I have never been a huge fan of Michael Steele. In Steele's defense, he's exactly what he's always been: a Republican politician. And more politician than Republican.
Lots of Republicans took up his cause during his run for Maryland Lt. Governor, after the Oreo Cookie incident. After his loss in the 2006 Senate race, Steele became chairman of the Republican National Committee.
How has he done? Not all that great. But, really, could anyone? Look how the Republicans have acted over the last several years. Overall, they've been Rockefeller Republicans. I can't imagine having to deal with those Republicans that abandoned the conservative base, so I can't fully fault Steele for the way the party has imploded.
On the other hand, Steele has been guilty of abandoning the conservative base. He's talked it up at times, but he's also fallen into the trap of criticizing Republicans, a violation of the Eleventh Commandment: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican." And he lost the base in the process.
He's probably done about a good a job as any traditional politician who is also a Republican. But he's doesn't have the support of the conservative base. And the head of the GOP needs to have that support.
Who should be the head of the RNC?
I like Kathleen McKinley's suggestion.