April 19, 2012

The Hill catches Michele Bachmann making another of her unforced errors with an unfortunate choice of words, or just absent-mindedly using a racially-loaded Republican dog whistle? Whatever the case, offensive as usual.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) blasted President Obama following his proposed "crackdown" on firms found to be manipulating the oil market, saying he is "waving a tar baby in the air" as a distraction from high gas prices.

"This is just about waving a tar baby in the air and saying that something else is a problem," Bachmann said in an interview Wednesday with The Shark Tank, a conservative news organization that covers Florida politics. "I have never seen a more irresponsible president who is infantile in the way that he continually blames everyone else for his failure to first diagnose the problem and second to address the problem. It's always everyone else's fault."

She said her message for the president is, "Get over it," and stop blaming everyone else.

The term "tar baby" is a racially loaded phrase coined in the "Brer Rabbit" tales. The term generally means a "sticky situation," but has also been used as a derogatory term for a black person.

Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado, apologized last year after he said associating with Obama was "like touching a tar baby."

Ever classy, Bachmann ends with this:

"The president is a complete and utter fraud and a hypocrite on this issue, with all due respect to the presidency."

The Republican candidates for President were a series of sick jokes perpetrated on the American public but none more so that Michele Bachmann.

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