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Think Progress wrote a news story about Tea Party something, presumably Michael Steele-related but who knows, and in the process, unearthed the Greatest Photo and Caption of Our Time or Any Other: It is of Michael Steele’s lapels wearing a very fresh-faced Michael Steele. The Internet has not seen archival research of this sort since Meghan McCain learned about Google filters. [Think Progress]

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  1. ‘Active in Drama’, ‘Chair of the Republican National Committee’… Why does this not surprise me? Although, come to think of it, it does surprise me. Drama club is too healthy a gay outlet compared to the typical Republican private life trajectory.

  2. Here’s another picture from those days. It’s almost like he could envision being an embattled RNC chair responding to his critics, even then!

  3. [re=493021]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Also, I know, I know… the lyrics are “Cheep cheep cheep.” But that would bring up invariable comparisons with Morris Day and The Time. And…

    Oh.

    What the hell.

    *squawk!* Hallelujah. Whoa whoa whoa whoa…

  4. And just think, if Steele hadn’t decided to become a professional rube, this would just be a picture of a guy in a play. I may have learned a life lesson today.

  5. [re=492987]slavojzizek[/re]: Better to go the Katon Dawson route and have all your minstrel shows in the photo-free environment of the whites-only country club.

  6. [re=493051]boyhowdy[/re]: That’s a boater, often worn by barbershop quartets and nobody else. Porkpie hats are felt with a short brim and worn by frat boys who think they make them look like Tom Waits. This is why men don’t wear hats anymore.

  7. I would go on about how well that photo encapsulates it’s subject, but that picture actually renders commentary moot. To be frank, it is one of the rare photos which is not improved by alt-text. I would even go so far as to state that you all could have posted that photo with no headline or commentary, then taken the rest of the day off. It is simply that hilarious.

    Well-played indeed, overlords.

  8. [re=493082]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Ah, but like all things in fashion, they will come back. My college son is mad for hats (though he has, as of yet, neither boater nor porkpie), and now for suspenders, too.

  9. This photo is taken out of context.
    Howard University requires all incoming Freshmen to take White Studies.
    This is simply a photo of Mr. Steele in his White Studies class.

  10. Why am I hearing Cleavon Little singing “I get no kick from champagne….” when I look at that pic? What happened to a good ‘ole n***** workin’ song?
    “Oh, dey Campdown ladies sing dis song… (fade)

  11. [re=493082]SayItWithWookies[/re]: The porkpies are also frequently seen on Joisey Guidos, who associate them with the young Frank Sinatra. The porkpie is a fine hat, but suffers from a tarnished reputation stemming from the fact that any time you see a porkpie hat, you are almost certain to see an asshole standing beneath it.

  12. [re=493109]boyhowdy[/re]: Styrofoam boaters used to be common as dirt on some holiday or another, way back in the 60s and 70s, I don’t remember now whether it was New Years Eve or Saint Patricks Day or some such other shit, but the tradition was for styrofoam boaters to be passed out to one and all. Its strange, I never noticed before that for some reason this no longer happens. When did it stop?

  13. Well I think this proves that he doesn’t have the negroid dialect except when he wants to, like for a great old classic racist showtune.

  14. [re=493170]Prommie[/re]: Boaters died in the 80s, when preppy came back in style, and everybody wanted to look as though they graduated from Sweet Briar and had a cottage on the Vineyard. See also pads, shoulder.

  15. [re=493170]Prommie[/re]: When did it stop? “And why” is the obvious twin question. But seriously, I always thought that “straw boater” was redundant. Styrofoam? I missed that. (BTW, I knew it was a boater, I just wanted to get a hat discussion going. I love hats.)

  16. [re=493170]Prommie[/re]: Oh, I still see a number of them every St. Patrick’s day, usually with a green trim with a paper shamrock sticking out. But maybe that’s just in this city where half the white folks are “Irish” (read: a couple great-parents were Irish; they’re just regular old white Catholics).

  17. [re=493170]Prommie[/re]: It was New Year’s, and I think once novelty sunglasses that became a viable option in 1980 (can’t look through a 7, can you?) replaced them.

    St. Patrick’s Day is for plastic green bowlers. And vomit.

  18. [re=493250]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: And here I thought St. Paddy’s day was for singing that crazy “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” hymn that catches all the new folks so very off-balance. Have I missed something?

  19. Amazing … twenty years later and a few pounds more, he still manages to use the exact same expression in photos to try and convey that’s he’s “cool”.

    Takes practice, me thinks.

  20. But is that Steele’s knee or someone else’s shoulder in the lower right corner of the frame? If it’s his knee, he was whoopin’ it! Goin’ for it! Yeah! (Christ, I’m dizzy now.)

    And shortly after the picture was taken, he fell down.

  21. [re=492993]smitallica[/re]:
    Why it’s the Model T Ford made the trouble,
    made the people wanna go, wanna get, wanna get,
    wanna get up and go seven, eight, nine, ten, twelve,
    fourteen, twenty-two, twenty-three miles to the county seat!

    Which I believe will be the RNC’s platform in 2010.

  22. They misspelled “duncey”. Steele is too dense to realize he’s no more the RNC’s Chairman than GW was really ever the president. Word is he’s been gettin’ uppity with his own GOP critics, too. Told ’em to fire him, or shut up if they didn’t like the way he was runnin’ things. Ha! Guess he thinks they won’t get all lickered up and lynch his dumb ass on some dark and stormy night.

  23. My heart’s strings are tangled about Alabam me.
    I’m a commin’ Sorry that I made you wait,
    I’m a commin’ Hopin’ pray I’m not too late
    Oh Oh Oh Mammy Mammy, I’d walk a million miles
    For one of those smiles My Mammmmmmmm———

    Al rocked!

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