Boy, what a mistake Michael Steele has been for the Republicans. He was hired just as window dressing, so they couldn't be considered a racist party. But it seems Steele, the Joe Biden of the Republican Party, takes his position a little too seriously. Apparently, the GOP doesn't want to get rid of this clown until after the elections in the Fall. If they removed him it would be an admission of making a mistake. And they stand to look like they hired Steele simply as window-dressing. They obviously didn't think this guy would be such a pr disaster.
In its February financial report filed with the Federal Election Commission, the RNC itemized its disbursements for the month, including:...full article
$53.99 to Staples in Bismarck, N.D., for office supplies.
$123.17 to the Courtyard hotel in Lansing, Mich., for lodging.
$282.01 to Hertz in Dallas for car rental.
$1,946.25 to Voyeur in West Hollywood for, uh, meals.
Meals, huh? And quite a menu they have at Voyeur, according to write-ups in the Los Angeles Times about the new club:
"Impromptu bondage and S&M 'scenes' being played out on an elevated platform by scantily clad performers throughout the night."
Chairs "detailed with the metal hardware and bondage straps of leather fetishists. . . . One with a harness that designer Ted Nemeth calls the Restraint chair."
"One female performer with a horse's bit in her mouth was being strapped to the wall by another."
"The dark, leather-heavy interior is reminiscent of the masked orgy scene" from the movie "Eyes Wide Shut."
"There is also a heavy net suspended above the club's lounge area where performers writhe above the heads of club-goers. Even more provocative scenes are played out in an enclosed glass booth area adjacent to the club's dance floor area."
And Al Gore got in trouble for going to a Buddhist temple?
Now, it's true that Steele promised to reach out to young voters in "urban-suburban hip-hop settings." But for a political organization relying on a base of religious conservatives and family-values types, the Voyeur line item would seem to risk getting Republicans branded "the party of no-no." Tying up the Senate is one thing, but doing party business where women tie one another up is quite different.
Steele's foray into political masochism began when the Daily Caller noticed the Voyeur line item in the FEC report. Writing about the RNC chairman preference for private jets, the story noted: "Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele travels in style. 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 $1,946.25 at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex."