Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lipstick on a pig

Yeesh...
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=5766012

Barack, Barack, Barack... y'know how you fell into this one? Someone on your within the last week showed you some data about how poorly you're connecting with "rural voters," so you decided to start peppering your delivery with redneck coloquialisms that you don't generally use in conversation and are thus likely to mis-use. Don't do that again. The only Democrat who could get away with the "Don't be afraid, I'm a bit of a hillbilly too!" bit was Bill Clinton... because it was TRUE. You're a black Liberal Democrat from the North... NOBODY who'd be inclined to feel linguistic-kinship with someone who uses the phrase "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig" was EVER going to vote for you.

3 comments:

tyra menendez said...

the comment was in response to palin's "... the difference between a hockey-mom and a pitbull..." statement. in case you missed it, she said "lipstick".
i said you can spay a pitbull.
but really, the whole palin thing is a transparent attempt to sway undecided hillary voters based on the fact that palin has a vagina.
politically, i don't think i could disagree much more:
she's anti-choice, and would deny abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
she denies global warming.
she wants creationism taught in public school and here's a link for that one: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17737&id=13661-3372013-rnyyNpx&t=3

however, it is kind of cute that the right-wing big brothers like bill o'riely have suddenly discovered feminism.

Bob said...

Thing is, what more evidence does anyone NEED at this point that at the highest levels of decision-making neither political "side" really believes strongly in anything?

The whole of Barack Obama's campaign and story have been based on the idea of nigh-revolutionary newness: "I'm young, I'm black, I have ZERO connection to the tired-ass 1960s political divide that still holds sway over all our discourse, so supporting me means you want CHANGE!!!" But who does he pick to compliment that message? Joe Biden, an old white guy who's been in the Senate longer than most of the ARCHITECTURE and is 100% dialed-in to the Democrat old-guard that Dem primary voters were supposedly rejecting by saying "no thanks" to the Clintons. Why do this? Because Biden appeals to white blue-collar Catholics in the midwest, a key voting-bloc that Obama has trouble attracting. It's not really about ideology or even issues - it's about aquiring power for your side.

Likewise, McCain was supposed to be all about "experience" and old-fashioned tough guy practicality - he's Captain America to Obama's Superman. But his choice for a sidekick? Sara Palin. Why? Because she's a woman and will draw Hillary votes (which WORKED - McCain went up 20 points with female voters) and because she's a religious-right hardcase which fires up the bible-belt types who previously weren't all that fond of the more moderate McCain. It's not really about ideology or even issues - it's about aquiring power for your side.

tyra menendez said...

yeah, obama went with the safe choice. and he's taken some grief over it. but i still don't want that crazy bitch anywhere near the white house.
and my point was that his comment was a direct response to her's, not really a... kerry goes hunting stunt.