Latest Lipstick on a pig Stories

2008-09-11 09:00:15

By AARON APPLEGATE By Aaron Applegate The Virginian-Pilot U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake, in her role as part of a Republican group created to counter criticisms of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has lashed out at Sen. Barack Obama for a comment he made Tuesday about putting "lipstick on a pig." Drake, R-2nd District, is one of the 19 national members of the "Palin Truth Squad," a group made up of Republican women, the majority of whom are members of Congress. "Rather than...

2008-09-11 09:00:00

By Nedra Pickler Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday accused Republican John McCain's campaign of using "lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics" in claiming he used a sexist comment against vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Calling it "the latest made-up controversy by the John McCain campaign," Obama responded to the Republicans' charge that he was referring to Palin when he used the phrase "lipstick on a pig" at a...

2008-09-11 06:00:13

By David Jackson WASHINGTON -- From folksy Texans to today's presidential candidates, the line about putting "lipstick on a pig" has been a time-honored and bipartisan weapon in the political arsenal. Democrat Jim Hightower, then Texas' agriculture commissioner, used the phrase in 1986 when he lashed out at Ronald Reagan's farm-credit policies: "It's like putting lipstick on a pig," he said. "You can't hide the ugliness." Torie Clarke, a Republican and a former Defense Department...

Word of the Day
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.