Here Come Those Tired Old Tits Again

Rush

As I’m sure you’re all well aware, when it comes to the “Mainstream Media” the facts are of precious little concern.

RNC candidate Chip Saltsman’s Christmas greeting to committee members includes a music CD with lyrics from a song called “Barack the Magic Negro,” first played on Rush Limbaugh’s popular radio show.
Saltsman, a personal friend of conservative satirist Paul Shanklin, sent a 41-track CD along with a note to national committee members.
“I look forward to working together in the New Year,” Saltsman wrote. “Please enjoy the enclosed CD by my friend Paul Shanklin of the Rush Limbaugh Show.”
The CD, called “We Hate the USA,” lampoons liberals with such songs as “John Edwards’ Poverty Tour,” “Wright place, wrong pastor,” “Love Client #9,” “Ivory and Ebony” and “The Star Spanglish banner.”
Several of the track titles, including “Barack the Magic Negro,” are written in bold font.
The song, which debuted on Limbaugh’s show in late March 2007, latches onto an opinion column in the Los Angeles Times of the same title. That column, penned by cultural critic David Ehrenstein, argued that Obama could serve as a balm to whites who felt guilty about past treatment of African Americans.
Limbaugh first highlighted the column the day it ran, according to a contemporary report by Media Matters, the liberal watchdog agency. Media Matters reported Limbaugh repeated the phrase more than two dozen times the day the column ran.
The following month, Shanklin debuted his version of the song, sung to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon” and performed in Shanklin’s impression of Al Sharpton.
“See, real black men, like Snoop Dogg, or me, or Farrakhan, have talked the talk, and walked the walk, not come in late and won,” one verse in the song says.
Saltsman said he meant nothing untoward by forwarding what amounts to a joke more at Ehrenstein’s expense than at Obama’s.
“Paul Shanklin is a long-time friend, and I think that RNC members have the good humor and good sense to recognize that his songs for the Rush Limbaugh show are light-hearted political parodies,” Saltsman said.
Republicans searching for ways to attack Obama have been hesitant to embrace any reference to his race. Limbaugh presciently predicted his allusion to the column nearly two years ago would win attention from left-leaning organizations that would suggest he was using Obama’s race against him.

MY expense? HAH!

Here’s the column.

Here’s its sequel (about which the morbidly obese oxycontin junkie had no comment.)

And THIS makes it a “trifecta.”

As everyone knows Whites feel no guilt about America’s racist history whatsoever. All they care about is the appearance of politesse — the slimy veneer of “good manners.”

Clearly the Republican party (racist to its very core) is “split” over what to do in the wake of having lost so much political capital. Chip and his ilk want to continue making childish attacks. Others in the party seek to turn chicken shit into chicken salad by claiming Obama is the second coming of Ronald Reagan.

And they may well be right. He’s certainly not a liberal. And as he’s made clear thorugh Warrengate, he’s certainly not MY President.

As for race in America — today as well as yesterday — the facts are not in dispute.

Sing us out, Nina.

3 Comments

  1. MollyNYC December 28, 2008 8:39 am 

    All they care about is the appearance of politesse — the slimy veneer of “good manners.”

    Conceptually, it’s not that far from “shoot the messenger,” and it’s of-a-piece with the tendency you see in Righty columnists and blogs to dwell on trivia. Anything to keep from dealing with the elephants in the room.

  2. WTF December 30, 2008 9:13 pm 

    So it’s fair to lambast the right for being racist when you lambast Obama for “running for an equally important unelected office, in the province of the popular imagination — the “Magic Negro.” Basically you and Rush both look to talk about race first and anything/everything else second…in this case, I see no difference between you two…both mongers…just on different sides. If Hillary pandered to the center, she’d be called smart for playing to the middle. If Obama does it, he’s “the Magic Negro”???

  3. David E December 31, 2008 9:20 am 

    If you read my original op-ed with a bit more care you’d not that it was not about Obama personally but rather about the then-growing perceptio9n of him in the popular imagination. I look nothing like Rush, nor am I a drug addict.

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