Seriously, can we get back to real political issues this campaign?
The news all morning has been on Obama's "pig" comment. The false outrage from the GOP machine is ridiculous, when McCain's own adviser Torie Clarke wrote a book called Lipstick on a Pig, Dick Cheney used it to refer to John Kerry, Obama has used the phrase in the past to refer to George Bush's Iraq policy, and John McCain himself used it last year to refer to Hillary Clinton's proposed health plan. It's a popular enough phrase, I remember my grandma using it. It's certainly nothing new when it comes to politics.
Politics this season have me feeling particularly cranky. As an independent contractor I want to hear about health care; as someone who still needs to help sell her mother's other house, I want to hear about the economy and the mortgage crisis; and as a citizen of an ever-more-interconnected world, I want to hear about how we plan to build relationships with other nations. What shocks me is how much airtime these non-issues get on the news, and how the silliness can actually sway voters.
I think I need to get away from the news outlets for a while and do some work on the house; maybe pound nails or break drywall or something...