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The GOP Takes Hostages

Where’s the pride?

I ask that of every Republican who in recent days has done the bidding of the McCain campaign and lied about what Barack Obama said regarding that now famous pig and lipstick. First off the mark was former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift who, in a conference call arranged by the McCain campaign, called the remark “disgraceful” and demanded an “apology.” Swift’s compliance was so, well, swift and mindless that at first I thought this was a hostage situation -- one of those episodes in which some poor soul is forced to issue a statement at gunpoint. Someone ought to check Swift’s house.

But then, very quickly, came responses from others Republican women. Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Candice Miller apparently were also taken hostage and issued statements that had to be -- one would hope -- their personal bests in voter contempt. They attacked Obama for being a sexist lout regarding the fair Sarah, never noticing that they themselves were being exploited for their sex and that they were, in the process, surrendering all rights, now and in the future, to advise children, grandchildren and orphans everywhere to always tell the truth -- and, if I may return to where I began, to conduct yourself with pride.

As for John McCain himself, it is now clear he would rather be president than proud. If he keeps this up, he should be neither.

By Richard Cohen  | September 11, 2008; 8:53 AM ET
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And rather win an election than--(fill in the blank).

Posted by: Jackie | September 11, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I am not a republican woman but I laff at the indignant outrage of old white guys who are shocked - shocked - to find that GOP women can scramble into the game elbows out. What, they should remain quiet on the sidelines until whistled into the game once the men have spoken?
Tim Kaine has less experience and he was seriously considered for the VP slot. Enuf with the trash on this woman. It proves the Puma Path contention that the pile-on for women pols is out of control and needed to be stopped.
NoBama, with his homemade presidential seal and fireworks, has barely familiarized himself with either war zone. His quick hop thru the region this past summer was a joke, as was the German me-fest he staged.
No candidate is perfect or has all angles covered. But for me, this time, I will trust a mom and vote for her.
Pls. google Puma Path and consider our position. NoBama!

Posted by: Puma Path!NoBama from Florida | September 11, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Swift she ain't!!!

Posted by: James Tewes | September 11, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

This most recent ad of McCain's make manifest what was only implied before. He has contempt for Plain and all women, seeing them not as partners but as cardboard cutouts for use in gender politics. He parades Plain about, not as a running mate but as a toy poodle trained to do a few tricks and kept on a very short lease. And uses her identity as a women as a way to attack Obama as a sexist never noticing that the attack on Obama shows McCain's tailhook attitude to women as things to used as needed but never treated seriously.

Posted by: Mike Mauney | September 11, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Puma poster above: Watching Fox News is kind of unusual in "non-Republican" women, but I guess it happens.

As a matter of fact, Tim Kaine was actually mayor of Richmond, Virginia, pop. of 200,000,(compare Wasilla @ 9,000) Governor of Virgina, population 7,642,884S(compare Alaska population @ 760,000). He was governor of that state for 3 whole years(compare Palin @ less than 2 years), and before that he was lieutenant governor of Virginia.

See Karl Rove addressing this issue on the Daily Show, Sept. 3.

Posted by: Jackie | September 11, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

All the harping about "experience" is just a sideshow to the real issue, which is competence and judgement. Do you seriously think Obama supporters were under any illusion that Obama was more experienced than McCain? Of course not. Obama has superior judgement and superior policies, as opposed to McCain mindless war-cheerleading and continuation of Bush's failed policies.

Palin, meanwhile, in the course of her oh-so-precious "experience", mismanaged the finances of a tiny town (incurring eight-figure debts!), abused her office to try to ban books and satisfy petty revenge fantasies, and gladly suckled at the teat of federal pork while outwardly denouncing it.

Posted by: alphahelix | September 11, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

McCain would rather win that tell the truth. I am losing faith in this nation. My father immigrated to this country in 1923, he threw off all of his native heritage to become fully an American. Of all things he was proudest of his citizenship and the country that gave it to him. He is gone now, and so is the nation he was so proud of. Another republican administration will make this nation uninhabitable except for the hyper wealthy and the slaves that do their bidding without any basic benefits such as education, health care, or basic Constitutional rights. If McCain is successful in his campaign of lies and weapons of gross distortion it will be time to move on and move out. Obama gives me hope that the nation my father was once so proud of can be reclaimed. The only person who cares about the future of this nation, the only patriot running in this election is Obama.

Posted by: theroadmaster | September 11, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Your column really stunk up the place today, like an old fish wrapped in newspaper. Just because the Post puts lipstick on you, it does not make you any less a pig.

Do us all a favor and take a vacation until after the election.

Posted by: Stan | September 11, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Hey Dumocrats and Cohen: You guys virtually invented this sort of "populist demagoguery" and now it's FINALLY being employed back against you. I think it is deeeeeliiiiiiicious, myself.

But please, oh puh-leeze, keep talking down to blue collar woman and men all over the country. They'll see 'ya in November and it ain't gonna be pretty for Southside Obama and his anti-American radical buddies.......BANK ON IT 8-)

Posted by: JC | September 11, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Stan...100%.

Couldn't of said it better myself so I won't add anything but this-
McCain/Palin 08- yeah baby!

Posted by: Palin Power | September 11, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Apparently all it takes to be selected and respected by Republicans is get pregnant and hate others. Oh, and love oil, regardless of the costs.

Posted by: bob | September 11, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Since 1936 Republicans have been modeling their campaigns on the wisdom of Joseph Paul Goebbels -- namely the big lie. Just scare your people enough and anything is possible.

Posted by: norman ravitch | September 11, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

"As for John McCain himself, it is now clear he would rather be president than proud. If he keeps this up, he should be neither."

Absolutely right. If only the voters cared.

Posted by: williamboot | September 11, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

As Governor and a former mayor, Palin certainly has experience talking with the press and campaigning. If Palin is truly an equal and someone to shatter the glass ceiling, then why is she only allowed to make carefully scripted comments and is not allowed to speak for herself to the press? You don't see Obama putting such restrictions on Biden?

If McCain truly respects Palin and is not merely using her to win identity votes with women and the religious right, then why not let her speak for himself? Otherwise, she's just the token window dressing to win votes. Perhaps when McCain called his wife a c*nt and made the joke about the woman who was raped by a gorilla and then wanted to find that "marvellous" gorilla after recovering, he is signalling what he really thinks of women. By cheating on his first wife, she shows that he doesn't really respect them. The question is whether women will be loyal to such a man and give them their votes just because he picks one as his running mate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The Republican party should have earned every American voter's contempt years ago for thinking that the electorate is stupid but they haven't because unfortunatly too many are just that.

Posted by: John in Chicago | September 11, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

You guys should stop whining... this is what the repubs want and you are playing their game! and we are going to loose this election again! So lets focus on the matters at hand, lets focus on the issues, lets focus on McCain and pleee-ease leave Palin alone, it's a trap damn it!

Posted by: BZK | September 11, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

While every liberal commentator is preparing questions to coach poor, helpless Charlie Gibson demonstrate beyond doubt that Palin is a gaffe-prone nitwit, their candidate is busy demonstrating his propensity for gaffes when he is not reading off a teleprompter. Sure the Rs pile on! You don't think the Ds will pile on if Gibson prompts a regrettable remark from Palin? If you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen!

Posted by: Lou Sernoff | September 11, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

hi to Jackie - I don't have cable and do not watch Fox. never had cable, never will.
Jane Healy wrote an excellent editorial in the Orlando Sentinel this past Sunday noting that Tim Kaine and Bobby Jindal both are very new (2004 or so) to politics and yet were instantly on national radar screens as VP maybes - even short listed. Google it - Healy is more articulate than Rove and warrants your attention. I never listen to Rove, what a dopey suggestion.
It is hard for me, a lifelong Dem., to support a GOP ticket but Howard Dean needs to be spanked for shoving NoBama down our throats. Our Fla. primary votes were just counted half value - outrageous. It was a backroom deal shoving Hillary and her first place vote tally aside.
NoBama! Puma Path - google us and join us. (to all the male posters with snide comments to my other post - thanks for proving my point.) The patriarchy is stunned to face female power - lol. Kinda funny. Hey - you tube Joe Biden talking yesterday - he said "Hillary might have been a better pick than me." gee - ya think??
I live in a swing state and have dedicated myself to preventing NoBama from getting votes here in Fla. Hillary in four years...

Posted by: No way NoBama | September 11, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I had to steal this one, from a poster on the NYT named Carl Wallander:

"Jesus was a Community Organizer; Pontius Pilate was a Governor."

Posted by: edwcorey | September 11, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are lying lying lying. I can't help but laugh at the so called party stalwarts whining over side issues with a straight face. From Rudy to Freddie and Swiftie, their reaction has little to admire. Calling it "Junior High" would be an improvement. All of this is an insult to us Americans whichever way you look at it. The Right has been duped by the Republicans before and they they are getting it up theirs now over and over again. Enjoy it!
No to McCain.

Posted by: Westerner | September 11, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Weird article. You call it lies, so everyone agrees with you? You're convinced it's lies, so everyone who disagrees is "violating her conscience" and "doing the bidding of the McCain campaign"? Are you unaware that lots of people were offended? That's why McCain's campaign, rightly or wrongly, put out an ad - to take advantage of the people who were offended.

Did Obama mean to imply what those who are offended think? How should I know? It certainly might be a clever cutting reference to Palin's pit bull with lipstick remark. The fact that Obama says the phrase often, and even so does McCain, doesn't prove otherwise. After Palin's speech, the phrase now has this additional implication. From the video, it seems clear that the audience thought it was a great jab.

Or, more likely, it was his standard line, and he didn't put two and two together to catch the new implication until after his audience had laughed.

Obama needed to give the standard apology right away. "I never meant this remark to offend, but I see that it did work out offending people, and I see how they could have taken it that way. I'm really sorry." Fully sufficient, and he could have gone on to attack the McCain campaign's over-reaction. Instead, he's digging himself deeper, and you're helping. There were a good number of people offended. Telling them that they are idiots or liars isn't likely to bring them back close.

Posted by: MikeR | September 11, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Dear concerned citizens of America and mass media of the U.S.A.

As a concerned disabled American Veteran and American citizen, I consider it my duty and responsibility to address the following critical issues facing the voters of our Greatgrand nation, the United States of America [USA].

The citizens of the United States of America [USA] have the ultimate power and responsibility to elect the Right Ticket with the right joint "temperament, judgement, and statesmanship" to lead our nation as well as change our nation's present and future moral, political, economic, educational, health care, energy, military, and foundational soul.
In my firm professional, personal, and political opinion, the media should help the common voter to explore and discuss the following attributes of the present Republican and Democratic presidential slates:
1. Does the joint ticket have a calm, cool, and collected " temper and impulse" [Presidential Temperament]?
2. Does each ticket have sound and sustained "Judgment and Caliber"?
3. Does each ticket have a "presidential depth and degree" in regard to their purpose, policies, and positions?
4. Does each ticket have adequate, "understanding and knowledge" of workings around Washington"?
5. Does each ticket have enough "vigor, wisdom and Vision" for the future of our beloved Great-grand Nation?
6. Does each ticket possess enough joint foreign policy experience and exposure based on "American Values, Virtues, Vastness, and strong soul"?
7. Are their campaign talk, slogans, ads, plans, and programs based on facts and are they free of fear, fiction, frivolous labels, unfair attacks, negativity, and impulsivity? [Danger to country and countries mission[s].
8. Does the ticket keep country or politics first? [McCain stole Obama's change and is running with it.]


As a Independent registered voter I have decided to vote for the Obama-Biden ticket. I am sure they will protect our national security, strengths, stamina and soul as well as rebuild our nation from the bottom up in all areas of need. The OBAMA-BIDEN ticket will restore our global standing with the use of maximum, firm international diplomacy and minimal force if and when indicated.


