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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dissecting "Lipstickgate"

Today's web buzz seems to be focused squarely on Barack Obama's "lipstick on a pig" jab at McCain. Obviously, a lot of people are taking that as a swipe against Palin, while Obama is insisting that he was misunderstood.

So, who is right? Well, that's a tricky question. I will admit that I not only know the euphemism "lipstick on a pig", but use it on a regular basis. It is entirely possible that Sen. Obama was referencing the McCain campaign in general, but that's certainly not how it is understood by his audience. He wasn't even able to finish his joke before the audience started laughing at the connection with Gov. Palin.

Like it or not, Gov. Palin's "Pitbull in Lipstick" quip at the GOP convention is one of the most memorable lines of this election. It's been scrawled on signs, printed on t-shirts, and satirized by almost every political cartoonist in the country. Hence, you can no longer use the word "lipstick" in a speech without your audience thinking that you are making a Palin joke.

I will be the first to admit that I don't know what Barack Obama was thinking when he made the remark, but whether he was referencing Sarah or not, he (or his handlers) should have known better. It was a tremendously idiotic gaffe which showed (once again) that Senator Obama doesn't have much of a filter between his brain and his mouth.


bluesuede said...

I'm of the opinion that he did realize the implications of what he said, but he's just arrogant enough to think he could get away with it. He thought it was "cute."

If he didn't realize the implications, he needs to get a refund on his Ivy League degree.

Erin said...

Yes, Adam, he's missing a serious filter. As I said in the previous thread, I hope McPalin leaves this alone from here on out and lets Obama continue to be the one drawing attention to it. I'm glad that the two of them have said nothing about it. It's one thing to hear campaign spokespeople address such a ridiculous issue, but it's another to listen to the candidates themselves. Obama cannot tolerate people challenging him, so this is fun to watch!

techno said...

The Democrats are now actually comparing Obama to Jesus Christ (the Messiah) as Sarah is now being compared to Pontius Pilate). Could Hollywood scripted this Democratic meltdown? Isn't life grand?

A TN Conservative said...

While in hindsight it wasn't appropriate for him to use at this stage of the campaign, I agree with you that Obama didn't intentionally use the expression as a personal attack. But ironically, that's how Obama's supporters perceived it.

Fabio said...

Just an unrelated thought...if the Dems insist on trying to portray McCain as another Bush, then I think we could easily portray Obama as another Jimmy Carter. Anyone 40 and above remembers the tragedy that was Jimmy carter,..give away the kitchen sink negotiations etc. The more I think about it, the more Obama really does remind me of Carter.

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msbs05 said...

It is odd the lipstick comment was combined with a second jab of "old fish". Seeing both in his same speech makes me think this was on purpose. McCain the old fish that stinks and Sarah the pig. His audience was definately clued in to what the comments meant. Does he think we are stupid enough to believe he wasn't making jabs? Even worse to me is this comment today from Democratic chair in SC saying Sarah's only qualification for VP is she hasn't had an abortion. Can't get more blunt than that. Unbelievable vile from the left. I know Sarah is tough enough to handle this filth, but it sure has me enraged.

msbs05 said...

It is odd the lipstick comment was combined with a second jab of "old fish". Seeing both in his same speech makes me think this was on purpose. McCain the old fish that stinks and Sarah the pig. His audience was definately clued in to what the comments meant. Does he think we are stupid enough to believe he wasn't making jabs? Even worse to me is this comment today from Democratic chair in SC saying Sarah's only qualification for VP is she hasn't had an abortion. Can't get more blunt than that. Unbelievable vile from the left. I know Sarah is tough enough to handle this filth, but it sure has me enraged.

Unknown said...

IMO, I think Obama's lipstick comment was a direct shot at Palin. Obama seems to be getting desperate, if he has to stoop to these new lows.

I can't wait for the ABC interview. It's gonna be sweet!

We're praying for you, Sarah! Stay strong!!!!!

SARAH!!!! SARAH!!!!!! SARAH!!!!


caem said...

Drudge reporting:

South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler sharply attacked Sarah Palin today, saying John McCain had chosen a running mate " whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.”

The Equipped Life said...

Sorry, this may be long, but I have a thought that I am trying to clarify about Gov Palin and the 'bridge to nowhere' saga - and if I understand this correctly, I don't understand why the GOP has not brought this into the spotlight in her behalf. I'm sure you will be able to quickly discern that I do not make it a habit to follow politics. I thought I would post it on here, to see if it's a legit conclusion.

According to my reading, Alaska DID receive approval for earmarked funds for the bridge (2 bridges, in fact). Then, after the furor, and it becoming the national poster child for 'pork', Congress voted? and rescinded? the earmark. THEN, Congress, once again, voted to still send a large amount of money to Alaska, to be used as Alaska saw fit; therefore, it was no longer 'pork', it was the largesse of Congress. So, Gov. Palin, who was trying to distance herself from the recriminations of 'pork', as were many other politicians, was then able to accept non-pork money for the benefit of Alaska, without fear of becoming contaminated for requesting/accepting 'pork'.

If that is the case, why do the Republican's continue to let the Democrats and other nay-sayers report that 'she may have said no to the bridge but she didn't say no to the money' - that she KEPT the money (intimating that it was still earmarked money) and that she spent every penny of it?

