Speaking in Lebanon, Virginia yesterday, Barack Obama went after John McCain’s policies:
“John McCain says he’s about change, too,” Obama said, leading into a string of ways he contends McCain represents more of the same — economic policy, taxes, education, foreign policy, campaign tactics. “That’s not change. That’s just calling something that’s the same thing something different.
“You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig,” Obama went on, and the crowd erupted into shrieks, whoops and cheers. “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper and call it change. It’s still going to stink, after eight years. We’ve had enough of the same old thing.”
McCain immediately objected, not to the stinky fish comment, but to the comparison between McCain and a dolled up pig. He had no such objections last year, when Obama noted that “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,” nor of course when McCain referred to Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal with the same idiom, or indeed when McCain used the idiom in referring to opponents of the Iraq war.
But McCain objects now, thinking somehow that referring to his policies as lipstick on a pig is a reference to Palin, with the campaign explaining: “As far as I know, she’s the only one of the presidential candidates or vice presidential candidates who wears lipstick. It seemed to me a very gendered comment. There’s only one woman in the race.”
Only one pig, too, and his name is John McCain.
While McCain staffers went into an outrage overdose, people at the rally loved it:
JoAnn Vicars, a retired Bristol police employee, thought Obama’s remark was great: “Loved it!” She and several friends scoffed at the idea that Obama was talking about Palin. “That’s the way we talk, buddy,” Vicars said, in a raspy local accent.
Shame McCain is so out of touch with rural voters.