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

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.

Comments (14)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 04/19/2012 - 05:04 pm.

    It’s a perfectly legitimate phrase

    used incorrectly. But why do I think she was angling for press coverage when she used it?

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 04/19/2012 - 06:47 pm.

    Only a racist

    would see this in racial terms. It’s been a common term for over 100 years.

  3. Submitted by mark wallek on 04/19/2012 - 11:55 pm.

    Intent was obvious

    And that ignorant innocence would be her caveat when the requisite “apology” is given will just be a lie added to an insult. She is smart enough to use her stupidity to her benefit.

  4. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 04/20/2012 - 07:49 am.

    …ignore her and she won’t go away, but

    three headlines on a mad woman?

    Why not name a ship after her…like Titanic II?

  5. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 04/20/2012 - 08:20 am.

    What’s worse?

    “Waving a “tar baby” in the air” or running around with a flag that says “Look at me everybody, I’m an idiot”?

  6. Submitted by ken sipe on 04/20/2012 - 08:25 am.

    lets get her and palin to captain that ship together

  7. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 04/20/2012 - 09:11 am.

    There is no reason

    To censure comments regarding Bachmann when she uses the same language on the potus.

  8. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 04/20/2012 - 11:06 am.

    The war on women

    seems to be limited to conservative women.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 04/20/2012 - 12:07 pm.

      Says the man who is skeptical about female suffrage

      Does that mean one is sexist if one disagrees with a female politician? Or does that only apply to disagreements with conservative women?

      Does that mean it really is racist to disagree with President Obama?

  9. Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 04/20/2012 - 02:54 pm.


    Bachmann says: “The president is a complete and utter fraud and a hypocrite on this issue, with all due respect to the president.”

    Um…I’d call that a contradiction. Adding “with all due respect” to a sentence that clearly intends otherwise is insincere. But, I’d expect no less from Ms. Bachmann.

  10. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 04/20/2012 - 04:51 pm.

    “She is smart enough to use her stupidity to her own benefit.”

    And either apparently not smart enough to know that the president has no control over oil prices or hypocritical enough to pretend he can, while insulting him and then adding “with all due respect” to her remarks. .

  11. Submitted by Joe Musich on 04/20/2012 - 09:16 pm.

    And who’s making thr war in this example ?

    The daily show had a great piece this week comparing fox coverage of the war on xmas nad the war on women. Good view for the correct application of war.

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