Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lipstick on a Pig


So, did you know that McCain's former spokesperson Torie Clark wrote a book called "Lipstick on a Pig: Winning in the No Spin Era by Someone Who Knows the Game"

Apparently, 'Lipstick on a pig' is a common Washington DC political idiom and it not only makes reference to 'pork barrel politics' but when used 'properly' by those who know it's meaning and referencing is similar to the saying 'you can't make a silk purse from a sows ear.' Another pork/pig/reference. And another idiom often used to explain that you can talk economic policy, reform and change but the thing is still the thing it always was.

John McCain used it several months ago, talking about Hillary Clinton's reform policies...no one said a word about that. And Hillary didn't jump on it and make a ruckus because she knew what and how it was meant. Dick Cheney said it in one of his speeches...no one said anything about that, either. A 'lipstick on a pig' is apparently an extrememly common saying in governmental agencies and offices around the country. It is frequently used in speeches and speech writing.

The poor, poor pig is all I have to say. It's all I've heard today, on every channel and every single newscast, all day long. Every since Jim Henson dressed up Miss Piggy and had her represent female pulchritude, our world of illusion versus reality has been turned upside down. The animal kingdom expanded from tv sets into our living rooms and we all danced to catchy tunes and dreamed of rainbow connections. Heck, I still do!

Like many of us, I believed all of the out of context media lies yesterday, and I was furious at Obama's use of the idiom. I was too mad to even remember that Sarah Palin called her self a 'pitbull with lipstick' and that animal references are common in our language in often unkind sounding ways.

Now, Obama is a very smart man and when his Democratic supporters howled, he had to have 'gotten' it and right then at the very latest, and there he should have restated his beginning sentence...you know the one most people are leaving out where he references McCain economics and never, ever any mention of anything or anyone else.

As a open-minded and voting for issues, Democrat, but one from Alaska, I have been keeping a close eye on Palin and wondering how spins would be made on a Governor who has switched sides on issues here, many, many times and represented herself as being someone who has cut taxes when she actually raised them as mayor, and then even failed to vote on major issues as a Governor.

That Obama didn't think ahead to how the media and the Republican campaign would take an economic comment out of context and make it seem personal and an attack on Sarah Palin is pretty sad. If you are in politics expect the worse from the other side and misuse of every and anything you say, it appears.

That Sarah was only 'vetted' for one single week before being made a national nominee is frightening. And that none of her aides, bosses or next door neighbors were even interviewed is appalling. Joe Lieberman spent 10 exhausting months being vetted for the Al Gore campaign years ago. One week of vetting following the first and only casual meeting of introduction last January! What????? It's all been about appearances and the illusion of portraying something as being different than they really are.

That is what 'pig in lipstick' means...it has absolutely nothing to do with pigs, females, or lipstick. It certainly does not immediately infer attack or ugliness as most of us think. It's Washington DC people, the don't think or talk like we do.

So, in 2006 it appears..this comment was said on a major political issues referencing our state of the economy..."Price fixing? Price controls? A pig with lipstick is still a pig." Now that was in referencing, by President Bush and I can't remember one person thinking it meant a female candidate or member of the political arena at that time.

Yet, now...even I became furious when I heard it on TV and even I believed Obama had said it about Palin when he most certainly had not. Gosh, I am just as gullible as anyone else and that shamed me. That I would accept something out of context, blame someone for it before finding out the truth about useage or intent only reminded me that I am human.

Now, how many other things also taken out of context has gotten us all inflamed and filled with anger and hatred towards another person in any arena. Shame on all of us for not finding out the truth first before accepting anything we hear or are told.

I, for one, am just plain tiring of the political arena. I say, let's just watch Dancing With The Stars, American Idol and Reality TV programs. Now, there's something you can sink your teeth into and believe what you see, what you hear and know that absolutely no artice is involved ;)

3 comments:

  1. Couldn't have said it better myself! Truly.

    *karendianne./ Living Life at LeeHaven

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  2. Well done!

    I'm mostly (completely) sick of the media making a big deal out of every word spoken, whether it merits attention or not ~ there is SO much that IS important, but not so conducive to sound bites...

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  3. Hi Michele,

    I'm behind 20 posts from you, girl! And I haven't written "my boys" in over a month. I've thought about you many times since the Sarah Palin pick because you are from Alaska. What a gorgeous state! Ralph would move us there if I would let him but it's too cold for me. Besides, how many geocaches do you suppose there are in Alaska? *hehe* I have an atypical interest in politics. I don't watch it so much to see who wins or loses the election (although I will vote - hurray for the mailin ballots) but my interest is more in what prophetic developments may be fulfilled based on who occupies the oval office. It's interesting times we live in.

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.