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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Chip Saltsman, RNC Candidate, Demonstrates Utter Stupidity!

Another Tennessee Republican is in the news. Chip Saltsman is running for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. He has sent an utterly tasteless, stupid CD, containing a song "Barack The Magic Negro," to Republicans around the country.
He has defended this sorry work as "political satire." It is not. It is racist and hateful.
Real satire may be mean and biting but it clearly accentuates or exaggerates some element of truth or perception. "Barack The Magic Negro" is something the Ku Klux Klan might have produced and has no redeeming satirical element.
Below is a story from CNN:

By Rebecca Sinderbrand
A candidate for the Republican National Committee chairmanship said
Friday the CD he sent committee members for Christmas -- which included a song
titled "Barack the Magic Negro" -- was clearly intended as a joke.
The title of the song about President-elect Barack Obama was drawn from a Los
Angeles Times column.
"I think most people recognize political satire when they see it," Tennessee
Republican Chip Saltsman told CNN. "I think RNC members understand that."
The song, set to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon," was first played on
conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh's radio show in 2007.
Its title was drawn from a Los Angeles Times column that suggested President-elect Barack Obama appealed to those who feel guilty about the nation's history of mistreatment of African-Americans. Saltsman said the song, penned by his longtime friend Paul Shanklin, should be easily recognized as satire directed at the Times.
The CD sent to RNC members, first reported by The Hill on Friday, is titled "We
Hate the USA" and also includes songs referencing former presidential candidate
John Edwards and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, among other targets.
According to The Hill, other song titles, some of which were in bold font, were:
"John Edwards' Poverty Tour," "Wright place, wrong pastor," "Love Client #9,"
"Ivory and Ebony" and "The Star Spanglish Banner."
Saltsman was national campaign manager for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's
presidential bid in 2007 and 2008. Before that, he held a variety of posts,
including a number of positions under former Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee.


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