The way I see it, if Congress were to offer money, with no strings attached, to other states and other governors, they would probably accept it and no one would consider it pork - I'm sure there is some real political terminology for that very event.

So, if Congress decided that they WOULD NOT send the requested earmarked money to Alaska as originally finagled in some bill or legislation (Alaska technically LOST that money - the earmarked, pork money was not coming to them), but Congress turned around and as a separate decision, voted to send a different sum of money to Alaska, to be spent as needed, WHY is Sarah Palin being allowed to continue to be promoted as a deceiver and liar? Congress chose to send Alaska money that was not earmarked - what crime is it in accepting that? As far as I can tell from what I've read, she never said she didn't need or want ANY money from the government. She just began back-pedaling from money that was designated as 'pork' because she realized that she would be tainted by receiving it once it became such a huge deal in Congress.


mystere's moonbat slayer club said...

Michael Moore should make a new movie: "Desperately Smearing Sarah". It would be the perfect title for the liberal buffoons starring in it!


<< Start >>

NORFOLK, Va. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday accused Republican John McCain's campaign of using "lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics" in claiming he used a sexist comment against vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.’

Calling it "the latest made-up controversy by the John McCain campaign," Obama responded to the Republicans' charge that he was referring to Palin when he used the phrase "lipstick on a pig" at a campaign stop Tuesday.

"I don't care what they say about me. But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics. Enough is enough," he said.

Obama's reference was to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, an outside group that in 2004 made unsubstantiated allegations about Democratic nominee John Kerry's decorated military record in Vietnam.

In his initial comments Tuesday, Obama was delivering a dissertation about McCain and President Bush when he used the lipstick aphorism — not Palin. In fact, his reference to the Alaska governor later on was a defense of her strong belief in religion.

<< End >>

So he is talking about Vietnam Veterans instead who spoke out about the truth. Oh please. When will this Lipstickgate end. Either way, he stepped in it big time. Like I said before, he is behaving like some kid at school. He open the can of worms or should I say the tube of lipstick when he made the remark.

jill said...

Here's a blog post that I thought covered it pretty well. It was written by attorneygirl. I have my own opinion of his remarks from yesterday which I'll post later.

I'm a female lawyer.
Obama is a male lawyer.
We both know what the "appearance of impropriety" means.

Barack Obama knows what an intentional comment is, and he made one today when he intentionally inferred that Gov. Palin is a pig.

There are no excuses.
It was intentional.

If it was not intentional (and I don't buy this for one instant), then he has proven himself to be completely stupid (i.e., dumb as dirt) and therefore not qualified for public office.

But trust me--he's desperate. And this was intentional. And he's so full of himself that he thought it would be cute.

Verdict: Wrong.

No woman is going to take this kind of insult. And I'm not a stupid woman.

Words have meaning, Mr. Obama, and you just used them to mortally wound your own campaign.

Better get used to that house in Chicago--you'll be there quite some time.

(Hillary and Bill are probably laughing their heads off plotting her 2012 campaign. Every day brings another gift to Hillary when Obama puts his big foot in his mouth.)

(FURTHER, the media is completely covering up for Obama's intentional statement. I am not buying it. I can't handle another sycophant in the media.)


Note to McCain campaign: Use this in an ad: Point out that "words have meaning." Obama said this......and then he publicly insults Gov. Palin. I can't believe it.

Erin said...

I have no doubts this will be in a McPalin ad before too much longer!

These guys are truly machine gunning their foot. Enthusiastically

DaveO said...

It wasn't just "Lipstick". In back-to-back sentences, with the crowd laughing with approval, he did "lipstick on a pig" followed by "old fish wrapped up in new paper". It's not even that subtle. It was a dig at Palin and McCain.

It's the same sort of passive-aggressive behavior we saw from him in the primary season, with "You're likeable enough" at the NH debate, the "Snub" at the SOTU, and then flipping Hillary the bird just before the Pennsylvania primary.

Each case has individual plausible deniability, but when you put it together, it's part of a pattern of behavior.

David Harrington said...

A bit of humor for those of us who love her:

jill said...

After he finished the pig and fish commentary, the real meat of what he was saying started: "We've had enough of the same old thing! It's time to bring about real change to Washington. And that's the choice you've got in this election. It is not going to be easy ... John McCain has a compelling biography, you know Sarah Palin is an interesting story." (after the crowd booed, he went on) "No, she's new! She hasn't been on the scene, you know, she's got five kids and my hat goes off to anybody who's looking after five. I've got two and they tire Michelle and me out!"

Okay, this is not hats off to Sarah Palin by Barack Obama. This is also way beyond snark. He is calling attention to the fact that she's new and hasn't been on the scene (translation: inexperienced) and then the real intent: she needs to be home with her five children. He's pointing up the fact that he and Michelle have their hands full with their two, and here is Sarah with five! Oh yeah, he knew what he was saying every step of the way. A good read that goes along with this question of working women with kids is Sisterhood of the Protected Female Liberal Journalists by Michelle Malkin. Look it up.

Unknown said...

Yes, anyone who's been around for awhile has heard that phrase or even used it themselves and we all know what it means. In this case, it had a double entendre effect that I have to believe was intentional. Obama's style is often passive aggressive.