Yours sincerely,

COL. A.M. Khajawall [Ret] MD., Forensic psychiatrist, Colonel, US-AR / MC Combat Stress Control[Ret], Disabled American Veteran and Iraq Freedom team.

PS: This nation will not buy into the kitchen sink strategy. We are getting deeper into internal and external holes through these attacks and the world is laughing at us as they enjoy our partisan Pitt Bull wounds. I am sure the collective deceptive measures of the GOP, RNC, FOX, RUSH, ROVE, McCain, and his surrogates will fail to deprive American voters of their deserved leadership. Media stop cultural divide, distraction's, and possible war. It is critically against USA internal and external challenges. Media play fair and do not trivialize or personalize this election. Stakes are too high and we need to address issues without getting too emotional about personalizes. Correct the incorrect and provide voters information accurately, fairly, and in balanced. Do not allow sexism, racism, and religion become part of discussion. Stay with the facts and address the issues.

Posted by: COL. A.M.Khajawall [Ret] | September 11, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

We have to do more than just hope that America doesn't get sidetracked about lipstick. The press has to call the R's on their lies. Come on, they're going to run against the press anyway, you might as well desrve it.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 11, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Come now, people. Does anyone seriously believe Obama was referring to Palin as a pig?

Seriously?

Where is the honorable John McCain of years past?

Posted by: Hillman | September 11, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Unless you think that Obama is stupid (which you don't), unless you think his speech writers are thoughtless (which they aren't) and unless you think his campaign people are idiots (which they are clearly not) you have to believe that Obama's "lipstick" phrase was put in his mouth in an apparantly innocuous statement days after Palin's "lipstick" comment in order to make a point. For supposed intelligent people who promised to raise the level of political discourse, this was a obvious dig at Governor Palin. At best, it was just dumb to say, at worst it just gave the Republicans more ammo to rally their base and make Obama look clumsy.

Posted by: Bill | September 11, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The different is Obama meaned it. He just called Sarah a pig. With all due respects, Unless you are blind, you could see it.

Posted by: Henry CA | September 11, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone stopped to think that Palin called herself a pit bull with lipstick? I believe that would be a female pit bull, i.e., female dog. Do I need to go any further?

Posted by: Tom Roller | September 11, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin '08

TWO PIGS IN A POKE

A common colloquial expression in the English language, to "buy a pig in a poke," is to make a risky purchase without inspecting the item beforehand. The phrase can also be applied to accepting an idea or plan without a full understanding of its basis.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_in_a_poke

Posted by: patriot76 | September 11, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/6lbfdv

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Palinism: Politics as The Content-Free Violation of Expectation

What is Palinism?

What is it about?

What policies?

What ideas?

What positions?

Even in the Lincoln-Douglas debates, while no doubt many were motivated by regional partisanship, local prejudices, and "the measure" of the candidate, one suspects that at least a rough rendering of the issues--secession vs. Union, free vs. enslaved--was carried in and animated the crowds.

Now, it is pure reaction to pattern. To one impulse expectation violated by the provocation of another impulse, that feels--good.

We have reached the content-free phase of American politics.

A form, an image--glasses, hair, a voice, what it suggests--is enough. She could be speaking the words to the airport timetable, the swearing-in speech of Ferdinand Marcos, the ingredients of a
box of Sizzlean--the image, the sound, and the gathering impulse, the bare stirring from dull lack of novelty--is sufficient to awaken the crowds to angry perturbance at...the stimulus to be perturbed, and the bare sense of actual directed action and purpose that comes with doing so.

Palin herself wears a glazed, slightly confused look in her eyes--what is it that has unleashed this roar, this approbation. Being used to herself, and having been among those who are well used to her, she is unaware of the novelty that her mere form releases in the dazed electorate, yearning for a pretext for expression. Soon, she'll believe it herself.

And, after all, isn't that what democracy is all about? The ability to choose to decide without knowledge? Better yet, to choose your knowledge, irrespective of fact, in correspondence with the liberating, confirmation-free impulse?

This is what today's moment stands for.

These are our satisfactions and securities in this golden age.

Cite:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/6lbfdv

Posted by: Cara Prado | September 11, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

How many African-Americans wish they had spoken out against Clarence Thomas? How many Hispanic-Americans spoke out against Antonio Gonzales? They should be speaking out against the naked tokenism. McCain is the most misogynistic candidate for POTUS in modern History. He laughs at the Hillary is a b*tch jokes, thinks rape is funny..come on ..This is a scam by the Rovians. Too much is at stake for identity politics.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 11, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Hillary lost because she voted for the Iraq war. Period. Get over it.

McCain is a dishonorable man and Palin is no better for accepting so much pork. Giving rebate checks to the people of Alaska for big oil windfall profits while building a big deficit for the State of Alaska to fund infrastructure projects, essentially making it the problem of the next generation of Alaskans, and the next governor to balance the budget and reduce their deficit? That strikes you as sound policy? All totally unnecessary. Meanwhile the lower 48 states are going belly-up due to the high price of gasoline, while she's auctioning off natural gas to Japan instead of getting it to the rest of the American people who might really need it in the time of an energy crisis.

Do your homework. This woman is an incredibly bad decision maker. I can't even trust McCain in McCain's shoes, why would I trust her?

She is a terrible VP choice. Cheney with lipstick in an undisclosed location, so she can cram foreign policy experience before the VP debate. Contrast that with Biden's 26 YEARS of ACTUAL foreign policy experience. This is a no-brainer, folks.

Posted by: STILTON | September 11, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Gender slurs, don't blame the victim. I agree with Mike R. Obama would be more credible if he had apologized since the audience clearly took it as a nasty jab at Palin (which they happened to like). It's a muted version of the one pastors in Obama's church made who mocked Hillary. Is he identified with that view? Women are very angered by such demeaning images and McCain's people had to respond or it would have remained a nasty image in people's minds. There are gender slurs as well as racial slurs and if one inadvertently makes one, an apology is in order, not blaming the victim. Though I do not agree with her on many issues,one of things Palin could achieve would be to raise sensitivity to and awareness of gender slurs just as Obama raises sensitivity to racial slurs. Blaming the victim (we're duped) doesn't help.

Posted by: Connie G | September 11, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

McCain is the pig, Palin the lipstick.

Put lipstick on that pig of a candidate.

Posted by: Cochino | September 11, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I suppose it's ok for the Rovian slime machine to do it but when the Dems do it it's over the line? Can I have beans with my hypocrisy, please?

Posted by: Sarah's Retarded Baby | September 11, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that an old sexual harasser like Cohen (remember how he mistreated young Devin Spurgeon more than a decade ago) is getting all moralistic about the GOP attacks on Obama's lipstick comment. When McCain was sucking up to the NY/DC media, blasting the conservatives, Cohen loved him.

Now that the shifty McCain opportunistically senses victory despite the neocon foreign policy blundering (which the Post editorial staff enabled in a big way) of the past two terms, the GOP is showing they know how to play politics the way the Dems did w/ Iran/Contra, Bork, Thomas and other disputes of the 80s and 90s.

Also, the Democratic Party's Stalinist approach to abortion continues to cost them millions of votes (primarily Catholic) in the battleground states. Melinda Henneberger writes about this extensively in her book, "If They Only Listened To Us".

The recent abortion radio ads in Northern Va. have only helped McCain, not hurt him, showing how shortsighted Michelle Obama and her feminist gang are. Too bad, Richard. As Malcolm X noted many decades ago, "the chickens are coming home to roost".

Posted by: Dan | September 11, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that an old sexual harasser like Cohen (remember how he mistreated young Devin Spurgeon more than a decade ago) is getting all moralistic about the GOP attacks on Obama's lipstick comment. When McCain was sucking up to the NY/DC media, blasting the conservatives, Cohen loved him.

Now that the shifty McCain opportunistically senses victory despite the neocon foreign policy blundering (which the Post editorial staff enabled in a big way) of the past two terms, the GOP is showing they know how to play politics the way the Dems did w/ Iran/Contra, Bork, Thomas and other disputes of the 80s and 90s.

Also, the Democratic Party's Stalinist approach to abortion continues to cost them millions of votes (primarily Catholic) in the battleground states. Melinda Henneberger writes about this extensively in her book, "If They Only Listened To Us".

The recent abortion radio ads in Northern Va. have only helped McCain, not hurt him, showing how shortsighted Michelle Obama and her feminist gang are. Too bad, Richard. As Malcolm X noted many decades ago, "the chickens are coming home to roost".

Posted by: Dan | September 11, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

What is wrong is not that Obama uses "lipstick" to attack Palin, but that he lacks the guts to admit that he's doing so.

Posted by: Sam | September 11, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. If he didn't mean the "lipstick" remark as the blatant smear many of us take it to be, why didn't he quickly repudiater the cheering audience who defintely took it just that way.

Posted by: jayjay9 | September 11, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/ObamaBlueprintForChange.pdf

This link will take you to Sen. Barack Obama's Blueprint for Change wherein he sets forth in detail the real changes he will make, if elected President of the United States, and how these changes will be implemented. I believe all those who support Senator Obama can help get him elected by printing out as many copies of the booklet as you can and distributing them to friends and neighbors. Remember, we have less than 2 months to bring Senator Obama's message of real change to the American People. Obama/Biden 2008!!!

Posted by: caliguy55 | September 11, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Unbelievable, Cohen. If "The One" didn't mean the "lipstick" remark to be the smear many of us still take it to be, why didn't he repudiate the cheering audience who took it exactly that way themselves?

Posted by: jayjay9 | September 11, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The lip stick comment by Senator Obama was an off the cuff remark that he likely didn't consciously consider to be an insult. It points to a larger problem however. Immediately after he said it the crowd chanted “No Pit Bulls, No Pit Bulls.” Even if Obama was too tone deaf to understand what he said, the crowd wasn’t and they told him. If the senator was half the “sensitive” man he claims to be he would have realized the gaffe and corrected it RIGHT there, in front of the “no Pit Bull” chanting crowd. But he didn’t.

Obama’s campaign was quick to play the “offended race card” during the primary, explaining the others often make offensive remarks not realizing how offensive they are. Hoist on your tone deaf petar senator?

I am one of perhaps a large chunk Hillary supports who did so IN SPITE of her liberal views and am now relieved to have a conservative voice in the women’s movement. We have come too far to allow this, intended or not, to go without commented.

Posted by: Jane | September 11, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a liar. He used the phrase "Lipstick on a pig", to refer to Hillary Clinton. His reference to sex education for Kindergartners is equally fallacious. His outrage is a coagi actis. He lacks the ability to discuss the critical issues of this campaign such as the environment, economy, even the Iraq war, so he must resort to the lowest form of mud slinging. Pure Republican family values.

Posted by: Ted U | September 11, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Lighten up folks, The National Inquirer is reporting so pretty twadry stories and before you go OMG! Just remeber these are the folks that outted John Ed. And they where dead on right. So folks when the that thin shiny venner wears off and the truth mucks out we may see the Palin co in a whole different light.

Posted by: Pogo | September 11, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I'm confounded. I realize from the comments I see in the "Post" that Democrats and progressives are frustrated by the performance of many Republicans in Congress and with the G. W. Bush adminstration. Yet their comments are mostly attempts at being constructive observers. It is not unexpected for Republicans and conservative readers to voice opposing views in their commentary. What I don't get is the anger and taunting, as if we weren't all seeking to improve our country and its government.

If we (the people) cannot converse civilly, discuss matters of national importance on their merits rather than through debate tempered with thought, how do we expect a different conversation in Congress or between the executive branch and the legislative? When a President is elected in November, we will still have a record national debt and red ink on the revenue/disbursement ledger. We will have our troops in conflict (not war) in Iraq. We will face a cold winter with record high fuel prices. We have food and clothing prices beyond anything seen in a century. We have crumbling infrastructure, 1/5 of the population uninsured for health. And while we have schools for everyone, parents have little time to supervise their children's education, do not know their teachers and principles, and mostly expect all learning to happen under the schoolhouse roof. These are real problems, not matters of image and personality.

