by Why Not, Wed Sep 10, 2008 at 02:03:27 PM EDT
Perhaps in all of this handwringing over the non-story about lipstick on a pig, have we forgotten why this is a story in the first place?
On MSNBC today I heard one Republican who was outraged about this story since it was ovious that Palin had "Branded" herself with the joke line from the convention. Let's recap:
"Do you know what the difference is between a bulldog and a hockey mom?"
Now, if anyone else had said this she would have been (rightfully) offended, but she brings this chauvanistic joke to the forefront whilst describing herself (and all other hockey moms).
Lets forget for a minute, the much maligned bulldogs (who from all accounts are very loving and not at all as mean as they are percieved to be) and focus on her statement.
Hockey moms are bulldogs with lipstick.
If you aren't offended by this, perhaps trying to remember that when referring to a woman as a dog (of any type) is generally frowned upon and very much an insult. There is another word for female dog, I am sure Palin wasn't thinking about when she made these bold pronouncements in front of the world during her acceptance speech. However, her liking herself and all other hockey moms to that that derogatory term was allowed to pass as humor.
So here we are, less than a week later, and Palin (and the Republicans) wish to show their outrage about a phrase taken entirely out of context that had NOTHING to do with Palin. They claim that the disgusting self imposed brand (lipstick) is a link to the phrase we should all be outraged about.
Personally I am more outraged by the frankly insulting "joke" Palin told during her acceptance speech than a phrase about the PORK that both McCain and Palin have and continue to support while saying they are against Porkbarrel spending.
What a wonderful double standard.
It is not Obama who should appologize, it is Palin who should appologize for insulting women. Furthermore it is BOTH Palin and McCain who should appologize for their pork spending and abuse of power.