Does Mike Duncan warrant another term as Republican National Committee chairman? San Diego’s Rick Amato of KCBQ radio does an interview with Duncan on Washington Times Radio to get the answer. Listen to it here.
Of all the criticism of Republicans at the national level, what rings the truest comes down to a lack of understanding the pulse of the electorate, exacerbated by a subsequent lack of applying conservative principles to the country’s issues and problems in such a way that the voters understand those solutions as the best path of action for the nation.
If that’s too complicated, how about this? If voters rightfully want change, perhaps they don’t see it coming from a party that consistently ignores its principles by growing the size of government and ignoring common sense, while openly cow-towing to the status-quo.
Republican leaders and bloggers can laugh about Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich all they want. The average citizen, however, knows little about the idiot’s party affiliation. They do know that the "pay-to-play" story sounds just like the business-as-usual coming from both parties, or — more accurately — politicians in general.
Worse, the GOP — as part of the status-quo perception — is more readily (and wrongfully) pegged as the anti-minority party. It doesn’t help when the ranks include some idiots equal to Blagojevich.
Are we hypersensitive to racial issues in this country? Yes. Are we over-cautiously PC as a result? Also, yes. Yet, still, no excuse can be offered by those who — through appallingly poor judgment and maybe even a hint of racism itself — make inappropriate jokes about anyone’s race.
RNC chairman wanna-be Chip Saltsman apparently thought it would be funny to send to fellow party members a self-proclaimed "light-hearted parody," a song entitled "Barack the Magic Negro." The resulting criticism has him and a few others blaming the media for blowing the story out of proportion.
Whatever his motivation, Saltsman clearly thought that only GOP insiders would hear the song, not those in the media. He obviously placed all other party leaders at his gutter level, never thinking anyone would find his actions tasteless. It never occurred to him that anyone within his little status-quo clique would out him. At the worst, he is a racist. Most likely, he is an idiot. Perhaps he is both.
Again, does Mike Duncan deserve re-election as chairman of the RNC? I don’t know. What I do know is that the GOP needs leaders with good judgment. What I absolutely know is that Chip Saltsman deserves nothing.
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