posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 11:05 AM
First off, let me state that in my opinion, Obama's use of the saying "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig", and the use of the
exact same sentence by McCain are not sexist. It's a saying that has been used many times, and if you look at the context both candidates used it,
it is CLEAR that they were talking about issues, and not their opponents.
However, it seems as though MANY McCain supporters are jumping on it, but they have to know that this term has been used by him as well.
Lipstick on a pig
In Iowa last October, McCain drew comparisons between Hillary Clinton's current health care plan and the one she championed in 1993: "I think
they put some lipstick on the pig, but it's still a pig." He used roughly the same line in May, after effectively claiming the Republican
So you see, in this case, McCain was talking about Hillary's health care plan compared to the one she was proposing in 1993.
In Obama's case, he was talking about how McCain's supposed "change" is nothing but the same thing as Bush's policies...
John McCain says he's 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,'" he
"That's not change. That's just calling something the same thing something different. You know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a
So as you can see....neither of the uses of this phrase is sexist, it's in reference to policy matters, and is a well known face. Everyone on both
sides of the political spectrum need to stop nitpicking on every word the candidates say, stop reading something into them that isn't there, and deal
with the issues. These types of petty arguments just make the people arguing them look foolish (IMO).