From Talking Points Memo:
Let’s face it. Lipstick on a pig is a classic American phrase. And there’s just no better way to describe the McCain-Palin ticket. The ‘Reformer’ whose whole campaign and senate office is run by a crew of high-rolling DC lobbyists? The earmark slayer whose state this year got ten times more earmarks than any other state in the country? Whose city when she was mayor got twenty times as many? The whole operation is just one big bamboozling lie. And lipstick on a pig is just using good American English to explain it. If McCain and Palin don’t like it they should have thought of that before they decided to run as frauds.
In case you’re looking for background on this…
Obama at a rally was discussing McCain’s policies as being the same as George Bush’s only packaged differently. He then said “You can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig”.
McCain’s campaign, having no real answer about how his policies differ from Bush’s, blasted back that Obama was referring to Sarah Palin and demanded an apology conveniently forgetting that McCain had used the same metaphor when talking about Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan.
From what I saw of the RNC, the Republicans right now are desperately trying to separate themselves from, well, the Republicans. Bush’s ratings are so low that his appearance at the RNC, via satellite, was shorter than most commercial breaks. The only chance McCain has against Obama is to convince people that he isn’t like Bush which will be difficult to do considering that he has supported Bush 90% of the time. His campaign’s main strategy at the moment is to keep the Democrats mired in defending themselves from this kind of ridiculousness and at the moment it’s succeeding.