Daily Archives: August 3, 2011

Surely the facts can be “walked back.”

“A House Republican apologized to President Obama for saying that being associated with Obama’s policies would be like “touching a tar baby.”
Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., made the remark last week to a Denver radio show. Lamborn told KKTV on Monday night that the phrase, to some people, is a racial epithet.
Lamborn’s office issued a statement last night saying the congressman was trying to explain that Obama’s policies “have created an economic quagmire for the nation and are responsible for the dismal economic conditions our country faces.”
“He regrets that he chose the phrase ‘tar baby,’ rather than the word ‘quagmire.’ The congressman is confident that the president will accept his heartfelt apology,” the statement from Lamborn’s office said.”

Sho’ Nuff’ !

“In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, tar baby is defined as “something from which it is nearly impossible to extricate oneself.” “

Today’s political equivalent would appear to be the “Tea Party” — and their B’rer Fox and B’rer Bear


“The term’s origin comes from a doll made of tar and turpentine that is used to entrap a character in the Uncle Remus stories. “

Which as Van Dyke Parks


has pointed out in his song cycle Jump!


were adaptations of African folk tales.

“Over the years, the term has come to be viewed as derogatory term for African Americans.
Lamborn, first elected in 2006, is known in Washington for his fight to end federal funding of NPR.”

And I trust we all recall the Tar Baby in that org’s most famous imbroglio.


Take it away Van Dyke!