The RNC in B&W

From The Washington Post:

Republicans who are vying to lead the national party offered a mix of reactions yesterday to the decision by one candidate for the job to mail out a music CD including the song “Barack the Magic Negro.”

Chip Saltsman defended his actions, telling the Hill newspaper that the song — and others on the CD, which was mailed to party members — was nothing more than a lighthearted parody. But his rivals in the contest to chair the Republican National Committee said it carried an inaccurate message about what the GOP stands for.

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“In my opinion, this isn’t funny and it’s in bad taste,” said Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis. “Just as important, anything that paints the GOP as being motivated in our criticism of President-elect Obama by anything other than a difference in philosophy does a disservice to our party.”

Current national chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan, who is running for reelection, said he was “shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate.


Duncan, Anuzis and Saltsman are all white.

But some of Saltsman’s rivals responded more mildly. Former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael S. Steele, one of two black candidates for the job, said Saltsman’s “attempt at humor was clearly misplaced,” adding that the leadership of the party needs to “be a lot smarter about such things and more appreciative that our actions always speak louder than our words.”


And former Ohio secretary of state Ken Blackwell defended Saltsman and attacked the media.

“Unfortunately, there is hypersensitivity in the press regarding matters of race. This is in large measure due to President-elect Obama being the first African American elected president,” Blackwell, who is black, said in a statement.

“I don’t think any of the concerns that have been expressed in the media about any of the other candidates for RNC chairman should disqualify them,” he said. “When looked at in the proper context, these concerns are minimal. All of my competitors for this leadership post are fine people.”


“Liberal Democrats and their allies in the media didn’t utter a word about David Ehrenstein’s irresponsible column in the Los Angeles Times last March. But now, of course, they’re shocked and appalled by its parody on ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show,’ ” Saltsman said in a statement, referring to the op-ed article that reportedly inspired the song lyrics.


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11 responses to “The RNC in B&W

  1. jlms qkw - jenn

    hmmm, nice poster!

    blackwell seems to have issues.

  2. jenn,
    blackwell has a lot of issues. i think his last name is some kind of cosmic joke. do these morons really think they are going to attract people of color when they carry on like this?

    how was your holiday, jenn? did the kids have fun?

  3. jlms qkw - jenn

    yes, nonnie, the kids are having a ball with the snow. sledding, snoeshowing, skiing, etc. the holiday was very lovely – husband gave me a palm tree necklace, which i asked for in October. kids even gave me gifts they picked out themselves πŸ˜‰

    8 days of christmas left. husband’s family next friday and godparents of kids on the 12th night, epiphany, jan 6.

  4. busy, busy lady. glad you had a nice time. πŸ˜‰

  5. jeb

    Well, first of all, Saltzman is an idiot. But maybe he realized that being chairman of the RNC would require more falling on the sword than he could stand so he decided to publicly display his ignorance to get out of it. Of course, with some of the comments we heard from rethugs at Palin and McCain rallies, he probably increased his chances of winning.

    Any way you slice it, this is a race to the bottom.

  6. A most excellent poster to reflect most extensive idiocy. What the hell was this guy thinking??? The disconnect is unbelievable.

    Now what I want to know is why isn’t Limpballs being attacked like Imus was for the nappy head comment? Isn’t this just as racist?


  7. jeb,
    i agree with you that the guy is an idiot. however, i don’t think he was subconsciously trying to sabotage himself. he’s a disgusting bigot who thinks he’s just hilarious. that blackwell would defend him and give him the media as an excuse is just staggering. out of political correctness, i won’t call him the names i am thinking of that describe him.

    what i am most hoping is that this reflects badly on chuckleberry. saltzman was his campaign manager.

  8. helen,
    i guess imus worked for networks that had a more liberal slant, and the listeners demanded that he be fired. on the other hand, limpdick’s audience is just as racist and infantile as he is, so they wouldn’t exactly be up in arms about anything he says or does. as long as he keeps bringing in those bigot bucks, he doesn’t have to apologize, and he’ll keep his job.

    remember when limpdick got fired from espn as a football anal cyst….i mean, analyst when he made his stupid racist remarks? he was playing to a larger, racially diverse audience, and the network had no choice but to fire him. i hope they did it, because it was the right thing to do and not because they were looking at their bottom line.

  9. Hey does it mean anything that the white guy’s gun is longer than the black guy’s gun? And the white guy’s gun is up and stiff looking and the black guy’s gun is down and flaccid looking?
    just sayin’.

  10. saitia,
    i bet chip borrowed someone else’s gun, because his own is much too short. πŸ˜‰

  11. nightowl724


    nonnie, HAHAHAHAHAHA!