Charlie Crist Jockeying For 2012?

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Along with Michael Steele, Charlie Crist seems to be attempting to move the Republican party into the 21st Century.

Here’s a statement he recently put out about the Chip Saltsman/”Barack The Magic Negro” stupidity…

As the GOP Chairman in one of our nation’s most ethnically and culturally diverse states, I am especially disappointed by the inappropriate words and actions we’ve seen over the past few days. I am proud of those party leaders who have stood up in firm opposition to this type of behavior.

In Florida we have worked hard to reach out to ALL citizens to promote the Republican Party’s principles and values while ensuring that our commitment to African Americans, Hispanics, and other minority communities is sincere and credible. Actions such as the distribution of this CD, regardless of intent, only serves to promote divisiveness and distracts us from our common goal of building our party.

Today, the GOP has an unprecedented opportunity to embrace change and inclusion, and we are either going to welcome this opportunity fully or watch it slip through our fingers. We can only achieve success if Republican leaders reject racial or any other acts that divide us and instead embrace what unites us as a nation.

The question is…will it work?

Well, when a high ranking Republican leader gives a CD with a song on it entitled “Barack The Magic Negro” as a Christmas gift to members of the Republican National Committee, one thinks there’s a LONG way to go yet. Because not only is it completely tone deaf to where we’re at right now in our nation’s history, it’s also needlessly divisive.

What’s more, he didn’t apologize and positioned an apology as pandering.

And maybe it’s just me, but I’m getting really tired of the pathetic defense of “What? Can’t you take a joke? Don’t you have a sense of humor? Jeez, everything’s so politically correct these days.”

Still, it’s encouraging to see high ranking Republicans speak out.

Let’s hope there are more.