This again?

“I don’t care who you are, … this is funny.”

Thus began an e-mail that Walt Baker, CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association, sent to to a few friends, the president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and several members of the press.

It continues by comparing First Lady Michelle Obama to Tarzan’s chimpanzee sidekick Cheeta. There are two photos at the bottom — one of Obama with an awkward pursing of her lips and another of a chimp.

You think they would’ve learned their lesson by now.

St. Petersburg, FL.

The president-elect of the Pinellas County Medical Association stepped down Friday, apologizing profusely for forwarding an e-mail image that portrayed President Barack Obama as a witch doctor in a loin cloth and headdress with bones in his nose.

Inland Empire, California.

The latest newsletter by an Inland Republican women’s group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken, prompting outrage in political circles.

The October newsletter by the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated says if Obama is elected his image will appear on food stamps — instead of dollar bills like other presidents. The statement is followed by an illustration of “Obama Bucks” — a phony $10 bill featuring Obama’s face on a donkey’s body, labeled “United States Food Stamps.”

Arlington, Tennessee.

In the opinion of Arlington Mayor Russell Wiseman, President Barack Obama’s speech on Tuesday night on the war in Afghanistan was deliberately timed to block the Christian message of the “Peanuts” television Christmas special.

“Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch ‘The Charlie Brown Christmas Special’ and our muslim president is there, what a load…..try to convince me that wasn’t done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation (sic) about it….w…hen the answer should simply be ‘yes’….”

St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Republican candidate for an open Minnesota Senate seat is apologizing for comments posted on his Twitter account about President Barack Obama and Democrats.

One of the posts on businessman Mike Parry’s account called Obama a “Power Hungry Arrogant Black Man,” while the other said “whats with the Dems and Pedophiles?” Both were dated in May.

Tampa, Florida.

Carol Carter resigned her post Thursday as a state Republican committeewoman after the St. Petersburg Times reported she forwarded a racist e-mail post. “I’m confused,” the e-mail read, contrasting President Obama’s inauguration with Hurricane Katrina. “How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, D.C., in one day in subzero temps when 200,000 couldn’t get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?”

Dallas, Texas.

Diann Jones, a vice chairman of the Collin County Republican Party, has apologized for an e-mail that some high-ranking judges denounced as racist. [...]  The war of words began a week ago when Jones sent an e-mail to local Republican clubs, rallying support against a state bill that would have imposed a $50 tax on guns.

“Another terrific idea from the black house and its minions,” Jones wrote.

Orange County, CA.

The [Republican] mayor of Los Alamitos said he will resign after coming under fire for an e-mail depicting the White House lawn as a watermelon patch, saying the controversy over racism has made it difficult to lead the city. Mayor Dean Grose issued a statement Thursday saying he is sorry and will step down as mayor at Monday’s City Council meeting.

The announcement came less than a week after he sent the e-mail, which had a picture of the White House lawn planted with watermelons and the title “No Easter egg hunt this year.”

Tampa, FL.

Al Austin, a high-level Republican fundraiser from Tampa, sent an e-mail to his list of his political contacts Wednesday containing a joke that refers to the assassination of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

In an interview, Austin said it was a mistake and apologized, that he hadn’t fully read the e-mail and wouldn’t knowingly have circulated it.

Caldwell, Idaho.

A southwestern Idaho county commissioner has apologized for circulating an e-mail comparing Michelle Obama to a black widow spider.

Republican Canyon County Commissioner Steve Rule received the e-mail from a family member on his county account, then forwarded it to 26 people earlier this month. [...]

The e-mail read, “The female has a very wide backside, is black, and has a red hour glass shaped marking on her belly. You can find this spider in: Closets, wood piles, under beds and soon the White House.”

Columbia, South Carolina.

Indigo Journal, a liberal blog in South Carolina, reports that GOP operative Mike Green posted a racist joke about President Obama on his Twitter account over the weekend…Green posted this, then deleted it some time later: JUST HEARD OBAMA IS GOING TO IMPOSE A 40% TAX ON ASPIRIN BECAUSE IT’S WHITE AND IT WORKS.

Denver, Colorado.

State Sen. David Schultheis said he didn’t intend for a Twitter post accusing President Barack Obama of “flying the U.S. plane right into the ground” and ending with “let’s roll” as a threat or a reference to United Flight 93, which crashed during the 2001 terrorist attacks. [...] Schultheis’ full tweet Tuesday was: “Don’t for a second think Obama wants what is best for U.S. He is flying the U.S. plane right into the ground at full speed. Let’s roll.

South Carolina.

A prominent S.C. Republican Party activist is in hot water after describing an escaped gorilla at a South Carolina zoo as an “ancestor” of First Lady Michelle Obama.

The exchange occurred after Trey Walker, an advisor to S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster, posted an innocuous Facebook update about this morning’s escape of a Western Lowlands Gorilla from Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo.

Walker’s harmless update, however was followed by a highly-questionable comment from longtime SCGOP activist and former State Senate candidate, Rusty DePass.

“I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors — probably harmless,” DePass wrote.

Nashville, TN.

The chairman of Tennessee’s Democratic Party wants a Republican legislative aide fired for sending out a “reprehensible” e-mail depicting President Obama as two cartoonish white eyes peering from a black background. Sherri Goforth, a Tennessee state senator’s aide, said she mistakenly sent the image “to the wrong list of people.”

Obama’s image is in the last square of a collage containing portraits of the previous 43 U.S. presidents. The e-mail, which was sent to other GOP staff members, was posted on the Internet Monday.

It appears that they just can’t help themselves.