Now, what about Saltsman? Well, he's the former Tennessee Republican Chairman who managed Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign. Lately, he caused a stir in the party hierarchy by sending members of the Republican National Committee a CD bearing a song spoofing Barack Obama. It's titled "Barack the Magic Negro." Sounds like a role that Blackwell, an African-American, wanted to fill during his stay in Ohio politics. Blackwell says he doesn't see anything wrong with Saltsman's tactics, opining that press reports were due to "hypersensitivity in the press regarding matters of race." Blackwell generously added that all of his competitors for the RNC post are "fine people." Right.
One the other hand, the current RNC chairman, Mike Duncan, seems to be a tad hypersensitive himself. He said he was "shocked and appalled" that a candidate for the party's top job would participate in such a stunt.
I had a hard time figuring out some of Blackswell's antics when he was the top gun for the state's balloting in 2004 as secretary of state. I have even a harder time figuring out his strategy to claim the RNC job by shucking off tongue-in-cheek songs about a "Magic Negro".
The logic is so opaque. Maybe not.