Michele Bachmann (R-Mars): Obama Is ‘Waving a Tar Baby in the Air’
Our WTF moment of the day comes via Michele Bachmann, who told the far right fake news site “Shark Tank” that President Obama was “waving a tar baby in the air.”
The Minnesota congresswoman and former Republican presidential candidate accused President Obama of “waving a tar baby in the air” on Thursday following his proposals that would give government regulators more authority to limit price manipulation in the oil market.
“This is just about waving a tar baby in the air and saying that something else is a problem,” Bachmann told Florida-based conservative news organization Shark Tank on Wednesday.
This sure sounds a lot like that good ol’ dog whistle racism. But she managed to mangle the meaning of the term; the point of that “Uncle Remus” story was that you’d stick to the tar baby if you touched it. Waving it in the air is Bachmann’s own strange little twist, and it doesn’t really make sense. Even her dog whistles are a little … off.
But it’s just weird enough to be amusing. Come on, you missed her, didn’t you? Admit it.