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One characteristic of this year's presidential campaign was the non-stop attempt by McCain-Palin to rally the Republican base. John McCain, allegedly a "maverick" who often broke with his party, chose Sarah Palin as his running mate in order to excite GOP-base voters enough to come out and vote for the elephant ticket.
Even in the last days of the campaign, using embarassingly buffoonish characters like Plumber Joe, McCain and Palin were still, and only, appealing to the GOP's core supporters. Republican mouthpieces, when asked about this strategy, responded by saying that if they had not used such a base-attracting tactic right up to the election.....their defeat would have been even worse. It was a face-saving strategy....I guess.
Yet, seven weeks after the election, the GOP, curiously, is still rallying their political base. Many, not all, of the Republican party leaders, people like John Boner(sic)(R-OH) and Eric Cuntor(sic)(R-VA), have analyzed their party's crushing November defeat and have concluded that the GOP's electoral failure is a direct result of too much moderation in the party. I know it sounds a bit wacky....but it is what it is.
Following that too-much-moderation call comes former Tennessee GOP chairman, Chip Saltsman's gift of a CD to RNC members. Saltsman wants to be the new Republican National Committee Chairman, so he decided to campaign for the job by sending out CD gifts. Saltsman, demonstrating his non-moderate stance, included on the CD Rush Limbaugh's non-moderate song, "Barack, the Magic Negro." Set to the tune of "Puff, the Magic Dragon", the song includes non-moderate phrases like "white guilt" to explain how a black man got elected to the presidency. The most non-moderate appeal of "Barack, the Magic Negro" is the ghettoized, gangsta' vernacular used throughout. Nothing says 'we're not moderate, we're Republicans' quite like white guys making fun of the way blacks talk, huh?
Then the cat fight broke out.
Mike Duncan, current RNC chair, and obviously a stinking moderate, responded to Saltsman's gift....
“The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach out and bring more people into our party,” said Duncan, who is seeking reelection to his post. “I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate as it clearly does not move us in the right direction.”
Duncan's response seemed, you know, reasonable. Other GOP non-moderate leaders disagreed....
Mark Ellis, the chairman of the Maine Republican Party. “When I found out what this was about I had to ask, ‘Boy, what’s the big deal here?’ because there wasn’t any.”
Alabama Republican Committeeman Paul Reynolds said of the CD....“didn’t bother me one bit.” “This is just people looking for something to make an issue of.”
Oklahoma GOP Committeewoman Carolyn McClarty added. “I think it was innocently done by Chip.”
But what better way for non-moderate Republicans to justify non-moderate songs poking fun at "Negroes" then by blaming the turmoil on...wait for it....the liberal press....
...one committee member told Politico. “Mike Duncan is a nice guy, but he screwed up big time by pandering to the national press on this.”
Ohio's own non-moderate, hyper-theocon, Uncle Tom, former
“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 said in a statement.
Yeah, that touchy press....liberal tight-asses, they.... just can't appreciate a good "Magic Negro" song about America's first-ever black president. No sense of humor.
If what you've read thus far seems a bit bizarre, even coming from GOP leaders...get a load of this....
As a result of his position, a source close to the race said that at least 12 uncommitted committee members have contacted Blackwell to thank him for his support for Saltsman and have expressed anger toward Duncan and Anuzis(Mich. GOP chair) “for throwing a good Republican under the bus.”
Indeed, in a fluid race in which six candidates are vying for the votes of 168 members, both Blackwell and Saltsman stand to benefit from a backlash to the flap. Link
GOP'ers attribute their huge losses in 2008 to being too moderate, too soft. GOP national chairman candidate, Chip Saltsman, mails out proof he's not soft......he's willing to make racial fun of our new "Magic Negro" president. That's how non-moderate he is, by god,....Rush Limbaugh-like non-moderate. Ken Tom Blackwell, responding to criticism of Saltsman, blames the "hypersensitive media" adding, "When looked at in the proper context, these concerns are minimal." A dozen non-moderate brethren immediately thank Uncle Ken Tom. All this, according to the non-moderate Politico.com, benefits Saltsman and Uncle Ken Tom.
All I can say to these crazy cats is.....I'm glad you know what you're doing.....because this all looks like a non-humorous, political clusterf*ck to me.