Palin/McCain: How Dare You Insult Pigs

The faux outrage because Obama called the Palin/McCain ticket a “pig” is backfiring. The GOP, which is stumbling around attempting to play at identity politics, will miss with this one. Obama wasn’t referring the Palin specifically, as will be clear to anyone who watches it.

Americans reject the politics of identity, but more importantly, this ham-handed attempted to stir up the gender pot calls into question Palin’s readiness to lead.

For one thing, if you can’t take stand the heat, get into the kitchen. If she’s going to go toe-to-toe with Putin and Ahmadinejad, she can’t cry foul because someone said something “offensive.” Or gave her a “stern look.

For another thing, if Palin wants to be treated as a man, then she should campaign as a man would. When you bring your children out with you and use them as campaign props you should expect questions about them and how you are parenting. A man would never walk around with the four month-old in his arms to create a tough dad photo op. That’s why he doesn’t get those questions.

Basically, the GOP wants to have their cake and eat it too. I urge them to keep trying.

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6 Responses to Palin/McCain: How Dare You Insult Pigs

  1. EJ says:

    I could not agree with you more. Thank you for telling the truth!

  2. G says:

    While I agree with you that I really don’t think that Obama was saying anything derogatory about Palin that is about the only thing in your article that I agree with. However, he may not have meant it as that reference but reporters at the event even indicated that that was not how the crowd took it. And who said she wanted to be treated like a man. I think she just wants to be treated like any other vice presidential contender. She has only been out a few weeks. Remember people did not even think she would be able to produce at the convention and they underestimated her. Give her a chance to produce as she approaches her media interviews coming this next week. I would like to think America is BIG ENOUGH to permit her to state her case without everyone jumping down her throat. Be reasonable. As to bringing her children on the stage Obama and Biden and McCain have done the same thing so what is the big deal. Hands off should still apply to their children unless they are out there campaigning for the candidate. I think what really irks the vast majority of you is the fact that Obama has received hands off preferred treatment for the past 18 months because he was the new kid in town that could deliver a great speech. The Clintons were amazed that the media seemed to abandon them on this long term love affair with Obama. All of the sudden Obama is NOT the hot item and he cannot understand why his celebrity status has been reduced to second tier and he and has campaign cannot deal with it. For me, I appreciated the efforts of all the candidates but my decision is going to be issues driven and who I truly think can deliver and change in Washington DC. My vote is for the candidate who has shown he can reach accross the aisle to try to stop this partisan bickering. Go John McCain!!!!!

  3. Manny says:

    Why can’t Obama just simply say that he did not mean ti disparage Sarah Palin and take responsibility for poor choice of words? After all, this is the age of political correctness and he of all people should know this.

    Be a leader and take the heat!

  4. For the new McCain ad to be intellectually honest, the caption should read “Obama on McCain’s politics”, rather than “Obama on Palin” before playing the snipet of Obama on lipstick. The only reference could have been what immediately preceded the lipstick comment, which was clearly NOT about Gov Palin, but about the false McCain platform of change.

    I will tell my daughter that to advance the cause of equality for women, she ought NEVER make her gender an issue, no matter what. Projecting one’s self as a victim is self perpetuating.

    Lastly, I would love to hear what our highest ranking military leaders think of the Palin selection. They would be loathe to admit it, but my hunch is that they believe their brother sold them out for politics. Senator McCain has dishonored himself and his country. Shameless sense of entitlement.

  5. K-man says:

    G:

    Hands-off preferred treatment for the past 18 months??? Are you kidding me?

    Here’s what Obama said, IN CONTEXT:

    “John McCain says he is 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 the same thing something different. You can put lipstick on a pig, 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.”

    Read it.

    Now tell me how all of this “is he black enough?” or “is he Muslim?” stuff is preferred treatment. Tell me how calling the man’s wife and mother of his children a “baby mama” is preferred treatment. Tell me how labeling him a “flip-flopper” while McCain changes his stance on everything across the board is preferred treatment. We’ve got a laundry list, man. Preferred treatment? WHAT?

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