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calendar   Monday - December 29, 2008

Republican party candidate distributes racist Barack Obama song.

I don’t suppose this is news to BMEWS but it’s just being reported here.

I went to the site at Rush and tried listening to it.  First, I didn’t think it was clever or really witty. Cute? Funny? Depends on your sense of humor.
I thought it was sort of juvenile.

I guess it could be thought to be funny because there are a couple of clever lines in the parody.  But the production quality was, in my opinion, very poor.
Maybe it was supposed to be.  My background is in recording studios and so perhaps I expect too much.  I admit I did not listen to it all. Not because of the content. I had no problem with that. It was the sound that I found very annoying and because of that alone, it was hard to listen to. Like it was recorded on a phone line.

A candidate to lead the Republican party is facing a wave of criticism after he sent other senior US politicians a Christmas CD featuring the song “Barack the Magic Negro”.

By Toby Harnden in Washington
Last Updated: 10:02AM GMT 29 Dec 2008

Chip Saltsman, who is campaigning to become chairman of the Republican National Committee, defended the tune as one of several “lighthearted political parodies” that have aired on Right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh’s show.  MAGIC NEGRO

The 2007 ditty by conservative comedian Paul Shanklin, which is sung to the tune of Puff the Magic Dragon, calls into question the President-elect’s racial identity. In the song, Shanklin, doing an impression of the New York activist the Reverend Al Sharpton, sings: “They’ll vote for him but not for me because he’s not from the ‘hood.

“See, real black men, like Snoop Dogg, or me, or Farrakhan, have talked the talk, and walked the walk, not come in late and won.”

The song picked up on a March 2007 comment article in the liberal Los Angeles Times in which David Ehrenstein argued that part of Mr Obama’s role was “to assuage white ‘guilt’ over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history”.

It was part of a collection of 41 songs by Shanklin on a CD titled We Hate the USA that Mr Saltsman, who managed Mike Huckabee’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, sent to Republican party members with the message: “I look forward to working together in the New Year”.

Mr Saltsman was condemned by the current party chairman Mike Duncan, who is running for re-election.

“The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach out and bring more people into our party,” he said in a statement. “I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate as it clearly does not move us in the right direction.”

Ada Fisher, one of three black Republican party members, responded in an open letter: “Racist actions and deeds have no place in the party. The lack of sensitivity in understanding the historical election we just had and the challenges this nation faces as we must bind our wounds as well as bring our people together requires that we set aside our biases.”

But Mr Saltsman was unrepentant: “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,” he said.

“But now, of course, they’re shocked and appalled by its parody on the Rush Limbaugh Show.

“I firmly believe that we must welcome all Americans into our party and that the road to Republican resurgence begins with unity, not division. But I know that our party leaders should stand up against the media’s double standards and refuse to pander to their desire for scandal.”

He told The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, that members of the Republican committee have “the good humour and good sense” to see Shanklin’s tunes as “lighthearted political parodies”.

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OK SO A QUESTION FOR BMEWS.

Should this guy have known better then to mail out the CD?  Shouldn’t he have envisioned the criticism ‘to the party’ before mailing something out to many people he was going to be working with?  Was it irresponsible?  True, it was 2007 originally and true the libs are just making political hay which we’d do as well and you know that’s true.  Heck, I can’t see our side missing an opportunity like that were it a dem. who produced the CD.

I think he should have known he was giving the Democrats a free gift.  As individuals we might be excused for a bit of silliness perhaps. 
But not if you’re hoping to be a leader of a major political party that some folks already believe is a second cousin to the klan.  Please lets be honest about it, this simply reinforces the negative attitudes about us.  Do we really need that?


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/29/2008 at 08:38 AM   
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