One of a number of prominent conservatives attempting to distance themselves from the new Republican leader(I am referring to the defacto leader, Limbaugh, not Steele), Joe Scarborough on Steele's apology to Rush Limbaugh:
"I'm afraid that Rush put Michael Steele's manhood in a lockbox"
And Jason Linkins on The Huffington Post:
RNC Chair Michael Steele, who's made all of the wrong kinds of news this week after he offered Rush Limbaugh a stooping apology for comments he made on CNN's D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, was the subject of a series of acid-tipped disses on this morning's Morning Joe, after canceling his planned appearance. Led by an unabashedly sharp-tongued Joe Scarborough, Steele was viciously mocked at seemingly every lull in the conversation, as the hosts speculated over whether or not Rush Limbaugh had given Steele a "permission slip" to come on the air.