If there is a silver lining in this story it is this: right-wingers have also been using the infamous "oreo incident" as proof that liberals are all racists. Apologies anyone? What about you Michelle Malkin? You have anything to say? (I'm not holding my breath.)
I really hope this story is investigated further and ultimately I hope that it is made clear that Steele is disliked because he's a black Republican who has a track record of being surprisingly insensitive on issues of racial discrimination, not because he is black. As a Maryland voter it saddens me that so early in this race it already seems destined to be hot and ugly.