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Will Saltsman's Mixed CD Scandal Help His Campaign?

Will Saltsman's Mixed CD Scandal Help His Campaign?

Former Tennessee GOP leader Chip Saltsman incited quite a controversy this holiday when, as part of his campaign to be the next RNC chairman, he gave out copies of a mixed CD including conservative satirist Paul Shanklin's track, "Barack the Magic Negro." The song, which is set to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon," originally aired on Rush Limbaugh's talk radio show and has been described as a parody, but Saltsman's gift isn't sitting well with the media and most of the public. Current RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, who is seeking another term, even issued a statement saying it is "shocking" and "appalling."

Meanwhile, experts say the move hasn't hampered Saltsman's bid at all — in fact, it might have helped it. The chairman of the Maine Republican Party went on record saying it was "no big deal." Today, Politico reports RNC chairmanship hopefuls Duncan and Saul Anuzis could have hurt their campaigns by chastising Saltsman. Do you think it will all blow over?

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