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Being in Black Face

03/04/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Republican Party elected the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, Michael Steele, as the Republican National Committee chairman. Now, I must admit to not knowing much about Mr. Steele, except that he is black and looks more like our current popular president than Mike Duncan or Katon Dawson.

Judging by the sea of sameness at the Republican Convention last year and every year beforehand, I doubt it if many Republicans know anymore about him than I do. Wasn't Chip Saltsman, that "Barack the Magic Negro" guy, leading in the race up until he quickly withdrew his name yesterday?

This selection feels to me somewhat like the selection of Sarah Palin. In this football season, how apropos. Hail Mary anyone?