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Reince Priebus wants the University of Chicago to get one of its old law professors back.

In a speech at the U. of C. this morning, the young chairman of the Republican National Committee made the case for his party by hammering the record of President Obama, the school’s most famous former law lecturer.

Priebus, 39, displayed a masterful political touch—while deftly handling questions on a range of policy subjects, he glazed over specifics and stuck to carefully managed talking points. His calculated smoothness was markedly different than that of the man he replaced in January, the gaffe-prone Michael Steele.

Trouble is, for Republicans, Priebus’s poise also starkly contrasts with the bumbling candidates trying to win the party’s presidential nomination.