The fact that he didn't bother to immediately correct any mis-perception or mis-characterization of his Lipstick/Pig remark indicates he knew precisely what effect it would have on his audience. He certainly seemed to enjoy all the applause it drew.

What do you suppose would happen if McCain said it was "time to call a spade a spade"?

La Pixie said...

I know that "lipstick on a pig" is a common saying, but I believe that O-Buh-Muh used it to specifically refer to Palin. Her "lipstick" quip has been repeated all over the media. He chose his words and is trying to backpedal now. Pathetic, if you ask me.

Unknown said...

What I noticed was O was slow in his speaking (more than usual, unless he has his pulpit) as if it was difficult for him to get it out.

I don't think he was comfortable saying it. But he did and it was STUPID. Something off a street corner.

Hopefully, it will be one of many of his "open mouth, insert foot" moments that cost him this election.

O said the other day that McCain thinks that people are stupid.

If this comment and today trying to act like the Republicans are making a big deal out of nothing, doesn't say that O thinks people are stupid, I don't know what does. This insults all Americans' intelligence.

McCain/Palin !!!!!!!!!!

I can not wait for Palin to start speaking and let go of that speach. I wish they would stop making her repeat that thing!

I'm sure there is a method to their madness, but I want her to come out and show them the women that she is.

They think their scared now, wait til they let her loose. HAHAHA... With a smile, of course.

Anonymous said...

A classic sign of lack of experience (and perhaps appropriate education)... speaking without forethought of the implications. Of course, maybe that's the whole problem... Ms. Palin can remove the lipstick and still take them on (found that on
Hey Dems.. a bit threatened are we? hehehe. I figured as much.

~Visions~ said...

Like many Canadians, I watch American politics closely. We are affected by the backlash, so we pay attention. We tend to question and look beyond the obvious. This is perhaps why we have a better understanding of worldviews in general.

Before being dismissed as just another Canadian, let me say that my father was American, as are many good friends.

Canadians are not alone in being painfully aware of the lack of information you guys are given. You're handed just enough to keep you in the dark. This may be why so many of you are seeing the likes of Sarah Palin in a good light. I can't believe that good, honest, intelligent people are willingly buying her rhetoric. It truly baffles me.

There are so many things wrong with her, I don't know where to start. However, I do have 'executive' experience, and from what I've read of Palin, she'd not have lasted long in a 'real' job. She's aggressive I'll give her that. But she's self-serving, hypocritical, and just on this side of 'touched'.

Please ... for all your sakes, get the facts. Understand what it really is you're looking to elect. You're already badly regarded on the world stage. The views Palin espouses will just serve to make it worse.

Patriot1776 said...

this may sound silly, but what is the music when they introduce Sarah? IS that the theme from Hoosiers? I wanted to get it on itunes. I have Raisin' any help would be appreciated!

Erin said...

Jill, you hit it perfectly. Of course he could cry foul--it wasn't intentional, it's an old phrase, etc. But he knew it, McPalin knew it, and most importantly, we voters knew it as well. Is it the end of the world? Nah. But you're dead on. It was STUPID. The argument that Sarah has no claim to the word "lipstick" is all well and good, but we the people see it a little differently.

My pet theory is that he did this on purpose to bring the news cycle back to him, following the time-honored line, "Even bad news is good news." Or Oscar Wilde's chestnut, "The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about."

Erin said...

Possibly double posting...

Anyone notice that Obama has picked up Biden's bad habit of plagiarizing? Fox is reporting that his nearly direct quote from the political cartoon is the third time in four days he's quoted this guy.

I read that he used the quote today after hearing someone relay it to him. As a professor of public speaking, I HIGHLY doubt that. To get such a lengthy phrase nearly perfectly quoted from the cartoon is no small feat. This from the man who can't go off teleprompter without sounding like he's getting his tonsils checked. I always envision a tongue depressor, but that's neither here nor there...

Anyhoo, I do an exercise with my students, and my unofficial findings are that phrases longer than 5-7 words break down rapidly. In fact, I encourage them to read something they want to paraphrase and walk away from it for 15 minutes so they won't end up using the words instead of strictly the ideas. So I don't buy it. This nonsense that he was told it and then inserted it into his speech is bogus.

The link to Fox's article is below.

caem said...


Enough with the lefty talking points, seriously. She became governor at the very end of this ridiculous bridge debate. Once she had a grasp of the situation, she made a decision to say NO and scrap it.

As for the money, it had already been earmarked, and she opted to use it to repair roads in Alaska. She clearly told the people of Alaska right after this bridge fiasco that they needed to not rely on the federal government for these kinds of projects - - and that they needed to be more fiscally responsible.

In other words, SHE DIDN’T JUST SHOW UP AND VOTE PRESENT on a pending controversial matter. She showed leadership.

Now, please give me an example of Obama’s leadership experience. I’ll make it easy, it only has to be one, and you can include one of his community organizing ones. However, I don’t want to see you mention that his leadership experience includes running his campaign for president - - that’s cheating.

caem said...

BO now lifting lines from newspapers/cartoonists - on a daily basis!!

techno said...

Larry King asking the TV audience: Was Sarah Palin the best pick for John McCain? My question for Larry King: Where have you been in the last 10 days?