Nor will slogans make good policy. It's easy to say "national defense" or "school choice"; it's much more difficult a challenge to develop policy, promote legislation, and actually produce a working system for such terms. Our Constitution is a guide for an idea: the idea that people are capable of running their own government without the need of royalty or other hereditary leaders. My question is - do we actually believe in these ideals? If we do, then why isn't every citizen concerned about (and holding to account) an administration that set itself as final arbiter of all issues of economic, strategic, and social matters?

The national economic failings that most Americans are experiencing first hand are a direct (and indirect) consequence of policies to eliminate regulation of banking and exchanges. The "housing crisis" is a euphemism for overzealous lending and a real-estate industry that emphasized housing as a commodity rather than as a home, a personal residence. We all share blame for believing that any value will climb forever, true, but the government has both a responsibility (in many views) and the power to regulate to prevent disastrous collapses like the one we have just experienced.

I cite the above as an example, not as the full list of failings under the Bush administration. Now who will take me to task after a Republican National Convention that held the sitting President - a Republican - to an 8-minute address and did not otherwise mention their connection to any of the policies, failures, or mis-steps of the past 8 years. Then suddenly, they're the reformers going to fix what's wrong with the country. And what devil did they find? Corruption in Washington, DC. (That bastion for the last 8 years of Republican/conservative thought and policy.)

It's no wonder supporters of McCain and his ilk want to blast the other writers. I want to know where is the integrity of these name-callers. Hold all to the same standard.

Posted by: Jazzman7 | September 11, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"I am one of perhaps a large chunk Hillary supports who did so IN SPITE of her liberal views"

So, your only criterion is "candidate has a vagina"? How depressingly superficial. It's no wonder so many people get sidetracked by vapid nonsense like this manufactured controversy.

You may be a large chunk, but I don't think Hillary supports *that* sort of world view. I think she'd definitely say that the *issues really do matter*.

Posted by: alphahelix | September 11, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

This thread is a bit scary to read, aside from Col. Khajawall. Lipstick is a non-issue. The issue of women working, raising families, dealing with hostile work environments and general cultural misogyny are important issues to discuss.

But Puma whatever NoBama people seem to present irrational and emotional reactions to Mr. Obama, rather than reasoned concerns. This is especially true of any of them who suported Hillary Clinton. Whether the primary was fair or not, Obama sexist or not, the media misogynist or not, Republicans are anti-womens issues, adn have been including during the 1964 Civil Rights Act debate.

How can any woman who cares about issues of pay equity, fair treatment, Title 7 enforcement, strengthened EEOC and issues of education and assistance to balance work and home vote Republican? Look at their platform, votes on these issues over the years.

Republicans are generally anti anyone but rich white people. (Not all, of course, Lincoln Chafee, Olympia Snowe) but these exceptions generally vote against their party line on these social issues.

Can we please have an adult election campaign designed to decide what the best policies will be to solve our majro national problems?
Lets stop the ad hominem attacks on people with whom we disagree and actually discuss wheterh the proposed policies will work.

Posted by: D Klein | September 11, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

great column, short and to the point. where's the issues repubs? you're being taken as fools if you fall for this sleight of hand. think for yourself, don't drink the kool aid. mr. cohen - ignore the naysayers here. you're right on here...

Posted by: vinnie | September 11, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Go Jazzman7!!

Posted by: D Klein | September 11, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

When Cohen starts noticing the outright LIES of the (R) thugs, things may be looking up for the fourth estate. Apparently, even the MSM has it's limits, eh?

Posted by: PreAmerikkkan | September 11, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

it's so depressing how easily the electorate is sidetracked by bread, circuses, god-guns-gays and be-lipsticked pigs. we say 'no more' and think maybe we as a society have learned our lessons, but the ongoing success of rovian tactics shows otherwise.
as long as the canaille can be duped by clever sleight of hand, we're up the creek. i wouldn't have thought it possible, but 4 more years of rightwing enriching the rich and bankrupting the rest is in store for idiot america.
may all the gods protect us from mccain/palin.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I wish that the McCain campaign had not turned this into an issue. It's hypocritical and unfair.

That being said, I have no doubt that Democrats would have jumped all over the McCain campaign had McCain or Palin used a phrase that could be interpreted as off-color. Obama accusing McCain of feigned outrage is ironic, considering he's the presidential nominee of the party that invented feigned outrage. While I don't agree with the way the McCain campaign has handled this, it does demonstrate one fundamental truth about the Democratic party: they're a bunch of whiners. Get out there and hit McCain and Palin hard, don't whine that the other side isn't playing fair. This is presidential politics, not Pop Warner.

Posted by: this is supid | September 11, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"Are you unaware that lots of people were offended"
Goodness Mike, nobody was really offended. What he said wan't offensive, it's just the Republicans complainng. That's all they really have, is made up complaints about Obama.
No new ideas, no popular vision and no record a sane person would try to run on, what did you expect them to do, announce that the Republican party, based on its past record of corruption and incompetence, has chosen not to run a candidate in this years Presidential election?
So of course they are going to whine about Obama, what else can they do?
There's no reason for anyone to beleive this but I own a business, a couple a dozen people work for me, if every time I called two guys into a project meeting, one of them wanted to talk about the project and the other guy wanted to talk about the first guy, there's no questiom who's going to run that project, it's the guy with his eye on the ball. This is about acheiving goals, it's not about your feelings or some rumor you heard.

Posted by: diojetlo | September 11, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I am not a republican woman but I laff at the indignant outrage of old white guys who are shocked - shocked - to find that GOP women can scramble into the game elbows out. What, they should remain quiet on the sidelines until whistled into the game once the men have spoken?....Pls. google Puma Path and consider our position. NoBama!

Posted by: Puma Path!NoBama from Florida | September 11, 2008 9:21 AM
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Alright, I've had it: just say no to PUMAs. They are the absolute, mindless scourge of this year's election cycle. Anyone to professes to be a know-nothing, "I don't care about my interests, I just want a woman" voter should be escorted to the nearest corner and made to wear a dunce cap.

Ya just don't get it, do you? Palin is not throwing elbows. I'd love to see her dish it out AND take it in return. Instead, her handlers are busy protecting her from imagined insults.

If you can't take the heat....

Posted by: abqcleve | September 11, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

This country is on the verge of being taken away from Americans and John and Sarah are only hope. Hussain is a muslim and Biden is a follower of anti-christian Rome. Rome is the bigger threat because there are so many of them here already. A few more Mexicans and eventually every city in America will be run by Mexican, Irish or Italian Mafias controlled out of Rome. Both Sarah's and John's churhes taught them the danger and the evil of Pope rule and they will protect us. America is at stake.

Posted by: Walter | September 11, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

The complete quote, children
"John McCain says he's about change, too. And so I guess his whole angle is, 'Watch out, George Bush. Except for economic policy, health-care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics, we're going to really shake things up in Washington. That's not change. That's just calling some -- the same thing something different. But you know, you can't, you can put, uh, lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig."

Posted by: dijetlo | September 11, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

This country is on the verge of being taken away from Americans and John and Sarah are only hope. Hussain is a muslim and Biden is a follower of anti-christian Rome. Rome is the bigger threat because there are so many of them here already. A few more Mexicans and eventually every city in America will be run by Mexican, Irish or Italian Mafias controlled out of Rome. Both Sarah's and John's churhes taught them the danger and the evil of Pope rule and they will protect us. America is at stake.

Posted by: Walter | September 11, 2008 12:17 PM
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Does ANYONE need further evidence than this that voting Republican is the ultimate anti-American act in 2008???

Posted by: abqcleve | September 11, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"This country is on the verge of being taken away from Americans and John and Sarah are only hope. Hussain is a muslim and Biden is a follower of anti-christian Rome. Rome is the bigger threat because there are so many of them here already. A few more Mexicans and eventually every city in America will be run by Mexican, Irish or Italian Mafias controlled out of Rome. Both Sarah's and John's churhes taught them the danger and the evil of Pope rule and they will protect us. America is at stake."

Please tell me that this is a joke.

Sincerely,

Non-white follower of Rome

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Re: experience, please note that Gov. Keane was NOT chosen! Obama considered and chose a knowledgable person.
PUMA's: I, as an ardent Clinton supporter, cannot fathom how one supports her in any way other than gender, and then supports McCain Palin. Whatever consideration I gave McCain ended when he hired the Rovian Club and my most ardent opposition began with the choice of Palin and the deceit and dishonor that has followed. We women have fought, will and should fight. But let's use our power and determination in a more deserving effort than misdirection and ignoring our failing infrastructure, economic morass, and retro-policies. ALL made worse with McCain's help during 8 years of Republican control. I don't care about Palin except to shudder when imagining her as president.

Posted by: belle | September 11, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

What this whole brouhahaha really goes to show is that the 19'th Amendment was a horrible mistake. It's first fruit was Prohibition. Now we get PUMAs and elections turning on figures of speech involving makeup. I guess it just goes to show that if you let pigs vote, they vote like pigs.

Posted by: OfficerMancuso | September 11, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Note to Walter:

We're in the toilet BECAUSE of Bush and his toadie McCain, not some perceived imaginary threat from Rome or the Mexicans, or good god the Irish (!)

"I'll take Buy a Clue for $1000, Alex."

That's today's daily double!

Posted by: STILTON | September 11, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

This is one of two definitive statements marking the end - and the failure - of the McCain campaign's disgraceful Lipstick Fumblerooski play. The other was delivered yesterday by Senator Obama himself: enough!

Now perhaps we can get back to the issues.

Posted by: Martimr1 | September 11, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain, the man who supposedly owned the Straight Talk Express. He is an absolute disgrace! Today, it is clear to me that he left his honor (if he ever had any), on the floor of that prison cell in Hanoi.

Posted by: str8up | September 11, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I am not a McCain supporter but in the beginning I thought that if he were elected he would be a better president than Bush. I realize that is not a very high bar but an improvement is an improvement. Then he launced his scorched earth campaign which is going to alienate the Democrats to the extent that he won't be able to govern effectively and our problems will become victims of political gridlock. How short sighted is that? If McCain is elected it will be a worse day for the nation than 9-11.

Posted by: cdgainesville | September 11, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

to Puma Path!NoBama from Florida:

very nice post and i commend you for the NoBama - you must be a rhodes scholar... except you forgot to tell us why you believe liars? name one thing Sarah Palin has said which was true? so it is being sexist to attack her b/c she lies? it is sexist to attack McCain on the pIg thing when he just said it 4 months ago too? along with cheney and the crew?

you are a joke just like your party. actually joke is being kind. You are sheep and you will follow and do anything your GOP commander tell you to do. Think for yourself. you are a disgrace to democracy.

Posted by: repeatelies=truth? | September 11, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"NoBama! Puma Path - google us and join us. (to all the male posters with snide comments to my other post - thanks for proving my point.) The patriarchy is stunned to face female power"

Tell me, No Way Nobama, is it the EVIL patriarchy that is stunned? Are they busy in smoke filled back rooms figuring out ways to disrespect and under pay you and your "sisters"? Snort. All you women who think your life in this country is a living hell make me laugh. Stop acting like you are all trapped in a FDS compound in the Utah desert wearing ugly dresses.

Posted by: Tom | September 11, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the phrase is not the actually words but how he delivered it. You can't start, pause, smile and then deliver the ending and not appear as if you were referring to someone personally. If he said it as he and John McCain have in the past with no pause for effect then no one would be crying foul.

Posted by: scots girl | September 11, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

"Lipstick on a Pig" is being precieved by some as an insult to Gov. Palin. This was stated as reflection on the Republican ticket's latest effort to claim to now be the party of change, due to the success of Obama's campaign in the effort to bring America back to a nation of moral value.

