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Tar baby mania continues with The Tool McCain

John McCain can’t get it together (not that I care; it’s just amusing watching this guy self-destruct). Apparently he doesn’t know his own position on condoms and HIV prevention, and now it seems that no one on his campaign told him that tossing around the phrase “tar baby” isn’t really a good idea.

McCain Regrets Use of Term ‘Tar Baby’.

Answering questions at a town hall meeting, the Arizona senator was discussing federal involvement in custody cases when he said, “For me to stand here and … say I’m going to declare divorces invalid because of someone who feels they weren’t treated fairly in court, we are getting into a tar baby of enormous proportions and I don’t know how you get out of that.”

After the event, McCain told reporters: “I don’t think I should have used that word and I was wrong to do so.”

Maybe you’ll remember that Mitt Romney was the last pol to catch the “tar baby” virus, back in July 2006:

In a speech Saturday, Romney, a Republican considering a run for president in 2008, acknowledged he took a big political risk in taking control of the project after a fatal tunnel ceiling collapse, but said inaction would have been even worse.

The best thing politically would be to stay as far away from that tar baby as I can,” he told a crowd of about 100 supporters in Ames, Iowa.

Bush’s mouthpiece Snow, who educated us all about the fact that racism is dead, used the term not once but twice in the same press briefing back in May when he was asked about the NSA and its collecting of phone records:

Having said that, I don’t want to hug the tar baby of trying to comment on the program, the alleged program, the existence of which I can neither confirm nor deny.

And later:

QUESTION: What are your personal goals? What do you hope to achieve here? Will you continue to televise these briefings? And would you put into English the phrase (OFF-MIKE) the tar baby?

SNOW: Well, I believe hug the tar baby, we could trace that back to American lore.

This is the history of the use of the term. All of these men are intelligent enough to find other ways to describe a sticky situation.

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