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Republicans intensify minority outreach efforts.

June 15, 2009 | 12:16 pm

You've got to feel sorry for those Republicans who truly want to engage the nation in a debate about fiscal policy and the appropriate function of the federal government. Those folks keep getting sabotaged by the party's nutjobs who simply cannot get over the fact that a black family is in the White House. Every time one side of the party tries to have a debate about, say, President Obama's policies the wackos redirect the conversation to his race. Remember, Barack the Magic Negro? Sheesh.

The latest eye-rolling incident comes courtesy of longtime GOP activist Rusty DePass. Commenting on a report on Facebook about an escaped gorilla escape at Columbia, South Carolina zoo, DePass wrote: "I'm sure it's just one of Michelle's ancestors -- probably harmless."

He was busted by South Carolina political blogger, Will Folks.

DePass has since apologized -- you know, one of those maddening "I'm sorry IF anyone was offended blah blah blah blah." 

The Daily News has a bit more about DePass that makes for good reading. It turns out the  former chairman of the Richland County GOP was co-chairman of Rudy Giuliani's 2008 campaign in Richland County.

Here's a gem from an Op-Ed he wrote endorsing Giuliani:

Most of us, of course, particularly in South Carolina, never gave a damn about New Yorkers, but somehow the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, made those people Americans again.

Gee, sounds like DePass is a student of the Sarah Palin school of U.S. geography. There are "pro-America" parts of America and then there are "those people."

Oh, and one more thing. When the next Obamas-as-apes/gorillas/monkeys cartoon or digitally altered photo surfaces, can we all agree to not be shocked, just shocked that many people will see an intended insult?

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