• Chip Saltsman's "Barack the Magic Negro" CD Not What Republicans Wanted for Christmas

    Tennessean Chip Saltsman, who's angling to be chair of the Republican National Committee, decided to make an impression on party officials by mailing them a present: a comedy CD (or "comedy" CD) that includes a little ditty called "Barack the Magic Negro."

    And oh, what an impression he made…

    "I am shocked and appalled," Mike Duncan, the current party chairman, said in a statement released Saturday. Mr. Duncan is competing for a second term against Mr. Saltsman and four others.

    "This is so inappropriate that it should disqualify any Republican National Committee candidate who would use it," Newt Gingrich, a Republican former House speaker, said in an e-mail message.

    I never thought I'd say this, but Newt Gingrich is right.

    It is terribly inappropriate for a political leader to circulate a song that's secretly about drugs.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Chip Saltsman, Mike Duncan, Newt Gingrich, RNC


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