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Who Cares Whether Obama Was Talking About Palin With His "Lipstick On A Pig" Comment?

Reported by Ellen - September 10, 2008 -

There was a lot of discussion on last night's (9/9/08) Hannity & Colmes about Barack Obama's "lipstick on a pig" comment. Sean Hannity was in a bullyboy pique accusing Obama of calling Sarah Palin a pig indirectly. Of course, Hannity and his cohorts accuse Obama and Democrats of far worse on a nightly basis. And Obama never even mentioned Palin so if he was referring to her, it was an oblique reference. But any excuse is always a good excuse for Hannity to throw a hissyfit about Obama so the subject arose repeatedly. I hope that someone from the Obama campaign answers, "So what?"

Hannity was also peeved because Barack Obama had taken a jab at him again, this time during an interview with Bill O’Reilly. But most of Hannity's venom last night was focused on the "controversy" over Barack Obama purportedly referring to Sarah Palin when he said, “You can put lipstick on a pig; it's still a pig.”

As Media Matters makes clear (and Alan Colmes and even guest Mike Huckabee said on the show), Obama was discussing McCain, not Palin, when he made the statement. Was Obama also riffing on Palin's "the difference between me and a pitbull is lipstick" comment from her venomous convention speech? Maybe, but that's not the point.

The point is that Hannity and the rest of the Republican attack dogs are in no position to be complaining about the tenor of the campaign. John McCain just chose an unqualified extremist, hiding from questions about her past, to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. I wish to hell a Democrat would tell these guys, "You can howl all you like but we're going to keep looking into this woman nobody knows who could wind up as president."

Is there anyone who believes that Hannity has any interest in a civil, respectful campaign? That he isn't just looking for an excuse, any excuse to accuse a Democrat, preferably Obama of doing something despicable?

Of course, Hannity never cares when the shoe is on the other foot. On last night's show he whined, "If John McCain had said these things, what would the reaction be?"

Well, we can answer that for you, Bullyboy. It's nada. Here's a clip of John McCain using that exact phrase when talking about Hillary Clinton’s health care plan. Funny, how I don’t remember any outrage from you then.

But I think the real reason for Hannity’s petulance was because O’Reilly got the Obama interview.