Skip to comments.RNC chairman condemns controversial Obama song
Posted on 12/29/2008 10:12:03 AM PST by Gondring
The chairman of the Republican National Committee said he was "appalled" by a song called "Barack the Magic Negro" on a CD distributed by one of his political rivals.
"The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach out and bring more people into our party," RNC Chairman Mike Duncan said in a statement reported Saturday afternoon by Politico.
"I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate, as it clearly does not move us in the right direction."
Chip Saltsman sent RNC members the parody CD "We Hate the USA" for Christmas, which includes the controversial tune. He defended his decision Friday, telling CNN the song was clearly intended as a joke.
"I think most people recognize political satire when they see it," Saltsman told CNN. "I think RNC members understand that."
The song, set to the tune of the 1960s pop hit "Puff the Magic Dragon," was first played on Rush Limbaugh's radio show in 2007. Its title was drawn from a Los Angeles Times column that suggested Obama appealed to those who feel guilty about the nation's history of mistreatment of African-Americans.
Saltsman said the song, penned by long-time friend Paul Shanklin, should be easily recognized as satire directed at the Times.
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Then, they don't even say that the LA Times used the term...they imply that the song is simply mocking the story about Obama.
Ther LA Times op/ed by David Ehrenstein:
Note: text wasn't bolded in original. I did that for emphasis.
Certainly he can't be serious about being put back in charge of the GOP.
Of course, I wouldn’t assume veracity in CNN reporting.
Considering that we had plenty of Republicans, but they didn't vote for the candidate at the top of the list, where did Duncan come up with this?
Is he still pushing that Hispanic agenda or what?
What you have to do is get good candidates that your party will vote for. If you don't have a good top candidate in the Presidential race, it doesn't matter what the process was that got him to that position ~
Duncan the magic RINO
Lived in DC
Had no idea how to win
An election victory
Need a little help here
Believe me, he is. I have been following the "race" for chairmanship of the RNC. This is very much an insiders game. There are only about 168 members who get to vote. Many have implied, and at least one candidate has come right out and said, that the opinion of the rank and file does not matter. They claim that they set "strategy" and not "policy" as if that justifies their elitism. It is very discouraging.
Another reason why I no longer donate to the RNC.
Apologize for what?
A fictional character created by Hollywood liberals and espoused by the LA Times?
Spineless RNC should tell the MSM to stuff it and to criticize the actual source, not the person who is making a parody of the character created by Hollywood liberals.
The liberals are just now whining about it?
Eh.... pretty stupid lyrics, when you get right down to it. Coulda been funny, but it’s just not.
Mike Duncan is humorless and, apparently, very stupid.
I'm actually sensing yet another strategy by the MSM to destroy the GOP and Conservative movement before Obama is sworn in, and well into his presidency...and to blunt any efforts during the 2010 Midterm Elections.
Otherwise, why would they unearth a story on something that was done well over a year ago (at least according to the date of one of the threads)?
I'm not defending what Shanklin has done here, but this is really too much...or the news cycle is dreadfully slow. Had it been a Palin parody done by someone from The New Republic or Rolling Stone, it would only register as a yawn on the MSM Richter Scale.
Not to seem paranoid or anything, but there's a story behind the story...and the reason the Media is running interference.
Duncan needs to learn how to use Google before he opens his trap and inserts foot about a topic. Don’t take the MSM bait!
Most likely, one of Saltzman's rivals pushed the story.
These people are so over...I just wished they'd shut the Beltway down and let the country run on its own. My cat could do a much better job.
It takes ba!!$ for peter yarrow, convicted child molester, to comment publicly on anything. And a Zero supporter to boot! Who woulda thunk it?
That is exactly Rush's point and the point of the song. Anyone who suggests that anyone should "apologize" for this song or stop playing it, should take a flying leap! You are exactly right - the RNC should (but won't because they are too spineless) tell the media to shove it! People either don't "get it" or they do get it but want to use it to disparage the RNC anyway...time we stop rolling over! The song is funny and moreover, the term was not coined by a conservative.
This “””controversy””” has proven to me, One thing... there is a “HEAD of the RNC” ... I did NOT KNOW that there WAS ONE. And he does NOT have the Backbone to Be it.
#2. Saltsman gave the entire CD to members. There are songs on that CD that are a lot more “meanspirited” than “the Magic Negro”. SCumBag Media makes it sound like he only gave that SONG.
RNC Members should WAVE that CD, Name the LA TIMES Reporter, and say...”This is what DEMOCRATS REALLY FEEL about Black folk, in General, and their President in Particular!!” I’ve already upset several people with this line... what’s a few more ??
A year and a half later, now he gets upset? No, Duncan is playing the liberal’s political game to keep his position at the top of the RNC. That is reason enough to get rid of him. Don’t imply fellow Republicans are racists for no good reason. That harms the GOP Brand, which you, Duncan, claim to want to protect and expand. You can’t do both, attack Republicans as racist and improve the GOP brand.
Its been removed,PC police I guess.
It’s got a nice beat and you can dance to it.