Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Saltsman Doesn't Give a Lick

So what can be said about Chip Saltsman, beyond he looks as if he shares a barber with Rod Blagojevich? I mean, turning to Rush Limbaugh to decide what's funny is like asking Roseanne if her pipes are up for another crack at the national anthem. But what's been more shocking is to hear how other Republicans have rallied to defend his inclusion of the song "Barack the Magic Negro" on a CD of Republican "humor." There's a rich mine of quotes in this article by Politico, like this one:

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.

Reynolds went on to say the CD from Saltsman was one of his favorite Christmas gifts, along with the lawn jockey sent to him by David Duke. Then there's this tidbit:

Mark Ellis, the chairman of the Maine Republican Party, said, “When I found out what this was about I had to ask, ‘Boy, what’s the big deal here?’"

My guess is even almost in Canada a Republican knows what he's implying by starting a sentence with the word "Boy." Not that such a term, or anything beyond his own overweening ambition, bothers former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, the man who helped rig the 2004 election. The Politico article claims:

“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.

So true! The media is the great defender of racial inequality! Even more true--Obama is black! It's as plain as the nose on Blackwell's face! Politico went on to say:

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 [Republicans who actually denounced Saltsman] “for throwing a good Republican under the bus.”

And we all know how Republicans feel about bussing.



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