Watch the RNC chairmanship debate

Need a good hour and a half diversion? Sit back and watch the RNC debate. Six candidates lined up today to give their opinions on the future of the GOP.

Head to for the details.

Do I have a horse in this game? Nope. I’m still a little discouraged and will wait to see what shakes out. I will say all of the attention on “Barack the Magic Negro” by Chip Saltsman is one of the things a good chairman would slap down fast. Remember the bit I did about kicking out the goofballs? Saltsman should be gone. A good chair candidate in this debate wouldn’t be playing Mr. Nice Guy about Saltsman’s behavior.

Here’s the video of controversy:

Here’s the article on which the video was based:

But it’s clear that Obama also is running for an equally important unelected office, in the province of the popular imagination — the “Magic Negro.”

The Magic Negro is a figure of postmodern folk culture, coined by snarky 20th century sociologists, to explain a cultural figure who emerged in the wake of Brown vs. Board of Education. “He has no past, he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist,” reads the description on Wikipedia .

I think the article is fine. I even think the video is fine when you consider it as political satire. (What did SNL just get away with for a whole election season, after all?) I don’t think it’s fine at all for a RNC chair candidate to be sending a copy of the video around as a calling card. That kind of crap needs to be called such soon if the party expects to win back any respect.

A big grateful blogger hug to HighField for her comment.


  1. HighField says:

    I’m much more optimistic than you are, after watching the debate. Since the election, I’ve been sort of poking around the state and local Republican party trying to see where I could fit in and try to DO something. It was like hitting a brick wall. Nobody’s there. Nobody’s blogging. You can’t get through to anyone. The last posts or updates are six months old. That’s just like the party! Old, outdated and dried up. (Kind of like the way I feel sometimes.) I’m hoping one of these new leaders will put some oomph back in the party. And hopefully the frustrating washout that was the presidential election will be just the thing to get things moving again and the conservative message out there again and young people back in the fold. We can hope. I’m going to try. Now, if I can just get through to someone at the GOP… —Ellen