Chip Saltsman Helped By “Magic Negro” Controversy?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Barack, Race, Republicans

Here’s the deal…if Chip Saltsman can honestly spin this whole flap by saying that those who called him out for his racially insensitivity are simply pandering to the national press, well, the GOP has truly become the party of clueless white people.

Politico explores the acute tone deafness:

Four days after news broke that the former Tennessee GOP chairman had sent a CD including a song titled “Barack the Magic Negro” to the RNC members he is courting, some of those officials are rallying around the embattled Saltsman, with a few questioning whether the national media and his opponents are piling on.

“When I heard about the story, I had to figure out what was going on for myself,” said 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 the fact the Saltsman sent him a CD with the song on it “didn’t bother me one bit.”

“Chip probably could have thought it through a bit more, but he was doing everyone a favor by giving us a gift,” he said. “This is just people looking for something to make an issue of.”

“I don’t think he intended it as any kind of racial slur. I think he intended it as a humor gift,” Oklahoma GOP Committeewoman Carolyn McClarty added. “I think it was innocently done by Chip.”

Yes, the leaders of the Republican party are claiming that as long as you use a racial term in a joke…it’s okay.

“What? Can’t you take a joke? Don’t you have a sense of humor? Jeez, everything’s so politically correct these days.”

Somebody please save these people from themselves.


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3 Responses to “Chip Saltsman Helped By “Magic Negro” Controversy?”

  1. Jim Says:

    Chip has given us all a gift with this cd. He has reminded us of why we voted for Barack Obama. As long as we have people like Chip, the Rethugs will remain a marginalized relic of the lunatic fringe. Don’t stop , Chip.

  2. Chris Says:

    Wait, when did the republicans become the party of not clueless white people? Did you see RNC? Nuff said.

  3. David Says:

    I’ve gotta say, as a Republican, I’m pretty disappointed. While I see this as more cluelessness and tone-deafness than racism, I was under the impression that leadership was supposed to be good at managing their public image – apparently I’ve had unrealistic expectations. Sigh.

    Then-Senator Obama had lots of things which are lampoonable without being tacky/offensive: why in the world would THIS be what gets picked out? Ugh. I should go wash my hands…

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