Obama’s sexism is showing, and this time he can’t blame it on his adoring blog minions.
The news bias against Hillary Clinton during the primary campaign is well documented. Heck, the NYTimes even quoted Dr. Howard Dean complaining about it:

“The media took a very sexist approach to Senator Clinton’s campaign,” Mr. Dean said in a recent interview. “It’s pretty appalling,” he said, adding that the issue resonates because Mrs. Clinton “got treated the way a lot of women got treated their whole lives.”

The article contains many snide remarks…Chris Matthews calling Senator Clinton a “she devil”, Mike Barnacle saying she looked “like everyone’s first wife standing outside a probate court”, the NYTimes writing about Clinton’s “cackle” and the Washington Post commenting on her “cleavage”…and the article notes that the positive coverage of Obama was 90percent in December, as opposed to Clinton’s stories, which were only 61 percent positive. but the article insists that the numbers “evened out” late in the campaign 48 to 45…

So now that Obama is the winner, he is getting the radical feminists to attack McCain, and especially Palin. But the moderate feminists, those whose feminism is based more on reality than marxist anti man paranoia, are a little less enthusiastic. And the press wonders why

So now, since Senator McCain chose a woman governor to be his running mate, the Daily Kos and Andrew Sullivan others on the left of the blogosphere are into a “bash Palin all the time” mode. She is the enemy: a “christianist” (to use Sullivan’s term), a mother (how dare she work) and an “anti choice extremist” (she just had her Down’s syndrome baby for political gain, goes one rumor…)

It’s so bad that Republicans are touting the errors as campaign points, and the NYTimes has had to apologize for printing one untrue rumor. The same press who couldn’t bother to investigate how Obama’s far left backers helped him starting in his launch in Chicago politics and continuing with a press and left wing blogosphere machine that painted Hillary as a loser long before the votes were counted. So now the mud is being splattered by the same attack machine, but this time, the American people are listening.

The problem? A lot of the attacks are personal.

No, no sexism here, folks, just move along.

Obama is trying to smear using his blog supporters. No big deal. He did the same to Hillary, so what else is new?

By using his minions, he can remain the messiah without getting his feet dirty.

But one suspects that Obama, with his childhood lived overseas, doesn’t understand the nuances of the United States.

So today he put his foot in his mouth and declared:

 “You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig. You can wrap up an old fish in a piece of paper and call it change. It’s still going to stink after eight years. We’ve had enough,” he exclaimed to a standing ovation.

Of course, he defended using the phrase, saying it was an old proverb.

Except that it isn’t. The proverb is a variation of a more common proverb, (you can’t dress a pig in silk, or you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear).

Wordwizard discussion group traces the expression as a Southern variation…and the
expression has been used in politics, by John Edwards, for example, in 2004. But it’s not an expression one uses every day, nor one that I was familiar with.

However,  Obama denies that his phrase was referring to the Palin quip (that the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is…lipstick).And we are supposed to believe that Obama wasn’t calling Palin a pig. Right…. It was just a slip of the tongue.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. She writes about human rights in Africa at Makaipa blog.

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