September 10, 2008

More from the Morrissey Grand-Slam

Yeah. Worth linking twice:

Did Obama really mean to call Sarah Palin a pig, or at least refer to her in that sentence? In order to answer that question, people have to look at the full context of his statement here. He also said this:
“You can put lipstick on a pig,” he said as the crowd cheered. “It’s still a pig.”

“You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still gonna stink.”

“We’ve had enough of the same old thing.”

Given that Palin had very publicly made the lipstick/pit bull joke during her widely-seen acceptance speech, it certainly seems that Obama intended to reference both Palin and McCain respectively in this sequence, with Palin being the pig and McCain the “old fish” wrapped in change. The crowd certainly understood what Obama meant, and roared appreciatively.

Now Obama and his team want to pretend that this sequence had no meaning whatsoever. It’s always difficult to gauge intent, but one would have to think Obama an idiot for not seeing the subtext of his own statement, especially since the crowd understood it all too well. Obama himself has cried about the supposed racist attacks of Republicans and the McCain campaign all summer long, without ever once giving any evidence of it, and certainly not a data point like this.

If Obama wants to argue subliminal racism, he has no defense against overt sexism now. This is his game, and he just proved himself incompetent at it.

Glenn's original roundup on this is excellent and extensive, despite the fact that he read the remark differently than I did; can you spot the quotation from a famous piece of children's literature in his post? (And what is it that Insty's mom blogs on, again?)

Posted by Attila Girl at September 10, 2008 03:29 PM | TrackBack
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You can make a case that both references were to Sarah Palin. Barracuda=fish, not to mention the vulgar slang reference to women. The Media/Dems help maneuver McCain into the his spot. McCain didn't play dead and lose, as they planned. Their fixation is with Palin--period. Hard to slime someone to oblivion in sixty days without it looking like that's exactly what you're doing. They've done their best work over years...

Posted by: Darrell at September 10, 2008 07:48 PM


Yes: I know that "fish" is a slang for woman. If that were indeed a second allusion to Palin, it would prove doubly that he's attacking the wrong member of the ticket. If I were analyzing this like a piece of poetry, I'd suggest that the phrase was meant to affect the listener with bad images about BOTH women and old people.

But I can give him the benefit of the doubt, and simply mark him down for one count of sexism and one count of ageism.

Posted by: Attila Girl at September 10, 2008 08:33 PM




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