Race and Republicans

If Chip Saltsman distributing a racism filled CD as part of his campaign to head the RNC wasn’t bad enough, Ken Blackwell, the African-American former Secretary of State of Ohio, weighing in to defend him really puts the story over the top:

“Unfortunately, there is hypersensitivity in the press regarding matters of race. This is in large measure due to President-Elect Obama being the first African-American elected president,” said Blackwell, who would be the first black RNC chairman, in a statement forwarded to Politico by an aide. “I don’t think any of the concerns that have been expressed in the media about any of the other candidates for RNC chairman should disqualify them. When looked at in the proper context, these concerns are minimal. All of my competitors for this leadership post are fine people.”

Now obviously, you’ve got to start looking at this in the context of a political campaign, and with the fact that Blackwell is black in mind. And in that the thought process is pretty clear; Blackwell thinks he can score points with RNC voters by dismissing the racist actions of another candidate as media creation that, “in context” really doesn’t mean anything. This is ridiculous of course, but it’s incredibly illuminating in what it says about the GOP, or at least how some of its members see it. It will say even more if Blackwell wins now.

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