This guy looks like a complete ass. Here’s what we know:
We know Obama believes his own hype.
We also know that his messianic complex has taken a beating over the last week or so based on Obama’s shrinking poll numbers.
We also know, like everyone else, that Sarah Palin’s ad libbed joke from her spectacular RNC speech about “the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick,” was one of the most memorable lines of either convention, and clearly any inference to “lipstick” will be associated with her either intentional or not.
We know what he said today: “You can put lipstick on a pig, but 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 8 years.”
Hence, my hypothesis is that Obama knew exactly what he was saying in this instance. This is more than an accidental gaffe, this is desperate, mean-spirited politics. Sure McCain inferred something similar about She Who Must Not Be Named (well c’mon it’s SWMNBN — that’s too easy!), but McCain was not running against SWMNBN at the time and SWMNBN did not just enter national politics as a certified, poll-tested game-changer two weeks ago. Obama needs to jazz up his base, so he gave them a little red meat. Either that or Obama’s just a rube since the potential for this gaffe to backfire is immense.