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Obama, McCain spar over pigs and lipstick

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The theme song for Day 55 on the campaign trail is Mockingbird (we'd prefer, incidentally, the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels version please).

Why?  Well, there's a lot of mockery going on today.  Of course standard fare during campaigns.  Candidates make fun of their opponents for comedic effect, clarification, to make a point and to provide sound bites that the disliked media will undoubtedly report on.

Processed pork

The point Barack Obama was making today is that John McCain is not about change.  Rather he and running mate Sarah Palin are about more of the same - no matter how they package it.

"You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig," Obama said.  "You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called 'change,' it's still going to stink."

Foul ball

The McCain team is saying that's mockery gone too far.  They say Obama called Palin a pig - drawing a parallel to Palin's well-used remark that the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick.

"It's clear to me -- as I'm sure it will be to fair-minded Republicans, Democrats and independents across the country -- that Senator Obama owes Governor Palin an apology," said former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift, the chair of the newly formed "Palin truth squad."

Not so says the Obama folks.  It is a well-used phrase they say.

Everyone says it

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