On the phone earlier with a gay Alaskan from the Kenai Pennisula, I learned how people in the Last Frontier reacted to Barack Obama’s comment about Republicans adopting the mantle of change: Â “You can put lipstick on a pig,” the Illinois Senator said, “It’s still a pig.”
Some thought he was smearing Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin who ad libbed at the Republican National Convention “What’s the difference between a hockey Mom and a pit bill? Â Lipstick.”
While there is some controversy as to whether the Democratic nominee meant to refer to Palin, Alaskans were convinced that he meant to insult their popular governor. Â This is not playing well in a place where people call her by her first name.
At a local watering hole, learning about this on TV, my correspondent, along with other locals, including many Democrats, thought the comment was “just plain rude” and “rather low class.”
UPDATE: Â I hadn’t intended to blog on this, not seeing it as much of an issue until I was interviewing the gay Alaskan mentioned above for another piece I’m writing. Â Without prompting from me, he mentioned that Alaskans of all political stripes were upset about the comment. Â It appears to be more newsworthy than I initially thought.
As to my advice, I’ll just echo what Jonah Goldberg said on the Corner:
Palin shouldn’t complain or ask for an apology about the pig thing. She should blow it off, or make a joke about Obama losing his cool.