig and worse an old fish. He succeeded in it, but completely misjudged how this would spread virally over the political landscape.
The McCain campaign needs to let it go though and let the fire rage at the grassroots.
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