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Bachmann: Obama ‘waving a tar baby in the air’ on gas prices

The Congresswoman said Obama was hypocritical for blaming oil speculators for the price of gas.

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But the term has negative racial connotations, as well. Politico has a recap of politicians who have used the phrase (and, in some cases, who have subsequently apologized for it), including Mitt Romney, John McCain, John Kerry and, most recently, Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, who said associating with Obama was like “touching a tar baby and you get it, you’re stuck, and you’re a part of the problem now and you can’t get away.”

Rogness said Bachmann’s remark was meant to be innocuous.