I supported Michael Steele, Ken Blackwell and Katon Dawson for RNC chair, in that order, before current chairman Mike Duncan “blew the whistle” on a non-story about Chip Saltsman, which whistle.
I think no less of Steele or Dawson now, but I think much more of Blackwell (pictured), and I already thought much of him. He is much more advanced into the content of character, color blind America Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of and that I have lived in for more than 20 years of adulthood thanks to the progress in the South.
Blackwell also understands an opportunity to discredit a false liberal lie against Republicans as racists that dare not address race in humor or parody when he sees one. Blackwell has done what gamecock has been begging for, for years since his conservative epiphany (brought about in part by false liberal Democrat Party and MSM false allegations of racism against Republicans, and that I have especially been begging for here at Redstate for days since this story broke.
Blackwell understands, as do I and Rush, that the message of the parody is that it is the left that is race-obsessed; that it is vital for Republicans to smack down that lie; that it is vital that Republicans and conservatives insist upon playing by the same humor, parody and other rules the left enjoys; and that there is no “Liberal Meme” super bowl or debate scheduled so that if we are ever going to combat this huge issue, we must do so in the real world when opportunities, no matter how imperfect, resent themselves.
Gamecock now endorses Ken Blackwell for RNC Chairman. (And for Steele to replace Huckabee on Fox!, although we like his show too.)
Adam Graham writes a brilliant piece on this news at Race 4 2012. Excerpts below. Read it all.
Ken Blackwell issued the following statement on this matter:
Unfortunately, there is hypersensitivity in the press regarding matters of race. This is in large measure due to President-Elect Obama being the first African-American elected president. I don’t think any of the concerns that have been expressed in the media about any of the other candidates for RNC chairman should disqualify them. When looked at in the proper context, these concerns are minimal. All of my competitors for this leadership post are fine people.
Chip Saltsman sent a CD by Paul Shanklin that was a compilation of parodies, many of which appeared on the Rush Limbaugh program including the Limbaugh favorite, “Barack: The Magic Negro.”
Numerous myths are floating around about this. This is not a CD that Saltsman “compiled” as one news report said as if Saltsman burned the CD of his favorite songs. “Barack: The Magic Negro” was not even the title track of Paul Shanklin’s CD. It was smack in the middle of the CD at Track 16.
Paul Shanklin didn’t coin the term “Magic Negro.” It was African American writer David Ehrenstein, writing for the LA Times who first referred to Obama as a “Magic Negro” in March 2007 and suggested he was a less authentic Black person than Al Sharpton or Snoop Dogg. Saltsman has correctly pointed out that Ehrenstein’s original piece was not criticized. The song is not so much a riff on Obama as it is Ehrenstein’s column and Al Sharpton.
Mike Duncan and Saul Anuzis: The incumbent RNC Chairman screamed outrage” at the top of his lungs, as did Saul Anuzis. Declared Duncan, “I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate as it clearly does not move us in the right direction.
Shocked and appalled? Which is worse? That Saltsman sent out a CD with the song on it privately to 168 members of the RNC, or that the biggest conservative talk show in America has played the song, about 1,000 times? Either Duncan is so incredibly out of touch with the grassroots of the party that neither he nor anyone on his staff with good sense knows what’s happening on the Rush Limbaugh program, or he’s saved his outrage for now like a good hypocrite. Take your pick, or maybe it’s a combination of both.
As for Saul Anuzis, he said, “Just as important, anything that paints the GOP as being motivated in our criticism of President-elect Obama by anything other than a difference in philosophy does a disservice to our party.” Only the title of the CD paints this picture. While others haven’t listened to the song, Anuzis, as someone who actually has a copy of the CD, really has no excuse for not knowing what the song’s about. And again, where was this outrage when this was playing non-stop on Rush.
My brother has often told me that conservatives need an answer to the Daily Show, a satirical counterpunch to Jon Stewart.
This story is an illustration of why that is unlikely to happen. While I’ll admit that Shanklin’s parody was beyond the pale, the decision of some on the right to act as if he burned a cross on an African American’s lawn illustrates why there’s a satire deficit. Those who attempt satire on the right are either idiots who think being offensive for its own sake is hilarious, or they’re so banal in their satire they offend no one and entertain no one.
Satirists on the left can get away with far more on the right even with their own side. On Obama’s visit to Germany, Jon Stewart remarked that seeing hundreds of thousands of screaming Germans cheering for a Charismatic leader “gives me goosesteps-I mean goosebumps.” Try making that type of joke on the right and you’ll be drowned in press releases from conservatives calling for you to be imprisoned.
Conservatives need to develop some sense of proportionality.
Blackwell unites the party with this defense of Saltsman, Rush (pictured) and the parody, either expliciely or be implication.
Dittoheads everywhere are happier now, especially given that El Rushbo was on vacation when this story broke last week and is still on vacation through this week. Ken Blackwell has defended our conservative leader. That courageous act, coupled with his already sterling credentials satisfied Gamecock that he is the best man to lead the party for the next four years.
Thank you Ken and God bless you.
Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer, Examiner.com and Minority Report columns
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson