Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Hillary Smacks McCain on Faux Lipstick Controversy

The backlash on the McCain camps ridiculous claims that Senator Obama called Sarah Palin a pig is growing. Chris Matthews did a good job taking down this controversy, and now Hillary Clinton steps to the plate.


At a Capitol Hill news conference today, Hillary Clinton defended Obama’s “lipstick on a pig” comment, accusing McCain of using the controversy to distract from substantive issues in the campaign.

“Barack has made this clear,” she said responding to a question about the lipstick remark, which Republicans have condemned as a “disgraceful” and “sexist” attack on Palin. “It was no way meant as an affront.”

During the press conference, which addressed equal pay for women, Clinton added that “Republicans need to lift up the dialogue” and blamed McCain’s campaign for trying to “divert attention away from challenges facing Americans.”

She also stated that she’ll be back on the trail for Obama this fall:

The former Democratic presidential candidate told reporters that she’ll soon return to the campaign trail to stump for the Obama-Biden ticket, “working very hard to make the case for Sen. Obama … being as forceful as I can to lay out the contrast” between the two camps.

Good for Hillary. She also refused to take the bait the media is tossing out to get her to engage with Gov. Palin, which would give the media the “catfight” they are so desperate for. Sorry Media, you’re not getting what you want.


September 10, 2008 - Posted by | Media Strategy, talking points | , , , ,


  1. Turner – you’re right she’s not engaging in the catfight, which is good, but I’d argue that “smacking McCain” isn’t necessarily how to characterize Hillary’s remarks!

    Comment by dansac | September 11, 2008 | Reply

  2. Ha! Okay, maybe a couple of lashes with a wet noodle?

    Comment by turneresq | September 11, 2008 | Reply

  3. There’s been a lot of recent buzz out there over the possibility of Senator Biden stepping down so that Hillary can become the VP nominee on the Dem ticket. I heard, in fact, that Senator Biden’s remarks–in which he praises Hillary as someone who would make a wonderful VP–were among the lead stories on the BBC news tonight.

    I love and respect Senator Biden immensely–and I am way old enough to remember the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter. BUT I really do not see how the Democrats can win this election without Hillary on the ticket–nor did I ever see it being possible without the existence of the Dream Ticket. (I was present in the audience when Senator Obama announced his candidacy for President in Illinois, and have supported him the whole time, but I definitely think Hillary is a very qualified individual too. And yet, even my own deeply cynical mind back this April, May or June did not foresee that all we would be talking about in mid-September was lipstick and pigs.)

    I realize that if all of this is going to happen, it must happen soon–as in “like yesterday”–or everything could backfire.

    What do you think?

    Comment by Midwesterners | September 11, 2008 | Reply

  4. P.S. Right after posting my above comment (it was still September 10th here where I live), I noticed that Nate Silver on his 538 Blog dropped Obama’s Electoral Vote Projection again. He gave Obama 269.9 and McSlime 268.1–or something like that.

    I think it’s time for the Dems to go for a Hail Mary pass this time!

    Comment by Midwesterners | September 11, 2008 | Reply

  5. I think there is just about zero chance of that happening.

    Comment by turneresq | September 11, 2008 | Reply

  6. Turner: Well, if it IS going to happen, it obviously needs to happen immediately–as in 24 hours ago.

    Comment by Midwesterners | September 11, 2008 | Reply

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