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Friday, December 26, 2008

Sometimes, you have to wonder....

...if Keith Olbermanm is, indeed, the most powerful man in media.

He must be. So many people seem so determined to get on that Worst Person's list.

So, on the day after Xmas this: Paul Shanklin, satirist-on-duty for the Rush Limburger...errr...Limbaugh Program wrote this ditty, obstensivly for the show, called "Rush The Magic Negro." I will not subject you directly to this, but I am leaving a link so you know what we're talking about:

Well the head of the RNC sent a copy of this to Congressional members as a Xmas greeting. You can count on one hand how many seconds it took for the fit to hit the shan:

(CNN) -- A candidate for the Republican National Committee chairmanship 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."

The song, set to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon," was first played on conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh's radio show in 2007.

Its title was drawn from a Los Angeles Times column that suggested President-elect Barack Obama appealed to those who feel guilty about the nation's history of mistreatment of African-Americans. Saltsman said the song, penned by his longtime friend Paul Shanklin, should be easily recognized as satire directed at the Times.

The CD sent to RNC members, first reported by The Hill on Friday, is titled "We Hate the USA" and also includes songs referencing former presidential candidate John Edwards and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, among other targets.

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."

Saltsman was national campaign manager for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential bid in 2007 and 2008. Before that, he held a variety of posts, including a number of positions under former Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee.

Meanwhile, Rush defended this last summer:

Oh really? You wre saying that people were just finding out about OTMG LAST SUMMER...when this piece of audio dung dropped almost in 2007

What is sad about all of this, is that the Republican party, warts and all, is better than this.

Or at least it used to be

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