Should the republicans care to refer their Vice Presidential choice as a "Pig" it is they who see her that way. The opposition wouldn't stoop that low.

Posted by: Denis E Coughlin | September 11, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Likening Palin to a Pig is a shocking insult to pigs.

Babe was brave and good. Palin attacks, lies, and hides.

Her identification with a sneaky nasty stinky fish like the Barracuda is perhaps appropriate, however.

Posted by: Mark | September 11, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Tim Kaine would make a much finer VP than Sarah Palin. You'd have to crazy to think otherwise. Karl Rove said that Tim Kaine, who was once mayor of Richmond, VA and is currently governor of VA, is unqualified for VP. Tim Kaine as mayor of Richmond was more qualified than Sarah Palin is now. Just wait a few weeks until this house of cars crumbles. The real McCain is dead to me. He is now Rove's puppet, even more than Bush was.

Posted by: miknugget | September 11, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Truth is the first casualty of war.
Politics being war by other means = trivia wins.
The more blantantly trivial, the better the score, especially when the other side feels compelled to defend itself.
What ever happened to
Winning = Yes We Can!???

Posted by: Bring back the stadium rallies... | September 11, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Look out. They're going to try to swift-pig Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I prefer pigs to republicans, by far.

Posted by: Jese | September 11, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

To all you Puma Path, Nobama sisters who have posted here this morning: your girl Sarah is running for VP, not the top slot. You want her in simply because she has a uterus... wouldn't it be great if she respected womankind enough to advocate their reproductive rights and equal pay in the work place? Try to remember that this is a party based political system in this country... see if you can think far enough beyond YOUR sexism to understand what voting Republican means for women.

Posted by: mitchperkins | September 11, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Proof positive that this lying sack of sh!t has not one shred of decenecy, honor or integrity.

Q. What kind of man would hire the person that falsely accused him of fathering a black baby out of wedlock?

A. A shameless, lying panderer.

Posted by: KARL ROVE IS NOW WORKING FOR John MCSHAME | September 11, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah calls herself a pit-bull (with lipstick, even) and the crowd goes wild.

Obama uses a common aphorism about lipstick and pigs to describe the McCain platform and the GOP squeals like--well, like a stuck pig.

Maybe Ms. Palin would deign to tell us which animals we're allowed to talk about, under which circumstances.

Posted by: Adam | September 11, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN SUPPORTS BARACK OBAMA

LONDON, Wednesday - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown voiced support today for US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying he would help Americans struggling with an economic downturn.
In a move seen by some British media as a break with a political convention requiring foreign leaders to remain neutral ahead of US elections, Mr Brown praised Mr Obama as a fellow “progressive politician” who would help ordinary Americans in tough times. With eight weeks to go before the presidential election, Mr Obama and his Republican rival John McCain are neck-and-neck in domestic opinion polls.
Mr Brown described the race for the White House as “electrifying” and said: “It is the Democrats who are generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times.”
“To help prevent people from losing their home, Barack Obama has proposed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession,” he wrote in an article in The Monitor magazine, a monthly political publication.

Posted by: British Prime Minister Brown Supports Obama | September 11, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

>>You can't start, pause, smile and then deliver the ending and not appear as if you were referring to someone personally. <<
Someone or something, in this case McCains policies if we pay attention to what the candidate said instead of what the political common 'taters on Faux noise.
I can take offense at your belt buckle if I begin from the position that you wore it to insult me. Try to grow up, voting is reserved for adults because you're supposed to take it seriously.

Posted by: dijetlo | September 11, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

hi, Puma,
as one of millions who voted for Obama in the primary, I was prepared to vote for McCain if Hillary was the nominee. But I guaranty to you if the situation had been reversed, I know I would have a Hillary sign in my yard today. How can I be so sure? I don't want another 4 years like the last 8. If you want to vote for McCain, I suggest you do so.
I wish you all the best, and with all the wars McCain will be starting, I hope he doesn't decide to draft women.

Posted by: Jackie | September 11, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have too much pride, and that's what gets the rest of the nation in trouble. Eight is enough. And McCain thinks women are pigs, not Obama, because McCain is the one who, in his own warped mind, directed the comment toward Palin, not Obama. This Republican ignorant sickness is pathetic. Vote for the future of the country, not your own Republican pride.

Posted by: mzbond | September 11, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Truth? Sarah Palin isn't the pig in Obama's analogy. She is the LIPSTICK of blatant tokenism slathered with desperate haste on John McCain's PIG of a campaign.

Or, if you prefer, she is the gaudy new paper in which the rotting fish--i.e., the stale tropes and rancid divisiveness of the Republican Party--is to be wrapped.

She brings no credentials or experience that aren't made hollow by her own contradictory behavior and her misrepresentation of it. She has no overarching vision or ideas about the VP job or the world outside Alaska, except what she's been fed by her GOPAC tutors and the Wasilla Assembly of God. She hasn't thought deeply enough about the problems we face to discuss them with authority, which is why she regurgitates speeches written by others and ducks the press.

She's a shiny object meant to distract us and keep supporters awake through McCain's rallies. Oh, and she's a woman JUST LIKE HILLARY.

Posted by: Adam | September 11, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I once was willing to cross over to vote for McCain. His campaign's silliness and shallowness, his recent pandering to the religiosity of some on the right and his fibbing and allowing Sarah Palin to fib have sent me back across the aisle.

McCain's strength was that he called a spade a spade - his campaign sounds like a bunch of 11-year-old girls chanting nana-nana-boo-boo, I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I

He wouldn't take the cheap win while he was in a Viet Cong prison, but he is willing to take a cheap win now.

It's beneath him, and beneath me to vote for such nonsense.

Posted by: Mom | September 11, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

How amazing that the GOP has become a party that actually encourages lying to the public. From the moment that Gov. Palin came on the scene it has shocked me that GOP people kept saying the exact same thing about how wonderful she is. Do they just send out talking points to their talking parrots on their Blackberries? The GOP has no credibility anymore---all the lies will come and bite them. They do not respect the intelligence of the American people.

Posted by: Shari | September 11, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

1-Republicans complain that their candidate Sarah has been undergoing smear campaigns nonpareil. Need I remind anyone about the organized, right-wing denigration that Obama AND Hillary have survived?
2-There was a time when everyone concurred that no one knew enough about Barack Obama; we did not know the man. Well, it's been a couple of years now... he's been vetted, smeared, maligned and otherwise examined quite completely. Here is one thing we know about the man... he is a gentleman. Everyone knows in their hearts he would never call any woman a pig. I agree that the McCain camp just did, however (MZBond, above) in the very way that they created this 'lipstick' diversion, which should not be surprising to anyone, her very selection as running mate was political strategy mired in sexism.

Posted by: mitchperkins | September 11, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Puma Path - how come you always claim huge amounts of sexism by Obama but never actually cite any? Where is the proof of Obama's sexism? It simply doesn't exist.

Posted by: Steve | September 11, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, 'Mom'. I used to respect McCain too, even if I disagreed with him. Then he sold out to the very same Rove PR shop that smeared him 8 years ago. Just imagine what his campaign would be spewing about Hillary if she'd been nominated, or picked as VP.

Posted by: Adam | September 11, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

When former Senator Barry Goldwater died, I read in the Washington Post a story that actually made me proud of politicians. The story went that Senator Goldwater and President John F. Kennedy were very close friends. The story reported that in early 1963, the Republican Party would nominate Senator Goldwater to run against President Kennedy in the 1964 election. The story went on to report that President Kennedy and Senator Goldwater had agreed to spend the whole campaign together and debate the issues at every stop. Whether this is true or not, I have no idea. I think that this could only happen today if pigs flew AND wore lipstick.

Posted by: John | September 11, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

With all the lipstick pigs will now wear, that should cause quite a boom in the cosmetics industry. This may be the very thing to turn our economy around.

Posted by: John | September 11, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

In the GOP's hour of desperation, wanting the presidency has no pride and no honor. Thus, a reversion to the lying, cheating and stealing that the GOP is so famous for.

I think their campaign plan at this point is to manufacture diversions and attacks to deflect from discussing any relevant issues.

I hope the press doesn't fall for this no matter the personal attacks.

Case in point. Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC this afternoon was interviewing John Lehman of the Navy and a McCain supporter. She asked him if perhaps President Bush's exhortation to us after 9/11 to "Go shopping" was selling this nation short. Lehman immediately barked her down and told her how inappropriate such a question was on such a solemn day.

I hope Mr. Cohen understands that McCain and his people have become vicious and rabid.

Posted by: Mary | September 11, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

1. The Obama camp did the exact same thing by exploiting McCain's 100 years statement. No fair minded person believes McCain wants to stay there 100 years.
2. The crowd took the "lipstick" line as a shot at Palin. No crowd would've reacted so wildly to that worn out cliche. Obama could have acknowledged he didn't mean it at the time, but did not. He's either too slow or chose to give them what they wanted.
3. The "where's the pride" point only works if it's applied to both parties, both candidates. Anyone who doesn't acknowledge Obama's use of these tactics is in the tank for Obama.
Period.

Posted by: Tank | September 11, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Another case in point. McCain's people are now making vicious personal attacks on Richard Cohen.
Pretty soon the only people in the media these rabid dogs won't be attacking are Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

Why so vicious and dishonorable, GOP people?

Posted by: Mary | September 11, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

PROVIDENCE -- Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee this morning stood by his comments that Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is a "cocky whacko" and "dangerous for the country."

Chafee, a former Republican turned independent, did not back down when reporters questioned him across from Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, where he is a visiting fellow.

Asked if he stood by his comments about the Alaska governor, Chafee said, "Absolutely, absolutely."

Palin, the governor of Alaska, has proven a popular pick with conservative Republicans. But Chafee questioned Palin's credentials and temperament Tuesday while addressing the New America Foundation, a Washington, D.C., public policy institute.

Chafee, who is backing Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, said today that he hadn't gone into the lecture planning on calling Palin a "cocky whacko." It was "just an honest response to a question."


[Providence Journal 09/11/2008]

Posted by: Q & Honest A | September 11, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

At first glance it's hard to believe the saintly Obama would call anybody a pig.

On second glance and judging from the reaction of the audience it would be equally hard to believe the streetwise politician Obama did not see the connection between lipstick and Palin just a few days after her speech.

Posted by: tom007 | September 11, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The GOP lying and blatant spinning are already taking their toll. McCain had a poll lead two days ago...its gone. They are now tied...and Obama is ahead in Ohio and Penn. GOP holds lead in Fla, of course.

I don't like to predict, but if I was handicapping and having a drink in Vegas...I'd call it an Obama win with 58% of popular vote....gaining about one percent per week on McCain...starting today...as the facts come out and GOP voters sober up after their convention stroking.

I'm a Dem, but if I was betting, objectively, I think my money is on our guys.

Posted by: Donny | September 11, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is no longer running his campaign; Karl Rove is. McCain didn't want Palin, he wanted Ridge or Lieberman. His master, Rove, told him "No" and stuck him with Dan Quayle in drag.

If you loved the past 7 years, you are going to love Rove's next puppet.

Rove/McCain '08

Posted by: AxelDC | September 11, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Again, people: Palin isn't the PIG, she's the LIPSTICK. Sure, the crowd got it...so why can't you?

Posted by: Adam | September 11, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Puma nobama or whatever:

"Our Fla. primary votes were just counted half value - outrageous. It was a backroom deal shoving Hillary and her first place vote tally aside."

So in your adulterated thinking, Dean got the florida folks to break the rules, and when they were told what would happen if they did, Dean told them not to worry he'd get them half their votes back, but don't tell hillary.

you're a moron.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

100 years in Iraq? If McCain didn't mean it, perhaps he shouldn't have said it.

I know: he was talking about 100 years in the context of a peaceful Iraq, like Americans in Germany, etc. But that still leaves open the question of how we get there and how much more we'll pay to achieve it. It also raises the issue of our intent re: permanent basing in Iraq, a subject the current administration has studiously avoided addressing.