Chris said...


It would appear that to not be a Muslim, B. Hussein Obama is certainly doing an excellent job of masquerading as one.

First we have the Freudian slip on ABC referring to: "my Muslim faith"....just this once Obama deserves to be taken at his word.

However, if you still don't want to believe Obama, then there is Libyan dictator Muamar Qadafi who has no doubt in his mind whatsoever that Obama is a Muslim.

Apparently Qadafi is only one Muslim brother's handshake away from Obama via Louis Farrakhan. While these Muslims might not care for ordinary Americans we can bet the farm that they will not lie to one another.

If there are two things that Muslims have disdain for, it is women and pigs. They especially despise strong women, for whom they harbor about as much respect as last week's garbage.

So now we have Obama comparing Palin to a pig. This, in Obama's jihad mind is the ultimate insult. It falls right into line with Obama smearing Hillary Clinton for the last year and then passing her off as a potential VEEP pick. Again a strong women is viewed with contempt and disdain by a Muslim.

tom paine said...

Just curious, but would anyone here be interested to know exactly how many times in the past 2 years that a high ranking member of McCain's campaign has used the "lipstick on a pig" remark?

Well actually, it's THE highest ranking member, Sen. John McCain himself, and it is on tape numerous times. The only difference is that McCain did in fact say it specifically about another female politician. I will let you try to guess who she was. :)

But that's all different...right?

mamund said...

be very careful. i suspect obama already knew that this existed:

Scott said...

i think he was just caught up in the moment.. you could almost see the look on his face as though he saw it coming in his mind but it came out anyway.. and the resulting "i can't believe i said that". He knew the second he said that how it would be interpreted.

tom paine said...

jill & attorneygirl,

Pretending this is some big issue is absurd. I have to wonder exactly what kind of "attorney" would post such drivel.

We have 130,000 USA troops occupying Iraq along with another 170,000 "contractors", we are burning $330,000,000.00...PER that useless sand pile, our yearly budget deficit is at record levels, we are sending over $2 billion...PER DAY... to foreign governments per our trade imbalance, literally thousands of illegal aliens enter our nation every day..............and yet we have goobers who want to make an issue of lipstick!! Yes...LIPSTICK!


electronica said...

this raises the question of the republican party's honesty. They are being deceptive by demanding an apology when they know Obama wasn't referencing Palin. This blogger even admits it was questionable if Obama was directing his comment at Palin and still criticizes Obama.

Palin opened the door for remarks - remember she called herself a bitch with lipstick.

McCain must be dumb for not thinking his past use of the same idiom wouldn't hit the airwaves. what a jackass and hypocrite!

Captain USpace said...

I think on Letterman he said something like the "pig" was John McCain, and the "lipstick" was Palin. Good answer but he still hurt himself. Even possibly worse was when a little later I think he said something like: ...wrap a fish in newspaper and 8 years later it's still a fish.

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says

OR a minority
if they are Right of center

Rob said...

I don't care what these liberals say.

Sarah Palin is qualified! She's no pig!


thirstygirl said...

who cares? this campaign is about SOOOO much more than stupid lipstick comments, which someone ought to mention was a HORRIBLE reference during a serious political discussion to begin with. EVERYONE should be grateful for this stupid reference to fall to the wayside. Lets get to the REAL issues, and I'm not talking about lipstick!!

Azwar said...

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sarah Palin introduced herself to the nation last night with a part-folksy, part-fiery convention speech, tongue-lashing Barack Obama and her critics and saying she's been slammed simply for being a Beltway outsider.

Palin, who made history as the first woman to run as vice president on the GOP ticket, proved her chops as presidential nominee John McCain's tough attack dog.

abigail said...

I hope! I hope! I hope! that the McCain team does not succumb to the same type of undignified immature,childish, backbiting, eigth grade style, tit for tat, spoiled attitude mudslinging, unprofessional, and certainly not Presidential, WORLD leader behavior that Obama/Clinton resorted to and displayed in front of the WHOLE WORLD! OUR candidates for PRESIDENT! OUR LEADER! WE the PEOPLE, of the U.S OF A! I hope that the McCain team will display the dignified, mature,confident,and honorable leadership quality behavior fitting of a World leader, instead of displaying our Leader candidates as one who is so insecure in his/her accomplishments and self that they must rely upon finding and/or exposing flaws in fellow candidates and fellow brethren of our country in order to elevate themselves in the minds of others.

Magpie said...

It wasn't McCain's preference to get Palin as his running mate but it's been a great move for him.
Obama cannot overcome the stupidity of the average redneck voter. It's quite sad. After 8 years of dismal failure that is the Bush administration we will get someone who came second to Bush 8 years ago. So what are we going to get now? Another 9-11? More corporate failure, debt and people losing their homes? More inability to respond when a natural disaster hits? An international moral standing lowered below sewer level by another Abu Ghraib? Or maybe Palin will do a dead-eye Dick and shoot one of her own hunting party? American everywoman with zero international experience and total commitment to big business ripping up the environment who can suck all attention away from McCain's own failures as a politician, his lack of anything new to offer America, who can hijack a portion of the Hilary vote, loves guns, and can be a lipstick pin-up too.
Kid-sympathy too... as if the rest of us don't have kids ourselves...

