2008 Presidential Race, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin

>Target Palin: Getting Ugly


In Obama’s acceptance speech at the DNC’s convention, and then accepted by McCain’s remarks at the RNC, was an appeal to avoid personal attacks. I got a lot of heat from friends and family for giving Obama his props for such a moral stand and contrasting it to the way some (not McCain himself) had maligned Obama as immoral and pure evil. “Obama, is my Bill Bradley,” I wrote in an email, “a principled Democrat I disagree with but can respect.” Over the past week, I feel I have been shown to be horribly wrong. The minute the polls turned, Democrats, Obama’s VP and now Obama himself have seemed to start their quick decent into personal attacks. Obama claimed McCain took experience off the table…little did we know dignified respect for avoiding personal attacks was what the Democrats decided to take off the table. A round up:

Obama says of Palin: “You can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.”

Joe Biden uses Palin’s Down Syndrome child to attack her position on stem cell research.

Rumors started about Palin across the internet.

The Obama campaign sends 30 lawyers to Alaska to dig up dirt.

UPDATE: Some say the reference to a pig was not to Palin. The clip is here if you want to judge for yourself. Palin wasn’t mentioned in the immediate context, but with Palin’s famous joke (Hockey mom = bulldog with lipstick) it was either a “sly” reference or a poorly chosen analogy. You can tell what the audience thought it was…

UPDATE 2: Obama attempts a clarification: He didn’t mean Palin, and if he did it was innocent. Clear as mud.



13 thoughts on “>Target Palin: Getting Ugly

  1. >I find myself wanting Sarah Palin to be VP even more after all the attacks she’s received, just to show the slimy press that crime doesn’t pay.J Wizzle, nice article by Buchanan that I’ll pass along in your honor.

    Posted by GUNNY | September 12, 2008, 3:45 pm
  2. >I’m starting to agree. It does illuminate the condecending attitude of the Obama campaign, but I’m done hearing about it. It was probably a poorly chosen analogy, that may or may not have had Palin in mind.It is a little frustrating that now Obama is going after McCain in new ads as being an old foagy that can’t use a computer. Really? Can we talk about certain issues without calling people names and calling them stupid? Now Palin “doesn’t even know what the Bush doctrine is!” Oh, knock it off. Both sides are starting to do those sorts of things though. It’s frustrating. I wish we could have a serious conversation about Iraq or spending but perhaps with a country that is more likely to read People than Time, we are getting the campaign we deserve.

    Posted by Jared Nelson | September 12, 2008, 3:02 pm
  3. >Come on, guys. Take a cue for Huckabee. The “lipstick on a pig” thing was not THAT big of a deal. It’s a very common political trope that is used frequently in recent campaigns. And quite honestly, it’s a distraction.

    Posted by QueenKnitter | September 12, 2008, 1:31 pm
  4. >”The press is all too often trying to go back and ‘reinterpret’ history because they know most Americans don’t check sources and know little about what’s going on in the far recesses of other people’s lives.”The MSM checks its sources though. If username “joeybagodonuts” on Daily Kos reports it then you know you can take it to the bank! 😉

    Posted by Jeff Wright | September 11, 2008, 11:32 am
  5. >Matt,I have read some of the accusations surrounding the birth of Palin’s child. But what I want to know is whether these people are insinuating that it is her daughter’s baby, born 10 months ago, and is now pregnant for the second time, 5 months in. This really casts the daughter into the ‘whorish’ category, does it not? I really think it is ridiculous.The reason I think all of this is unfounded is that my wife and I have a child with Down’s Syndrome and followed very closely when Palin gave birth to the child. It made headlines in a community most are unfamiliar with. What I would like to know is why she would cover the story up then, at a time when she had no clue she would be chosen for VP? She didn’t cover up her daughter’s pregnancy now when the stakes are so much higher. The press is all too often trying to go back and ‘reinterpret’ history because they know most Americans don’t check sources and know little about what’s going on in the far recesses of other people’s lives.I can see where a person who knows up front that they are having a child with Down’s Syndrome might make some pretty quirky decisions regarding the birth of the child that make no sense to most people. We had no idea our daughter had Downs until after she was born. But I must say, the logic in much of my wife’s decisions and even mine defied logic. We were in a state of shock and despair. It has only been in the last 6 months or so that we realize how much other people have been cheated by not having such a special gift!!!! Our Sara (ironic, eh?) is precious.

