Mark Steyn puts his finger on Steele’s problem:
in all the Rush-bashing, I was more disturbed by Michael Steele’s wretched performance. His initial reaction – that Rush’s show is “incendiary” and “ugly” – revealed:
a) that he never listens to it;
b) that he takes his cues from the mainstream media, for whom Rush is invariably “angry”. They don’t listen either. Rush is a lot of things, but “angry” isn’t one of them
Does this mean that we have selected an “affirmative action” candidate? Steyn’s conclusion:
In two brief soundbites, Mr Steele has managed to suggest to his own party base that he has a lazy disposition that reflexively shares the liberal biases, and to allow the wider world to portray him as a craven squish. This is not encouraging. At the very minimum, he does not appear ready for primetime.
This is a large mistake but not yet a fatal one, it remains to be seen if Steele can learn from the mistake or not.