Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele has developed a reputation for being something of an incompetent doofus (take your pick).

So it will be a shame if the straw that breaks the camel’s back is Steele saying something that the GOP actually needs to hear: calling out the Republicans’ “Southern Strategy” in a speech Tuesday at DePaul. It’s not going over well with fellow conservatives so far.

Here’s my favorite response: “For 4 decades, national GOP strategists and candidates have certainly valued Southern white voters. At the margins, that’s meant accommodating them on some racial issues…. The focus of my book-in-progress is: how much did national Republicans have to give in terms of policy content in return for those votes. My answer so far: surprisingly little.”