Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Obama: Now he calls you a phony. And more Pig Methaphors
I’ve never thought Obama was so much a great Orator as he is a good Reader. But I did expect that he would at least try to conduct himself appropriately and distance himself from the low politics of internecine Chicago-style political war. Especially since Obama has no experience of any other kind of war. To be fair, though, Obama tells the story in his biography how he bravely stepped up to register for Selective Service when he came of age. Certainly, heroism of that magnitude demands respect.
But the “lipstick on a pig” comments are unforgivable. Obama was speaking in what feminists call “male code” when he used the metaphor in adjacent context with Sarah Palin’s political activity. Unless Obama’s been living on another planet (and one could make a good case for that), he must be aware of impact of his dumb-assed post-adolescent anti-female semaphore which he now compounds with further insults.
“Enough of that phony stuff,” he says to those who would recognize the cheap smears for what they are.
Well, Obama wants to argue that the pig analogy was appropriate to Great Oratory so I guess he won’t mind people looking at him and thinking “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” And I guess he wouldn’t mind if I remind voters that Obama is a “pig in a poke,” a person who has tightly controlled the information he so much needs to hide from the public.