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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Obama campaign "jumps the shark" in nasty reference to Palin

Hopefully you know what "jump the shark" means? It's origin lies in a popular and long-running sitcom episode in which "The Fonz" jumps a shark tank. It is the moment when a series or a movie or some other long-running process moves in such a ridiculous direction that there is no turning back. It is the beginning of the end. Michael Dukakis had such a moment in his campaign. Howard Dean has been there. We know that Dan Quayle has never been the same.

Just a few days after Governor Sarah Palin compared "hockey moms" and herself to a "Pit Bull with lipstick", Barack Obama has sunk to a new low and perhaps marked the beginning of the end of his long run at the forefront of Democratic candidates and his Presidential ambitions:

John McCain, Sarah Palin are like lipstick on pig - Obama

BARACK Obama has dismissed the US presidential campaign of rivals John McCain and Sarah Palin as putting "lipstick on a pig" in his most direct attack on the Republican odd couple aiming to keep him out of the White House.

However the line is being interpreted by some - especially those in the McCain camp - as a personal sledge against Mrs Palin, Senator McCain's surprise running mate who described herself as a "pit bull with lipstick" when she accepted the Republican vice-presidential nomination at the party's national convention last week.


That observation is from the Aussies, with no dog in this fight! The remark has been a "cheapshot heard 'round the world!"

Obama: Lipstick, pigs and hockey moms

by Mike Dorning

LEBANON, Va.--If Barack Obama wasn't thinking about the joke Sarah Palin told about lipstick and hockey moms at the Republican National Convention last week, the crowd here this evening certainly was.

Remember the joke? What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Answer: Lipstick.

Well, in the midst of an extended riff on why Republican rivals John McCain and Sarah Palin would not bring change to Washington, he blurted out a familiar metaphor that took on added meaning given the Palin's tongue-in-cheek definition of her kind.

"You can put lipstick on a pig," Obama declared. "It's still a pig."

No mention of Palin. But the audience roared and jumped to its feet.

Obama paused to take in the applause and then moved on to another (also overused) metaphor.

"You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change," he began. "It's still gonna stink after eight years."

Sarah Palin and her husband are, among other things, commercial fishermen!


McCain camp: Obama's 'lipstick' remark disgraceful

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer Tue Sep 9, 9:30 PM ET

LEBANON, Va. - What's the difference between the presidential campaign before and after the national political conventions? Lipstick. The colorful cosmetic has become a political buzzword, thanks to Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's joke in her acceptance speech that lipstick is the only thing that separates a hockey mom like her from a pit bull.

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama told an audience Tuesday that GOP presidential nominee John McCain says he'll change Washington, but he's just like President Bush.

"You can put lipstick on a pig," he said to an outbreak of laughter, shouts and raucous applause from his audience, clearly drawing a connection to Palin's joke even if it's not what Obama meant. "It's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still going to stink after eight years."


I think Hugh Hewitt has nailed it...

Obama's "Lipstick On A Pig" Smear

Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 7:00 PM

Either Obama's dim as can be, or he is angry at having been thrown backwards week after week. When Obama denies having targeted Palin, keep in mind that everyone instantly made the connection. Is Obama really that clueless? An angry outburst does less damage than his pleading he didn't mean it that way. Remember the raised finger?

Keep in mind as well that Obama has been telling us his genius at running his campaign is evidence of his fitness to be president. Some genius. We are watching a crack-up under pressure. His Chicago handlers might be able to put the wheels back on, but we now have a glimpse of "glass jaw" Obama in a crisis.

UPDATE: Callers and e-mailers are furious with Obama. Beyond furious, really. MSM is ignoring this tsunami of a story thus far, but it has traveled around the globe and back and will keep traveling. Millions of women will never forget and they won't forgive.

As promised, here's the James Bennett article of Sarah Palin from the UK's Telegraph.


If you haven't seen it, watch the clip on youtube. Obama delivers the line and pauses, waiting for the big laugh he KNOWS he is going to get because he KNOWS his audience is making the connection. Joe Biden made some reference to lipstick in a remark yesterday as well, nothing quite as obvious. But what is obvious is the smear, the denigration of Governor Palin by Obama. It reminds one of the way Obama's old paster, Jeremiah Wright, used to throw out a slur and wait for the crowd to react. I guess Obama was listening after all...and if not, one of his speech writers was. No one with half a brain could read that line in that speech and not see the connection with Palin's joking remark. Especially after he makes a reference to "Karl Rove politics" with a straight face (seeing as how he is the product of the Chicago political machine)!

So, you tell me. Is Barack Obama that stupid? Or is he just that nasty? Either way, it could well be the beginning of the end...

Chris Muir gives us a stylish concluding statement.


Anonymous said...

Duh. The "pig" in this analogy is the Bush/McCain record, the "lipstick" is McCain's attempt to co-opt the "change" meme. It's clear as can be when you look at what he said.

