Friday, March 16, 2007

Re-tarred



Oh, John, honestly. Tsk:

The senator said he hoped it wouldn’t be viewed as a racial remark. He argued that he was trying to say that it wouldn’t make sense for him to have a role in something left to the courts.

Last summer, a top McCain rival, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, apologized for referring to the troubled Big Dig construction project in Boston as a ”tar baby” during a fundraiser in Ames, Iowa.

The term dates to the 19th century Uncle Remus stories, referring to a doll made of tar that traps Br’er Rabbit. It has become known as a way of describing a sticky mess and has been used as a derogatory term for a black person.


UPDATE: Whoopsie! Link fixed.

8 comments:

Karen Zipdrive said...

"Oh, Brer' Bush, please don't fling me into the briar patch again."
You gotta love it- the public has tied McCain too closely with the Bush cartel and they already are tired of his crap.
Ha.

Edith's Friend said...

The link didn't work.

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Oops, sorry. The link is fixed now.

Anonymous said...

John McCain. Such an angry man. An angry, angry bitter man.

Karen Zipdrive said...

I don't see McCain as all that angry. Instead I see him as a classic suck-up with a pathetic victim's mentality. After Rove eviscerated him in 2004, he should have had the balls to mention that Bush was a draft dodger and an untreated drunk without leadership skills.
McCain is now trying to reinvent himself on a daily basis to appease the idiots whose votes he is courting.
Bush can't run again, thank God, but voters who want more of the same should go with Oatmeal Skin McCain.

HRH King Friday XIII said...

Somehow I don't think John McCain was calling the Big Dig a "derogatory term for a black person." Someone should ask the one lone black man living in Boston what he thinks.

Matty Boy said...

I didn't know about Romney, but I did recall Tony Snow using "tar baby" a while back, and getting huffy when folks asked him to apologize.

In the words of Auric Goldfinger, "Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, thre times is enemy action." We all know about Republican talking points and have some experience with these people talking in code. Here is my best guess as to what this particular code phrase means.

"I, dear voter, believe in American culture. You may be afraid of [you know, the colored], but I am not, and I will protect you. Also, aren't they particularly touchy? After all, what did we ever do to them?"

Anonymous said...

Also, once, a republican used the word "niggardly".

I know they taught us this word in vocabulary class in public school, making SURE that we learned the etymology.

But I KNOW that the only reason it was put in was because it kind of sounds like the N-word.