Obama was smart enough to oppose this idiotic war when it wasn't politic to do so. That's the kind of judgment people look at more than statements about X number of years, or debates about the surge. We're already mired in one mess, and the last thing we need is someone who'll land us in another.

Posted by: Adam | September 11, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Once I at least respected John McCain. No longer. He and his campaign are now up to their eyeballs in lying excrement. Has anybody else noticed this?

Posted by: oldhonky | September 11, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

so the last 8 years of total failure on all fronts isn't enough. you would vote for McBush. The tactic is rapid fire nonsense at a retarded populace to keep them from focusing on the issues that are at critical mass. all politics is dirty and all politicians corrupt. But if you would vote for McCain after the last 8 years you are either super-rich, or an complete idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Jane (11:32AM) calls Palin a "conservative voice in the women's movement". But on what significant issue does Palin agree with the women's movement?

Posted by: newageblues | September 11, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

All I know is that lipstick or no lipstick a pit bull is still a dog.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 11, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

While I support Obama, I do feel that an injustice is being done to McCain.

I really don't think he knows what they're putting his name on. I've followed his career for a long time, and none of this seems like anything he'd do.

Posted by: OnionVolcano | September 11, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH0xzsogzAk

Posted by: wkuinkc | September 11, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Good thing we can count on the columnists in a serious paper like the WaPo not to get sucked into debating personality politics and campaign tactics, and keep voters focused on issues like deficits, health care, jobs, and education. Good work, Mr. Cohen! You saw right through the Republican effort to turn debate away from real issues.

Posted by: turningfool | September 11, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

New York Mayor Ed Koch campaigned for Bush in 2004, but in 2008 he's endorsed Obama. Koch was asked by Politico why he decided to do that. His answer was that it was because of Palin, "She's scary,"

"Frankly, it would scare me if she were to succeed John McCain in the presidency,"

Koch knows what it's like to be a Mayor. He may not have been a Governor, but his city has roughly 16 times the population of Gov. Palin's State, and its funding was far less guaranteed. He knows about tough choices. The U.N. with all of its pluses and minuses is headquartered in his city. So he knows a bit about Foreign Affairs. And on.

Koch can be parochial and irritating, but he usually speaks to reality.

His comments speak volumes on John McCain's judgment.

Posted by: Q & Honest A | September 11, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Unless you think that Obama is stupid (which you don't), unless you think his speech writers are thoughtless (which they aren't) and unless you think his campaign people are idiots (which they are clearly not) you have to believe that Obama's "lipstick" phrase was put in his mouth in an apparantly innocuous statement days after Palin's "lipstick" comment in order to make a point. For supposed intelligent people who promised to raise the level of political discourse, this was a obvious dig at Governor Palin. At best, it was just dumb to say, at worst it just gave the Republicans more ammo to rally their base and make Obama look clumsy.

Posted by: Bill | September 11, 2008 10:46 AM

--------------------------------------------Oh so what! She IS a pig and a liar as well! Oink oink!

Obama 08

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The shallowness of american feminism saddens me (and Grampy). The real crime has been the (at least)2000 year old campaign to discredit and erase from our minds female SPIRITUAL power, which has knocked the world of balance. Men have forever feared women's power. If we want equality, it is regaining our spiritual power that we should be focused on. Of course this would mean rejecting your hypocritical faith (christianity) which erased all traces of our power from the record. As long as you worship at the men's society (church) you ain't no feminist.

Posted by: Betty Boop | September 11, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Pride? I think you've confused the gop with another group. Pride? I would say that they're very proud of their "rightous anger".
I think Karl's phrase applies; "we're not part of the reality based community".

Posted by: mike | September 11, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

the female pit is joke. get it?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7610405.stm

"No victory in Iraq, says Petraeus"

This should put an end once and for all to the McSame/Palin claim that the surge was a "success". In this Article, Gen. Petraeus states: "that recent security gains were "not irreversible" and that the US still faced a "long struggle". General Petraeus also said "the trends in Afghanistan have not gone in the right direction... and that has to be addressed". Finally, General Petraeus "said he did not know that he would ever use the word "victory": "This is not the sort of struggle where you take a hill, plant the flag and go home to a victory parade... it's not war with a simple slogan." Well, that military know-it-all, Johnny McSame, has a lot of explaining to do to the American people. If he can't tell the difference between "victory" and something less, than he is definitely not qualified to be Commander-in-Chief. Obama/Biden 08!!!

Posted by: caliguy55 | September 11, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

if he keeps this up?

you mean you are still willing to give him another chance...

absolutely amazing...

Posted by: justmy2 | September 11, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Ok charlie gibson, your credibility is already shot so here is what I would do in your place. And by the way you're not going to do anything tonight but make the rest of the press mad because of your fluff, your favoritism and your selling out for high ratings, so just let me help you.

Question for you Mrs. Palin.

Is it true that your EXPERIENCE as Mayor of Wasilla left a town of about 5,400 in 20 MILLION DOLLARS worth of debt? I have another question base on this EXPERIENCE how will you handle America's budget?
Hmmm. Question for you Mrs. Palin. By the way I know about the term pitbull with lipstick but have you ever heard of the term FOOL'S GOLD? Well anyway,
There is a video Mrs Palin that FINALLY have been shown on tv of you in church on stage talking about our troops in Iraq, and I quote “Pray that our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” Mrs. Palin what you're saying to Christians and to those who don't understand church lingo is that our national leaders, Pres. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and others are anointed by God to carry out a Holy War? The world knows that the Iraq war was base on lies for the last few years. This video was shot in June. Ms. Palin, when was the last time you were in touch with the nation or for that matter, with God? I have another question Mrs Palin. Do you believe that God told them (the national leaders) that there were weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, because, they did say that this is why we're going to war. What's your answer on this? Also, Mrs Palin do they have Librarian Week in Alaska? Everybody loves their librarian. But you have the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIBRARIANS trying to burn down the governor's mansion. Could you please shed some "light" on why you fired the local librarian and then had to rehire her? Another question for you please.
The words Family Values, Honor, Character and Integrity are being thrown around alot. We know of McCain's POW experience and his adulterous relationships. Now the NATIONAL ENQUIRE is reporting that you Mrs. Palin had an adulterous relationship
yourself. Is it true MRS. Palin and when are you going to sue the National Enquire and force them to reveal their sources if its not true?
On the subject of experience. Actually, I'm a little ahead of myself. I should have asked this first. Please tell us Mrs. Palin,
why did you attend 5 colleges in six years? Oh you don't remember? Let me name them for you. Hawaii Pacific University to North Idaho College to the University of Idaho to Matanuska-Susitna College then back to University of Idaho. Does this speak to your Foreign Policy experience as well?
Alright thank you Mrs. Palin. We've run out of time for tonight. We should have passed on the tour of the house and the introduction of your family and your son's leaving for Iraq ceremony but we'll have more time tommorrow. And that it folks, the vetting of Sarah Palin continues but before we go we would like to thank our sponsor,... None other than Mr. Rick Davis

Posted by: FOOL'S GOLD INTERVIEW | September 11, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Actually the pig with lipstick is John McCain. The potted plant is Sarah Palin. Oh yeah by the way from one P O Dubya to another I want big John McCain to know that I feel his POW pain and mine hurts way more than his. I’ve been a P O Dubya for almost 8 years...

Posted by: Vince, Jupiter, Florida | September 11, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Are we seriously entertaining the notion of electing a book-banner? What is this, the fourth Reich? Our forefathers would be aghast at the notion that close to half the country is in favor of banning books.

Posted by: Tony | September 11, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

About the 100 years in Iraq by McCain comment I've seen thrown up here a few times. From wikipedia:

"A new embassy, which has been referred to as Fortress America, is currently under construction in the Green Zone of Baghdad. The compound will comprise 21 buildings on 104 acres (42 ha), making it the largest and most expensive U.S. embassy in the world."

So if you think McCain was making a flippant comment and didn't really mean we'd be in Iraq for 100 years, maybe you should think again.

Posted by: STILTON | September 11, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

You said: The Obama camp did the exact same thing by exploiting McCain's 100 years statement. No fair minded person believes McCain wants to stay there 100 years.

Are you kidding...he was dead serious...he was trying to say soldiers can stay there is there are no casualties, which is stupid..give me a break

Posted by: justmy2 | September 11, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has no pride. He is a serial liar, who will do and say anything to attain the Presidency. How sad to see someone sell his soul to the very people who slimed him in 2000. Shrub was the worst President in history. I guess McCain wants to follow the tradition.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

You can put lipstick on a PUMA but it's still catty.

Clever fellow, Lincoln Chaffee, calling Sarah Palin "cocky". Let's see the Bushicans make that out to be a put-down of women.

Help! Stop me before I troll again!

Posted by: Miss Hogynist | September 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

> I do feel that an injustice is being done to McCain.

I really don't think he knows what they're putting his name on. I've followed his career for a long time, and none of this seems like anything he'd do.<

Doddering out of touch incompetent tool for president?

Posted by: Beth | September 11, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

It warms the heart to see libs be given the same dose of medicine they so readily dish out. Does anyone remember the Obama slurs and untruths about McCain's 100 year Iraq quote that was taken out of context? How about Trent Lott's comments at the birthday party of an old man?
What delicious irony to see the libs whine and complain about intentions they are so readily attribute to conservatives!
Keep it up Dems you are on the defense with no message and time tickin away.

Posted by: taste of own medicine | September 11, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible that these media men are so completely clueless? I am retired, and I was surprised by the sexism these women have pointed out. It is interesting to read the PUMA site, a lot more interesting than watching old men try to explain away the lipstick on a pig. They are just driving women to the Republicans who are objecting and defending.
But, yes it is possible. DC is an apartheid culture where media types view life from secure bunkers and never mix with the hoi paloi. I know from experience.

Posted by: Claire Solt PhD | September 11, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I am not a republican woman but I laff at the indignant outrage of old white guys who are shocked - shocked - to find that GOP women can scramble into the game elbows out. What, they should remain quiet on the sidelines until whistled into the game once the men have spoken?
Tim Kaine has less experience and he was seriously considered for the VP slot. Enuf with the trash on this woman.

Posted by: Puma Path!NoBama from Florida | September 11, 2008 9:21 AM
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Are you kidding me - what planet are you on lady!

Tim Kaine was a mayor of a town of 200,000 people - compared to Sarah Palin who was mayor of a town of 7500 people.

Time Kaine was Lt. Governor and then Gov. for a combine total of 6 years of EXECUTVE experience running a state. Sarah Palin has 1.5 years.

Tim Kaine went to Harvard Law School. Sarah Palin took 6 years to get a degree in Communications. She makes George W. look like William Buckley. I easily know more about national and international politics than her. Does that qualify me to be VP?

It is sad that you PUMAs are so blinded by rage that you're willing to distort the facts or just totally disregard reality. Why don't we just call this what it is - revenge of the second-raters.

Are you sure you were Democrats and not just Republicans the whole time?

Posted by: Hector | September 11, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The reason the crowd cheered when he said it was because he clearly made the point that McCain's change was bogus - and we like to hypocrisy unmasked. Republicans probably saw it as an insult because petty insults is all they do - they certainly don't argue about issues or positions.

Posted by: ThinkAboutIt | September 11, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Feminism in the USA has always been a movement of upper class and upper middle class white women, more concerned with animal rights than child labor, with prohibition of alcohol than health care for the poor.

Perhaps these PUMAS are finally realizing what they should have known all along - their natural home is in the political party which represents the interests of the economically priveleged.

Posted by: Miss Hogynist | September 11, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Because after all, what electing a President is really about is getting revenge on the party officials who slighted you. Good governance and policy choice is so last millenium.

