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Friday, December 26, 2008

Birds of a feather

Posted By on Fri, Dec 26, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Chip Saltsman, Mike Huckabee's campaign manager and now seeking the Republican National Committee chairmanship, may have done himself in. He circulated a tasteless joke CD. About Barack Obama. Remind you of anyone close to him? That sound of gunfire this time? Somebody shooting himself in the foot.

However, one of the candidates, Chip Saltsman, the former presidential campaign manager for Mike Huckabee, may have made a fatal move in his bid after The Hill newspaper reported today that Saltsman sent a 41-track parody CD to the RNC’s 168 member committee that includes a song entitled “Barack the Magic Negro.”

The song, to the music of “Puff the Magic Dragon,” was first popularized on Rush Limbaugh’s conservative radio show. It was written by Saltman’s pal and conservative satirist Paul Shanklin.

The “We Hate the USA” parody CD also includes satirical songs such as “Wright place, wrong pastor,” a reference to President-elect Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., and “The Star Spanglish Banner.”

“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,” Saltsman told The Hill.

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