Thursday, September 11, 2008


At a speech at Lebanon, Virginia on Tuesday, future President Barack Obama said: "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.

"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."

Within minutes, the McCain campaign announced a conference call to discuss the remark. This despite the fact that last October McCain drew comparisons between Hillary Clinton's current health care plan and the one she supported in 1993 by saying: "I think they put some lipstick on the pig, but it's still a pig." He used a similar line in May

Yet now the McCain campaign has demanded an apology from Obama, claiming there is a "big difference" between the two references and saying it's "obviously disrespectful and offensive" to Sarah Palin.

I've never heard anything so ridiculous in my life. Obama was not referring to Palin and even if he was, so what? Is she allowed to say whatever she wants and run on the Republican ticket, but then play they gender card when anyone dares to criticise her? How pathetic. This really is gutter politics and plainly shows how little substance there is behind the Republican campaign.

Thankfully the Obama campaign has seen this for what it is. Obama's senior adviser Anita Dunn said: "The McCain campaign's attack tonight is a pathetic attempt to play the gender card about the use of a common analogy- the same analogy that Sen. McCain himself used about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's health care plan just last year. This phony lecture on gender sensitivity is the height of cynicism and lays bare the increasingly dishonorable campaign John McCain has chosen to run."

So much for change from the Republicans.


Anonymous said...

Time for the Republicians to 'change ' the record! they need to learn to take it on the chin

nineteensixtyseven said...

Let's not forget McCain's Chelsea Clinton joke: