Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Is Obama Biden Sexist or Ageist or Worse?

Today Barack Obama was videotaped at a campaign stop in the swing state of Virginia saying,

"You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still gonna stink. We've had enough of the same old thing."

A lot has been made of whether Obama was calling Sarah Palin a pig, in reference to her describing herself as hockey mom, and a hockey mom as a "pit bull with lipstick." But isn't he also calling John McCain an old fish?

Meanwhile, Joe Biden was campaign in the swing state of Missouri where he was videtaped saying,

“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there's joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”

Let's connect the dots. Sarah Palin has been garnering support from prolife groups for her decision to carry her baby Trig to term despite his being diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome. Some statistics say 90% of American women in that situation choose abortion. Embryonic stem cell research uses stem cells from aborted fetuses. Just a few weeks ago the Obama campaign was vying with McCain for the evalengical vote. Apparently not anymore.

I think Obama and Biden have fallen into the trap that McCain set for them with the Palin nomination. If this continues much longer in this direction, Obama's only hope may be that the trap is big enough to catch McCain too.

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