Lipstick On A Pig?

It is becoming increasingly obvious that Sen. Barack Obama should not be speaking in public without a teleprompter and a prepared speech.

Amie Parnes reports from Lebanon, VA:

Obama poked fun of McCain and Palin’s new “change” mantra.

“You can put lipstick on a pig,” he said as the crowd cheered. “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.”

The crowd apparently took the “lipstick” line as a reference to Palin, who described the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull in a single word: “lipstick.”

Despite immediate denials that Sen. Obama called Gov. Palin a “pig,” that seems to be exactly what he did.

Are we going to hear an outcry from prominent feminists and feminist organizations? Probably not. Are we going to continue to see Sen. Obama go down in the national and state polls? Probably we are.

Can you imagine what would have happened if a Republican had said this?

If I were connected to the McCain/Palin campaign, I think I’d be asking for a personal apology from Sen. Obama. And I’d be asking it in advertisements. In swing states.