Breaking: Colbert, Steele to hold rap battle

In what seems like another misguided attempt to appear hip, the RNC chair accepts a challenge to discuss conservatism through freestyle rapping.


Alex Koppelman
February 28, 2009 2:45AM (UTC)

I was watching a clip from last night's episode of "The Colbert Report" this morning when I saw something pretty funny: Host Stephen Colbert challenging Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to a freestyle rap battle. So I sent it along to a colleague with a note saying, "What I love about this is that I bet Steele is actually dumb enough to do it."

Now, I don't want to say I have special powers or anything. I will say, though, that I am currently in discussions to replace Dionne Warwick at the Psychic Friends Network because, as predicted, Steele has accepted Colbert's challenge.

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It's certainly possible that Steele won't come out of this looking ridiculous. Maybe he's the next great battle rapper. But somehow I think this will end up just being more evidence of what I said earlier -- Republicans need to stop trying to be cool.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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