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When is it OK to talk about lipstick on pigs? It depends.

Sen. Barack Obama is being lambasted for his statement about Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin‘s policies not being about change but "just calling the same thing something different."

"You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig," Obama said during a town-hall style event in Virginia on Tuesday night.

As you probably recall, Palin got applause at the Republican National Convention when she said that the only difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom (meaning herself) is that the latter wears lipstick. I think there are a few other differences, but I won’t go into that here.

Now McCain’s camp is acting outraged, outraged! It is accusing Obama of talking about Palin, calling Barack’s comment "offensive and disgraceful" and saying Obama owes Palin an apology. This war hero and his self-described pit bull are so sensitive!

Meanwhile, McCain may have conveniently forgotten (hey, the dude’s, like, really old) that he once used the same analogy in a 2007 Chicago Tribune article about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s healthcare plan. And I didn’t hear anything about Hillary demanding an apology.

"I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig," McCain is quoted as saying about Clinton’s proposal.

If I were a pig or a pit bull, I might be offended. But right now I’m a little more worried about my mortgage, the price of gas and the economy, stupid.

Oh, and gorgeous actresses with waves in their hair.

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Posted by:Elizabeth Snead