After juxtaposing Sarah Palin's joke about hockey moms and pitbulls (pitbulls don't wear lipstick) with Mr. Obama's comment that "you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig," the ad cuts to Ms. Couric, who says: "One of the great lessons of that campaign is the continued and accepted role of sexism in American life." Ms. Couric's comments were originally made in reference to the Democratic primary and have nothing to do with Sarah Palin.
The McCain campaign first began highlighting the Obama comment yesterday, and the Obama campaign reacted furiously, denouncing as "pathetic" the suggestion that Mr. Obama's "pig" comment was a gender attack on Ms. Palin. It noted Mr. McCain's use of a similar expression in the past.
Obama campaign senior advisor Anita Dunn in a statement last night called the McCain campaign's attack on the comment "a pathetic attempt to play the gender card about the use of a common analogy -- the same analogy that Sen. McCain himself used about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's health care plan just last year." She added, "This phony lecture on gender sensitivity is the height of cynicism and lays bare the increasingly dishonorable campaign John McCain has chosen to run."