When we heard state Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus was in the running to lead the Republican National Committee, one question immediately came to mind: Will anyone outside of Wisconsin actually be able to pronounce his name?
The answer: Probably not. But maybe that's not such a bad thing.
Priebus took starring roles in both "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" this week, in part because Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert really seemed to enjoy trying to say his name.
"Who could forget his catchy campaign posters, ‘You can't spell Prince Riebus without Reince Priebus," Stewart said.
Both shows also featured highlights of the recent debate between current RNC Chairman Michael Steele and his competitors, a showdown in which Priebus appeared to win many GOP fans while talking about things like his favorite book ("The Reagan Diaries") and the number of guns he owns (five). The National Journal has since reported Priebus has about a third of the 85 votes he needs to win.
As for the mystery stumping pundits from Fox News to MSNBC, here's a hint. Just say Rints (rhymes with pints) PREE-bus.
In non-Priebus-related news, former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold finally breaks his silence about his post-Senate plans, and we examine a curious song choice on Inauguration Day.
Old school Feingold
Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold will join the Marquette University Law School faculty as a visiting professor beginning in the spring semester.
Feingold will be teaching an elective course on a subject he should know quite well — Current Legal Issues: The U.S. Senate. Feingold, who served for 10 years in the Wisconsin Senate and 18 years in the United States Senate, was defeated in the November election by Ron Johnson, a Republican.
"As I looked at beginning to write the next chapter of my professional life, the opportunity to be in a Wisconsin classroom with engaged law students is one I found very appealing," Feingold said in a statement. "Marquette Law School is a dynamic place, and I look forward to being part of it."
Jupiter aligns with Walker
The crew setting up for the inauguration ceremony of Gov. Scott Walker clearly thought of everything. Red, white and blue bunting draped around the Capitol rotunda? Check. Tight security? Check. Songs from the soundtrack of Hair? Wait, what?
That's right, Green Bay's Notre Dame de la Baie Academy swing choir unexpectedly busted into a rendition of the hippie anthem "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" during Monday's ceremony honoring Walker. We initially looked around in confusion — wondering if we were having a flashback to the last Grateful Dead show we attended. But no, everybody else heard it too.
Telephone calls to the Academy inquiring about the surprising song choice were not returned.