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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Lipstick on a Pig-as Used by Republicans

Apparently the common expression that "you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig" is now considered sexist.

If so, there's a whole lot of sexist Republicans out there. Including John McCain.

Tom Tancredo:
"There is a little more lipstick on this pig than there was before, but it's most certainly the same old pig," said Rep. Tom Tancredo, the Colorado Republican who has led the anti-immigrant movement in the House. (Copley News Service, May 16, 2005)

John McCain:
McCain criticized Democratic contenders for offering what he called costly universal health care proposals that require too much government regulation. While he said he had not studied Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's plan, he said it was "eerily reminiscent" of the failed plan she offered as first lady in the 1990s.

"I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig," he said of her proposal. (McClatchy-Tribune News Service, October 16, 2007)


John McCain's spokeswoman:

Public relations expert Torie Clarke has some advice for leaders who are tempted to tailor the truth, a process known in the media world as "spin." She says in a recent book called Lipstick on a Pig that openness is the best way to get your message across.

Torie Clarke honed her public relation skills as a spokeswoman for Senator John McCain, then worked for former President Bush's re-election campaign and was chief spokesperson for the Pentagon in the early years of the current administration. Clarke continues her public relations work in private industry and is a commentator on the CNN cable network. (Voice of America News, March 21, 2006)


Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour:

"The public doesn't want to pay for politicians' campaigns," added Mr. Barbour, who contributed more than $21,000 to 40 Republican candidates last year. "This is going to be paid for with taxpayer dollars and no matter how much lipstick you put on it, this pig ain't going to fly." (New York Times: March 28, 2000)


Vice President Dick Cheney:

Now, in the closing days of this campaign, John Kerry is running around talking tough. He's trying every which way to cover up his record of weakness on national defense. But he can't do it. It won't work. As we like to say in Wyoming, you can put all the lipstick you want on that pig, but at the end of the day it's still a pig. (Applause.) That's my favorite line. (Laughter.) You want to hear it again?

AUDIENCE: Yes!

THE VICE PRESIDENT: As we like to say in Wyoming -- (laughter) -- you can put all the lipstick you want on a pig, but at the end of the day it's still a pig. (Applause.) (Regulatory Intelligence Data: November 1, 2004)


Former Rep. Bob Livingston

"You can put lipstick on
a pig and call it Madonna, but it's still a pig"(The Hotline: November 11, 1993


House Minority Leader John Boehner:

Boehner was pointed about what he described as Gingrich's managerial failings. "There was really no clear agenda for the year. And when there's no agenda and there's no real direction, what happens is you can't, you really can't have a message. You can put lipstick on a pig all day long, but it's still a pig," he said.


Schwarzenegger campaign spokesman Rob Stutzman

"Obviously, the Democrats have to rally their base, so it makes sense that they would bring in all the star power they can find to inspire their base," said Schwarzenegger spokesman Rob Stutzman. "You can put lipstick on the pig, but voters will still see the pig." (New York Daily News: September 15, 2003)


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

"Mr. President, it's not that easy. This town is full of people very experienced when it comes to putting lipstick on a pig. (States News Service: April 2, 2004)


California State Republican Chair Duf Sundheim:

"The independent voter is going to be at the crux of how this election turns out because it's going to be very close," Torres told the NBC "Today" show Monday in a joint appearance with state Republican Party Chairman Duf Sundheim.

Sundheim quickly fired back: "He's in the unfortunate position of trying to put lipstick on a pig. The internal polling numbers are away from Gray."


Former Rep. Richard Pombo's Resources Committee Spokesman Brian Kennedy
"They can use all the lipstick in the world to dress that thing up, but a pig is a pig," said House Resources spokesman Brian Kennedy. "That bill has already been dealt with in congresses past, so it will be dead on arrival here in this Congress."


Rep. Dennis Rehberg Spokesman

Rehberg spokesman Shriber said that Baucus' office had not contacted them about the issue.

"If they had, we may have been able to help them avert these mistakes," he said. "Fixing his mistake is a near impossibility. It's a little late to be putting lipstick on a pig and not expect it to squeal."


PUMAs at the DNC Rules Committee meeting:


From the crowd came:

"Lipstick on a pig!"

"McCain in '08!"

"You just took away votes! (St. Petersburg Times: June 1, 2008)


So, in sum, the Republican party is led by sexists in both Houses of Congresses, nominated a sexist for president in 2008, and nominated a sexist for vice president in 2000 and 2004.

Of course, female Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi is apparently also a sexist (let's be fair, after all):

Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the top Democrat in the House, said: "I think what the president is demonstrating is the weakness of the argument he is out perpetuating. It's the classic case of you can put lipstick on a pig ... but it's still a sow." (Associated Press: April 1, 2005)

1 comment:

Rad Sujanto said...

Haha, I like that expression. Pig is still a pig even if you put a lipstick on it. But hey, it helps it look cuter with the lipstick on than covered in mud when you keep it a pet in your clean and beautiful house.

Anyway, just a thought. I'm not into politics so much but I like the expressions that the politicians use.