STEELE THE MAGIC SELLOUT…. Perhaps Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele should give up on guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s conservative radio show. He manages to keep getting himself into trouble.

Take yesterday, for example.

CALLER: It’s just like the LA Times said last year or two years ago: He is the magic Negro.

STEELE: Yeah he — [laughing]. You read that too, huh? [still laughing]

CALLER: Oh yeah. I read that too. Even when things go wrong, he still manages to come out smelling like a rose.

STEELE: Well, yeah.

Ali Frick noted that when Chip Saltsman’s distributed a CD with a song called “Barack the Magic Negro,” Steele was critical, saying it “reinforces a negative stereotype of the party.” Now, however, Steele seems to think it’s hilarious.

I’d just add that it’s also worth checking out the comments Steele made in February, at the State of the Black Union event, and contrast that with what we’re hearing now. At the forum, Steele told a predominantly African-American audience how proud he is of President Obama and how insulted he was by the New York Post‘s infamous “chimp” cartoon, which Steele said was “a stupid, ignorant cartoon” that “denigrated” the president.

Just a couple of months later, Steele thinks “magic negro” comments are a laugh riot.

And the RNC wonders why its outreach to minority communities tends to go badly.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.