Michael "Notorious G.O.P" Steele was the Chairman of the RNC during a tumultuous two years for them: from the beginning of 2009 to the beginning of 2011, and the former lieutenant governor of Maryland during the Robert Ehrlich administration (2003-2007). He's a center-right Republican, supporting abortion rights on the state level to the ire of fundamentalist wingnuts such as Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins, and opposing the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - a view which neoconservative William Kristol demanded he resign over.
He is also black, which has caused some speculation among the opposition that he was elected to that position solely on the basis of his race. This is backed up by the fact that he has messed up his position and made numerous gaffes proving he was not qualified. The fact that the people who elected him were the same people who had earlier denounced the supposed "affirmative action President" broke a number of irony meters.
His master plan is a hip-hop makeover of the party and to reach out to one armed midgets 
Five days after a debate in which he no doubt was completely pwned, Steele complained that an Oreo cookie had been thrown at him. He interpreted this as a racial insult. It is worth noting that Oreos had been handed out earlier.