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G.O.P: Don't Touch A Tar Baby!!

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Published on Aug 3, 2011

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GOP Won't Touch "Tar Babies" or Reality. Is there a trend here?

Some of the Republicans who claimed to be unaware of the racial connotations behind the term "tar baby" (John McCain and Mitt Romney) are the MOST prominent in the Republican party. Colin Powell was blasted in 2007 for making statement that the Republican Party was "out of touch" when he gave his endorsement to Barack Obama. Was Colin Powell onto something?

incident 1:

"The best thing politically would be to stay as far away from that tar baby as I can,"

recant:

"He was unaware that some people find the term objectionable and he's sorry if anyone's offended,"

-Eric Fehrnstrom (Rep for GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney) 2006

incident 2:

"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."

recant:

"I don't think I should have used that word and I was wrong to do so."

-GOP Presidential candidate John McCain 2007

incident 3:

"Now I don't even want to have to be associated with him (Barack Obama). It's like touching a tar baby...."

recant:

"I certainly had no intention of offending anybody. Hopefully the President will not be offended if he is even aware of this"

-GOP Congressman Doug Lamborn 2011

Is there a trend here? Just for giggles I'll share with you an article on Wikipedia implies that Walt Disney Studios is more aware of race relations in the U.S. than some Congressmen. "Walt Disney Studios released Song of the South, which contains the Tar-Baby story, in 1946. The film was never released on VHS in North America due to issues relating to race. The ride Splash Mountain, which is in four of the Walt Disney theme parks, is based on the stories by Uncle Remus. However, instead of the Tar-Baby, Br'er rabbit is captured in a beehive. The changes may have been made to avoid similar racial controversies that prevented Song of the South from being released on home video."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar_baby

"Tar Baby is also a name, like nigger, that white people call black children"

-Toni Morrison 1995

Years ago Colin Powell said that the Republican Party was in trouble. Was he right?

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