“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” Obama said during a town-hall style event here Tuesday night.
While it is true that this an old saying (I heard my grandmother use it), there is some question of Obama's judgment in using this so soon after Palin's use of the word lipstick in one of her speeches. I am pretty sure his use of this phrase was not intended to be construed in this manner, AC from Fore Left thinks it was.
But, let's look at this from a more prudent perspective. Regardless of how he meant it, Obama had to know this would cause outrage and give the media something to talk about, other than what he wants to talk about. But he still chose to use it anyway. For someone that picks and chooses his words so carefully during tough interviews, he sure blew this one. My guess is, there will be a distinct pattern of this kind of thing developing soon, the lower he goes in the polls. He's used to the media not calling these kinds of things into question, but now it appears they are.
Even so, it calls back into remembrance every time Obama's campaign has characterized a comment they didn't like, as racist. Who can forget the outrage against Bill Clinton, the so-called first "black" president, for his comments made during the primary campaign? They were no more racist racist than the words of the nursery rhyme, "Mary Had A Little Lamb".
Still, they were treated by the Obama camp and the media like they were, and they were effectively used against Hillary, as a result. But I didn't hear Obama say "enough" back then, certainly not while he was riding a high wave. He didn't call out the dirty rotten race card players, when it was to his advantage. Did he?
And even today, he's not doing it.
As recently as this week, the New York Governor has attempted to play the race card against McCain's campaign.
"There are overtones of potential racial coding in the campaign," Paterson told Crain's Business Forum, when asked whether racism would hurt Obama's chances to become President. "
"The Republican Party is too smart to call Barack Obama 'black,'" said Paterson, the state's first black governor.
"But you can take something about his life, which I noticed they did at the Republican convention. A 'community organizer.' They kept saying it, they kept laughing, like what does this mean?"
If you ask me, this is one of the stupidest accusations anyone could make. I am outraged that he would think the masses are that stupid, even though some of them clearly are.
So the "outrage on the outrage" has become just one more tired tactic used by Obama and the Democrats to divide people. Where is Obama's outrage on this idiotic statement? Missing, as usual.
Watch closely folks, for I have said this little phrase several times in my blog career: The pendulum swings back harder and harder, every cycle. In the world of politics, this can only translate one way: If you are prepared to use divisive tactics, you must be prepared when they are used against you. It's only fair.