Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Palin and Lipstick Jokes

With this latest episode of "inartful phrasing," Obama is being criticized by the conservative punditry for what appeared to be a thinly veiled attempt to capitalize on Palin's successful "pit bull" joke at her expense.

"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."

The McCain campaign is crying foul and demanding an apology. Obama insists he wasn't referring to Palin. Maybe so, but at this stage of the game, why take the chance and make it appear like that is exactly what you're doing?

Salon on the other hand left no doubt about what they intended when they ran this headline today, "What's the difference between Palin and Muslim fundamentalists? Lipstick"

"John McCain announced that he was running for president to confront the transcendent challenge" of the 21st century, "radical Islamic extremism," contrasting it with "stability, tolerance and democracy." But the values of his handpicked running mate, Sarah Palin, more resemble those of Muslim fundamentalists than they do those of the Founding Fathers."

Barack Obama is also a professing believer in the Christian faith, so why are Obama supporters fearful of Palin's Christian faith but not his? Obama successfully wiped Reverend Wright off the political landscape, do they really want force it all back to the forefront now, so close to the election?

Like Obama's attempt at humor using lipstick, any attempt to compare Palin's Christian faith to Muslim fundamentalists is bound to backfire on Obama. But desperate times, call for desperate measures and Obama appears to be getting to that point.

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