No, don't worry — this has nothing to do with the actual "pig" comment — but instead the analysis it's sparked from BBC's Matt Frei. The perspective, she is astonishing — it's often those in that sweet spot of entrenched detachment who pin the tail on the old donkey. I'll begin at his ending.
Frei says of the pig poke:
If this is a crisis it is largely of Barack Obama's own making. The brazen agent of change, the audacious interpreter of American dreams, the rousing rhetorician is sounding like an electoral actuary. The Democratic nominee has been boxed into a corner, endlessly reacting to the outrageous slurs and arrows, unable to steer the conversation towards the issues and the future. Ever since Sarah Palin has erupted onto the scene, Barack Obama has been caught like a moose in headlights.
It gets better for the moose and the pig. To see how,
After beginning the piece (which is absolutely worth a read, it was hard to choose what to quote, it was all brilliant). With a dose of pointed sarcasm that somehow only works in a British accent, Frei eviscerates the American electorate, media, and any consumer of fact for getting caught up in the pig hype, but pins its direct success on:
The proud founding member of the "bad boys club" at the US Naval Academy, John "Wayne" McCain himself is hanging the noose of sexism around the feline Barack Obama, who is more in touch with his inner woman than any candidate since Hillary Clinton. And the Republicans are getting away with it. This is electioneering genius; it makes Karl Rove look like Bob the Builder.
Frei concludes that Obama, "needs to rediscover his mojo, appeal to the voter's gut and not just their frontal lobe or he too will become Alaskan roadkill." Do you agree? Will Sarah Palin be the end of Barack Obama?