The John McCain “I’m a Victim” Express

I didn’t think the McCain campaign could really do much more stooping, but it looks like they are trying very hard.

On Tuesday, Obama criticized McCain’s economic policies as similar to those of President Bush, saying: “You can put lipstick on a pig … it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still going to stink after eight years.”

The McCain campaign contended that the comments were directed at Palin, the GOP’s first woman on a presidential ticket. In her acceptance speech last week, she had referred to herself in a joke about lipstick being the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull.

Accusing Obama of “smearing” Palin in “offensive and disgraceful” comments, the McCain campaign demanded an apology – though McCain himself used the folksy metaphor a few times last year, including once to describe Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health care plan.

The McCain campaign on Wednesday issued an Internet ad that said Obama was talking about Palin and said of Obama: “Ready to lead? No. Ready to smear? Yes.”

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You can see McCain’s statement here.

The McCain campaign is counting on something they’ve done before (by “they” I mean Rove and Co.). What they are doing is the basic antidote to a clean campaign run by a popular, qualified candidate…smear the crap out of everything. Fling so much shit that everything and everyone is covered. By the time the election comes around, it looks to the electorate like everyone is flinging shit and only one campaign is trying to claim being “clean”.

See how that works? This is exactly what you are seeing now. More smoke and feces.

They just need one crap story a week to win. This is only the next, in a long line of ’em (secret muslim, crazy black man, illegal alient, america-hater, flag pin….it’s been done a bunch before).

Really. Think about it. If Palin is so tough (a bitch, pardon, pitbull in lipstick) why can’t she take on these personal attacks herself? Why can’t she address any questions from real people?? Why does she have to hide behind a campaign aide? If she feels so personally insulted, why not address it personally, and call for an end to personal attacks?

Why aren’t they doing that? Because doing so would clear things up. It would brings things into focus. The Rove squad doesn’t want clear, because when things are clear, the choice is easy and obvious.

When things get muddled and dirty and you can’t tell who said what when and there is shit, both real and imagined all over the place, the hope is that enough people will ignore the facts or confuse the facts and vote the disguised porcine back into office once again.

Said pig being then completely swathed in Change®-brand red, white, and blue lipstick.

Which most Americans can still see, somehow, shining through the shit.

Did I mention John McCain was a victim, pardon, POW?

UPDATE: O.k. read this quote…nice job McCain.

“I don’t like anyone being referred to as a pig in any context,” McCain added. “I think there’s a lot more educated conversations we can have about the ticket than just saying these remarks like that.”

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Nice, way to be grown up about it. Good to see some maturity in the campaign.

What?

That was a quote from his 23-year old daughter? Oh…carry on.

[her blog is here]

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