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The Washington Post asks, “What’s the Pig Deal?”

An editorial in today’s Washington Post takes to task John McCain’s campaign for it “cynical use of the gender card” and calls the lipstick on a pig controvery, “unusually silly.”

(Cross-posted at Clintonistas for Obama)

It points out the many grave crises that face the nation:

1.  “looming deficits and a grim economic outlook”;

2.  a faltering stock market after the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; and

3.  Bush’s refusal to budge on our future in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But, on what, The Post editorial asks, does the campaign of Sen. John McCain spend its energy?

A conference call to denounce Sen. Barack Obama for using the phrase “lipstick on a pig” and a new television ad accusing the Democrat of wanting to teach kindergartners about sex before they learn to read.

Clearly, The Post along with other referees in the media, do not seem eager to see the Republicans cheapen yet another national election with their meaningless, petty, negative emotion-inducing blather and fiddle-playing while Rome is burning.  Says the editorial board of The Washington Post:

John McCain is a serious man who promised to wage a serious campaign. Win or lose, will he be able to look back on this one with pride? Right now, it’s hard to see how.

Indeed, John McCain, one wonders how the word, “honor,” crosses your lips without your choking on it.


  1. John McCain started to sell out his principles when he embraced George Bush after Bush’s team smeared McCain’s daughter in South Carolina. He’s been going downhill ever since. I have very little respect left for McCain.

  2. In the short term, McCain’s Palin moment has created a bounce in the polls and lots of media interest. But McCain has traded something much more precious for this temporary benefit – his soul. To serious people, conservatives and liberals alike, he has pawned his campaign and credibility for a pottage of identity politics, smear, lipstick and mooseburgers. It will not come to any good.  

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