Monday, February 27, 2012


Tar Baby
The Lifeguard remembers great moments in Mitt Romney history.

Back in the day, when Governor Mitt Romney was a moderate Republican governor, he left the big city for the cornfields of Iowa, to speak at a Republican gathering.  Just a friendly gathering (not like he was exploring the possibility of a run for the White House, or anything like that).  

There, the well-coiffed one was asked a question about the Big Dig, the now-outdated rat-hole into which $16 billion taxpayer dollars were dumped.  He paused.  He reflected.  He said, ``The best thing for me to do politically is stay away from the Big Dig -- just get as far away from that tar baby as I possibly can."

Now, The Lifeguard doesn't think for a minute that Governor Romney meant this in a racially insensitive way (or, that he was referring to the Toni Morrison novel); but, the general public ain't that smart.  (And, it's those "not that smart" voters that Mitt needs to get in order to win the nomination, then the general election.)  Seriously, the controversy over this term has kept Disney from releasing "Song of the South" on DVD. 

Still, The Lifeguard finds it amusing that this story has not yet made it into the political dialogue.  (If Governor Romney gets the nod, however, The Lifeguard is giving even money that some pro-Obama Super PAC will make hay with this story.)

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