Someone with Palin's 'appeal' simply wouldn't have been brought out of Alaska of all places had McCain himself been a sufficient candidate.
The rest of the world is watching. They think chosing Palin is a brain-fade of epic proportions.
They're both wrong and right.
She could win the election for McCain. After that she can sit down with a nice geography teacher who can explain that Iraq and Pakistan do not in fact share a border... even if McCain thinks they do.
No wonder we can't find Bin Laden.

Unknown said...

your comment are all excellent.

i know it it possible that the news media may read this site and look for comments that slander Mr Obama so I will be careful. Every one of your comments that I have seen assumes that he has "a full deck of cards" between his ears. As a medical person, I think there is a good chance that he is bipolar. At times he is up, and he creates his own presidential seal. At other times, like now he appears down.
I did my medical training in Washington, dc. One of our psychiatry professors (who, of course, worked with them) told us that about 30% of the congress is bipolar. There are a lot of good things to say about people with bipolar disorder. They can be very creative and engaging people.

The best contribution I can make to you is to report from the pacific northwest. I saw our republican county chairperson yesterday for a meeting. He was all smiles when I asked how the races is going here in Washington. The buzz has been as strong here as elsewhere in the country. Sarah is a cowgirl. Most people on the east coast have never met one. Ask George Strait, cowboys write songs about cowgirls. Montana was the first state to give women the right to vote. The western men love Sarah.

Sean P said...

What about this investigation into Palin firing her ex-brother in-law for "not being a team player?" This is what I'm concerned about, it seems as though she's been lying since she's stepped into the spotlight...

Zack said...

Actually I was not particularly bothered by either Obama's comment or McCain's response. Much more telling was Obama's counter punch or lack thereof.

He could have come back with a line like, "I didn't call her a pig. I called her lipstick. McCain's economic policies are the pig." [Not my opinion, but a good line.] Instead he started whining about how unfair things are. What is "swift boat politics" anyway?

EnviroNut said...

He did it on purpose. Just more reasons for me to believe the OBama camp is imploding from the inside.

1,260 Days to Famine said...

"A classic sign of lack of experience (and perhaps appropriate education)... speaking without forethought of the implications."
I agree with Avimia, this type of sloppiness and lack of judgment could lead us to wars and all sorts of bad decisions for America

Unknown said...

It is written "loose lips sink ships". Once again the Democratic party has managed to lose a presidential campaign that was practically handed to them on a silver platter. What I really want to know is, Who is advising Obama on these matters? I smell treason. I am not ivy-leagued educated, but I know when to let things ride. John McCain is a very shrewd man. He knew that if he picked a woman for his running mate he would win this election. Reasons: 1. He would win over the Hillary Clinton independent women voters. 2. He could silence Obama because the minute Obama dared to say anything against Palin, it would outrage the majority of these independent voters and women in general. Palin should have been a non-topic for the Democratic campaign, no matter what she said! I hope the McCain-Palin ticket does win, for reasons best left unsaid!

Bethie Marie said...

It may have been a subconsious goof, I don't know, but it shows how throughly Sarah Palin has gotten into Obama's head.

He's now running on FEAR.

Fear attacks.

Our candidate runs on confidence, strength, love of country, spiritual conviction and pure joy.

Americans can FEEL it!

purplecrayon said...


Sarah Palin was "introduced " to the American people just days ago. OK, we've met the family but I need to know a whole lot more about her before I'm willing to support her.

The Obama/Biden campaign has been focusing on the issues that matter to ALL Americans care, education and the name just a few. I keep asking myself that simple question...Is America better off NOW than we were four years ago?

If yes than keep the Repiblicans in office. If no, vote for a change. Keeping the same policies in place are not suddenly going to bring about different results.

voodoofx1 said...

McSame used the same expression about Clinton, where was the outrage? Dont worry about Obama, Americans are still far too racist to elect a black. As for Palin's views [forgetting, for now, queries about how to ban books] what would a Repub do [secretly] if his 13 year old daughter was raped and impregnated by a retarded, aids infected, black dwarf?

Anonymous said...

He meant it towards her. I believe that it was not a slip of the tongue at all but said deliberately. Gives me another good reason not to vote for him!

Jim said...

I just love that Obama keeps up the 'good work'. As soon as Palin was announced the Obama camp decided to make an announcement that belittled the Alaskan Governor. That really opened up the attacks in the media, and now we have a hyper sensitive situation where any comment no matter how small can really be blown out of proportion. Obama and Biden both better watch what then say and their choice of words if they plan on having any chance in November.

tom paine said...


You are not paying attention to the words of John McCain's campaign manager.

Rick Davis said "This election is not about issues."

Davis went on to explain "We are in the worst Republican environment since Nixon in 1972. We take that seriously." I have no reason to think that Davis was lying.

So that is the attitude of the McCain campaign and what they think of the intelligence of their supporters. Live with it! :)

tom paine said...


You have every right not to allow any post. In fact, it was probably wise on your part not to allow my post listing the numerous times John McCain used the term "lipstick on a pig" in the recent past. It does take a little (or maybe most) of the wind out the argument of some of the fools on this board.

But in doing it you show yourself to be a bit of a hypocrite and a phony rather than a serious blogger.

