I'll put this in the "I told you so" column. Michael Steele looks like he is facing a "no confidence" vote after the special election on March 31 -- regardless of whether Republicans win the seat or not.
The Republican's brief flirtation with inclusion has produced predictably disastrous results. The GOP is not inclusive and never will be in its current incarnation. The idea of an African American as GOP party chair might have looked good in a focus group, but in practice it just makes the white bigots in the party angry. Additionally, because Steele is not particularly a great leader, it makes the idea of a minority as the leader of the GOP look like an inherently bad concept.
Aside from Steele's qualifications, he also dismissed the real party head, Rush Limbaugh and that was his diwnfall. As long as the figure head is obedient and doesn't rock the boat, the GOP is happy to have a token face as its symbol. Once that symbol flexes his power....well that's a different story.