I noticed there was a spike in traffic to my post endorsing Chip Saltsman as the next RNC chair.  I was wondering what that was all about.  That is until I had Dave comment.  I didn’t know at first what he was talking about because I hadn’t really been reading political news of late.  I learned what the hubbub was all about.

RNC candidate Chip Saltsman’s Christmas greeting to committee members includes a music CD with lyrics from a song called “Barack the Magic Negro,” first played on Rush Limbaugh’s popular radio show.

Saltsman, a personal friend of conservative satirist Paul Shanklin, sent a 41-track CD along with a note to national committee members.

“I look forward to working together in the New Year,” Saltsman wrote. “Please enjoy the enclosed CD by my friend Paul Shanklin of the Rush Limbaugh Show.”

The CD, called “We Hate the USA,” lampoons liberals with such songs as “John Edwards’ Poverty Tour,” “Wright place, wrong pastor,” “Love Client #9,” “Ivory and Ebony” and “The Star Spanglish banner.”

Several of the track titles, including “Barack the Magic Negro,” are written in bold font.

The song, which debuted on Limbaugh’s show in late March 2007, latches onto an opinion column in the Los Angeles Times of the same title. That column, penned by cultural critic David Ehrenstein, argued that Obama could serve as a balm to whites who felt guilty about past treatment of African Americans.

I am going to say right now that I believe sending this CD out was an error in judgment.  I personally would never send anything like that out.  I think the song, even though it took on the name of a liberal op-ed, is still in poor taste.  Do I believe Chip to be a racist because of this?  No.

Chip Saltsman needs to admit that this was a mistake, he screwed up, but instead he is pointing out liberal media bias.  I agree.  This is an example of media bias when a liberal op/ed writer, David Ehrenstein, gets a pass, but Paul Shanklin does not.  Is this fair?  Of course not.

But it doesn’t matter.  It isn’t going to matter with the public at large, and likely won’t matter with RNC committee members.  All it does is reinforce a negative stereotype of the RNC.  Our debate needs to be about substantive issues and policies, not crap like this.  It takes time and attention away from what is really important.  This song may have been appropriate (not really) on Rush Limbaugh’s show, but not as a stocking stuffer for RNC committee members.

I still believe that Saltsman’s vision for rebuilding the RNC is an excellent plan and his type of experience is what we need, but his bid for the chairmanship of the RNC has likely gone puff.

26 comments
  1. I have said in on twitter, and will say it here too.

    Chip sent these to national RNC members, and it was Mike Duncan that brought this to the media… There is nothing wrong with ANYTHING that was sent. We are letting Mike Duncan use the left to bring down his opponent, and many conservatives are piling on.

    If we are going let the left and Mike Duncan tell us that shanklin parody is in bad taste in the name of PC’ness, we are screwed!

  2. I have said in on twitter, and will say it here too.

    Chip sent these to national RNC members, and it was Mike Duncan that brought this to the media… There is nothing wrong with ANYTHING that was sent. We are letting Mike Duncan use the left to bring down his opponent, and many conservatives are piling on.

    If we are going let the left and Mike Duncan tell us that shanklin parody is in bad taste in the name of PC’ness, we are screwed!

  3. I have said in on twitter, and will say it here too.

    Chip sent these to national RNC members, and it was Mike Duncan that brought this to the media… There is nothing wrong with ANYTHING that was sent. We are letting Mike Duncan use the left to bring down his opponent, and many conservatives are piling on.

    If we are going let the left and Mike Duncan tell us that shanklin parody is in bad taste in the name of PC’ness, we are screwed!

  4. I have said in on twitter, and will say it here too.

    Chip sent these to national RNC members, and it was Mike Duncan that brought this to the media… There is nothing wrong with ANYTHING that was sent. We are letting Mike Duncan use the left to bring down his opponent, and many conservatives are piling on.

    If we are going let the left and Mike Duncan tell us that shanklin parody is in bad taste in the name of PC’ness, we are screwed!

  5. @Gary – I agree.
    @RottDawg – this isn’t about PC – this is about leadership and professionalism. It was in bad taste. This isn’t how we will rebuild the party around conservative values, and I don’t see how defending parody such as this is a conservative value.

    I’m not Mike Duncan fan, and if he is the one who leaked this – well he should suffer the political consequences. Reading your comment makes me think that you are missing the point of the post.

