Lipstick, pigs, and 100 years in Iraq

Pundits are going wild over the most recent gaff by Senator Obama. Did he really mean to compare Governor Palin to a pig wearing lipstick? No one will ever know whether it was intended as an insult or not. Running tape of Senator McCain using a similar joke several years ago though is just plain stupid. It has absolutely nothing to do with Obama’s stepping in deep doodoo over using it yesterday. Nada, Fox News, nada!

Still the McCain campaign and the right wing of the blogosphere have taken this fertile opportunity for payback and made the most of it. Not surprising though it may have more to do with past offenses than the current slam at Governor Palin. To date the most egregious misuse of a candidate’s statement taken out of context remains Obama’s offense. He repeatedly and knowingly paraphrased Senator McCain’s “100 years in Iraq” down to the most damning statement he could. Fox News details the whole story but here is the short version.

McCain first uttered the comments in question during a January town hall meeting in New Hampshire, saying he’d be fine with a long-term U.S. commitment in Iraq.

“President Bush has talked about our staying for 50 years, maybe 100. We’ve been in Japan for 60 years, in South Korea for 50 years or so. That would be fine with me as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or killed,” McCain said at the time.

Really, Senator Obama. What you did was worse, far worse.

“John McCain wants to continue a war in Iraq perhaps as long as 100 years,” Obama said during a town hall meeting in Lancaster, Pa.

The Obama campaign attributed “100 years in Iraq” to Senator McCain for months as though McCain wanted a 100 year war! “A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth” and so Senator Obama has sought to brand Senator McCain as a warmonger. While it might work with a few independent voters, it most assuredly would alienate others and has only added to the perception that Obama is just another opportunistic politican. Same old, same old.

Think twice, Senator Obama, if you think you can take the moral high road. You are guilty of the same or worse and that is hardly presidential.

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