This story from CNN is what makes me love and hate the political process at the same time.

Love: The fact that everybody is up in arms about whether or not Obama was referring to VP candidate Palin when he used the common colloquialism “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”

Hate: That people will probably think he’s attacking all working mothers by saying they are pigs who put on lipstick and oink their way through the work day.

Love: That CNN gives a brief but fairly full history of politicians using the phrase. (See quoted paragraph below)

Hate: That nobody will read past the headline of this story.

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Other politicians have also used the phrase in recent years, including Vice President Dick Cheney, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Rep. John Mica of Florida and Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, among others.

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