What is wrong with these people? Tony Snow used the same phrase also. Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, apologised for his use of the word "tar baby," which prompted a response from Cafferty.
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Cafferty: It's comforting to look at guys like Romney and the "tar baby" remark and know that we have such a high quality stable of candidates ready to take over the nation's highest office. What the hell is he thinking-"tar baby?" I mean come on...
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney apologizes for calling the embattled Big Dig construction project a "tar baby" during an Iowa fundraiser,---
Romney said, "The best thing politically would be to stay as far away from that tar baby as I can."
Black political leaders consider "tar baby" a racial epithet, and were outraged by his use of the term. The phrase comes from 19th century Uncle Remus stories in which a doll made of tar traps Br'er Rabbit. It has been used to describe a sticky mess. It has also been used as an offensive term for a black person.
Larry Jones, a black Republican and civil rights activist, says, "Tar baby is a totally inappropriate phrase in the 21st century."
He adds, "He thinks he's presidential timber... But all he's shown us is arrogance."