This is the first story I was exposed to when I got back from the gym:
LEBANON, Va. — “That’s not change,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said of what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is offering.
“You know, you can put lipstick on a pig,” Obama said, “but it’s still a pig.”
This type of comment is what’s known in political circles as a “pulling a Biden.”
UPDATE: Via HotAir, the McCain camp creates an ad:
McCain criticized Democratic contenders for offering what he called costly universal health care proposals that require too much government regulation. While he said he had not studied Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s health-care plan, he said it was “eerily reminiscent” of the failed plan she offered as first lady in the early 1990s.
“I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” he said of her proposal.
Not exactly the same thing, is it? While McCain did use the same phrase, Hillary never made a lipstick-related comment before McCain made his nor was he comparing her to a pig. Obama’s comment was poorly phrased, which is why this gaffe is dominating the news this morning.
UPDATE: A stroll down memory lane…
“She’s got the kitchen sink flying, and the china flying, and the, you know, the buffet is coming at me.” — April 20 “You challenge the status quo and suddenly the claws come out.” — February, Tulane University “I understand that Senator Clinton, periodically when she’s feeling down, launches attacks as a way of trying to boost her appeal.” — February