While I agree that it could "sound" like he meant it for Palin (but didn't) it was McCain who used the phrase first...here is the chronological order:Originally Posted by Duckyface;4108770;
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin referred to herself at the Republican National Convention as being a pit bull with lipstick.
Arizona Sen. John McCain in May 2008 called Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's health care proposals "lipstick on a pig."
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama told a gathering in Virginia in September 2008 that McCain's "change" message was "lipstick on a pig."