Sarah Palin poses for Vogue
September 11, 2008
It can’t be long before she launches a designer range of beaver hats and a branded hot pink lipstick. Sarah Palin, minus the spectacles, has done a photo shoot for Vogue, and is pictured hands on hips in a fur-collared green coat on the front page of the Telegraph.
Vendors at her rallies, drawing more of a crowd than John McCain could
ever have hoped for, are selling out of stickers bearing the legend
“Coldest State, Hottest Governor.”
A 62-year-old Vietnam veteran enthuses: “There are old rednecks who
would have thrown me out of the local restaurant two weeks ago if I’d
said they’d ever vote for a woman. Now Sarah Palin comes along and
they’re like a bunch of schoolkids tripping over themselves to listen
Speaking of lipstick, the Chicago Tribune explains the row over Barack Obama’s remark that “you can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig”.
The paper says “the hot new debate of the presidential campaign has sparked one stunning distraction. As anyone knows, lipstick can smear.”
Obama insists he wasn’t referring to Palin but was addressing his rivals’ claims that they are the true agents of change. McCain, though, is still crying foul.
“Yet McCain once had the same words for Senator Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plans,” the paper notes. “Campaigning in Iowa last fall, McCain argued that Clinton was rehashing the old reform she had promoted as first lady: ‘I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.’
The New York Times takes the story further, reporting on what Obama said next: “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change; it’s still going to stink after eight years.”
“In the latest sign of the campaign’s heightened intensity, McCain’s surrogates responded within minutes and called on Obama to apologise to Palin for the lipstick remark,” the Times says.
“But to those in the audience, it was clear that Obama was employing an age-old phrase — lipstick on a pig — and referring to McCain’s policies.”
On the Congressional Quarterly blog, Eric Pfeiffer wonders why is it so hard to grasp what happened:
“1. Sarah Palin’s ‘What’s the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom? One wears lipstick’ joke was one of the more memorable from the Republican convention.
“2. Obama and his advisers wanted to answer that joke with a pun arguing that while Palin may be a new figure on the political scene, she still represents the unpopular/failed policies of the Bush administration.
“Yes, others have used the phrase, including McCain. But it’s hard to believe Obama just randomly decided to use the phrase for the first time, unaware of what would be a perceived proximity to Palin’s convention joke. The Obama audience certainly seemed to get the joke.”
The McCain team has raised “concerns” with the British ambassador over Gordon Brown inadvertently praising Barack Obama’s policies for helping people facing repossession in an article in the Parliamentary Monitor. It breaks the golden rule about not showing favouritism to either candidate.
But really, they’re loving it. Under a sneering headline, “The Coveted Gordon Brown Endorsement”, the McCain website says:
“Far be it from this campaign to underestimate the value of an endorsement from British prime minister Gordon Brown, but there is one slightly embarrassing detail that this endorsement is bound to highlight … Obama had championed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund, but sometime late last month he seems to have … changed his position.”