Racism Advances Careers

Filed in National by on December 30, 2008

…but only in the GOP. On Sunday, I noted that maybe the “R” really does stand for Racist. And it looks like I am proven right, by the none other than the GOP itself:

The controversy surrounding a comedy CD distributed by Republican National Committee chair candidate Chip Saltsman has not torpedoed his bid and might have inadvertently helped it.

Four days after news broke that the former Tennessee GOP chairman had sent a CD that included 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.”

Not everyone is so sure [that the Racist CD scandal has hurt Saltsman], with some RNC members contending that Anuzis and Duncan may have actually hurt their candidacies with their responses.

“Those are two guys who just eliminated themselves from this race for jumping all over Chip on this,” 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 [in condemning racism].”

Of course it is not a big deal to them. Laughing at racist jokes comes naturally to bigots.

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  1. Von Cracker says:

    What did you expect from the regional party of the South?

  2. Unstable Isotope says:

    Not only racist but clueless too.

  3. Truth Teller says:

    “Shocked “”Shocked “that the Repuks responded this way

  4. Geezer says:

    What’s more disheartening about this whole “magic negro” thing is that the original essay was actually well thought-out and thought-provoking, using film history (remember, it was an LA Times op-ed piece) to illustrate how whites will flock to a non-threatening African-American as a way to assuage white guilt.

    In the hands of intelligent people, this is a fascinating topic. Unfortunately, there are no intelligent people in right-wing media. Lacking any guilt, white or otherwise — one of the results of their “fuck you, everyone’s on their own” philosophy (sorry to over-dignify their attitude there) — Limpballs and his ilk used the essay not as a jumping-off point for intelligent discussion, but for scoring cheap “comedy” points (I defy anyone to actually laugh at the song’s pathetic “comedy.”)

    It’s more proof, as if any were needed, that conservatives are not worth talking with, because intellectually they have nothing to bring to the table.

  5. X Stryker says:

    They’ll probably go with their own version of the same concept – Ken Blackwell, who formally gives them permission to be as racist as they want.

  6. Mike Protack says:

    Does this action compare to the rants of Obama’s Pastor? You guys dismissed that nonsense but latch on to this comedy?

    You need to get new material. If the Democrats are so caring about African Americans why does this sector of America have so many challenges? With all the concerns of the Dems there should be no worries.

  7. Geezer says:

    Well, one reason is we have to overcome the effects of compassionate guys like you, Mike.

    BTW, when Jeremiah Wright damned America, he was talking about you, not us.

  8. Unstable Isotope says:

    If Jeremiah Wright runs for head of the Democratic party, I won’t support him. Only in a wingnut mind does Obama’s former pastor = official in the Republican party.