(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.”
Then, I found out that the rest of the “We Hate America” CD includes songs such as “John Edwards’ Poverty Tour,” “Wright place, Wrong Pastor,” “Love Client #9,” “Ivory and Ebony” and “The Star Spanglish Banner”.
Hmmmmm…. Sure they all have catchy beats, but….
Not being completely naive, it seems to me that whoever wrote this CD and whoever would feel comfortable enough to send it around to their friends, might just have a problem with African Americans and Spanish people. The CD title along with their song titles reflects a great deal of negativity and fear. It’s all about what someone is against. It’s all about who someone is against. It’s not the kind of CD anyone should be proud to share or defend as political satire.
But remember, Mr. Chip Saltsman isn’t just no one. He was the national campaign manager for Mike Huckabee’s presidential campain AND he’s currently running for the head of the RNC! Is this who ordinary Republicans want leading their way?
And what does it say about the atmosphere among Republican leadership when Saltsman felt so comfortable sharing the CD with other top Republican leaders? This is why the GOP is stuck in negativity and hate.
This is why I will continue to hope Barack Obama proves to be the real deal and governs by standing for something and giving us something to rally toward rather than rally against.
As for the GOP, rank and file Republicans should do America and their party a favor and chop the head off of their stinking fish…