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Opening Arguments

That pig won't fly

Everybody else in the free world is weighing in on the "lipstick on a pig" flap, so I might as well wade in, too.

1. Of course he meant it as a sly dig at Sarah Palin, as the reaction to it makes clear:

The crowd apparently took the "lipstick" line as a reference to Palin, who described the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull in a single word: "lipstick."

2. But, jeez, get over it. A politician made a crack about another politician. Huffily demanding an apology instead of just laughing the whole thing off makes the McCain camp look like a bunch of wimpy -- hate to say it -- Democrats.

By the way, has anybody actually thought about the saying. Why you would want to put lipstick on a pig, unless . . .? Where I come from, if you saw somebody doing that, you'd think he was doing more than playing wi


Wed, 09/10/2008 - 10:52am

I think Obama just hates pigs because he's a Muslim.

tim zank
Wed, 09/10/2008 - 11:43am

Doug, you sure are in a "cheeky" mood today!

Wed, 09/10/2008 - 12:50pm

I think the McCain camp's defensive because Palin's a pig.

Wed, 09/10/2008 - 7:13pm

My, my, my, our liberal Dems are touchy tonight. According to Ben Smith at Politico, despite making another denial about the intent of his "lipstick" expression in a "softball" interview airing on tonight's David Letterman Show, the One had this to say:

"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.'

Indeed ...and the polling data, especially with women voters indicates the "base" may include some discontented PUMA women. He had best find another target because he is no longer talking just to his followers.

Wed, 09/10/2008 - 7:32pm

Leo ...

I hope that your inference about lipstick and livestock doesn't imply "heavy petting."

Pete C
Thu, 09/11/2008 - 4:49am

"Nightline" TV program showed a clip of McCain using the expression in reference to Hillary Clinton's health care proposals. The online report notes that he was not accused of sexism.