The Lying Liars Don’t Know How To Stop Lying! (UPDATED)

Now the McCain Campaign is saying that Obama called Sarah Palin a pig.  They are trying to trump up charges that Obama made a sexist comment, and the only reason why they are doing so is because the actual comment, in context, was dead on.

I hoped that John McCain might have helped this campaign be a little more civil than the last few presidential elections; I truly did.  Goes to show how wrong I was; he’s not waging a respectful and honorable campaign, he’s waging a campaign like a crying little four year old–I know, I have one.

The full comment, in context (courtesy Alan Colmes):

“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 gonna shake things up in Washington.’ That’s not change. That’s just calling something the same thing, something different. But you know you can’t – 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 8 years. We’ve had enough of the same old thing. It’s time to bring about real change to Washington.”

The name Sarah Palin doesn’t even show up in the entire quote, and it is clear to anyone with at a minimum of a third grade reading comprehension that the metaphorical pig is John McCain’s platform.  Further, this statement is about as dead accurate as it gets.  McCain has been running around touting that he is the change candidate while offering the same policies and in some cases even more crystalized and purified strategies, as the man he hopes to replace.

In fact, the whole McCain as a “change” candidate is an outright farce and something of a disgrace; he saw the polls, he saw that being the change candidate is exactly what the American people wanted, but instead of actually pushing a platform of change, which he had every opportunity to do but instead ceded platform decision making to the most extreme branches of his own party, he decided to be more of the same while claiming to be a change candidate anyway.

In other words, he’s trying to sell the same old policies as something they aren’t.

In other words, he put lipstick on a pig–that’s how the age old and frequently used idiom works.

When Obama rightfully called him out on it, he decided to turn this into yet another chapter in the Sarah Palin saga because that’s the only thing that works for him; God knows he can’t actually have a debate on issues or anything.  The problem is, to use another animal based idiom, that dog just doesn’t hunt.  To use a different animal idiom that I actually like better: bullshit.

Further, if this really is sexism (which it isn’t), I want to hear an express apology from John McCain himself who said almost the exact same thing, but when he said it, an actual woman was involved:

The McCain campaign has little respect for Obama, but they don’t think he is stupid. And the only way one can conclude that Obama meant to refer to Gov. Sarah Palin as a pig is to have concluded that Obama is as dumb as a doornail.

Obama is fond of this particular phrase. To wit, in 2007:
‘I think that both General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker are capable people who have been given an impossible assignment,’ Sen. Barack Obama said yesterday in a telephone interview. ‘George Bush has given a mission to General Petraeus, and he has done his best to try to figure out how to put lipstick on a pig.

And so is John McCain. Speaking about Hillary Clinton….
McCain criticized Democratic contenders for offering what he called costly universal health-care proposals that require too much government regulation. While he said he had not studied Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s plan, he said it was “eerily reminiscent” of the failed plan she offered as first lady in the 1990s.
 
“I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” he said of her proposal.

Now, we also have an opportunity to see the media bias for McCain at work right here as well.  Just pay attention when the big MSM outlets start reporting this tomorrow.  In the McCain quote, his use of the idiom was immediately and directly attributed to his referral to a policy proposal.  Somehow, I doubt that the media will be as forgiving, and employ the same basic level of reading comprehension that they used for McCain.

Here’s a man I once respected, and now he just makes me want to puke in my mouth.

UPDATE: Josh Marshall has a growing list of reporters that are actually reporting this honestly. With any luck the lies that the McCain campaign just keep tossing out will start sticking to them.

6 Responses to “The Lying Liars Don’t Know How To Stop Lying! (UPDATED)”

  1. tas says:

    This has become to most retarded election in history. Anytime I see news of it, I just want to drink and fucking punch somebody. Seriously. Issues aren’t even discusses anymore, just this stupid gotcha bullshit over absolutely nothing. I’m so sick of this shit.

  2. yarrr says:

    “You can put lipstick on a pig,” he said as the crowd cheered. “It’s still a pig.”

    “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still gonna stink.”

    Does anyone actually believe this wasn’t planned in advanced? It’s offensive and the point is to generate deniable outrage to hijack the narrative and put his own spin on the last news cycle. The media are carrying his water big time.

  3. Are you fucking high?

    Seriously?

    Are you fucking high?

    You watch how much the media carries his water when the big news story tomorrow is how much of a sexist he is. Get the fuck out of here, I’m not kidding. He was here in Virginia, we say shit like…

    No…
    why am I even bothering.

  4. Craig says:

    Well, I ‘ve looked at a few news sites that would classify as MSM (ABC, Boston Globe, and, of all things, Fox News) and they ALL are reporting the comment, The McCain camp reaction, the Obama camp explanation, and the other incidents of McCain using that analogy. As opposed to the blogosphere, which is the main domain of hyper-inflated and shrill partisan opinion, it appears that the MSM manages to still do some responsible reporting of events.

    The primary people causing a ruckus are the partisan bloggers for McCain. Most people with common sense realise that Obama did not mean to connect that analogy to Palin. That would have been dumb to the nth power, to do so. Just like most people with common sense understand that McCain was joking about the middle-class making up to 5 Million dollars per year. Yet partisan bloggers will use it as fodder regardless.

    Still, Obama could have served himself better with some quick self-editing of those words before saying them to avoid giving a false impression. That “lipstick” quote is one of the big sound-bite takeaways from Palin’s speech. People are going to make a connection at some level between the two comments. Although I only saw the video one time, I kind of sensed from the volume of the crowd reaction to his comment that even a sizable portion of his audience was making that connection too.

    Sometimes perception trumps the truth.

  5. radical_Moderate says:

    The whole brou-ha-ha is making me sick. I can’t even rouse myself to go over to some of the conservative sites I haunt and occasionally post a refutation of some sort of Obama bashing nonsense on. I thought, after the last 2 elections, not to mention what these same people tried to do to Bill Clinton in the ’90’s, that I had a strong stomach for this bullshit, but I was wrong, and I am getting burnt out trying point out the bullshit to the unenlightened. Well you know what they say, when it comes to the American electorate, you don’t always get the Government you need, but you surely get the Government you deserve.

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