When the history of the 2008 Presidential race is written, Obama's "lipstick on a pig" statement (and the Republican response) will be noted as the point when things turned really nasty. His exact words were "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 gonna stink. We've had enough of the same old thing."
This was an obvious attempt to deflate McCain's "change" meme, but instead of fighting back with words, the Republicans did a dive in the penalty box and demanded an apology for the "sexist" comment about Sarah Palin being a pig.
When I think about it now, Obama was playing the Republicans by making an innocent remark getting them to take it out of context and demand an apology, then hitting back with a non-apology accusing them of "lies, phony outrage, and Swift-boat politics".
On the next day, Obama green-lighted ads from Democratic 527s, and they immediately came out with a couple of powerful ones -- this one from the Wildlife Defense Fund about how Sarah Palin supports animal cruelty (shooting wolves from low flying planes) and this one from Planned Parenthood about how John McCain supports sexual predators because of this ad that distorted Obama's state bill about teaching elementary school kids about "good and bad touches" and "stranger danger" into "comprehensive sex education for kindergardeners").
And now Karl Rove is waging a Republican war against reality.
This week, non-partisan fact-checking organizations like FactCheck.org have called Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) out for lies in his attack ads against Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). But on Fox News Sunday today, former Bush political adviser Karl Rove dismissed the organizations, claiming that "they’ve got their own biases built in there.You can’t trust the fact-check organizations," said RoveStephen Colbert was right. The truth really does have a liberal bias!