It does not seem to me that Sen. McCain is racist, but he will have a hell of a time getting unstuck from this baffling choice of words.
Fox News reports -
Republican presidential contender John McCain on Friday used the term "tar baby," considered by some a racial epithet, and later said he regretted it.
Answering questions at a town hall meeting, the Arizona senator was discussing federal involvement in custody cases when he said, "For me to stand here and ... say I'm going to declare divorces invalid because of someone who feels they weren't treated fairly in court, we are getting into a tar baby of enormous proportions and I don't know how you get out of that."
After the event, McCain told reporters: "I don't think I should have used that word and I was wrong to do so."
The senator said he hoped it wouldn't be viewed as a racial remark.
I do not think he meant it as a racial slur, but how else would thie remark be viewed?