Thursday, September 11, 2008

McCain / Palin Campaign Demands Apology From Cincinnati Road Race

In the wake of the recent flap over Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama's recent remark that the Republican Presidential Nominee, John McCain's claim to be the candidate of change amounted to "putting lipstick on a pig," the McCain campaign has lashed out at what they consider another sexist use of the word "pig."

This time the McCain campaign's target was Cincinnati's Flying Pig Marathon.

Speaking on behalf of the McCain campaign, former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift tonight flatly stated that the entire City of Cincinnati had called Palin a pig.

"[T]he formation of the Palin Truth Squad couldn't have happened too soon, as we saw when we discovered what I can only deem to be disgracefully named road race in Cincinnati, Ohio that compares our vice presidential nominee Gov. Palin to a pig," Swift said.

"The City of Cincinnati owes Gov. Palin an apology," she said.

Asked whether she knew that the name of the race dated back to a time before Palin was even Governor of Alaska, and why she would jump to the conclusion that one of the most conservative cities in America was "comparing" Palin to a pig, she said Palin was the only one of the four candidates on both parties' tickets who both must "fly" to reach another state, and who is, in fact, a pig.

"She is the only one of the four candidates for president, or the only vice presidential candidate who can't drive to a neighboring state, and the only one who's a pig, so...," Swift said. "Oh wait, that came out wrong. What I meant was, it seemed to me a very gendered comment."

But, Swift added, if "as part of its apology the City of Cincinnati wants to say, no, the race was named after Sen. McCain -- who is a true hero in our country, then I suppose we could wait en masse for an apology to that, as well."

It was pointed out to Swift that Cincinnati has other oddly named events, such as "Goettafest," Swift then suggested that Cincinnati was calling McCain "well, something nasty, I'm sure, although I don't know what that is."

"I have a fourth-grader and two second-graders at home," she said. "I bought them from a family of gypsies. Anyway, I would not teach them that this is sort of a high-minded city event when they are calling people goetta or a pig. In fact, it sounds a lot like some of the least intelligent debates on the playground sound like at our elementary school."

A reporter then reminded Swift that in December, McCain was asked about criticisms coming his way from then-opponent Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., and McCain replied, "Did you ever hear the one about the ape raping the woman and the woman likes it?"

Was McCain being sexist or calling Romney an ape? a reporter asked Swift.

Of course not, Swift said. "He would be the first one to tell you, his wife's a c*nt. He can be as sexist as he wants. He deserves the latitude."

-- Rodney "Hot Rod" Lincoln fake reporting for the Tricky Trail Times.

Partially adapted from this blog post from Jake Tapper.

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