Wednesday, September 10, 2008

"Lipstickgate?" REALLY?!

And you thought I was kidding about the media in last night's blog; today, the top headline from the increasingly irrelevant media is "Lipstickgate." Let's ignore the stupidity of adding "gate" to the end of every scandal like it's an actual suffix and focus on what this controversy is all about, apparently, Barack Obama is sexist. Why? Because he said this in regards to McCain's claim of bringing "real change" to Washington:

You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig. You can wrap up 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!

So where's the sexist part come in? Oh, because Sarah Palin made the cute little joke about the only difference between a pitbull and a hockey mom is "lipstick" during her speech last week. Apparently, it's perfectly okay to equate Palin to a bitch (female dog), but a pig, that's over the line. Except for the fact that Obama wasn't even talking about Palin! But leave it to the Republicans to manufacture outrage like Obama called her a twat or something and then like moths to the flame, the "liberal" media latches right on.

"Lipstick on a pig" is not a new phrase, in fact, John McCain used it in reference to a Hillary Clinton policy less than a year ago. Where were the cries of sexism then? Where was the outrage? Oh yeah, there was none, because liberals are generally rational-thinking adults who understand that McCain wasn't actually calling Clinton a pig, but conservatives are like small children who cry foul whenever someone calls them on their bullshit. Obama wasn't calling Palin a pig, he was saying that McCain can talk about being the "change candidate" or a "maverick" all day long, but it doesn't change the fact that he's been in line with George W. Bush 90% of the time.

This is the problem with trying to engage in logical discussion with a Republican, they can't do it because they have no actual policies to run on. They have no plan to fix the economy, no plan for the war in Iraq, no ideas for health care and they don't care about restoring our standing with the rest of the world, so they have to rely on juvenile, lowest common denominator nonsense like this. McCain's own campaign manager admitted that the election wasn't about the issues, but rather "personalities." Republicans know they can't win on their record, because the record is the biggest embarrassment in American history, but they know how to distract voters and people keep falling for it - this is how we ended up with eight years of Bush, Americans get the leaders they deserve.

I'll have more on McCain and sexism in a future installment of The Palin Project, but I find it astouding that a man who cheated on his crippled first wife with a rich beauty queen can cry sexism. I find it amusing that the guy who reportedly called his wife a "cunt" and makes jokes about rape can cry sexism. And I just find it flat-out offensive that the candidate who has consistently voted against every major women's issue in his 26 years in the US Senate, can cry sexism. If you want to vote based on women's issues, your candidate should be Joe Biden, no person in the House or Senate has done more for women's issues in recent years than the Vice Presidential pick on the Democratic ticket. As for Senator McCain, just because he selected a woman as his running-mate, it doesn't negate the fact that he is the true sexist in this election.

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