From NBC's Mark Murray
At some point, are Republicans going to start demanding that RNC Chairman Michael Steele no longer guest-host Bill Bennett's radio's show?
Subbing for Bennett again, Steele seemed to suggest that Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination and the presidential contest because he's black -- and because the media didn't vet him due to the color of his skin.
According to the folks at the liberal-leaning Think Progress blog, Steele said this:
"The problem that we have with this president is we don't know him. He was not vetted, folks... He was not vetted, because the press fell in love with the black man running for the office. 'Oh gee, wouldn't it be neat to do that? Gee, wouldn't it make all of our liberal guilt just go away? We can continue to ride around in our limousines and feel so lucky to be alive in an America with a black president.' Okay that's wonderful, great scenario, nice backdrop. But what does he stand for? What does he believe?"
He then said Republicans made a mistake by not seizing on Obama's ties to the controversial Jeremiah Wright. "And that's why I keep going to back the point -- the missed opportunity was dissecting and understanding Rev. Wright," Steele said.