When RNC Chair candidate Chip Saltsman came under fire for giving gifts of CDs containing the Rush Limbaugh “parody” song Barack the Magic Negro, current RNC Chair Michael Steele offered a weak rebuke, saying essentially that it was bad for the party’s image.
Well, HuffPo has a transcript of Michael Steele laughing it up with a caller about Limbaugh’s “parody.” Or do they?:
CALLER: It’s just like the LA Times said last year, or two years ago — he is the magic Negro.
STEELE: Yeah he is — [laughter]. You read that too, huh?
CALLER: Oh yeah. I read that too. And even when things go wrong, he still manages to come out smelling like a rose.
STEELE: Well, yeah. And it’s because he’s getting unprecedented coverage — cover — by the media.
In the interest of fairness, Steele and the caller reference David Ehrenstein’s column on the subject, not Limbaugh’s misinterpretation of it. The column is not an endorsement of the “black authenticity” argument, but rather an indictment of it.
Steele and his caller derive the real meaning of Ehrenstein’s column, even if they somewhat miss the point of it. That Steele didn’t re-denounce and re-reject Limbaugh’s offensive song is, perhaps, a sin of omission, but Steele didn’t flip-flop here.