Political cosmetics

It is, indeed, the silly season. If anyone ever thought the campaign for the presidency of the United States wasn’t long enough, he or she need do nothing more than read the news reports of the past couple of days.

Maybe, just maybe, if the campaign season extended only a month or so instead of the more than two years it currently occupies on the calendar, we wouldn’t be wasting hours and hours of television and Internet time going over and over and over just what Barack Obama said Tuesday about lipstick and pigs, and just what he meant by it.

Maybe, just maybe, if candidates only went at it for a month or so, they truly would talk about issues that we do
care about. Energy, for example, or health care, or national security, or the economy, or taxes, or whether the government should or should not bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

But that’s not to be.

Instead, we are left to ponder: What did Mr. Obama mean when he said, “You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.”

We listened to the unedited version (it was unavoidable) and, yes, he can claim that he was referring to John McCain’s policies. But he knows full well that it was just last week when Sarah Palin said the difference between and hockey mom and a pit bull is “lipstick.”

We know: John McCain himself used the “lipstick on a pig phrase” last October regarding Hillary Clinton’s latest health care plan. But he didn’t do so immediately after Clinton had made her own comments about lipstick, as Obama did with Palin.

So go right ahead, Sen. Obama. Try to take the high road and try to blame the GOP for making something from nothing.

Obama is a smart man. This whole dust-up appeared to be a cynical attempt on his part to claim he meant one thing while everyone knows he meant another. It’s even more cynical to then lecture the Republicans about not paying enough attention to the issues. It wasn’t the GOP wondering about pigs and lipstick.

Too bad there aren’t more instances in this election season like Thursday, when both campaigns put their attacks aside to observe the 9/11 anniversary. Nov. 4 can’t come soon enough if we have to listen to any more of what we heard this week.


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