Thursday, September 18, 2008

McCain (Sort Of) Says Obama Didn't Call Palin a Pig

Previously I showed decisively, with video, that Barack Obama was not calling Sara Palin a pig when he talked about "lipstick on a pig," but was instead using a colloquialism. At the same time I showed a video of McCain making the same statement, which if the Democrats had chosen to do so, could have been twisted into an attack against him. But the Dems did not.

On Monday, John McCain said that Obama did not call Palin a pig. Sort of. Despite saying this, he still turned it into an attack. What he said after saying "no" to a question about the comment was the same argument he used on The View:
"No, I but know that he chooses his words carefully, and it was the wrong thing to say."
So what is McCain doing? He's saying that Obama didn't explicitly call Palin a pig, but was using an eloquent speech to do it underhandedly.

In other words, while saying Obama didn't call Palin a pig, he's saying ... he did.

It's this kind of "have it both ways" mentality that has suffused the McCain campaign. For example, Obama is a Muslim ... yet his pastor, Reverend Wright, is a source of contention. How can he have a Christian pastor if he's a Muslim? And yes, I realize that the McCain campaign itself has not made this statement, but the Right has, and McCain hasn't made an effort to debunk it, know it helps him.

There's also no way of knowing if the McCain camp is pushing these rumors under the table, as well.

So McCain, thanks for the sort of apology ... kind of.

2 comments:

Cindy Margott said...

He still turned it into an attack. What he said after saying "no" to a question about the comment was the same argument he used on The View:

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