"It is hard for me, a lifelong Dem., to support a GOP ticket but Howard Dean needs to be spanked for shoving NoBama down our throats. Our Fla. primary votes were just counted half value - outrageous. It was a backroom deal shoving Hillary and her first place vote tally aside.
NoBama! Puma Path - google us and join us. (to all the male posters with snide comments to my other post - thanks for proving my point.) The patriarchy is stunned to face female power - lol. Kinda funny. Hey - you tube Joe Biden talking yesterday - he said "Hillary might have been a better pick than me." gee - ya think??
I live in a swing state and have dedicated myself to preventing NoBama from getting votes here in Fla. Hillary in four years...

Posted by: No way NoBama | September 11, 2008 10:25 AM "

Posted by: turningfool | September 11, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans are so outraged at Obama referring to Pahlin as a pig why aren't all hockey moms outraged at Pahlin for referring to them as dogs?

Posted by: Tim | September 11, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Dearest PUMAS. You have now officially replaced the religious right as the most gullible, simplistic voting group in the country. A woman and only a woman will do, do I understand you correctly? So if,say, Jessica Simpson ran she would be preferable to a male. Or Maggie Simpson. Or Elizabeth Dole. Or the woman who works at my local laundromat. Is this your philosophy? If so, you are the most sexist individuals I can imagine. I always hated the term "feminazis". But if the shoe fits.....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain KNOWS Obama was talking about his policies when he said you can put lipstick on a pig.

Republicans KNOW Obama was talking about McCain's policies as well.

They also know that if America talks about McCain's policies they will lose as they are the same policies that we've had for the last 8 years.

This is just phony outrage and I think it'll come back to bite them.

Posted by: Gary | September 11, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"But for me, I will trust a Mom and vote for her."

Torture, debt, 2 wars...nice to know that that's your moronic criteria for picking a candidate.

How do we get a law passed where only intelligent people who pay attention to ISSUES can vote?

Posted by: edsbowlingshoe | September 11, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

you can't feel any shame if ya aint got no PRIDE!
that is the wing nut mantra.

Posted by: judge alan | September 11, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

As a young voter who was raised in a multicultural suburb and directly impacted by Katrina, I must express my doubts about the McCain-Palin (McPain) ticket.
First, why is it that Republicans seem to believe in only one vision of America, white, Christian, and rural? Isn't the genius of America its inspirational diversity? This diversity is in fact what defines America to me. An individual's ability to pursue ones owns dream and acceptance of other's dreams free from religion and ideology are enshrined in all of the country's founding documents. Why turn our back on it now, after all we have achieved?
Second, all this talk of Drill Baby Drill, and Drill Here, There, Everywhere completely disregards the precautionary principle. Drill first remediate after is akin to an environmental shoot first ask questions later. One of the major reasons for the Katrina's devastation was the free pass given to energy companies in their search for oil and natural gas. After decades of extraction, the greatly reduced wetlands were unable to diminish the tidal surge. Local residents also suffered from some of the highest cancer and asthma rates in the country. Additionally, states such as Louisiana, West Virginia, and Alaska that rely on extraction-based industry have among the lowest per capita incomes in the country. So, while energy independence is a vital cause, we should think smarter than just drilling.
Lastly, (although only out of interest to other readers) where is the vision? Obama may not be the most experienced candidate, but I can see a clear and prescient understanding of the challenges in the world to come. From energy, to diplomacy, to returning to the spirit of the Constitution, to getting America out of the dead weight that is Iraq Obama seems to be brimming with ideas. Despite McCain sealing the Republican nomination months ago, his campaign has yet to form a detailed and cogent policy. Instead, he seems content to question his opposition's patriotism and motivation.
I want a Presidential administration that is proactive not reactive, thoughtful not dismissive, and most importantly, willing to tap into the power of all Americans, not just the slim majority that won a national election. If there are any lessons to be learned from the general fiasco of the past 8 years it is that brain is equally as powerful (if not more so) than brawn. When America speaks on Election Day hopefully, we will heed that lesson.

GObama!

Posted by: Yoni | September 11, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I just read where some PUMA referred to Obama as a sexist PIG!

When will they apologize for this disgusting outrage?!

Their mouths should be washed out with soap!

Posted by: Sally | September 11, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Richard aren't you the guy that took so much glee in trashing Hillary because you knew Obama could win. Now it looks like Obama is in for the fight of his life with Sarah capturing the hearts and minds of the ignorant. Now you are scared - remember I warned you and every other democrat that was trashing Hillary that she had the best chance in the general election - that elections breaks down into two things narcissim and fear of loss. Obama connected with young white liberals who aren't yet so enamored by their whiteness due to their idealism which Obama shares and blacks who liked his looks.

Posted by: Jack | September 11, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain in 2008

Posted by: Michael | September 11, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Love the last paragraph. To which I would like to add..."For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?"

Posted by: jilli | September 11, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

We all know how Sarah got into the national spot light, the question we should be asking is, "How the heck did Obama get there?" Did he root out corruption in the Democrat party machine in Chicago or is he supported by it?

Other than giving a good speech when it is written on a teleprompter for him, just what recommends Omaba to be president?

I can't think of a thing. When his handlers let him loose in an open forum, he invarribable steps in it. Have we forgot the "clinging to guns and religon" gaffe already? No wonder he is afraid to debate McCain in a Town Hall forum.

Obama claims he didn't plan to insult Palin and I believe him. But when you see the tape and his coy "Oh I have been a bad boy smile" when the crowd started chanting, "No Pit Bull, No Pit Bull" one knows that he got it then and choose to let it lie.

One wonders what McCain would have done. Does anyone remember McCain disavowing one of the local right wing talk show host who was warming up the crowd for him last spring. He was talking about Obama's lack of a record or experience, using his full name often, "Barack Hussein Obama!"

McCain thought that that was over the line and said so, deeply offending said talk show host who then went on a 3 month tear on his show lambasting McCain.

McCain stands up. Obama can't even bring himself to admit he is smart enough hear the crowd and put two and two together. What will he do when he has a actual hard choice to make?

Posted by: John | September 11, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm 54 and I've never seen anything like the Republican slime machine of '08. We had Swift Boat distortions of 2004, but that wasn't coming from inside the campaign.

At the outset I believed John McCain was a man of courage, conviction and honor. But his campaign is a traveling freak show of mock outrage, dishonesty and political correctness to the point of laugh out loud and point your finger sissie-dom.

Karl Rove is the Jerry Springer of politics, and by hiring most of the Bush strategy team John McCain has bought into the "Just win baby" sleaze of a Rovian fire drill. Winning ugly works in sports, but as an American a patriot like McCain should care about the culture he leaves in ruins in his wake by doing so.

Shame on the GOP. Shame on John McCain for lowering himself to this.

Posted by: Graham in TN | September 11, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to see the press discover what has always been obvious about McCain: he is an ignorant, lying, philandering scoundrel who is morally and intellecutally unfit to hold any office. There's a reason the Vietnamese know him as "Songbird" -- not exactly high praise.

Posted by: mnjam | September 11, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"But, yes it is possible. DC is an apartheid culture where media types view life from secure bunkers and never mix with the hoi paloi. I know from experience.

Posted by: Claire Solt PhD | September 11, 2008 3:34 PM "

Funny how none of the Ph.D.s who post here know how to spell....

Posted by: tom | September 11, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I think it has become obvious: Republican = LIAR! (Imagining the voice of Al Franken).

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John McCain is the is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being America has ever known.

Posted by: The Manchurian Electorate | September 11, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

so the shill list grows. Why don't you read the liberal blogs you little worm. That's where the real lies and smears are. But then you couldn't work at the wapo anymore could you? Got to toe the obama line

Posted by: get a life | September 11, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

@John:

"We all know how Sarah got into the national spot light, the question we should be asking is, "How the heck did Obama get there?" Did he root out corruption in the Democrat party machine in Chicago or is he supported by it?"

How about voting for equality issues for women in the Illinois senate? Or the CAFE act, the bipartisan "strongest ethics reform bill to have ever come out of Washington"? Not one but two New York Times Bestsellers? Need more or shall I stop? How about elected president of the Harvard Law Review in 1989? Graduated magna cum laude at Harvard Law School? How about Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, as a Lecturer for four years (1992–1996), and as a Senior Lecturer for eight years (1996–2004)? How about in 2003, Obama sponsored and led unanimous, bipartisan passage of legislation to monitor racial profiling by requiring police to record the race of drivers they detained and legislation making Illinois the first state to mandate videotaping of homicide interrogations (because -- as having been a Chicago resident as I was, there was a huge scandal involving CPD beating detained black men)?

Obama voted in favor of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and cosponsored the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act.[56] In September 2006, Obama supported a related bill, the Secure Fence Act.[57] Obama introduced two initiatives bearing his name: "Lugar–Obama," which expanded the Nunn–Lugar cooperative threat reduction concept to conventional weapons,[58] and the "Coburn–Obama Transparency Act," which authorized the establishment of www.USAspending.gov, a web search engine.[59] On June 3, 2008, Senator Obama, along with Senators Carper, Coburn and McCain, introduced follow-up legislation: Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008.[60]

Obama sponsored legislation requiring nuclear plant owners to notify state and local authorities of radioactive leaks.[61] In December 2006, President Bush signed into law the "Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act," marking the first federal legislation to be enacted with Obama as its primary sponsor.[62] In January 2007, Obama co-sponsored the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, which was signed into law in September 2007.[63] He introduced S. 453, a bill to criminalize deceptive practices in federal elections.[64] Obama also introduced the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007. Later in 2007, Obama sponsored an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act adding safeguards for personality disorder military discharges.[67] He sponsored the "Iran Sanctions Enabling Act" supporting divestment of state pension funds from Iran's oil and gas industry, and co-sponsored legislation to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism.[68][69] Obama also sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children's Health Insurance Program providing one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries.

Obama held assignments on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works and Veterans' Affairs through December 2006.[71] In January 2007, he left the Environment and Public Works committee and took additional assignments with Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.[72] He also became Chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on European Affairs.[73] As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama has made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

All of this is freely available on Wikipedia, where I copied and pasted it from.

In contrast, what has Sarah Palin done?

"Other than giving a good speech when it is written on a teleprompter for him, just what recommends Omaba to be president?"

See above.

"I can't think of a thing. When his handlers let him loose in an open forum, he invarribable steps in it. Have we forgot the "clinging to guns and religon" gaffe already? No wonder he is afraid to debate McCain in a Town Hall forum."

Really? That's absurd. Obama has done 22 debates. Maybe you can't think of a thing because you're being willfully ignorant about this man and his accomplishments. Why play on McCain's supposed turf when he doesn't need to? By the way McCain stopped doing town hall style discussions and hasn't done a press conference in a month. What's he afraid of? All that exposure? Please.

"Obama claims he didn't plan to insult Palin and I believe him. But when you see the tape and his coy "Oh I have been a bad boy smile" when the crowd started chanting, "No Pit Bull, No Pit Bull" one knows that he got it then and choose to let it lie."

Maybe so, maybe not. If he said he didn't mean it, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, which is better than what I could provide for that smear merchant, Rove's boy McCain.

"One wonders what McCain would have done. Does anyone remember McCain disavowing one of the local right wing talk show host who was warming up the crowd for him last spring. He was talking about Obama's lack of a record or experience, using his full name often, "Barack Hussein Obama!"

He would've made the gaffe intentionally, and he would've meant it. Period.

"McCain thought that that was over the line and said so, deeply offending said talk show host who then went on a 3 month tear on his show lambasting McCain."

Really? That's ironic, considering the crap that's being spewed out of the McCain camp just this week is filled with baseless lies and smears.

"McCain stands up. Obama can't even bring himself to admit he is smart enough hear the crowd and put two and two together. What will he do when he has a actual hard choice to make?"

Maybe Obama is focused on his opposition, who is MCCAIN (nominated) and not PALIN (selected).

Thanks for playing. Please insert coin.

