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Analysis: Republicans struggle with race issue

By Reid Wilson- the Hill

As minority voters abandoned the GOP in droves this past cycle, those who will vote on the next chairman of the Republican Party are struggling with the difficult issue of race.

The Democrats are seen as having advantages: Traditionally they have won more minority voters, and now the party will be led by the first African-American president. And, for Republicans, race proves to be a particularly thorny issue that can cause problems for even the most adept political operators.

The most recent example came when former Tennessee GOP chairman Chip Saltsman, a candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent a CD with a parody song called “Barack the Magic Negro” to RNC members. First reported by The Hill, the CD set off a wave of criticism and elicited sharp rebukes from several prominent voting members.

That incident came on top of a number of gaffes throughout the 2008 election. In September, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) told The Hill he thought then-presidential candidate Barack Obama was “uppity,” a racially tinged word. Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ken.) apologized in April for referring to Obama as a “boy.”

At rallies held for the Republican presidential ticket, media focused on attendees who called Obama a “terrorist” and emcees, most famously Cincinnati radio host Bill Cunningham, who frequently invoked Obama’s middle name to rile up a crowd.

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>Analysis: Republicans struggle with race issue

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By Reid Wilson- the Hill

As minority voters abandoned the GOP in droves this past cycle, those who will vote on the next chairman of the Republican Party are struggling with the difficult issue of race.

The Democrats are seen as having advantages: Traditionally they have won more minority voters, and now the party will be led by the first African-American president. And, for Republicans, race proves to be a particularly thorny issue that can cause problems for even the most adept political operators.

The most recent example came when former Tennessee GOP chairman Chip Saltsman, a candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent a CD with a parody song called “Barack the Magic Negro” to RNC members. First reported by The Hill, the CD set off a wave of criticism and elicited sharp rebukes from several prominent voting members.

That incident came on top of a number of gaffes throughout the 2008 election. In September, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) told The Hill he thought then-presidential candidate Barack Obama was “uppity,” a racially tinged word. Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ken.) apologized in April for referring to Obama as a “boy.”

At rallies held for the Republican presidential ticket, media focused on attendees who called Obama a “terrorist” and emcees, most famously Cincinnati radio host Bill Cunningham, who frequently invoked Obama’s middle name to rile up a crowd.

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Candidate For RNC Chair Sends Out CD With Song Called "Barack, The Magic Negro"

You would think that after the trouncing the GOP took at the polls in November, where the national ticket lost badly among growing voter groups such as young people, Hispanics and suburbanites that leaders of the GOP would be a little more sensitive than this.
Using race as a divide in order to gain political points is wrong no matter what the intentions of individuals are.  
  

Yesterday afternoon the following story was picked up by  Talking Points Memo. It was first reported on by the Hill  and followed up by Poltico.com just a couple of hours ago.

“If one of the Republican Party’s challenges is how to effectively oppose the first black president without coming off as racist, one of the candidates for RNC chair is hardly off to a good start — he is now distributing a CD that includes a racially-charged song called “Barack, The Magic Negro.”


Chip Saltsman, the former campaign manager for Mike Huckabee, has distributed a goodie bag to committee members that includes a CD by Paul Shanklin, a writer of right-wing parody tunes who is often featured on Rush Limbaugh. The “Magic Negro” track, which first gathered controversy in the Spring of 2007, featured Shanklin portraying Al Sharpton as an Amos & Andy stereotype, ridiculing white liberals who support Obama.

Saltsman defended the choice of the Shanklin CD, telling The Hill: “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.” “

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>Candidate For RNC Chair Sends Out CD With Song Called "Barack, The Magic Negro"

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You would think that after the trouncing the GOP took at the polls in November, where the national ticket lost badly among growing voter groups such as young people, Hispanics and suburbanites that leaders of the GOP would be a little more sensitive than this.
Using race as a divide in order to gain political points is wrong no matter what the intentions of individuals are.  
  

Yesterday afternoon the following story was picked up by  Talking Points Memo. It was first reported on by the Hill  and followed up by Poltico.com just a couple of hours ago.

“If one of the Republican Party’s challenges is how to effectively oppose the first black president without coming off as racist, one of the candidates for RNC chair is hardly off to a good start — he is now distributing a CD that includes a racially-charged song called “Barack, The Magic Negro.”


Chip Saltsman, the former campaign manager for Mike Huckabee, has distributed a goodie bag to committee members that includes a CD by Paul Shanklin, a writer of right-wing parody tunes who is often featured on Rush Limbaugh. The “Magic Negro” track, which first gathered controversy in the Spring of 2007, featured Shanklin portraying Al Sharpton as an Amos & Andy stereotype, ridiculing white liberals who support Obama.

Saltsman defended the choice of the Shanklin CD, telling The Hill: “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.” “

Read the follow up story from Poltico.com >>> Here

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