Pigs and Lipstick in Virginia

Pigs and Lipstick in Virginia

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) was campaigning for the presidency in Southwestern Virginia the other day, and commented that Republican candidate John McCain’s policy could not possibly be called “change.” As he has been doing since the Democratic primaries, Senator Obama compared that to “putting lipstick on a pig.” The crowd reacted enthusiastically.

The Republican campaign immediately took umbrage (NotionsCapital is campaigning to make “umbrage” a controlled substance), accusing Senator Obama of calling Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin a pig. This is curious, since Governor Palin called herself a “pitbull in lipstick.” Perhaps Mrs. Palin, a Miss Alaska runner-up, will organize a beauty contest between pitbulls and pigs. Senator McCain would be a good judge, since he only marries former beauty queens.  But we digress.

Senator Obama has been comparing political promises for change by Washington old-timers to “old fish in new paper” and a “pig in lipstick” since at least the Pennsylvania primary, when Mrs. Palin was even more of a cipher than she is now.

The speech in question was given in rural Virginia, where many people raise swine or have kinfolk who do. Last year, the farmers of the Commonwealth of Virginia raised $50,533,000 worth of hogs. Lipstick use by swine is not tracked by the Virginia Department of Agriculture. We will contact them about this immediately.

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

3 Responses to “Pigs and Lipstick in Virginia”

  1. Weer'd Beard Says:

    Its a common saying. Obama probably should have picked a DIFFERENT one, but in the end it isn’t a big deal.

    Still your attempts to spin the issue really don’t make you look very bright…

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    WB:
    My attempts? I’m not the one misdirecting the press away from the issues, because Republican issues are the same ones that have gutted our economy and democracy over the past 8 years.

    I tried to get my friend with the surname of Fish to chastise Obama for saying of McCain’s policies: “Old fish wrapped in new paper still stinks.” Ms. Fish lacks a sense of humor about that metaphor. Too bad.

  3. Jon Person Says:

    McCain, please stop all the mudslinging and get to the core issues?

    Video of John McCain using the “Lipstick On a Pig” phrase:

    Video of John McCain using the “Lipstick On a Pig” phrase AGAIN:

    … if you keep the mudslinging up, you’ll be exposed again.

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