  6. @Gary – I agree.
    @RottDawg – this isn’t about PC – this is about leadership and professionalism. It was in bad taste. This isn’t how we will rebuild the party around conservative values, and I don’t see how defending parody such as this is a conservative value.

    I’m not Mike Duncan fan, and if he is the one who leaked this – well he should suffer the political consequences. Reading your comment makes me think that you are missing the point of the post.

  7. @Gary – I agree.
    @RottDawg – this isn’t about PC – this is about leadership and professionalism. It was in bad taste. This isn’t how we will rebuild the party around conservative values, and I don’t see how defending parody such as this is a conservative value.

    I’m not Mike Duncan fan, and if he is the one who leaked this – well he should suffer the political consequences. Reading your comment makes me think that you are missing the point of the post.

  8. @Gary – I agree.
    @RottDawg – this isn’t about PC – this is about leadership and professionalism. It was in bad taste. This isn’t how we will rebuild the party around conservative values, and I don’t see how defending parody such as this is a conservative value.

    I’m not Mike Duncan fan, and if he is the one who leaked this – well he should suffer the political consequences. Reading your comment makes me think that you are missing the point of the post.

  9. I don’t have any problem with parody or satire. However, it is like nitroglycerin — if not handled carefully it can blow up in your face. Americans are not in the mood for it right now, as it seems to be adolescent “showing off” rather than working for answers. The current zeitgeist demands that the RNC find someone who is as wise as a serpent but appears to be as helpless as a dove.

    Kevin Ss last blog post..Leadership – Select Quotes

  10. I don’t have any problem with parody or satire. However, it is like nitroglycerin — if not handled carefully it can blow up in your face. Americans are not in the mood for it right now, as it seems to be adolescent “showing off” rather than working for answers. The current zeitgeist demands that the RNC find someone who is as wise as a serpent but appears to be as helpless as a dove.

    Kevin Ss last blog post..Leadership – Select Quotes

  11. I don’t have any problem with parody or satire. However, it is like nitroglycerin — if not handled carefully it can blow up in your face. Americans are not in the mood for it right now, as it seems to be adolescent “showing off” rather than working for answers. The current zeitgeist demands that the RNC find someone who is as wise as a serpent but appears to be as helpless as a dove.

    Kevin Ss last blog post..Leadership – Select Quotes

  12. Chip is a great guy, but we need him in another capacity. Lt. Gov. Steele has actually run a party and turned it into a competive force. He has the ability to bring the factions together without sacrificing principle. He has actually been elected statewide and he has also seen first hand why we are losing when he barely lost the senate race. He is the best choice.

    david andersons last blog post..Thank you for taking one last trip on our dime, Gov. Minner

  13. Chip is a great guy, but we need him in another capacity. Lt. Gov. Steele has actually run a party and turned it into a competive force. He has the ability to bring the factions together without sacrificing principle. He has actually been elected statewide and he has also seen first hand why we are losing when he barely lost the senate race. He is the best choice.

    david andersons last blog post..Thank you for taking one last trip on our dime, Gov. Minner

  14. Chip is a great guy, but we need him in another capacity. Lt. Gov. Steele has actually run a party and turned it into a competive force. He has the ability to bring the factions together without sacrificing principle. He has actually been elected statewide and he has also seen first hand why we are losing when he barely lost the senate race. He is the best choice.

    david andersons last blog post..Thank you for taking one last trip on our dime, Gov. Minner

  15. Chip is a great guy, but we need him in another capacity. Lt. Gov. Steele has actually run a party and turned it into a competive force. He has the ability to bring the factions together without sacrificing principle. He has actually been elected statewide and he has also seen first hand why we are losing when he barely lost the senate race. He is the best choice.

    david andersons last blog post..Thank you for taking one last trip on our dime, Gov. Minner

  16. Hey David – just a correction – Chip has chairman of the Tennessee GOP, so he has led a state party.

    I like Lt. Gov. Steele though, and when I endorsed Chip was my second choice.

  17. Hey David – just a correction – Chip has chairman of the Tennessee GOP, so he has led a state party.

    I like Lt. Gov. Steele though, and when I endorsed Chip was my second choice.

  18. Hey David – just a correction – Chip has chairman of the Tennessee GOP, so he has led a state party.

    I like Lt. Gov. Steele though, and when I endorsed Chip was my second choice.

  19. Hey David – just a correction – Chip has chairman of the Tennessee GOP, so he has led a state party.

    I like Lt. Gov. Steele though, and when I endorsed Chip was my second choice.

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