Well, who's surprised at this from the party of yesteryear? The controversy surrounding the incredibly dumb idea by RNC chair candidate Chip Saltsman to send a CD including "Barack the Magic Negro" to committee chairs has drawn interesting reactions in the party -- it was condemned by Mike Duncan, the current chair, and brushed off by unoffended homophobic house negro fellow chair candidate Ken Blackwell. Even Newt Gingrich said it was a bigoted move.

Here, friends, is why the GOP is going to end up in the dust bin of history.

As a result of his [Blackwell's] position, a source close to the race said that at least 12 uncommitted committee members have contacted Blackwell to thank him for his support for Saltsman and have expressed anger toward Duncan and Anuzis “for throwing a good Republican under the bus.”

You might have noticed that former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, another black candidate for the post, chose to stay out of this mess rather than sell out like Blackwell. But we all know that the party can always count on the deep red state Republicans, who are in denial about the browning of America, to try to bail out idiots like Saltsman.

Alabama Republican Committeeman Paul Reynolds said the fact the Saltsman sent him a CD with the song on it "didn't bother me one bit."

"Chip probably could have thought it through a bit more, but he was doing everyone a favor by giving us a gift," he said. "This is just people looking for something to make an issue of."

"I don't think he intended it as any kind of racial slur. I think he intended it as a humor gift," Oklahoma GOP Committeewoman Carolyn McClarty added. "I think it was innocently done by Chip."

Believe it or not, some actually believe this flap will help Saltsman. Well, if this is the guy they want to get behind, go right ahead, wingnuts; the Republican party obviously hasn't learn anything from the election results in 2006 or 2008.

“There are a lot of things about Chip that would have made a good a RNC chairman, but this has definitely hurt him,” he said in an interview with Politico. “With less than a month to go, Chip needs to be talking about where he wants to lead the party, and he is not going to get that opportunity.”

Not everyone is so sure, with some RNC members contending that Anuzis and Duncan may have actually hurt their candidacies with their responses.

Those are two guys who just eliminated themselves from this race for jumping all over Chip on this,” one committee member told Politico. “Mike Duncan is a nice guy, but he screwed up big time by pandering to the national press on this.”