Posted by: STILTON | September 11, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

This is the most misognistic party in recent history, first hillary and then palin.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Every word that comes out of her mouth is a lie, including "and" and "the." (w/ apologies to Lillian Hellman)

It's becoming clear that Republican = LIAR! (Imagine please Al Franken's voice -- how I miss it!)


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John McCain is the is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being America has ever known.

Posted by: The Manchurian Electorate | September 11, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

P.U.M.A.

Def: ;

A woman so bereft of intellect that they can vote against their own interests and champion thereof (Hillary) by screaming sexism to assuage their racist guilt.

Posted by: bibulus | September 11, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

"I live in a swing state and have dedicated myself to preventing NoBama from getting votes here in Fla. Hillary in four years..."

I'd like to know how the PUMA's plan to get Hillary Clinton elected to ANYTHING without the Black vote? Since you've shown your A$$ and acted like rabid, self-important, screaming banshees....the support Democrats have taken for granted so long can no longer be counted on. If every last PUMA biach voted for Hillary and brought a friend it STILL wouldn't be enough to get her elected dog-catcher.
So...what's your plan???? You're Screwwwwed!

Posted by: hillarycantwin | September 11, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Puma Path!NoBama from Florida: You must be a propagandist for the McCain-Palin campaign. You have a post to every blog and opinion on the WaPo today. Don't you know that we already know you would NEVER vote for someone like Obama even he if he met every single qualification requirement that you threw out there? You probably voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004 - Bush the most qualified candidate - and look what you have got. Hope you have not lost your house or job like more than 4 million Americans have so far. Vote for a mom and maybe, just mabye, she and McCain (with God's bblessings and at His Command) will take us to war with Iran. And we poor folks will be paying upwards of $10 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline while people like you laugh all the way to the bank with your super-high dividend yields from Exxon and the other oil giants!

Posted by: DR. ALABAMA | September 11, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Let's be honest (we're not running for office are we?), any fool who buys into the GOP "let's get rid of them thar libruls in Washtun" line has been drinking the kool aid toooo long. Just who has been running this country into the ground for the past 8 years? If you can still count, try counting the positions of power during those years, and who has held them, and who made and ratified the laws that have us here at such a dark crossroads of our nation's history. Then, check out the national economy, the international incompetence in diplomatic matters, and, let's just say it: the very clear stupidity of that group's dullard followers. When did being stupid become so cool? 9/11? That seems to be the party answer for anything, but these folks are the same groups and type of individuals that elected Nixon TWICE on the same promise, to fix the Vietnam War mess. That sure worked out well. Stop voting for people as stupid as yourself, and vote for a leader who has a little more going on upstairs. P.S.- Did King George (Bush) ever stop by to have that good ole boy beer with ya?

Posted by: mark | September 11, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant, essay. I'm so shocked that Mr. Cohen wrote it. Brilliant!

Posted by: Black Queen Bee | September 11, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE the Manchurian Candidate references! Both of them LOVE their mommies!

Posted by: mark | September 11, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Once I at least respected John McCain. No longer. He and his campaign are now up to their eyeballs in lying excrement. Has anybody else noticed this?

Posted by: oldhonky | September 11, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain is the pig and Palin is the Lipstick.

Posted by: Kit | September 11, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

The GOP convention and its aftermath have appeared to many of us as being a loony bin, preposterous, delusional, divorced from all reality, appalling and moronic, a manic cartoon of what Republicans used to be.

Can it be that half of America wants this zany parade to continue for another four calamitous years?

Posted by: almaden | September 11, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

When I first saw the lipstick comment, I thought it was nothing. Then I heard a former Hillary supporter make the point that there were actually two analogies used - Lipstick on a pig and fish in a newspaper. She note that the two main themes of the convention for Governor Palin were lipstick and Sarah Barracuda. Do you really accept the proposition that he just randomly chose two colloquial expressions that matched up exactly with the two themes set out in the convention? If you do, I've got some oceanfront property in Kansas I'll sell you.

Also, where's your indignation about the Obama camp playing the race card every chance they get - even against former President Clinton?

Why don't you just admit it? You're in the tank for the Obama campaign and the whole purpose of your piece was to do your best to further his election.

Guess what - we see through you and we're not going to let you get by with it.

Posted by: D.McArthur | September 11, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

>>A certain puma claims that "Tim Kaine has less experience and he was seriously considered for the VP slot."

Jackie already filled you in on the correct details of the "experience" front, but you really should watch the Daily Show's replay of Karl Rove's Orwellian spin on it; here'a a link to make it easier:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=184086&title=sarah-palin-gender-card


Posted by: Hokuto | September 11, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a national hero; Obama is essentially a zero. He has to be the most ill-prepared,naive, and inexperienced candidate ever to seek the Presidency.He can not lead this country in today's dangerous world.The prospect of an Obama presidency is truly frightening.His lofty promises for expanded social programs and free health care will be meaningless if our country does not survive.

Posted by: dsapp | September 11, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

To STILTON @ September 11, 2008 5:18 PM

Thanks for that synopsis of Obama's achievements. I'm going to send it to some of my relatives who've read too many Rove emails.

Posted by: Hokuto | September 11, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama was more than happy to throw his own grandmother under the bus for political expediency.

Posted by: sam | September 11, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Since Obama's folk saying is perfectably acceptable, when he loses and y'all have your excuses I get to say if a frog had wings...

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Joe suggests: "when he loses and y'all have your excuses I get to say if a frog had wings..."

That means when McCain&Palin lose and y'all have your excuses, I get to say, "If a pig could fly, would it wear lipstick"?

Posted by: Hokuto | September 11, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Well said!! BRAVO

For once, a responsible opinion not bent on spreading a message for someone.
And right on point.Most women in the GOP should be disturbed that the campaign of their APPOINTEE is using womens lib like its a beating stick.Brought Sara on just to create a dillema.Its sadd , if you really think about it.
Larry King had it right from the get go last night.He had 4 women, to from the right , and 2 from the left, and it was abundantly clear the GOP ladies were totally brainwashed, didnt even see the game they were being used to play out.

Posted by: mullett | September 11, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Cohen:

Listen to the audience when Obama made his latest gaffe about putting lipstick on a pig. Obama's audience that day got the connection and went into a full throat laugh, but you and the media chose not to. Big surprise.

Posted by: politicalPuck | September 11, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: politicalpuck | September 11, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Talk about pride: After himself being smeared in S. Carolina in 2000 by a nasty Rovian whispering campaign of lies, how can McCain turn around and hire Rove's proteges -- and he had -- to run his own campaign?

50 years ago, Sen. Joe McCarthy was reined in when asked publicly "Have you no shame?"

Today, Cohen is right to ask Sen. John McCain, "Have you no pride?"

Posted by: Janet W. | September 11, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

tom007, I love your post.

Posted by: Janelle | September 11, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I think it's interesting that so many people are jumping on Obama for calling a policy a pig with lipstick on it claiming it's an attack on Governor Palin yet not one of you have made any complaint about Congressman Westmoreland of Georga a Repugnican who called the Obamas "uppity" and then claimed he only meant snooty.

McCain Says Obama would rather lose a war than lose and election. He hails to define that war he's talking about.

I think McCain would rather sell the American public down the river than lose an election.

Posted by: Jerry | September 11, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

If you are an Obama supporter, and have read enough of the comments to get to this one, you've wasted too much time already.

Make yourself and active participant in this election, and effect its outcome. Go out and register voters, preferrably ones that are between the ages of 18 and 35. Google "Obama" and "Virginia" or "Pennsylvania," or wherever you live, and educate yourself on how you an help his campaign.

Fellow Democrats, you CAN make a difference. Believe it.

Posted by: Obama '08 | September 11, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

It's even worse than the "Far Right" that is committing these smears -- we may as well call this group the "Always Right."

They're always right, and their talking point parrots need to recite their lines accordingly.

How Orwellian.

Posted by: somerseten | September 12, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

For everybody out there . . . when and if you hear anything more about Obama & the pig & the lipstick . . . please know that McCain has used the phrase "Putting lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig" four times where he has been videoed. One of the occasions he used it he was referring to Hillary's health care plan (gee - nobody can HIM sexiest then - it didn't even make the news!). This is just a ploy by the Repub's to avoid talking about the real issues, like the economy!

To see McSame's four videos check out the Olbermann link below
(sorry I don't know how to shorten video, but if you don't want to watch it all, FF to 5.00
http://www.politicaltruthusa.com/2008/09/lipstick-nonsense-olbermann.html


And to: Puma Path!NoBama from Florida
It's great y'all are for Hillary, I campaigned for her, too. In fact, I'm from NY and have had the privilege of shaking her hand twice, but it seems to me Hillary has stated, "No way, no how, no McCain!"

How valiant for you all to be still "marching" for her, but don't you realize a lot can happen in four years, the pasty old white dude could pass on and we'd be stuck with an unqualified, extremist "vagina" in the White House. One that would have the possibility to be reelected for another four years! The older judges in the Supreme Court could retire or die, there goes Roe v Wade and a lot more women's rights, Bush is already trying to make birth control fall under the "abortion" category and there goes unions.

If McSame & Pain-lin get it where does THAT leave Hillary. At least with Obama in, he could appoint her to an office. Personally I think she would make a great Attorney General, but hey if McSame gets in, she will still be our NY senator.
Get your head out of your a$$ - think about & spread the word.

Posted by: ENOUGH! | September 12, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Sarah. As you *sow*, so shall you reap.

Posted by: synykyl | September 12, 2008 2:52 AM | Report abuse

I was very proud in June to announce to different friends that this election was truly different, I respected both candidates. I can no longer say that I respect McCain - what he and the Republican party have done to women makes me so angry and shows so much contempt, I have started contributing as much as I can to the Obama campaign.

Posted by: Alison | September 12, 2008 3:37 AM | Report abuse

I was born and now live in Alaska; a state which is 1/5 the size of the continental United States and has a population of less than a 25th of a percent of the country's population. Our state is a major supplier of energy and seafood for the nation, a strategic defense against our enemies, and a critical air cargo route for world transport. Alaska has more money in its bank account than any other state in the Union; there are a lot of entities who would like that money spent on their projects but the Governor has taken a fiscally conservative route and actually cut out long lists of projects that weren't right for the state. She has proven to be a shrewd governor in good times, and a formidable force amidst the worst attacks of her foes. She has been criticized for her hairstyle, her daughters circumstances, the clothes she wares, keeping her special-needs child, and yet she has proved resilient. She will remain strong in the days to come and be an example of what any women can be; a leader, a mother, compassionate, and have the strength not to stoop to her opponents levels. I have had the pleasure to know Sarah personally and can tell you she is no woman to take lightly, she has beat what many called impossible odds a number of times and done it with a smile. If you would like to know more about her and the formidable opponents she has faced check out www.palinfightscorruption.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 5:29 AM | Report abuse

I was born and now live in Alaska; a state which is 1/5 the size of the continental United States and has a population of less than a 25th of a percent of the country's population. Our state is a major supplier of energy and seafood for the nation, a strategic defense against our enemies, and a critical air cargo route for world transport. Alaska has more money in its bank account than any other state in the Union; there are a lot of entities who would like that money spent on their projects but the Governor has taken a fiscally conservative route and actually cut out long lists of projects that weren't right for the state. She has proven to be a shrewd governor in good times, and a formidable force amidst the worst attacks of her foes. She has been criticized for her hairstyle, her daughters circumstances, the clothes she wares, keeping her special-needs child, and yet she has proved resilient. She will remain strong in the days to come and be an example of what any women can be; a leader, a mother, compassionate, and have the strength not to stoop to her opponents levels. I have had the pleasure to know Sarah personally and can tell you she is no woman to take lightly, she has beat what many called impossible odds a number of times and done it with a smile. If you would like to know more about her and the formidable opponents she has faced check out www.palinfightscorruption.com

Posted by: Seth Church | September 12, 2008 5:29 AM | Report abuse

Completely lost my respect for McCain for the way his campaign like Karl Rove. My problem is, Obama still hasn't convinced me that he has what it takes to lead. If he can't handle the way the GOP is attacking him then by no means does he deserve to be President. Dealing with Putin, Kim and the other crazy leaders of the world will be much harder.