Your choice my friend.

Laura Lee - Grace Explosion said...

Hi Adam,

You asked us to start blogs in support of Sarah Palin. I started a "Go Sarah" blog.

Here's the address:

I write books and speak. I tend to be a lil wordy. :)

So, maybe I'm not as good a blogger as you... cuz you are quick to the point... and sharp.

My first blog is about Sarah Palin being a Citizen Statesperson of the people, by the people, and for the people... compared to elitists.

There's a great difference of qualification to lead in this great nation, in my opinion, between those who consider themselves "one of us" and those elitists who believe themselves above us.

Those who truly view themselves as one of us protect our freedoms. Those who truly view themselves as above us take away our freedoms.

I believe Sarah Palin views herself as one of us. Since the inception of this great nation - that's the quality of character, in my opinion, that most qualifies a citizen for leadership in service in these great United States.

Keep up the good work.

Unknown said...

This is really more of a question than a comment.

Has any one thought that perhaps Senator Obama intended to say that Governor Palin makes McCain look good, but she is only there for that purpose?

I may not be as involved as most say I should be, but that's just my take at a glance.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

If Obama is truly that naive, I can't imagine what he'd be like as president; he had to know the implications of such a comment.

I'd be interested to know how often he uses that expression in his speeches; perhaps if he uses it often, it wouldn't be quite so bad. Again, though, in light of Governor's Palin's acceptance speech, he might have edited himself.

Scott Anodam said...

Funny, Adam how important this ridiculous distraction's become to the right. If we held McCain and the sarcastic, insulting hyena's from the convention to the same standard you kids are holding Obama the indignation would be a tsunami. That said; I never heard Palin's dog w/ lipstick comment (I did see most of the convention, but missed that remark) but I have heard Obama and McCain use the very common "lipstick on a pig" comment many times each.
The one fact you're all missing out on in your rush to uncover reasons to be offended is that Obama is way too smart to actually call McCain's running mate a pig! Even someone of lesser than "Ivy League" intelligence doesn't set themselves up to called on petty insults. Heck, I'm not that bright and I would certainly choose my battles better than inane, goofy name calling and seeing that Barack had 19 months of Hillary and Bill biting his ankles and didn't resort to name-calling then...well this is absolutely the most ridiculous waste of mind power on the part of bloggers that I can imagine.
This is my first and last post on this waste. Let's agree to get back to the substantive issues and how to fix what Dick and W have done to our beloved America.
Shall we?

techno said...

Today Michelle Malkin criticized John McCain harshly for praising 'community organizers' at a forum at Columbia University. I thought about doing the same thing but then I thought about what Sarah said about McCain being counted out 1 year ago. I think all of us who feel like dumping on McCain now should take a step backwards and go back through the internet and read about how hopeless his campaign appeared to be in the fall of 2007. The compelling story of this Presidential campaign presently is Sarah Palin but perhaps the paramount story of this campaign may be how John McCain resurrected himself from the abyss and how this resurrection may have won the White House for the Republicans and even more surprisingly increased their presence in Congress. Remember if there was no John McCain there would be no Sarah. So please cut him some slack.

Blueberry Babe said...

Northern Girls go the berries!
... with or without lipstick!

She is a real person, the average family can relate to!

redsonya59 said...

They can have my lipstick when they pry it from my cold dead fingers...with acrylic nails, of course.... :-) Full Speed Ahead, Sarah!!!

pHaT_aL said...

Manufactured outrage, yes. However, if you've heard the comment made live, it leaves little doubt that Obama was referring to Palin. Think about it -- he knew the connection would be made, and yet he made the comment. It was not made offhand, but as part of speech. It was a calculated choice, a stupid one, and it backfired.

How he said it:

"You can put lipstick on a pig..." --long pause, while it sinks in. He allows the laughter to build and subside before continuing...

Dumb. Talk about taking things out of context.

If recent tactics are any indication, Mr. Change has revealed himself to be anything but. It's politics as usual, as far as I can see. I would expect no different if he's elected.


Jimmy James said...

I appreciate that politics is about conflict - people have opposing ideas, are proposing different options and so forth. But do we have to interpret everything that a candidate says as some direct or indirect attack on his or her opponents? Can I suggest that we credit Obama, McCain, Palin and Biden with more sense than to say outright idiotic things about each other, stop fussing over marginal or irrelevant things like Sarah Palin's daughter's pregnancy, and concentrate on the issues and the policies of each side, which is what matters most.

Mountain Mama said...

Obama meant it, but, as with all passive-aggressive comments, we'll never be able to prove it----which he knows. So, let's move on....

How did everyone feel about Governor Palin's responses to Charles Gibson?

I thought she did a terrific job, except for her lapse of memory about what is the Bush Doctrine. It was polite of Gibson to remind her of it, but she won't get that treatment from other reporters.

I hope the McCain camp cuts HER some slack and gives her time to rest. Then she'll remember key facts better, and keep her spirits high----which is, after all, why the McCain camp saw such potential in Sarah Palin initially.

Mountain Mama said...

