Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Obama & Lipstick On A Governor II (Updated)

I blogged below on Obama's incredible gaffe of making an analogy that compared Gov. Sarah Palin with a pig. Obama, operating under the theory that a deity can do no wrong, has refused to defuse this situation with an apology. Call it doubling down on hubris and stupidity. The McCain Camp has already released an ad on this one. It is simple but very effective.

As highlighted in Tammy Bruce's essay below, female Hillary supporters in particular are already livid over perceived misogynistic attacks on Hillary by Obama and the media. At the Democratic convention, Bill and Hill went a long way to suturing the gaping wound this had caused. But before the healing could occur, Obama just tore out the sutures and rubbed in some salt. I wonder just how significant the ramifications of this will be? Much more on this at Memorandum, Big Lizards and Hot Air.

Update: The video has been pulled by Youtube at request of CBS. According to Ben Smith: "“One of the great lessons of that campaign is the continued and accepted role of sexism in American life," Couric is quoted in the ad. In the original clip, she was talking about Hillary Clinton; the ad applies her words to Sarah Palin." Okay, I have to go with CBS on this one. The McCain camp should have put in enough of the Couric portion to show that she was talking about Hillary. It would have made no difference to the meaning of the ad, and it would have kept out any charge of being misleading. A minor misstep by McCain.

The Obama camp is pointing out that others, including McCain, have use the "lipstick on a pig" expression before as proof that Obama did not misuse the phrase. Sorry, but context is everything when one is trying to determine meaning. And given Palin's well known joke about the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull, and given Obama's follow on reference to the stench of "old fish" clearly aimed at McCain, there is no question that by far the most reasonable interpretation is that Obama made a low class slur. Certainly his audience immediately understood it that way. Were I Obama and had I meant otherwise, I would simply apologize to anyone who interpreted it otherwise. That is not what he is doing. Indeed, he is whining about being attacked with the "gender" card. Super. That said, McCain has milked this one for all its worth at this point. Time to move on - unless the One wants to do us the favor of keeping it front and center of the news cycle.


WAKE UP said...

From Sarah Palin's "hockey moms/pitbulls" gag to Rudy Giuliian's much-overlooked "Change is not a destination, just as Hope is not a strategy", the singular difference between the campaigns has been the rumbustious humour of the Republicans compared with the buttock-clenching sourness of the Democrats.

Obama was always unelectable, on the grounds of his po-faced up-himself, don't-you-dare-laugh messiah complex alone (btw the only Dems who really knew that were Bill 'n Hillary, who handled it well - when Obama crashes and burns, they won't be able to blame them! heh heh ).

Meantime, we'll be in the White House AND having fun :)

media kingdom said...

this lipstick issue demonstrates yet again that McCain's strategy for winning is based on personal attacks and distracting people from the main issues...