Republican Double Standards

I’ve seen so much of this on the side of McCain/Palin, especially in the ads which seem to be increasingly negative and horribly incorrect, as I’ve pointed out once before. Double standards are popping up left and right, one of which was very recent.

Lipstick on a Pig:

“We’ve been talking about change when we were up in the polls and when we were down in the polls,” Senator Obama told a rally in Virginia as surveys suggested Senator McCain and Mrs Palin have overhauled his lead for the election to be held on November 5 (Australian time).

“The other side, suddenly, they’re saying ‘we’re for change too’.  Now think about it, these are the same folks that have been in charge for the last eight years.

“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 said to instant applause.

From News.com.au

Is this sexist? Is Obama talking about Palin, making some sort of slur? No, he’s so obviously making an analogy about change, using an idiom that’s relatively common, and the McCain campaign’s use of change when they are more like the Bush administration than they’d like to admit. When discussing Hillary Clinton’s health care plan, McCain said:

McCain criticized Democratic contenders for offering what he called costly universal health care proposals that require too much government regulation. While he said he had not studied Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s health-care plan, he said it was “eerily reminiscent” of the failed plan she offered as first lady in the early 1990s.

“I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” he said…

From Pensito Review

But the McCain campaign wants to say that this is evidence of Obama being sexist toward Palin. Sexism reared its ugly head while Hillary was running, but seemed to get dismissed quickly enough. But now that it’s effecting the Republicans’ campaign, its an issue to get all huffy about. But wait, there’s more.

Experience, Experience, Experience:

Of course, experience was a big deal in the beginning of the 2008 campaigning, and its only continued. McCain and Palin have been constantly touting how lacking in experience Obama is, as have pundits, bloggers,  and every republican you find on the street. Here’s the word:

A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate in January 2003.

From Wiki

And apparently being a community organizer and a teacher isn’t experience in a leading roll. Then we have Palin, who has this to her name:

She was on the Wasilla, Alaska, city council from 1992 to 1996 and mayor from 1996 to 2002. After an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor of Alaska in 2002, she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 to 2004. She was elected governor of Alaska in November 2006, becoming the first woman and the youngest person to hold the position in Alaska.

From Wiki

Sounds like she has some background in a leadership position too, though if it was a resume for a job between the two, I’d take Obama, simply on the fact that he has more background. It seems like the two are about the same for experience, and don’t tell me “Well, Palin is just up for VP.” She’s as close to being president as McCain is with his age and health. Then there was the quote from McCain talking about his experience in 2007. “I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn’t a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn’t a governor for a short period of time.” Sounds like he’s changed his opinion. Is that a…

Flip-Flop?

A term that seemed to gain notoriety during the Kerry campaign, this is now being used by the McCain campaign ruthelessly against Obama. So, is Obama flip-flopping? He changed his opinion on off shore drilling, he changed his mind on taking public financing, his stance on NAFTA has shifted a bit. But then, is McCain free from this charge? Let thee without sin cast the first stone, eh?

* McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but has since decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks. (Indeed, McCain has now hired Falwell’s debate coach.)

* McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.

* McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June, he abandoned his own legislation.

* McCain gave up on his signature policy issue, campaign-finance reform, and won’t back the same provision he sponsored just a couple of years ago.

* McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.

* McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

* And now he’s both for and against overturning Roe v. Wade.

From The Carpetbagger Report

Thoughts:

And this is not everything. There is so much mudslinging coming from the McCain campaign that can be said about McCain himself, or Palin herself, that it seems like they would avoid it. But it’s just another tactic to distract people’s attention from the issues.

Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain‘s presidential bid, insisted that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning.

“This election is not about issues,” said Davis. “This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates.”

From the Washington Post

McCain and his advisers are trying to get people emotionally charged so they won’t care about the issues. The point is: pay attention to where the candidates stand, and take nothing at face value. As we’ve seen with many ads, McCain is not afraid to stretch the truth or full-out lie to get the votes he needs. Question everything and get the truth before you make up your mind.

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