## Thursday, July 31, 2008

WHAT WINGNUTS HEAR

If you were paying attention to the story of the new Ludacris rap, you might have thought the Obama campaign had condemned the song, which praises Obama but says very nasty things about Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

But you'd be wrong.

The American Spectator's Philip Klein explains:

Obama Aide Calls Ludacris a 'Talented Individual'

The Obama campaign has bungled its initial response to the Ludacris firestorm. Via the Brody File, I see that campaign spokesman Bill Burton has issued the following statement:

"As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn't want his daughters or any children exposed to. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics."

The need to add the qualifier, "While Ludacris is a talented individual" is absolutely outrageous. Most Americans won't see talent in these lyrics --they'll see them for what they are -- blatantly racist and sexist garbage. This is a major bungle by the Obama campaign.

In other words, according to Klein, Burton said:

"Blah blah blah blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah, blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah, blah blah, blah blah, blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. WHILE LUDACRIS IS A TALENTED INDIVIDUAL blah blah blah blah blah blah blah."

Got it? If not, here it is in visual form: