Contrary to Smooth's argument, Steele shows here just how skilled he is as a politician. Jay isn't wrong about all the reasons he is weak, but in this case he's tactically sharp in defending the Right when they disrupt Democratic speakers and having a quick-witted response to the woman who tries to shout him down for his stance on healthcare.
He won't last as chairman but certainly won't be responsible for any Republican recomposition. This is due not least to his opportunistic appointment, his dislocation with the hip-hop generation, and for the very reason that the Republican Party is a long way from breaking from its white populism. But hip-hop generation activists have MUCH to learn from the tactical edge and militancy of the Right from above and below. Here's just one example.