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 V.13 No.18 | April 29 - May 5, 2004 

Thin Line

Talk about a powerful resistance to shame ... Folks, here's further proof that America is becoming a parody of itself. The Republican National Committee parked an 18-wheeler, named Reggie the Rig, in front of MTV's Times Square office last month in an attempt to win over the youth vote. Once it was safely parked, Reggie "morphed into a soundstage and pumped out hip-hop hits," according to a mind-numbing report appearing on Salon.com last week entitled, “GOP playa hatas.”

What are they going to try next, offering Chingy and G-unit a million bucks each to appear with Heather Wilson at a UNM pep rally? (Wait, did I just give them that idea?)

Actually, here's something even more hilarious. During the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush told Oprah his favorite song was the Everly Brothers' 1950s hit, "Wake Up, Little Susie." (Don't say it. Don't even think it. “Gomer Pyle” is not his favorite TV show!)

Then there's Sen. John Kerry, the likely Democratic challenger, who also undoubtedly wants to win-over the youth vote. "I'm fascinated by rap and by hip-hop," Kerry said on MTV recently. "I think there's a lot of poetry in it. There's a lot of anger, a lot of social energy in it. And I think you'd better listen to it pretty carefully, because it's important."

But while the RNC rolled out Reggie to make sure youngsters know Bush supporters are just as cool, Rush Limbaugh had a different message for his Bush-loving audience. According to Salon, Limbaugh, in response to Kerry's statement, sarcastically said on air: "There's a lot of poetry and anger in this. Social energy. It's important. Look, it's one thing to say you like it, but to try to pass this off as something you've intellectually examined and assigned value to? Sorry, senator. Don't stand up for white music—associate yourself with rap."

Interestingly, Limbaugh's website deleted "white music" from the transcript. But somebody needs to tell America's favorite drug addict that rap music crossed the color lines years ago and any sane or sober record industry executive or Madison Avenue marketing expert knows the majority of the audience is white.

In an effort to convince folks that Rush Limbaugh isn't spewing the official party line—even though that's exactly what he's doing—Salon pulled this quote from the RNC's Mary Ellen Grant."There's no reason to perceive the Republican Party as being anti-rap or anti-hip-hop," said the spokeswoman. "We're reaching out far and wide to youth voters regardless of their musical preference."

Yeah right. And, listen up kids. If Bush gets re-elected, Ludacris will perform at the inauguration. You've got Reggie the Rig's word on it.


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