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A. BAD EGG. FUSS AND FEATHERS.
   
Complete Explanation:
Whig presidential candidate Winfield Scott is pictured as a fighting cock with human attributes. The cock wears fringed military epaulets, a sword, spurs, and a plumed hat. He is just emerged from an egg marked, "Free Soil Egg hatched at Baltimore June 21st. 1852" (the date of Scott's nomination), which lies broken at his feet. "Fuss and Feathers" (a popular nickname for Scott) crows, "Cock a doodle doo! I'm Bill Sewards Cock!!! Whose cock are you?" This reflects public perceptions of Scott as the candidate of antislavery interests in the Whig party led by William Henry Seward, Thurlow Weed, and others.

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