(CNN) - A candidate for Republican National Committee chairman said Friday it was clear the content of a CD he sent committee members for Christmas - that included lyrics from a song called “Barack the Magic Negro” - was intended as a joke.
“I think most people recognize political satire when they see it,” Chip Saltsman told CNN. “I think RNC members understand that.” Saltsman, a former chair of the Tennessee Republican Party, was a top advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and managed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign.
The song, set to the tune of “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.
The parody CD sent to RNC members this Christmas, first reported by The Hill Friday, is titled “We Hate the USA”, and includes songs referencing former presidential John Edwards and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, among other targets.
Republican will never learn. That is why they are now a minority party in this country. Move on people... Newt Gingrich has.
Another stellar moment in American politics.
THE RNC NOW MEANS REALLY NOTHING CREDITABLE.
You have GOT to be kidding me. Seriously – in this day and age, that "jokes" aren't considered racism is just absolutely bull-puckey.
What is wrong with these people???
What is wrong with these Anglos?
yeah it's okay to be a racist pig, just say you're joking... This is exactly the reason we needed the Republicans out of office...That group sickens me!
Haters, someone should tell these idiots the election is over..... Could it be that they are jump starting for 2012 or just a lil slow in the head ?ummmmm million dollar question
The republican party should be ashamed of itself. Talk about being racist and a bunch of biggots. When will these village idiots wake up?????????????Jim Hall Kansas City, Missouri.
come on now CNN is a post like this REALLY newsworthy? It's not going to change anything.
I have commented on this individual in the past. At that time, I referred to him as a bigget and it is refreshing that he has not disappointed me.
A thinking person would have thought that they might have learned from this past election that racism needs to be gone from the American conversation but NO... it is still alive and kicking in repukicansville and they wonder why they are held in such low regard by millions of Americans? Bah humbug to all of you who find this amusing or in the Christmas spirit!!
Is that all LAME REPUBLICANS can do? Shame on you! Life goes on. It really does. So, learn to live with the fallout of your SUCKNESS! Sorry!
Some republicans really need some serious mental health help.
These some give the GOP a bad name. What Saltsman is saying that the GOP does not want diversity in the party.
Typical, run-of-the-mill Republican racist scumbags.
Please tell me your kidding...
Let me guess, it is sung by the RNC Tabernacle Choir?
Once again the RNC is showing it's true colors when it comes to people of color. While you're at it why don't you pick Dave Duke to run the RNC Party.
The RNC just does not learn. The people of the United States are sick of this style of campaigning. Again, Republicans are trying to label Democrats as anti-American by calling this CD demonizing Democrats, "We Hate the USA." If this candidate to become the RNC Chairman wins with this kind of campaigning it will prove the RNC is not ready to move forward and are stuck in the past.
Repubs–still haven't learned anything.
WOW it's amazing what some people will do and think that people will accept it as ok. We will be watching to see the the RNC CHAIR candidate, will actually become the chair for the RNC. If this is the kind of negativity they tend to hold onto, certainly the RNC's days are numbered
Oh my goodness...
The Republican Party sickens me. They talk about how they need to reach out beyond their base to minorities and young people, and then pull this sort of crap.
No wonder people are abandoning these ignorant dinosaurs in droves. Idiots!
Republicans are being stupid
I'm so glad the Republicans are heeding everyone's advice to stop being a party of bigots and, oh, wait.....
How ironic can it get when a jew sends this type of slanderous material?Just proves they like someone else to be scapegoated and not themselves.
Waiting eagerly to see which, if any Republicans denouce this blatantly racist move.