Lipstick on a Pig?!

There has been much made in the news the past couple of days about Barack Obama’s “lipstick on a pig” comment. For those of you that haven’t heard the comment, I’ll backtrack. Yesterday, Barack Obama said “You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.” Of course that statement caused the Republicans to swing back saying the comment was “offensive and disgraceful” and that Obama owes Palin an apology.

Does everyone really believe a man of Barack Obama’s caliber and character would intentionally call Palin a pig? I have heard this phrase many times before and considered it a euphemism for trying to cover up something that was unappealing…kind of like what the Republicans have been doing for the past 8 years.

The Republican’s feel this was a “gendered comment.” And, not surprisingly, they are using the media hype created by this old fashion expression to take away from the real issues that affects us all…the declining economy, sky rocketing unemployment, rising fuel costs, global warming, and this disastrous war. Perhaps if I were a Republican running for office, I’d want to divert attention from the past 8 years too.

However, my question is, why doesn’t anyone find Palin’s reference to “soccer moms being like pit bulls” offensive? As a soccer mom, I take more offense to that comment, than “lipstick on a pig.” Not all “soccer moms” behave like pit bulls, nor do we look like them with lipstick. Now I’m not from Alaska, so maybe the soccer moms up there are like pit bulls. But to make a general sweeping comment about a group of women confirms my belief that she is out of touch with mainstream American women.

Thanks Sarah Palin and John McCain for playing the “gender” card during this campaign. I think many would agree that women have fought hard and continue to fight not make gender an issue in the workplace. How will we ever close the pay gap between men and women if we elect a Vice President that plays the gender card to her advantage?

Just my humble opinion…


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