Thursday, September 11, 2008

On Lipstick: An Open Letter to Senator John McCain

Senator McCain,

Shame on you. When Senator Obama said

"John McCain says he's about change, too - except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics. 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."[1]
your first response should not have been to air a web ad claiming:
CHYRON: Barack Obama On: Sarah Palin
BARACK OBAMA: Well, you know, you can, you know you can...put...uh...lipstick on a's still a pig.[2]

From Barack Obama's remarks, it's clear he's referring to John McCain's policies.

Instead, your response should have been something along the lines of: "Senator Obama claims that our policies are no different from those of President Bush. He's wrong- here's what's different, here's what's the same, and why."

Misquoting, slandering, and phony outrage over a comment that John McCain himself has used[3] are horrible and shameful politics. Your attacks show me that your estimation of the average American's intelligence is approximately that of a pig wearing lipstick, or possibly a pit bull.

Please get back to the issues.

Grey Politics

[1]The Caucus Blog
[2]John McCain's official campaign site
[3]YouTube video of McCain

1 comment:

  1. Amen.

    If he did actually address the criticism and list all the ways he's different from Bush, he'd have a lot to say -- a better plan for executing the war, and a great record on global warming, money in politics, fiscal responsibility, etc.

    Instead, he's surged in the polls by drawing a foul and sinking the shot. A lot of Americans relate to Palin as a person (blue collar husband, pregnant daughter, military son, disabled infant, etc), and when she gets criticized for some of those things, those Americans feel criticized themselves and rush to her side. It's exactly what helped push Bush over the top in 200 and 2004: when there was a perception that Bush was being criticized for his religious views, it cemented the support of all the people who shared those views.

    The dems should avoid the foul. Ignore Palin (and anything that could even be connected to her, like lipstick) and focus on the diving economy, the endless war, and all the other failings of the last 8 years.