Wolffe: "The poor guy has got no leash - it's not even a short leash." "And to get to the race question you have to understand the Party's calculation in putting him there in the first place. It was a simplistic and crude equation they made - that to cover themselves against any accusations of racism and boy, it's not that hard to find them - they needed to have a black figure going up against an African-American president and they didn't have many people to choose from with this token gesture and so they had to choose someone that plainly wasn't ready for primetime." (Steele is the former lieutenant governor of Maryland.)
Wolffe: "It's just ironic for a party that always complained about quotas and affirmative action; they have found themselves with one."