The Republican National Committee elected Reince Priebus as its new chairman today, after previous chairman Michael Steele dropped-out of the running. The election of a new chairman requires a minimum of 85 votes out of a possible 168. If no candidate gets the required number voting continues until one does or until everyone gets tired of the whole thing and they just put the office up for auction to the highest bidder.
Candidates were questioned earlier this week by RNC members as to their qualifications. The questioning centered around such topics as “How much do you worship Ronald Reagan?”, “How many guns do you own?”, and “What is your favorite book?”. Steele answered “War and Peace”, and then went on to quote the opening line from “A Tale of Two Cities”.
“That was what sank him right there” newly-minted House Speaker John Boehner said. “Familiarity with the classics of American literature is vital to the position of RNC Chairman. And everyone knows the opening line to ‘War and Peace’ is ‘It was a dark and stormy night’.”