Barack Obama blundered today. In Lebanon, VA, he said:
"You know, you can put lipstick on a pig," Obama said, "but it’s still a pig."
Jake Tapper and the crowd got the reference:
The crowd rose and applauded, some of them no doubt thinking he may have been alluding to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s ad lib during her vice presidential nomination acceptance speech last week, "What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick."
Obama made a sexualized attack on Palin, comparing her to a pig. This is exactlty the same sort of thing that he did in the primary. Earlier in the cycle I noted:
Jake Tapper first noted this when Obama said that Hillary was "taking out the claws." At the same time he noted that Obama would use "[l]anguage such as ‘when she’s feeling down’ ‘periodically’ she ‘launches attacks.’" Tapper noted that a number of female reporters and bloggers picked up on this. Later Obama complained that Hillary was "throwing the China" at him. Again, Tapper heard the dog whistle. Tapper noted that this "feeds into the ‘harridan‘ caricature of Clinton."
This is the stuff that alienated Hillary Clinton voters.
No wonder white women are swinging to McCain-Palin. If he keeps this up, it will be a landslide. Democrats do not know how to run against women.