RLC tainted by racist, anti-gay jokes by Obama impersonator 

It's hard to figure out what organizers of the Republican Leadership Conference were thinking when they allowed a President Obama impersonator onstage to make racist and anti-gay jokes, while displaying uncensored photos of Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Just a sampling of the routine, from Washington Post bloggers Aaron Blake and Amy Gardner:

• On Black History Month: “Michelle celebrates the full month. I celebrate half.”

• “My mother loved a black man,” but “she was not a Kardashian.”

• A picture was shown of Obama and the first lady when he took office. The impersonator then showed a picture of what the Obamas will look like when the president leaves office, and it was the characters of Fred Sanford and his sister-in-law, Ethel, from the show “Sanford and Son.”

Race wasn’t the only subject where the impersonator pushed the envelope.

• Of Tim Pawlenty’s decision not to criticize Mitt Romney at Monday’s debate: “[CNN’s] John King served him up a ball softer than Barney Frank’s backside.” (Frank is a gay member of Congress from Massachusetts.)

• Of Newt Gingrich’s approval ratings: Dropping “faster than Anthony Weiner’s pants in an AOL chat room.”

• There was also one moment where the original Weiner twitpic was shown on the large screens on either side of the impersonator, with no blurring.

He was given the hook eventually, but it's amazing that it was allowed to get this far. The fact that the Weiner photo was shown on large screens suggests there was some element of of coordination with the organizers of the event, even if they weren't aware of all of his material. Given the GOP's problem attracting minority voters, and specifically the difficulty that Southern Republicans have overcoming the stigma of racism, this was utterly stupid and mind-bogglingly tone deaf. It should make easy fodder for MSNBC, and the RLC deserves all the scorn it gets for this.

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