    Posted by Mark Mathews | September 11, 2008, 8:39 am
  6. >Good article:One of Them and One of UsBy Pat Buchanan

    Posted by J.Wizzle | September 10, 2008, 5:32 pm
  7. >Now I’m hungry for pig in a blanket…mmm!

    Posted by Jeff Wright | September 10, 2008, 11:45 am
  8. >Ah, Jared, don’t throw fish references in the air when a Shakespearean is in the room…

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | September 10, 2008, 11:15 am
  9. >But why two metaphors? The pig with lipstick and the old fish wrapped in new cloth. Isn’t that a reference to Palin first and then to McCain?

    Posted by Jared Nelson | September 10, 2008, 4:26 am
  10. >Unfortunately I don’t see this is anything new for Obama. He has done a good job of posturing as the above the fray candidate up til now but his track record shows him to be a win at all costs, stoop to any level politician. A CNN article regarding Obama’s tactic of manipulating rules to eliminate his opponents by invalidating voting petition signatures states, “Kass, the Chicago Tribune columnist, said the national media are naive when it comes to Chicago politics, which is a serious business.He said they have bought into a narrative that Obama is strictly a reformer. The truth, Kass says, is that he is a bare-knuckled politician. And using the rules to win his first office is part of who Obama is.”It’s not the tactics of ‘let’s all people come together and put your best ideas forward and the best ideas win,’ ” Kass said. “That’s the spin; that’s in the Kool-Aid. You can have some. Any flavor. But the real deal was, get rid of Alice Palmer.”And then there was the coincidental release of embarrassing details from the divorce proceedings of the opponent he was losing to, Jack Ryan. But I’m sure that was a coincidence so I suppose that can’t be used as an example of Obama’s ruthlessness. I’m guessing the attacks against Palin are only going to get worse. Its backfiring, of course, but people are getting to see Obama’s true colors shining through if they haven’t already. Obama is right in the middle of the filth and I expect this will become more and more clear as time goes on.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | September 10, 2008, 3:46 am
  11. >Read some interesting thoughts from a Democrat on the folly of such ugliness by the Obama campaign.I think he’s right on the money.

    Posted by GUNNY | September 10, 2008, 3:16 am
  12. >I’m with you in the spirit of your post, Jared. And although I didn’t say anything, I was a bit concerned when you said you thought Obama was principled. But the lipstick on a pig thing appears to me to be just poorly chosen analogy. And I don’t think the audience is reacting to the connection to Palin. I think they are just appreciating the dig Obama is putting on McCain for using the sacred word, “change”. If Palin had never used the phrase/joke about the bulldog, Obama could have easily used this expression and received the same reaction.That said, I think Obama is a slimeball. Just not any worse a slimeball than your average American politician in the 21st century. I haven’t even let my guard down with Palin. After reading about some of the facts surrounding the birth of her child, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that we haven’t been told the truth. Can you tell I’m jaded?

    Posted by Matthew Bradley | September 10, 2008, 1:05 am
  13. >And check out this from an article from the Wall Street Journal today:”Democrats have airdropped a mini-army of 30 lawyers, investigators and opposition researchers into Anchorage, the state capital Juneau and Mrs. Palin’s hometown of Wasilla to dig into her record and background. My sources report the first wave arrived in Anchorage less than 24 hours after John McCain selected her on August 29.” Sure sounds like “Change you can believe in”, huh?

    Posted by Jeff Bailey | September 10, 2008, 12:09 am

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