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Here's what Obama said Tuesday in Virginia, "John McCain says he’s about change, too — except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy, and Karl Rove-style politics. That’s just calling the same thing something different. 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 going to stink after eight years.”
And what did the Republicans hammer him for -- the crack about lipstick on a pig. An innocuous metaphor McCain's used himself. Apparently you can't say lipstick any longer without also saying Sarah Palin. Maybe she's trademarked it.
But what about the rest of what Obama said? Sound familiar? It should. It was ripped from a Tom Toles editorial cartoon in the Washington Post four days earlier. Toles drew McCain and Palin outside the White House. The gag line: "Watch out, Mr. Bush! With the exception of economic policy and energy policy and social issues and tax policy and foreign policy and Supreme Court appointments and Rove-style politics, we're coming in there to shake things up!"
Obama couldn't even accuse McCain of shameless hypocrisy in his own words! Why didn't the Republicans nail him on that? They could have done a TV ad that showed Obama talking and then lingered over the Toles cartoon. And ended, "Change? Or the same thing? I'm John McCain and I approve this message."
It would have been devastating.