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“Lipstick on a Pig”

Republicans have been screaming foul since Obama's ill-fated use of this analogy after McCain's acceptance speech promised to bring about change.

"'We're really gonna shake things up in Washington,'" Obama said, mocking McCain's supposedly-empty promises of change. "That's not change. That's just calling something the same thing, something different. But you know 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 going to stink after eight years. We've had enough of the same old thing! It's time to bring about real change to Washington. And that's the choice you've got in this election."

Republicans have latched onto the "lipstick on a pig" statement, claiming it is a sexist jab at Palin, who earlier joked about her image, saying the only difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull is that the former wears lipstick.

An interesting tidbit: last October, when asked his opinion on Hilary Clinton's health care plan, McCain claimed it was extremely similar to her failed plan of 1993, adding that, "I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig." Which leads one to wonder what right the GOP has to jump on Obama like this...

Thoughts on Obama's remark? On the GOP's response? Was the comment sexist, or simply a normal jab at the Republican candidates?

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