That the McCain-Palin camp so quickly associated Barack Obama’s likening of McCain’s policies to putting “lipstick on a pig” (hint: it’s still a pig) strikes me as desperately cynical and small-minded. In the same speech in which he used this well known metaphor Obama also said of McCain’s policies “You can wrap up an old fish in a piece of paper and call it change. It’s still going to stink after eight years. We’ve had enough.” Anyone claiming this was an insult to fish? I think not.
Indeed, we have had enough. Aren’t there enough real issues to talk about for the McCain-Palin campaign to try to concoct this kind of ersatz controversy? I first heard the “lipstick on a pig” metaphor used in a TV ad for a stock brokerage several years ago. It’s apparently been in wide circulation at least that long. That the McCain-Palin campaign immediately latched onto it as a supposed insult aimed at Palin, I would ask whether they don’t have better things to do, or are their candidates so bereft of any real ideas to pull us out of this nosedive that they have to resort to this.
Pathetic. Grow up.