When Chip Saltsman, a candidate to chair the RNC, distributed a CD with a song called "Barack the Magic Negro," reactions ranged from disbelief to utter disbelief. Of course, that was mostly among Democrats and a few Republicans like Newt Gingrich. But some Republicans are rallying around Saltsman, whom they believe has been the victim of an unwarranted media firestorm. “Chip probably could have thought it through a bit more, but he was doing everyone a favor by giving us a gift,” said Alabama Republican committeeman Paul Reynolds. “This is just people looking for something to make an issue of.” Fellow RNC contenders, like current chair Mike Duncan and Michigan's Saul Anuzis, have come under fire by condemning the song. “They just eliminated themselves from this race for jumping all over Chip on this,” one committee member told Politico.
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