I commented to my sister today that although I didn't think Obama intentionally told the "lipstick on a pig" joke to refer to Sarah Palin, I did think the rest of what Obama said was just as repugnant
, and not getting any play:
After starting off with "you can wrap an old fish in a newspaper and it's still going to stink, he adds:
"Look, she's new, she hasn't been on the scene, she's got five kids. And my hat goes off to anybody whose looking after five. I've got two and they tire Michelle and me out," he said.
The ever-popular backhanded compliment. She's got five kids? Well, one of them is off to Iraq tomorrow. Another is apparently going to get married. She's new on the scene? Barack, we're still getting used to you, too. I realize that after 19 months on the road, you think we should know you, but that's your experience, not ours.
Look, these folks are completely rattled. They thought they'd bring up one or two things about Sarah Palin and everybody'd agree that she was totally unqualified compared to Barack, who after all was editor of Haaaavaaad Law Review. And yet she blew everybody away at the RNC, and is now suddenly the most interesting person in America. There is no comparison. Moose burgers versus arugula? Snow machine races versus basketball? Alaska versus Hawaii?