What's the more surprising: Michael Steele or Barack Obama? Truly the historic note has been struck by the inauguration of the first African-American President. How likely was that? The tears of Americans on election eve who never thought in their lifetimes, and the outpouring, and attendance at the Mall for the inauguration, were ample testimony to the rara avis of it all. But is maybe the election of Michael Steele as the Republican Party Chairman a more surprising outcome? True he was helped no doubt by the incredibly insensitive Christmas CD circulated by one of the contenders for the same job with a "Barack the Magic Negro" diddie included, and by the runner-up in the election, who only the week before apparently resigned from his white's only country club, but that climate of participation only seems to suggest his selection is possibly a more bizarre bedfellow moment than Obama's victory.