I think that way too much attention is being given to this "lipstick on a pig thing". What did he mean when he said it? Who knows? Should he have said it? Probably not. But I have heard people on both sides of the isle use this phrase. Deep down I would hope that a man running for president would not reduce themselves to such a level. But we are talking about a democrat here. And not just any democrat, an ultra-liberal one. So who knows?
I think the McCain campaign responded well to it:
That is all that needs to be done.
Barak Obama is weak on so many issues. These need to be the talking points. I hope that this type of thing will tone down over the next couple of months. I doubt it will though. This actually helps Obama more than it hurts him. So he will try to keep it going as long as he can.
Let me explain. Obama knows that his positions on the issues are completely ass-backwards from that of the majority of Americans. That is why his whole campaign has been run in a way as to prevent him from discussing what really matters, the issues. The central theme of his whole campaign seems to be "America sucks, and we need to fix it", we need to "CHANGE". Of course, he does not want to discuss how this change should occur. We are to "HOPE" that he will change it for the better.
Let us take a brief look at his idea of change:
Raise taxes by trillions and trillions of dollars. Oh, he don't want to tax you "poor" people. Just the fat cats. You know, the one that signs your paycheck. He won't raise your taxes, just prevent you from getting raises and reduce the amount of bonus checks. Not to mention the increased cost of the products these companies provide.
Expand government control of our lives. They have no problem complaining about how screwed up the government is. Then he wants to increase the size and scope of government. Whether it be schools, health care, entitlements, etc... he wants more control.
He wants to gut the military. Bill Clinton started the process and he would like to go ahead and bring the military to it's knees.
I could go on and on for days, but you get the picture. As long as he can keep the mudslinging going on, he does not have to discuss the real important things.
McCain has to acknowledge smears such as these. But he cannot fall into the trap that Obama is laying. Keep the issues front and center in this election.