Okay---- Now, I've reviewed our tape of the Palin responses to Gibson that ABC has released to date----and yes, she was terrific. I like it that she mentioned having no fear or hesitation when McCain offered her the VP slot. She didn't stop and question her readiness, and she said it's important never to blink like that, whether in war or with this type of offer. That shows her great strength of character, plus a trust that she can handle it, and be brought up to speed----as every candidate must be----to learn quickly what she presently doesn't know. That "quick study" quality is what any executive must have in order to manage emergencies. GREAT JOB, Governor!

Hott Spott said...

If anybody wants any Sarah Palin gear, there's a Spreadshirt site selling a bunch of Palin stuff. The site is

goldbear said...

Adam if you have any influence with Palin's/McCain's campaign, which I think you do, here are two things that could be smart for them to do:

1. Go after Washington state. Strong ties to Alaska and currently 49 - 47 Obama.
2. Make available 'Go Sarah!' bumper stickers. As one who lives in the heart of liberal land, I think they would be used more here than the standard 'McCain/Palin' ones.

Anonymous said...

Even Huckabee admitted that the lipstick offence was just someone that wanted to be offended, as to divert the media from the other unethical harrassments that were comin' at my girl Sarah.

I will vote for her, but her boys need to get a better spin on the media and pick up their advertising techniques a little bit.

Laura Lee - Grace Explosion said...

Here's a comment of support for Sarah. (I copied it from my new blog.) I hope she sees it. After all, Adam, she calls you personally. Course, you're a "Kingmaker" per cable tv... a "vp maker" to us!! :)

Oh, I think there are great things "on the horizon". This political stuff is happening on one level. There, on the horizon, as yet unseen... what do I see? The marching feet of our generation's "Great Awakening". It's separate from the political... but the Christians in politics - well, how much more ez would it be to govern... on the heels of a Great Awakening?

It's on the way. It's close.

OK, below is my post to Sarah. Go Sarah!!

ounsel for Sarah - Run your race, Sarah!!
When Rick Warren was asked about Sarah Palin in a recent interview, he had this response: "Actually, she called me yesterday," Warren said, adding: "The question I asked her was, "How can I pray for you? ... She asked me to send her some Bible verses on how do you deal with all of the unfair, unjust attacks and the mean-spirited criticism that comes in."

Hebrews 12
1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

This is your race, Sarah. Run your race. I think in an earlier version the scripture stated "with endurance" as opposed to patience. You must endure the contradictions of those who are against you. We are not moved by our opposition. We are moved by our vision, by our dreams, by our goals, by the positive things that shape us and make us who we are as we run our race.

You were chosen for all the right reasons in providence. You were prepared in all the right manners in providence. Now is your time. Run your race with endurance... knowing you have been chosen for this moment. This is your time.

"Just think, you're here not by chance but by God's choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else - You are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His Grace can't give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation." By Roy Lessin.

I would say that my advice is to go back in history to Ronald Reagan. Take a look at his interviews, how he was critiqued, and how he was not moved. He continued to have the Reagan persona that overcame all unfair, unjust attacks, and the mean-spirited criticism that came in. Ronald Reagan did so in his own way. You will do so in yours.

Remain who you are and speak out of the center of who you are. He did. You will.

Endurance and patience have to do with not just quietly bearing things - but rather overcoming them in the victory of remaining unchanged in the actual essence of who you are and how you communicate.

Consider Jesus Christ our Savior. Jesus Christ faced such opposition - and was not moved in any way to become less than who He was in character and essence. Jesus Christ spoke out of who He was - unchanged and continued to share the message.

Run your race, Sarah!! Be comforted by those who love you. After all, Jesus was unique in that all forsook Him on that day - even His friends and acquaintances. But the grace given you is that you are surrounded by those who love you. You have made many friends. Your friends will not forsake you.

God is with you. These contradictory people will not shake you, Sarah. Their contradictory words will not move you, Sarah.

You, Sarah, are a mover and a shaker and a world history maker.

Let the world be shaken... and let the mountains and hills be removed and cast into the sea. We will not fear. God is with us. The world doesn't always wanna be moved and shaken... but the hour of the great shaking is upon us. Go shake 'em up!!

We love you, Sarah. Grace be with you. God is with you. God bless you.

Run your race, Sarah!! It's your time.

Grace and peace

huskyonspeed said...

I really don't care too much about Obama's comment. I think he meant it in reference to McCain, but it still wasn't a smart thing to say.
I think the libs are making a big mistake continuing to attack her. People are realizing that there attacks are baseless and desperate.

techno said...

Yesterday, i wrote that we should all cut McCain some slack regarding praising community organizers. Today he allows Whoopi Goldberg, to pose the shocking question: "Do I have to be worried aboout being a slave AGAIN? Instead of reminding Whoopi that she was never a slave and that nobody had been a slave in the USA since 1865 with the passing of the 13th amendment to the Constitution, McCain plays the leftist sympathy card: "I know where you're coming from." John, why do you go on such demeaning and unworthy TV programs? You're better than that. Also please avoid leftist forums like was held yesterday at Columbia University. Everybody has an Achilles heel, John, your fatal flaw is that you're too much of a political animal and think you have to feign modern sensitivity and pander to radical feminists and liberal secular humanists. You're better when you're tough, the patriot, the hero, the passionate reformer. Please stay away from the touchy-feely stuff-it doesn't suit you. Let Sarah do it--she's much more believable. John, don't get too comfortable. Please get back on script. Sarah could still save your butt, but make too egregious errors John, even Sarah may not be able to bail you out! In the spirit of Laura Ingraham I implore you to 'get with the program.'

