Republicans and the magical CD
Chip Saltsman is under fire from his rivals in the race to lead the Republican Party after sending supporters a disc with a controversial musical parody entitled “Barack the Magic Negro.”
Saltsman, who ran Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, sent the CD to members of the Republican National Committee as part of a Christmas greeting.
Rivals are expressing outrage.
“The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach out and bring more people into our party,” said RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, who is seeking re-election and is Saltsman’s chief rival. “I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate as it clearly does not move us in the right direction.”
“In my opinion, this isn’t funny and it’s in bad taste,” Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis, who also is seeking the RNC chairmanship, told The Hill.
The song, by conservative humorist Paul Shanklin and sung to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon,” has been around since 2007 and made waves when it was aired that year by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
In announcing his candidacy for the party leadership in early December, Saltsman said he wanted to make sure all U.S. voters knew “there is a home for them” in the Republican Party.
Photo credit: Reuters/Mike Segar (Mike Duncan at Republican convention in September)