Do you think Chip Saltsman, who gave gifts of CDs containing songs like 'Barack the Magic Negro' and 'The Star Spanglish Banner,' should be kicked out of the Republican National Committee?
One of the Republican Party's best-known operatives is under fire for distributing a CD containing the spoof song "Barack the Magic Negro" as part of a campaign to be elected chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Chip Saltsman, 40, sent out a mailing to RNC members that contained a CD of political songs by conservative satirist Paul Shanklin. Saltsman was Mike Huckabee's campaign manager during the former Arkansas governor's 2008 run for president, but is now facing the condemnation of his party.
The 41-track CD, called "We Hate the USA," contained other songs slamming liberal targets, "Wright Place, Wrong Pastor," "Love Client #9" and "The Star Spanglish Banner."
Well on the conservative ideals thing, I was half-kidding - I know plenty of conservatives who think this was in EXTREMELY poor taste (my own parents being two examples).
BUT, all this stuff pretty much came from the Rush Limbaugh show (Paul Shanklin does all of Rush's parodies), and Rush is held up by quite a lot of people as this beacon of conservatism. He's not some fringe kook like Hal Turner or something - based on his listenership, there are LOTS of people out there who agree with him. And ostensibly, not many of them call in to complain about the Shanklin parodies, since he's been running them for years, and continues to do so.
So yes, in a way, it DOES somewhat fall in line with the conservative wing of the GOP.
On Sunday 12/28/08 - 2:06:38 PM birdsong4j wrote: BUT, all this stuff pretty much came from the Rush Limbaugh show (Paul Shanklin does all of Rush's parodies), and Rush is held up by quite a lot of people as this beacon of conservatism.
That's true ... somehow I don't see it being on Rush's show as being quite as offensive. I used to really like Rush Limbaugh, and I still agree with him on some things. The songs I've heard about Monica Lewinsky or Ted Kennedy on his show are pretty much the same, just with race taken out. I guess I'm struggling with liking a good joke and thinking this one man was being more racist than Rush was being. Rush Limbaugh is absolutely not racist.
On Sunday 12/28/08 - 11:26:07 PM KikiPeepers wrote: I guess I'm struggling with liking a good joke and thinking this one man was being more racist than Rush was being. Rush Limbaugh is absolutely not racist.
If this guy is racist, so is Rush Limbaugh. It's EXACTLY the same songs.
True. But I think it depends on the intent and what they feel in their hearts. Deep down, I don't believe Rush Limbaugh is racist for a second because I've listened to him and read many of his books and have seen no evidence of that. I can't say I know anything about this other guy though, but it seems many took offense.
On Wednesday 1/14/09 - 5:32:18 PM pepperdrinks wrote: Ignoring the racist part of all of this, is it possible to be kicked out for being an idiot? Because he's definitely that for thinking the CDs were a good idea.
What made them such a bad idea? As Bird pointed out, the songs are staples on the Rush Limbaugh show. Why would anyone think that they wouldn't be popular with Rush's target audience?
As far as public relations nightmares go, there's a difference between a conservative talk radio comedian playing these songs for his audience and a political operative using them as part of a campaign for an important position within the RNC. The CDs were unprofessional.