I vote present. said...

Did anyone else see teh view today, sept 12th? I know the show stinks, but I caught J.Mc cain on there and his wife. Whoopi Goldberg was so rude and outright mean to to them it made me sick. Agree or not, voting for him or not there is a way to present yourself that she just lacks. She is total ghetto. When referring to how he will keep the justices ruling on constition and not on whims, Whoopi jumped in and said then I will be a slave again! The View really is not the View of most Americans. Most Americans dont think so Black and white rude.
I hope they dump that waste of a program. They were throwing digs at palin. Why would they not support a woman???? Too much hate in those Hags.

Babette said...

dwh said...
A bit of humor for those of us who love her:

September 10, 2008 3:26 PM

Not that it matters, but for some levity I entered the name George S. Patton into the name generator and it spit back:

Seagull Striker Palin

Oooo. Not good. The fate of the world resting upon a General named Seagull.

I would have generated a name such as

Vlad Theim Palin.

(sorry, couldn't resist)

Go, Sarah!

La Liz said...

Obama colossal mistake is in attacking Palin at all. That's Biden's job. (And where is Biden?) Obama's obsession with attacks on Palin makes him look like a school yard bully. No one likes a bully. I hear he's continuing his Palin attacks on SNL this weekend. Obama isn't very bright, is he?

techno said...

The hot rumor on the internet is the Obama is ready to dump Biden for Hillary. Check out: May happen as early as Monday.

Unknown said...

Obama is not only making a mistake by attacking Sarah Palin, but he's also making a huge mistake attacking McCain. Obama's latest ad ridiculing McCain for not using computers is a huge blunder. From the Boston Globe, March 4, 2000:

"McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball."

Obama better be apologizing to BOTH Palin and McCain.

Erin said...

Love the name site! I'm "Dust Chinstrap Palin." My hubby is "Ammo Canal Palin." Very good!

Mama, the interview this evening was fantastic. She was clear and precise, giving answers deeper than Charlie was expecting and presenting them well. Gosh, I like her! :) I can't wait to see the 20/20 interview tonight. Hannity gets a crack at her next week sometime.

It was nice to see the newest Obama ad flop so badly. Mocking a man for not using his keyboard when the cause was his 5 1/2 years in a POW camp?! I'm beginning to think it's really Howdy Doody running the show over there.

Adam, what are your thoughts on Sarah's performance?

jill said...

mountain mama, I have to completely disagree about Sarah being treated politely in the interview, as in "reminded" about the Bush Doctrine. When I watched it, I could just feel that know-it-all attitude coming from Gibson. Today I read Krauthammer's take on it, and all anyone can say about his take on this Bush Doctrine business, is that the Hammer Nailed it! Here is his closing bit, followed by an article link. "Sarah Palin didn't know what it is. But neither does Charlie Gibson. And at least she didn't pretend to know--while he looked down his nose and over his glasses with weary disdain, sighing and 'sounding like an impatient teacher,' as the Times noted. In doing so, he captured perfectly the establishment snobbery and intellectual condescension that has characterized the chattering classes' reaction to the mother of five who presumes to play on their stage."

jill said...

A note to the poster known as knowitall on this blog, I didn't mean to disparage your name when I said Gibson was acting like a know it all. LOL

MyJoy2Go said...

But lets look at what the media failed to look at.
Obama prior to the lipstick on a pig he quotes Tom Toles Cartoon at the Washington Post from September 5th.

OBAMA: Let's just list this for a second. John McCain says he's about change, too. Except -- and so I guess his whole angle is, "Watch out, George Bush, except for economic policy, health-care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy, and Karl Rove-style politics. We're really gonna shake things up in Washington." That's not change. That's just calling some -- the same thing, something different. But you know, you can -- you know, you can put lipstick on a pig; it's still a pig.

So who is writing his speeches, I guess Tom Toles.

In light of the fact that Sarah Palin used a her line Hockey Mom and Lipstick, Obama used poor choice of words and needs to give credit to Tom Toles.

mystere's moonbat slayer club said...

Ironic how Obama is digging his own political grave. He is going to keep on blundering; he already shot himself in the foot by making these remarks. Now once someone digs into Joe Biden's past, they'll find his racist attacks against Asian Americans on You Tube very soon. Both of these guys are in the Dumb And Dumber Club! It's only about a month and a half away before they face their blunders head on!

Chas said...

"Lipstick on a pig" is not a euphemism; it is a metaphor.

Unknown said...

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tom paine said...


Show us some documentation to back up your claim that Sen. McCain's "5 1/2 years in a POW camp" caused injuries that wil not allow him to use a keyboard?

Sure seems like a Blackberry might be more difficult to handle than a keyboard.

Unknown said...

"There are no hurricanes in ANWAR." Someone tell Sarah to use this. This is about getting off the energy roler coaster because of the gulf hurricanes and also being held hostage to those oil rich nations that have collectively joined together to destroy us economically. This is about national security. Get this to her. I want to see it on a bumper sticker.