I know this isn’t an “official” declaration of a lack of intent to run by Mitt Romney, but seriously, how can someone of this magnitude make a statement like this and be taken seriously as a Presidential contender. This is not the final nail in the coffin for Romney’s hopes, but they are currently laying in the coffin and the nails are on order.
Gov. Mitt Romney has apologized for referring to the troubled Big Dig construction project as a “tar baby” during a fundraiser with Iowa Republicans, saying he didn’t know anyone would be offended by the term some consider a racial epithet.
In a speech Saturday, Romney, a Republican considering a run for president in 2008, acknowledged he took a big political risk in taking control of the project after a fatal tunnel ceiling collapse.
“The best thing politically would be to stay as far away from that tar baby as I can,” he told a crowd of about 100 supporters.
Black leaders were outraged at his use of the term, which dates to the 19th century Uncle Remus stories, referring to a doll made of tar that traps Br’er Rabbit.