Michael Graham, at the Boston Herald, addresses democrats denying the obvious.
Letâ€™s start with the obvious and inarguable: Of course Sen. Barack Obamaâ€™s comment about â€œlipstick on a pigâ€ was a reference to Supergirl Sarah Palin.
You know it, I know it and the partisan crowd that literally rose to their feet and cheered when they heard it knew it.
And itâ€™s nothing new. Democrats shot the lipstick line at Gov. Palin on their official Web site last week with a posting entitled â€œMcCainâ€™s Selection of Palin is Lipstick on a Pigâ€ – accompanied by what Iâ€™m sure was intended to be a flattering photo of the Alaska outdoorswoman.
And – coincidence or something more? – the same day Obama made his crack, a Democratic congressman introducing Joe Biden said of Sarah Palin, â€œThereâ€™s no way you can dress up her record, even with a lot of lipstick.â€
If there was anyone in the audience still too dense to get it – say, an employee of CNN, perhaps – Obama immediately followed up with a reference to the McCain/Palin campaign wrapping â€œan old fish in a piece of paper called â€˜change.â€™ â€
A lipstick-wearing pig and an old fish? Gee, who could he possibly be talking about?
So please, my Obama-supporting friends, letâ€™s stop the nonsense about how Obamaâ€™s lipstick talk was, as he put it yesterday, an â€œinnocent comment,â€ or that the reaction is â€œphony outrage.â€ …
Smart people are asking why Obama would do something so dumb. He couldnâ€™t have meant to say it, they argue, because he had to know it would exacerbate his biggest political problem – women voters abandoning the Democratic ticket.
I agree. This wasnâ€™t a political plot. It was a Barack Obama point of personal privilege.
What weâ€™re seeing is how Barack Obama performs under pressure. And so far, it isnâ€™t pretty.
I believe Obama knows it, which is why I believe he indulged that moment of unbecoming snarkiness on Tuesday. He did the same thing back in April when, during a speech about Hillaryâ€™s attacks, he carefully â€œscratchedâ€ his face with his middle finger. And, then as now, the crowd picked up on his digital communications.
Obama is frustrated. Heâ€™s cranky. He was on his way to a coronation and now finds himself in a catfight that, so far, heâ€™s losing.
And so the Obama team is lashing out. The same day they started the â€œlipstickâ€ meme, Democrats sent out 12 press releases attacking the bottom of the GOP ticket.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama campaign has â€œairdropped a mini-army of 30 lawyers, investigators and opposition researchersâ€ into Alaska, all to deal with the Palin problem.
Obamaâ€™s poll numbers keep sinking, his fundraising is flat. And there isnâ€™t a Swift Boat in sight.
Just a hockey mom with a bachelorâ€™s degree, who has brought the great and powerful Obama to his knees.