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.

Published February 27, 2009 9:45PM (EST)

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.

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.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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