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The Song That Sank Saltsman?

Updated: Apr 15

Chip Saltsman

Former Mike Huckabee campaign manager Chip Saltsman, now in a bid to to head the Republican National Committee, is in hot water the last few days for circulating a parody CD that included a track titled “Barack, the Magic Negro.”

The satirical song is a take-off on “Puff the Magic Dragon,” an execrable pop-folk “classic” by Peter, Paul and Mary, one of those horrific old baby boomer favorite acts that you’ll probably find on John Brummett’s new iPod. The new satirical version was featured on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show in 2007.

Anyway, with all the to-do over the song the last few days, I thought I’d make it easy on you and supply it here for your listening pleasure. The audio clip includes some of Limbaugh’s commentary leading up to the track, so it goes about 4 minutes. It’s here unless and until they make me take it down:

Verdict: Eh. I don’t find it “racist” or “unacceptable” as some more excitable types do, but then I’m not easily offended. My objection is that it’s a pretty weak brew— it’s just not very funny as satire. Trey Parker of “South Park” fame can throw off a funnier musical bit than this before breakfast on an off day. I mean, if you’re going to sink your political future, at least do it for something that’s balls-out funny. Or somehow involves hookers.

Meanwhile, blogger Jason Tolbert takes note of a recent Saltsman visit to Arkansas to woo GOP regulars. With the media dust-up over this controversial parody track, will it all have been for naught?

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