Party Animal

I always thought RNC Chairman Michael Steele was a fuddy-duddy. Apparently I've misjudged him.
A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.
I'm sure there's a simple explanation; he just stopped in to get directions to Pastor Rick Warren's church and use the bathroom.

Steve Benen has an update: "The RNC now claims that a 'non-committee staffer,' not Steele, spent the money at Voyeur West Hollywood. The RNC chairman, the party insists, was 'never at the location in question.'"

It probably goes without saying, but I'm all for everyone letting her or his freak flag fly high and proud. I'm just not sure that said flag-waving needs to happen on the RNC's dime -- but we'll see. Maybe the Republican donors are more open-minded than I am.

HT to digby and Melissa.


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