Today, John McCain called Hillary Clinton a pig.
For all intents and purposes.
According to his own words…
Barack Obama, while on the campaign trail this morning, told his audience to beware of McCain’s brand of change, which only came about after the Democratic National Convention hit upon the theme so well. Obama said, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still going to stink after eight years.”
After word got out, the McCain campaign became “incensed” and demanded Obama immediately apologize for calling Sarah Palin a pig.
Say what? When did Obama call Palin a pig? Where in Obama’s statement did he even reference Palin? He was talking about McCain’s sudden fondness with the campaign theme of change. The fact that McCain’s people are so ticked off is due to their realization that their one shiny, custom-made, applause-getting line from Palin’s specially-designed speech during the convention just got turned on them. And they don’t like it one bit. They wanted to be able to own “lipstick” somehow.
But let’s take McCain’s campaign at their word; let’s say using the phrase “you can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig” does indeed magically transfer to the person being criticized (and in this case, Obama wasn’t even criticizing Palin). John McCain and his people need to go back about a year or so and recall what McCain himself said while criticizing Hillary Clinton’s proposals on health care change in America. McCain linked her new health plan back to the one she proffered some sixteen years ago.
At that time, McCain said, and I quote, “I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”
Why, John McCain, I do believe you called Hillary Clinton a big fat pig. Maybe you should apologize immediately.
This outburst and feigned incredulity is just more proof of a campaign that knows it can’t win on discussing issues so it is desperately grasping on to any little thing that might make the news and possibly continue their ugly spin that Democrats are sexists while Republicans [suddenly] love women [and unwed mothers].
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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