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    Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Stupid politician of the day #2. But at least he doesn't hold office.

    Haley Barbour called President Barack Obama’s policies “tar babies” on a post-election conference call for clients of his lobbying firm, two sources familiar with the call told POLITICO.

    The former Mississippi governor made the remark as he was taking questions from 100 or more clients of the BGR Group during an hourlong call on Thursday morning. According to a person on the call, Barbour was noting how rare it is for Americans to elect a president from the same party as a commander-in-chief leaving office after two terms.

    “And then he said there is no one who will run for president who will endorse Obama’s issues, because Obama’s issues are ‘tar babies.’”


    Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama?s policies ?tar babies? - James Hohmann and Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO

    This part really got me.

    “If someone takes offense, I regret it. But, again, neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend,” wrote Barbour

    WTF is with these idiots and their half hearted apologies? "If someone takes offense, I regret it"? How about "That was an inappropriate comment and I regret making it.", Haley.

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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Couldn't we just combine this thread with Charlie Rangel's thread on using "Cracker"?

    These guys are pathetic.

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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    Couldn't we just combine this thread with Charlie Rangel's thread on using "Cracker"?

    These guys are pathetic.
    No way. Barbour isn't in office anymore. Rangel is a senior lawmaker (doG help us).

    Barbour is as dumb as Rangel though. Think before you speak next time, Haley.
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    No way. Barbour isn't in office anymore. Rangel is a senior lawmaker (doG help us).

    Barbour is as dumb as Rangel though. Think before you speak next time, Haley.
    Actually maybe it is a good thing they don't think before they speak as it reveals their real self. Just as the microphone that was thought off has given us another glimpse of many politicians caught off guard.

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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    Actually maybe it is a good thing they don't think before they speak as it reveals their real self. Just as the microphone that was thought off has given us another glimpse of many politicians caught off guard.
    You know, I agree with this. It's probably good that we can hear what's really on their minds. Jonathan Gruber's opinion aside, we are NOT stupid Americans. This kind of **** (as well as Rangel's) needs to be ferreted out.

    If Barbour doesn't really apologize, he's done in my book, and he should be ostracized.
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    You know, I agree with this. It's probably good that we can hear what's really on their minds. Jonathan Gruber's opinion aside, we are NOT stupid Americans. This kind of **** (as well as Rangel's) needs to be ferreted out.

    If Barbour doesn't really apologize, he's done in my book, and he should be ostracized.
    apologize! ostracized! for what?
    it was a very appropriate usage
    some of Obama's policies ARE tar babies for those seeking election
    if Obama were not black, would there be any outrage about such use of the expression "tar baby"
    USA. home of the offended
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    apologize! ostracized! for what?
    it was a very appropriate usage
    some of Obama's policies ARE tar babies for those seeking election
    if Obama were not black, would there be any outrage about such use of the expression "tar baby"
    USA. home of the offended
    He's stupid, justa. There may be merit to what he said (I don't have an opinion on the content) but for crying out loud, sometimes it's better to not say these things out loud even if you think them.

    I remember when Romney made the same mistake in 2006, in Iowa I think. It was dumb.

    But to your point I agree we are the home of the offended. Too PC sometimes. That said, I still love to pick at politicians that lack filters.
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Barbour is from the South and an experienced politician. He fully knows better than to use such a term. It's as moronic and stupid as Rangels BS explanation.

    How do these people get elected is what I want to know...
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Barbour is from the South and an experienced politician. He fully knows better than to use such a term. It's as moronic and stupid as Rangels BS explanation.

    How do these people get elected is what I want to know...
    Your conclusions are wrong. "Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby" used to be a popular folktale in the south. This is not about racism but culture.

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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    Your conclusions are wrong. "Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby" used to be a popular folktale in the south. This is not about racism but culture.
    It's a polarizing term - he knows it being from the South. Uncle Remus and Song of the South have been determined to be racist - you self identify as a progressive.... you didn't know this? I even learned this morning on MSNBC that the term "whistling Dixie" is a racist term by progressive standards.
    “I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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