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Salve, Steele, and Caesar

Hello. This is my first blog post here, though I've been commenting for several years as "R.O.B." I'd like to just take a moment to thank Dr. Schramm for extending the privilege of being able to write alongside some of the good minds associated with the Ashbrook Center. I am humbled by and grateful for it. Thank you.

I have studied and written quite a bit on Julius Caesar in the past, so it is fitting that my inaugural post here involves the "noblest man that ever lived in the tide of times." In an interview following his recent reelection defeat, outgoing RNC chairman Michael Steele depicts his battle with Reince Priebus as some sort of Shakespearian tragedy. "I know exactly how Caesar felt," says Steele. He goes on further in the interview to continue taking credit for the Republican victories in November while ignoring the debt that the RNC had acquired under his guidance. Taking into account that Caesar was both respected by those who killed him and successful in his endeavors prior to his fall, I should like to say that "I studied Julius Caesar. I knew Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar was a college obsession of mine. Mr. Chairman, you're no Julius Caesar." Good luck to Brutus in cleaning up his predecessor's mess.

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Cassius respected Caesar?

"A peevish schoolboy, worthless of such honor," says Cassius after Octavian starts calling himself Caesar. Cassius never once disagreed with the fact that Caesar was a great man; he just preferred to emphasize the "man" part rather than the "great" part.

Ah, that is a good point. At any rate, the change in chairmen is welcome!

I love this. ROB showing us English majors that there is life, and options for posting on political blogs, after our degrees. Post more!

Oops. . . . there is life, and there ARE options . . .
I am an English major, after all.

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