Day four — or, maybe it's day 400; one loses track — of the weird War of the RNC All-Stars took place over on MSNBC today. This time, Michael Steele and Reince Priebus battled over minority outreach, inadvertently exposing the party's schism on issues of race, and why Republicans will have two outreach plans going forward: one to Latinos, and one to blacks.
Steele has been hammering Priebus since the weekend, arguing, in effect, that his tenure as chair of the Republican National Committee was more successful than Priebus'. Also that he could beat Priebus up, for some reason.
Today's topic was the plan Priebus unveiled on Monday, focused on rebuilding the party from the ground up. Included in the plan are tactics specifically intended to improve perception of the GOP among communities of color.
On Morning Joe, Steele noted that such outreach could be problematic given the party's push for voter registration restrictions last year.
Steele: There's still a lot of things that the party does not want to expose itself to. The words are nice …
Host Joe Scarborough: Like what?
Steele: Well, how does Reince Priebtus reconcile his approach and his agreement with voter reg policies that many in the black community view as anti-black, racist, whatever the term happens to be. You've got to reconcile how people feel about your policies, not just the fact that you're going to show up. It's what you say and what you do when you get there that matters most to people.
Later, an obviously annoyed Priebus was asked about Steele's comment.