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Washington Post editorial on Tarted-Up-Pig-Gate:

Mr. Obama’s supposedly offending remark was not only not offensive — it also was not directed at Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. “The other side, suddenly, they’re saying ‘we’re for change too,’ ” Mr. Obama said. “You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.” With a woman on the ticket, apparently all references to cosmetics — or pork of the non-bridge variety, for that matter — are forbidden. “Sen. Obama owes Gov. Palin an apology,” sniffed former Massachusetts governor Jane Swift. “Calling a very prominent female governor of one of our states a pig is not exactly what we want to see.” No matter that Mr. McCain used the lipstick-on-a-pig phrase himself, referring to (female) Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health-care plan, or that (female) former McCain aide Torie Clarke wrote a book with that title. In the heat of a campaign, operatives will pounce on any misstep and play to the referees over any arguable foul. We understand that, and certainly the Obama campaign has not been above such tactics. But this cynical use of the gender card is unusually silly.

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Written by Elizabeth

September 11, 2008 at 2:23 pm

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