It doesn't even make any sense - whatsoever - if you want to pretend that by "pig" he was referring to Palin. What, he suddenly switched topics and starts talking about Palin and even when she puts lipstick on, she's still a pig?

At the very, very worst, if you really insist on stretching this analogy, she's the lipstick in the scenario, not the pig. Yet there's someone from the McCain campaign insisting that he called her a pig and demanding an apology.

Meanwhile, McCain puts up an ad in which he claims that Obama pushed for "comprehensive sex education for kindergartners" - which is a blatant lie. That's just fine, is it?

-- creeper

Anonymous said...

Radar, I can't even tell if you believe in what you post here or not anymore.


Anonymous said...

Here is the quote in context for anybody that cares:

"John McCain says he's about change too, 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 going to shake things up in Washington,'" he said.

"That's not change. That's just calling something the same thing something different. You know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. You know you can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, it's still going to stink after eight years. We've had enough of the same old thing."

Didn't care to post that quote radar? Just articles where they clip out the one line about the pig and let readers guess as to what he was talking about?


radar said...

Well, yes, since I posted the youtube link to that entire segment of the speech, I was trying to hide what he said, wasn't I? Duh?

The first part of his speech in that video was taken word-for-word from a September 5, 2008 Tom Toles political cartoon. (plagiarism? Or does Toles write for the Obama campaign?) Then comes the lipstick line.

Go ahead and fall all over yourselves pretending it was all in innocence. You can mumble and hedge and hem and haw all you want - that line was aimed at getting a big laugh at Palin's expense and it worked. His supporters loved it and Palin's supporters hated it and the rest of the world ought to cringe.

In newspapers and websites all over the world, they did cringe. I reported it, put in a few links but I could have put in a hundred more. I didn't write all the articles that have come from around the world. It wasn't just me that heard that line and dropped my jaw. In fact, trying to tell me that I don't understand misses the point: People all around the world heard the same thing and thought the same thing, that Obama was comparing Governor Sarah Palin to a pig!

It was a crude and stupid moment and my observation remains: Obama campaign jumped the shark.

Anonymous said...

Radar, in what way could that line be perceived as referring to Palin as a pig? Could you explain that to me?

-- creeper

Mark K. Sprengel said...


same answer I gave you on my blog.

Anonymous said...

I looked and what you posted there completely sidestepped the question. (Not surprising, since there doesn't seem to be a coherent answer.)

The question stands: in what way could that line be perceived as referring to Palin as a pig?

-- creeper

chaos_engineer said...

In newspapers and websites all over the world, they did cringe. I reported it, put in a few links but I could have put in a hundred more.

Well, keep in mind that there's an election going on. A lot of the "cringing" is being done to score cheap political points.

It would be just as easy to find hundreds people "cringing" in possibly-feigned embarrassment at McCain's shenanigans. This Washington Post editorial accuses him of being "unusually silly", and points out that McCain himself used the "lipstick-on-a-pig" phrase in reference to Hillary Clinton's health-care plan.

That a liberal, I'm deeply sensitive to other people's sensitivity. If the phrase lipstick-on-a-pig is no longer Politically Correct, then I'll gladly pledge not to use it. In exchange, I'd like to call for a moratorium on the phrase "jumping the shark". (It doesn't offend me, exactly, but it's overused and it's starting to grate on my nerves.)

media kingdom said...

McCain has become quite the politician since he got his party's nomination; he has proven time and again that his strategy for winning is based on personal attacks and distracting people from the main issues... i just hope people aren't as gullible as McCain seems to think they are

Anonymous said...

"Jumping the shark" in its original sense means that a TV series has run out of ideas and has, as a result, turned to ideas that are just too ridiculous to be sustainable.

Given a week's hindsight on your notion, it appears that the opposite of your claim has turned out to be true: Obama's campaign has not jumped the shark, and instead the "lipstick on a pig" nonsense has turned on the McCain campaign: it was an idea that was just too ridiculous to be sustainable, and has (in combination with the horrendous "Obama pushed for sex-ed for kindergartners" lie) actually resulted in a backlash against the McCain campaign: McCain is being called out on his own lies, in part because there are simply too many of them and in part because they are so demonstrably untrue.

McCain branded as a liar then led to bad press on "The View" (hardly hard-hitting journalism, but as a supposed fluff piece it sure made him look bad). Palin may still be peddling her incessant lies on the stump about her "Thanks, but no thanks" nonsense (though not in Alaska, where they know better), but you have to be severely disconnected from any news sources to still believe that drivel.

The focus has turned on McCain's honesty factor and, for reasons I find unfathomable, McCain is not changing course - instead he insists on lying more and more (including his outrageous and bizarre claim that Palin took no earmarks as governor of Alaska).

Isn't there a severe risk that this will damage the way he is perceived by the voter?

We'll see.

-- creeper