(Mr. Chip Saltsman, self-appointed polical satire expert and apparently a bit of a douchebag)
There’s an old saying that you might have heard in a mafia movie somewhere along the line. It goes like this “the fish stinks from the head.” What it means is that if an organization has troubles or problems functioning properly, you can be sure that the people at the top are part of the problem.
On Friday, we found out that the old saying certainly applies to the troubled Republican Party. Back in Karl Rove’s day, the GOP was quite effective in getting elected by going negative. Unfortunately for Rove’s party and America, when you run an almost entirely negative campaign, you end up polarizing the country and being unable to govern effectively.
The fact is that to truly cause change in any direction, it’s not enough to define strongly what you’re against. You’ve actually got to stand for something. Both Barack Obama and Rick Warren seem to understand that and as a result, despite their political differences, they see the advantages of aligning with each other for the inauguration ceremony.
Unfortunately, for rank and file Republicans (many of whom actually believe in stuff and are not racists), the GOP leadership is still stuck in the negative mindset.
This past Friday it was reported that Chip Saltsman, a Tennessee Republican who is running for the top spot of the Republican National Committee, sent RNC members a special Christmas gift, the gift of racism and negativity. Nice holiday spirit all round, Chipster!
The CD, which is titled “We Hate America” includes a song “Barack the Magic Negro” set to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon”. Apparently the song has been played on Rush Limbaugh’s very negative radio show since 2007 and according to the Saltsman, it’s clearly political satire.
You know what? I’m willing to buy that. If that was the only song on the CD that veered into hate mongering territory than I’d be happy to believe that Saltsman is just a fun loving guy who enjoys a good political satire, even when set to a lame song like “Puff The Magic Dragon.”