Posted by: Kobe Kobes | September 12, 2008 5:55 AM | Report abuse

FRESH FROM THE FACTCHECK WIRE factcheck.org......


McCain is a DISHONORABLE...med


FACTCHECK WIRE...

Pigs and Pit Bulls
The McCain camp has put out a Web ad painting Obama as “ready to smear.”

McCain ad, “Lipstick”

[Title: Sarah Palin on: Sarah Palin]

Palin: Do you know they say, the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.

[Title: Barack Obama on: Sarah Palin]

Obama: But you know, you can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.

[Title: Katie Couric on: This election]

Couric: One of the great lessons of that campaign is the continued and accepted role of sexism in American life.

[Title: Ready to lead? No. Ready to smear? Yes.]

Let’s start with what the ad gets right. It does seem to be true that Republican v.p. candidate Sarah Palin wears lipstick. And it’s true that she mentioned this particular cosmetic choice at the convention, when she joked that lipstick is the only difference between a hockey mom and pit bull, as the ad shows before it goes completely off the rails. If this were a CoverGirl commercial, we’d be all set.

But it’s not; it’s a political ad. And it goes on to imply that Obama made a personal dig at Palin, calling her a “pig,” and that commentators decried his sexism for derailing the campaign. This is bunk. Let’s look at what Obama actually said at a campaign rally in Virginia:

Obama, Sept. 9: John McCain says he’s about change too. And so I guess his whole angle is, watch out, George Bush — except for economic policy, healthcare policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics, we’re really going to shake things up in Washington. That’s not change. That’s just calling some, the same thing something different. You know, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

Here’s what the McCain campaign heard, according to ABC News’ Jake Tapper:

Tapper, Sept. 10: Asked why she was so confident Obama was “comparing” Palin to a pig, [former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift, on behalf of the McCain campaign,] said Palin was the only one of the four candidates on both parties’ tickets who wears lipstick.

“She is the only one of the four candidates for president or the only vice presidential candidate who wears lipstick,” Swift said. “I mean it seemed to me a very gendered comment.”

But, Swift added, if “as part of his apology Senator Obama wants to say no he was calling Senator McCain — who is a true hero in our country a pig — then I suppose we could wait en masse for an apology to that as well.”

For starters, Swift is ignoring the fact that “putting lipstick on a pig” is a hoary old expression of the same caliber as “building a better mousetrap” or “letting the cat out of the bag.” We did a quick Nexis search on uses of the expression before Tuesday, and found 2,290 instances dating back to 1985 (which is as far back as most Nexis news goes). Its meaning is precisely what Obama was talking about in his speech: calling the same thing something different. Context for the phrase in the last two decades ranged from health care to taxes to fashion to business to, uh, pig racing. It has tumbled from the lips of sports commissioners, librarians and company spokesmen, but it’s particularly popular with politicians. (Congressional newspaper The Hill even featured the phrase in its “Congress Speak” column.) It’s been spotted as far away as New Zealand. It’s even the title of a book by former McCain press aide Torie Clarke.

As several people (including Tapper, Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic, Ben Smith at Politico, the Obama campaign and some of our readers) have pointed out, John McCain employed the phrase in 2007, in talking about Hillary Clinton’s health care plan: “I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.” Oh, and he also said it about Iraq war strategy – if it’s really a personal smear, it’s not clear who’s wearing the lipstick in that example. Obama has used the expression before, too (also in referring to Iraq strategy). But before either McCain or Obama speculated on porcine cosmetics, members of Congress from Rick Santorum to Ted Kennedy had been talking pig lips for years.

If the McCain campaign wants to get literal, ignoring the expression’s long political pedigree, they could go whole hog (as it were) and look at what Obama actually said. He is talking about John McCain’s policies, not about his running mate. “Barack Obama on Sarah Palin”? Not at all.

And “Katie Couric on this election”? Well, it depends on what your definition of “this” is. Couric was referring to the Hillary Clinton campaign, long before Palin was tapped for v.p. Hey, remember when McCain called Clinton’s health plan “lipstick on a pig”?

Posted under Presidential Election 2008, Sarah Palin

This post was written by Jess Henig on September 10, 2008

Don’t mess with us
We were displeased, to say the least, when the McCain campaign released a new TV ad today making it seem as though FactCheck.org was endorsing its claims that Obama is making stuff up about Palin. So we posted this article on our home page:

McCain-Palin Distorts Our Finding
September 10, 2008


Those attacks on Palin that we debunked didn’t come from Obama.

Posted under FactCheck.org

This post was written by Brooks Jackson on September 10, 2008

Posted by: need4trth | September 12, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Looks to me that Sarah's biggest accomplishment and qualification is that she did not have an abortion and forced her pregnant 16 yo daughter to have a baby and possible marry the teenager. These are our real Republican values!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse


Where were all these GOP women when MCCain used the lipstick on a pig to describe Hillary Clinton and her health plan

Posted by: gsfromout west | September 12, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

There are 8100 people living in the development where I am president of the homeowners association. Am I ready to be the VP?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

The political system is broken and has been for years. We Americans are getting what we deserve.

The ridiculous methods used by politicians to smear each other, that play on the gullibility of both the press and the American people does no more than distract us from problems we have in this great county.

“Lipstick on a pig,” the pig or pigs in this case are both parties. How can supposedly intelligent people, who we want to run a country, be so “just plain damn stupid.”

The more lies put out there by McCain, Palin, we will have four more years of Mcbush,
the republican crap machine will do in any other candidates with their lies and half truths, just as they did in 2004.

The sad part is most Americans are so naive and child like that they can be led by the nose any where.

A lot of people will talk Obama, but when that curtain closes behind them they will vote differently. All Karl Rove and the other republican advisors, Who know dirty politics have tainted the process with the usual lies and diversions so the truth will sound like a lie. We will buy it again and we will have four more years of Bush policy. The only difference is the vice president will have better aim. Shooting a moose and being a mayor of a small town is sure what we need in America.

Being Governor of Alaska, where there are as many people as there are moose is what a lot of republicans consider experience, and being a woman is a way to get the vote of women who wanted to vote for a woman. Hillary Clinton isn’t running so now they have a woman to vote for. It’s just another way for politicians to screw the American people, all glitz and no show.

Agree or disagree it doesn’t make any difference to me. My right to post this was given to me by real patriots who believed in this country, but they where in office a long time ago. I’m just thankful they aren’t here to see what the corruption of the American political system has done to this great country.

You keep doing what you have always done.
You will keep getting what you always gotten
.

Posted by: JRDALLAS | September 12, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

It is interesting that the media is the one that can't get past "lipstick." I suggest Mr. Cohen that you see G. Ferraro's interview on Fox and you might "get it." BTW, she is a Democrat and was the 1st woman nominated on a national ticket. Go listen...and then try again on this subject.

Posted by: NJ Calling | September 12, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

The more important thing now is to investigate the corruption of Obama.

Obama was sponsored $250,000 by corrupt and convicte slumlord, Rezko. Obama ignored housing violations in 11 of the 30 housing projects in Obama's constituency.

Obama also got a $300,000 discount by Rezko who bought the lot next door to enable Obama to buy the house for $1.65 million dollar. Rezko can only gain access to the lot though Obama's house and never develop the lot.

Michelle Obama's salary jumped from $121,000 prior to Obama's election to Senate to $360,000 after his election. One of Obama's earmarks is to provide $1 million to Michelle' employer for the construction of a pavilion.

Obama spend $1 billions in earmarks in 4 years. The same kind of politics

Obama is CORRUPT.

Obama is practising the same old politics in the worse way.

Posted by: Tim Pure | September 13, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is not a pig.
She's just trying to SELL you a pig.
It's pretty simple--but I guess it's confusing with the smell of all that pork in the air.

Posted by: pbg | September 14, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I am beyond disgusted with Democrats' pretensions about caring for this country or its Constitution.

First, a brief history lesson: the Constitution was unsatisfactory to a majority of the states' representatives without guarantees of personal liberties and freedoms the Constitution might otherwise have allowed Congress to trespass upon or void. Hence, the Bill of Rights was drafted. Although not technically part of the original Constitution, it does represent the necessary terms upon which the Constitution was ratified, and may be seen as "original" in this context.

The Constitution enumerates 19, specific authorities to Congress, the law-making body of our federal government. That is, there are 19 areas in which Congress can pass a Constitutionally valid law, either compelling conduct or prohibiting it. The 10th Amendment concludes with the admonition to Congress that, "all powers not expressly given to the federal government remain to the authority of the states" (a paraphrase, but substantively accurate).

Words have meaning, but the Democrats' trick is to redefine the meaning of the words of our Constitution to their own ends. If the Democrats were English students assigned to "hand in a paper on, 'Moby Dick'," they'd tape a blank index card to the cover of the book and expect an, 'A,' for doing what the teacher assigned. This is how they managed to get Roe v. Wade on the books (there's no such "privacy right" anywhere in the Constitution), it's how they redefined "interstate commerce" to grant Congress the power to legislate within state borders, and it's how they excuse the income tax without having to deal with the 5th Amendment's requirement of "just compensation" for government takings of private property (the only "just compensation" for a dollar taken is a dollar given, with interest).

In a landmark, 1st Amendment case, Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendel Holmes, famously wrote that one does not have the right to yell, "Fire!" in a crowded theater. He was wrong on the simple language of the Amendment, which says Congress shall pass NO law abridging free speech. If someone falsely yells, "Fire!" in a crowded theater, they are within their rights: if, in exercising their right, a theater-goer comes to harm in the ensuing panic, the person who yelled is culpable for the damages - but no law may preempt the right of free speech. Instead of punishing exercises of Constitutional rights that end in harms to others, however, Democrats prefer to ignore the Constitution's various dictates, "no law...," and, "shall not...," and write laws that do precisely what the Constitution forbids: abridging the people's guaranteed rights on the premise of what might result, otherwise.

When the Articles of Confederation failed to provide the amity and comity among the states that had been hoped for, the Founding Fathers did not write the Constitution to void the principle of several, various sovereign states belonging to a union, they intended correct the mistakes of the Articles of Confederation such that 13 or more sovereign states might belong to a more effective union. Some, like Hamilton, did, indeed, want to create a powerful, central government - but he and his like were outnumbered. You'd never know it to see what the Democrats have done to the notion of states' rights and states' sovereignty.

And, since someone is bound to ask, anyway, yes: the Confederate States of America - the "rebels" of our Civil War - were far more faithful to out Founding Fathers' intent than the Union. Lincoln, Republican though he was in name, was really the first, modern Democrat, and by far the worst, most destructive and anti-American president in our history. Get over the canard of slavery: the Constitution provides for other ways of abolishing the institution than tearing itself up and creating a monster-state in place of the union of many sovereign states. Alcohol was abolished and women were given the vote, Constitutionally, without a civil war, and slavery could have - should have - been abolished in the same way. If there were not enough votes to achieve that end in 1860, there would have been in 1870 or 1880. In any case, the Civil War wasn't about slavery: it was about states' rights. The Union assault on Fort Sumpter, which began the shooting War between the States, occurred on Dec. 26, 1860, and the Union did not formally declare the slaves free for almost 2 years after that.

No modern Democrat would recognize an authentic interpretation of the Constitution if it were written down and poked in his eye, and no modern Democrat wants anything that even remotely resembles what this nation was intended to be to exist on this planet. Nothing could be less Constitutional, less American than the notion of being an American instead of a Californian or a Texan, or less absolutely treasonous than the social collectivism that defines the modern Democrat.

Posted by: Enoch Wisner | September 15, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

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