McCain camp declares war on folksy language

The McCain-Palin publicity machine has launched an all-out media blitz against Obama and his use of the colloquial aphorism “you can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig.” I am huge fan of colloquialisms as a way to make an abstract point visual and immediate, so I consider this a war on some of my favorite words. If John McCain takes away my “lipstick on a pig” then who’s to say he won’t take away “you can’t polish a turd” or one of my personal favorites, “you can call a piece of shit a birthday cake, but you can’t make me eat it.”

This debate is stupid and intended to keep voters from focusing on the issues. That McCain’s anger is totally insincere goes without saying. He and probably just about every other politician has used that exact phrase to make him or herself seem like a “real person,” and of course there are numerous recorded examples now circulating of McCain using the phrase even to describe Hillary Clinton and her health care policy. What’s hilarious is that Barack Obama used the phrase in reference to John McCain and his supposed “change” from Bush administration policy, not at all in reference to the much-maligned Sarah Palin and her well-documented lipsticks.

This war on words is done for me. For future reference McCain camp – don’t even think about touching “the cat’s pajamas” or “that’ll go over like a fart in church.” Please feel free to comment below if you have colloquialisms you’d like to declare as off-limits to the McCain campaign’s war on words.

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6 Responses to “McCain camp declares war on folksy language”


  1. 1 culturepress September 10, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    I agree with you, this was a utterly stupid. The McCain-Palin camp is trying to generate a debate out of nothing.
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  2. 2 Melissa September 15, 2008 at 2:25 am

    “That would go over like a turd in a punch bowl” is one I would personally appreciate the McCain camp keeping their grubby little hands off.

  3. 3 Laura Hoffmann September 15, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    I like “pant load”, Melissa’s is also a favorite of mine. I would love to hear a politician use either of these terms. 🙂

  4. 4 Marie September 15, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    I’ve never heard the birthday cake saying. ICK! I like the saying “If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip someone else will” which my witty son came up with on his website. Yes, he gets his sense of humor from me 🙂

  5. 5 David September 15, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of “diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but herpes are forever.” It really sets a different bar between my wife and I in terms of expectations. Another is “knowledge of syphillus isn’t a license to get it.” Amen, Lenny Bruce.

  6. 6 Laurie September 16, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    ….some of the hits at my house as a kid: “she was as nervous as a whore in church”; “shinier than a cat’s ass”; or “he’s just like a fart in a skillet”.


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