Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has been called many things during his tenure atop the Republican party. Literary connoisseur was not one of them.
Even in announcing his intent to seek a second term at the RNC, Steele himself admitted that he’d “stumbled along the way.” Stumbled, maybe more than a few times.
But here’s a new one for what Politico called Steele’s “gaffe track”: Confusing the immortal works of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy with those of British writer Charles Dickens.
During a debate with all the candidates vying for the RNC chairmanship, Steele told the audience that his favorite book was Tolstoy’s 1869 epic “War and Peace,” one of the most celebrated books ever published.
But, then he followed up his answer with a peculiar quote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
A wave on uneasy laughter swept across the room.
That’s because his quote is the most famous line from Dickens’ classic 1859 novel “A Tale of Two Cities.”
Both books are usually required reading for American students.
Defending his time as RNC chairman, Steele told the crowd that he’d been a success because “we won.” By contrast, he told Fox News Republican opinion host Sean Hannity back in January that the GOP would not take the US House of Representatives in the 2010 mid-term elections.
Steele, who was not favored to be reelected as RNC chairman, faced a similar situation in 2009, when he was selected as the victor after five previous ballots produced no clear consensus.
This video is from C-SPAN, broadcast Jan. 3, 2010.
Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay
Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.
In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.
"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.
Ex-Peru president wanted for corruption arrested in the US
Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States Tuesday to face extradition to his home country on corruption charges, authorities in the South American nation said.
The 73-year-old is suspected of involvement in the sprawling Odebrecht scandal in which the construction giant paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes throughout the continent to secure huge public works contracts.
The Peruvian attorney general's office announced on Twitter that Toledo "was arrested this morning for extradition, in the United States."
Toledo has been formally charged with receiving a $20 million payment from Odebrecht to grant it the tender to build the Interoceanic Highway that links Peru with Brazil.
Comic-Con mines past for future hits on 50th edition
A smorgasbord of sequels, prequels and reunions from "Terminator" to "Game of Thrones" awaits thousands of misty-eyed comic book geeks and sci-fi nerds descending on San Diego this week for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.
The 50th edition of Comic-Con International will see 135,000 cosplayers, bloggers, movie executives and humble fans pile into a sweaty convention center for glimpses of their heroes, in town to promote the next mega-hit films, TV shows and comic books.
This anniversary edition promises to be more nostalgia-laden than most -- among those expected to appear are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will soon reunite on screen for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2" for Paramount's killer cyborg sequel "Dark Fate."