Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

There is a difference between lipstick on a pig and pit bull reference

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008

I cannot believe people don't understand this, but here it goes.

The old saying, putting lipstick on a pig, is rather like the saying, making a silk purse out of a sows ear. It just means that you can try to dress up a dirty, bloated pig, but it is still a pig. Pretty simple. 

When Sarah Palin told the joke about the difference between a pit bull dog and a hockey mom being lipstick, she was comparing the ferocity of the pit bull with the fighting spirit of a mother of a hockey player. In other words, she was saying she had the grit and tenacity to fight Washington.

The fierce fighting nature of a pit bull is well known. Fighting for what is right is a noble thing. Sometimes the image of a lioness is used to convey the same fighting spirit--that nothing will stand in your way of protecting your charge.

Pigs on the other hand are not associated with anything noble. Pigs are associated with dirtiness, laziness, disease, excess, and general slovenliness.  

Pigs are considered unclean animals by Jews, Muslims, and some Christians. My apologies to Charlotte's Web and Babe fans, but no one would be flattered by being compared to a pig (and I like pigs.)

Barack Obama recently compared McCain's economic policy to putting lipstick on a pig. Obama may or may not have "gotten" that his comparison, coming on the heels of Palin's convention speech, might lead people to think he was referring to her. (She compared her fighting spirit to that of a pit bull--she was just as fierce, she just wore lipstick)  Obama may not have intended the slam, but his audience sure did--they cheered wildly.

And while I am at it, a president must be mindful of his words and their potential to offend. If you read the transcript of Obama's words from the incident, do they sound presidential? His diction and speech pattern is very different from his more formal speeches. Plus, it doesn't even look like they were his own words! From NewsBusters:

The folks at FreeRepublic have found an interesting... uh, shall we say coincidence... concerning Barack Obama's widely panned September 9 comments made at a rally in Virginia where he seemed to be saying that Governor Palin was a "pig" by referencing the "lipstick" quote from her acceptance speech at the GOP convention. It is looking like Obama's comments were not off the cuff, but scripted. And, not only were they scripted, but they were stolen without attribution from a Washington Post political cartoon by Tom Toles from September 5. Will the media notice?

Obama may or may not have intended the slam. Either way, to me, it still shows an error in judgment.


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