I'll admit - this is a little painful for me to say. I'll just get it out of the way right here at the beginning. I agree with Michael Steele.
Has race been an issue with Chairman Steele's reign as the head of the GOP? As Palin would say, "You betcha!" Has it also been a challenge for President Obama? Cue Palin's bobblehead doll with motion activated speech.
I do find it interesting though, that several prominent bloggers and the White House have accused Steele of "playing the race card" as a defense against his incompetent management style. While Steele's race probably has helped him keep his job (the last thing the GOP can afford right now is to alienate black voters further), why does talking frankly about racial injustice always end up described negatively as "playing the race card." Simply put, it's a GOP talking point that I'm more used to progressives dismantling rather than buying into.