Why There Are So Few Black Republicans

Chip Saltsman, out standing in his field

As if it bore explaining, we get why Republicans have a diversity problem. Chip Saltsman, who announced his candidacy for head of the Republican National Committee just a couple of weeks ago, has a pretty tone-deaf sense of humor.

The campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee, former chair of the Tennessee Republican Party, and Bill Frist protegee sent out a real knee-slapper of a Christmas gift.

Saltsman on his “Barack the Magic Negro” CD: “I think RNC members understand.”

[Saltsman] said Friday the CD he sent committee members for Christmas — which included a song titled “Barack the Magic Negro” — was clearly intended as a joke.

“I think most people recognize political satire when they see it,” Tennessee Republican Chip Saltsman told CNN. “I think RNC members understand that.”

Chip’s got a point there.* RNC members probably totally get the joke. And that’s the problem.

According to The Hill, other song titles, some of which were in bold font, were: “John Edwards’ Poverty Tour,” “Wright place, wrong pastor,” “Love Client #9,” “Ivory and Ebony” and “The Star Spanglish Banner.”

Now we’re talking funny! I mean, jeez, I didn’t know he dissed all those Cuban Republicans who rule Miami and make up the backbone of Florida Republican fund-raising. I’m sure he’ll get their vote for RNC chair. Hey Chip, just ignore those humorless minority groups and keep on being exactly who you are. Democrats everywhere thank you.

* But if he combs his hair right and wears a hat, maybe no one will notice.


  • nikolai
    December 27, 2008 - 2:05 am | Permalink

    Sure republicans have a sense of humor; a mean-spirited, dull-witted condescending one. Barack the magic negro??? What a envious, petty, shameless bunch they are!

  • December 27, 2008 - 9:30 am | Permalink

    What amazes me even more than why there are so few is: why are there any at all??

  • December 27, 2008 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    Also interesting is the change over the past few years I’ve seen in Miami/South Florida in the Cuban attitude toward Republicans…as Buck knows, the older generation of Cuban-Americans would, almost to a person, blindly cite the failure of Kennedy to support the Bay of Pigs invasion as their reason for voting/supporting Republicans. I’d try to reason until blue in the face with those I’d engage on the subject, but they couldn’t/wouldn’t get past that issue. But the NEW generation of Cuban-Americans down here don’t see it that way. They’ve grown up as Americans first, and after witnessing what Bush/Cheney have wrought upon America…they lean Dem and independent now. Maybe these comments by Saltsman will amplify that!

  • December 30, 2008 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    But wait, there’s more! Republicans are rallying around ol’ Chip, coming to his defense with some pithy quotes on Politico:

    “When I heard about the story, I had to figure out what was going on for myself,” said Mark Ellis, the chairman of the Maine Republican Party. “When I found out what this was about I had to ask, ‘Boy, what’s the big deal here?’ because there wasn’t any.”

    Alabama Republican Committeeman Paul Reynolds said the fact the Saltsman sent him a CD with the song on it “didn’t bother me one bit.”

    “Chip probably could have thought it through a bit more, but he was doing everyone a favor by giving us a gift,” he said. “This is just people looking for something to make an issue of.”

    “I don’t think he intended it as any kind of racial slur. I think he intended it as a humor gift,” Oklahoma GOP Committeewoman Carolyn McClarty added. “I think it was innocently done by Chip.”

  • Igor
    April 23, 2012 - 6:24 am | Permalink

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2010/08/american-socialists-release-names-of-70-congressional-democrats-in-their-caucus/ Why are most of the congressional democrats that are socialists minority names? Do we need a socialist nation? Yeah, you’ve got black and hispanic democrats only to fit in with a socialist agenda. That’s no good either.

    WRONG! Our policy is to flag comments based on lies that are intended to perpetuate right-wing propaganda. This comment is not only sourced to an obviously bogus website — http://www.americansocialistvoter.com — it is inherently racist, not to mention the fact that socialism is as different from communism as capitalism is different from fascism.

    The right wing is usually better at propaganda than this stupid attempt.

    – Editors

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