Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Barack Obama’s Lipstick on a Pig Comment Displays Poor Judgement

Senator Barack Obama used an old expression to attack the McCain-Palin campaign platform. His chosen expression was "You know, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig." This expression could have been simple insult to McCain’s policies, but it could have also been a crude but clever way to take a swipe at Governor Sarah Palin.

One of Palin’s most notable lines from her GOP convention speech was about lipstick being the only difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull. If Obama was trying to mock Palin by using the "lipstick on a pig" analogy, it was sly but so obvious that most politically aware people will pick up on the insult instantly.

Regardless of Obama’s intent, using this line was foolish. Women do not like being compared to pigs. They are especially displeased when men compare women to pigs. If Obama used the "lipstick on a pig" line to insult Palin, he is an obnoxious jerk. If he used the line without realizing people might think he was referring to Palin, he is a shallow moron. Either way, Obama’s loose lips and apparent fixation on farm animals in makeup has shown that he does not have the judgement to be President.



Anonymous said...

From a Chicago Tribune story of last October:

“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 health-care plan, he said it was ‘eerily reminiscent’ of the failed plan she offered as first lady in the early 1990s.

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

Editor said...

There is a very significant difference between the two instances. Hillary Clinton had not made a highly publicized joke about lipstick the week before John McCain made his comment. Since Hillary Clinton did not have a fresh lipstick remark out in circulation, McCain’s comment could not be connected to her. McCain was just using a common expression.

Governor Palin essentially referred to herself as a pitbull with lipstick last week. When Senator Obama used the “lipstick on a pig” line, he showed very poor judgement. Anyone with a slightly clever mind can see the obvious connection.