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The McCain Campaign, not the Hadron Collider, Will Be the Death of Us All

September 10, 2008

By now you’ve all probably read about the “lipstick on a pig” controversy. If not, let me sum up. Yesterday, Sept. 9th, Obama was talking about McCain and his policies and said the following:

“John McCain says he’s about change, too—except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics. That’s just calling the same thing something different. You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change; it’s still going to stink after eight years.”

Not long after, the McCain campaign comes out blasting against Obama for a “schoolyard insult” against Sarah Palin. Wait, what? Just because she mentioned lipstick in her acceptance speech, suddenly an old idiom is off-limits? Also, McCain’s memory may be going: He used the exact same idiom to describe Hillary Clinton’s health care plan on Oct. 11, 2007.

Reading about this trumped-up, ridiculous, so-called controversy this morning made my blood boil. And then Obama’s remarks about the controversy calmed me down. He’s just so reasonable. Really, if you have four and a half free minutes, watch this—He’s amazing.

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