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Michael Steele's flights of fancy

Last month, Politico revealed complaints about Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's high livin' among the party's deep-pocketed donors. Well, the Daily Caller today puts a price tag on Steele's use of private planes ($17,514) and private cars ($12,691) for February. That's a good gig. Someone else does the driving and he doesn't have to deal with airport security lines and their striptease screening procedures. I'm sure GOP donors are thrilled to know where their dwindling money is going.

And speaking of striptease, the Daily Caller dropped this golden nugget of news. "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 about $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex." Yes, you read that right.

An RNC spokesperson insisted that Steele "was never at the location in question, he had no knowledge of the expenditure, nor does he find the use of committee funds at such a location at all acceptable." Well, that's a relief. But, um, why on earth was the expense approved and reimbursed in the first place? "The committee has requested that the monies be returned to the committee," the spokesperson told me. Requested? The GOP needs that money. Steele has raised $96.2 million during his tenure, but he has spent $109.6 million. Perhaps the Republican Party should crack the whip on whoever took the reimbursement to get the cash back. It seems said person would respond to that.

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 29, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
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Comments

As a Democrat, I love Michael Steele. He gives us endless material to work with.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 29, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

If Mr. Steele and the RNC had spent all that money on this nation's healthcare bill instead of fancy hotels and strip clubs President Obama wouldn't have to keep defending his fiscal responsibility.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | March 29, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Given the management of their own funds, I can see why GOP didn't want healthcare for the masses. Too much for the needy cuts way back on funds available to the greedy.

Posted by: gbowman2008 | March 29, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

You just can't trust Republicans. They say they love freedom, but they dream of putting everyone in bondage.

Posted by: hamishdad | March 29, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is a GOP token. They let him do whatever he wants, and he's neither responsible or careful in expressing his views.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | March 29, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Seems the Republicans can't do anything to please anybody....except to be the party of no...hell no :-)

Posted by: ssol4569 | March 29, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Again, irresponsible reporting based on third party heresay and annonymous sources and sensationalism. You really owe more to your profession than this.

Posted by: bobilly2 | March 29, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

LOL!

Notice how we are spending so much time trying to figure out which Republican is dumber than the next? It should be a reality TV show. Like... Moron Whisperer or Republican Rehab....

Ah well, at least Steele got his jollies with adults. Unlike most Republicans.

Hilarious.

Posted by: captainkona | March 29, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Capeheart for correctly labeling the "Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex".

Unlike your brethren reporters who don't seem to have a clue, your understanding and correct usage of imitation (or Acting!) is appreciated.

Posted by: Greent | March 29, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

If Steele wasn't at the strip joint, did he lend his credit card to Tiger Woods?

Posted by: EdSantaFe | March 29, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Where did the Samuelson go? Curious. Was he politically incorrect? Just asking..

Posted by: mftill | March 29, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

captainkona wrote:
Notice how we are spending so much time trying to figure out which Republican is dumber than the next?
______________________________________
And that's exactly the same way Republicans look at your sorry butts too. Seems all Americans must be dumb...perhaps that's why the government feels they have to take over EVERYONES health care and decisions. HMMMMMMM

Posted by: ssol4569 | March 29, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Undisciplined leader = undisciplined staff. Steele never ran anything in his life but his mouth and owes this grand gesture from the RNC to Barack Obama's election. The Republicans, "Keeping Affirmative Action Alive."

Posted by: runnerman | March 29, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

spent [update: the amount is actually about $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex." Yes, you read that right.
--------------

Must have been entertaining high-ranking members of Focus on the Family.

Posted by: sux123 | March 29, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Bondage themed with lesbian sex simulated; are the repubs following the vatican's playbook? Does anyone in the position of serving the public actually do his job?

Posted by: sellingpencils | March 29, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

When a Republican sneezes and says "God bless you", check under the bed. It may have to be later reconciled with C Street.

The hypocrisy of the last year--of the whipping up of the masses about the spending of taxpayer money--all the while living high on the taxpayers dime--defies description.

They lure the deluded poor to scream on the street about lavish spending--while jetting off to the Beverly Hills Hilton to celebrate, on the taxpayers dime--making sure to make a stop at "Voyeur West".

Gives a new meaning to their favorite phrase of late--"shoving it down their throats", doesn't it?

Prey On The Naive!

http://bit.ly/preyonthenaive

Posted by: nyintmed1 | March 29, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Spending like a Republican.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 29, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is anyone surprised that Steele plays fast and loose with GOP funds? Steele and Erlich did the same thing with MD state funds when they were lt. gov and governor. They got caught trying to give away MD park land to their developer friends and Steele used Erlich/Steele campaign funds as his own checking account, draining the account without even telling Erlich. Steele could less about the GOP, he is only interested in filling his pockets.

Posted by: JAMNEW | March 29, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the Republicans. Their answer to Geraldine Ferraro is Sarah Palin. Twenty four years late and billions of brain cells short.

Their answer to Barack Obama is Michael Steele.

It must suck always playing catch-up.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 29, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

A bondage theme strip club? It isn't remarkable that the RNC is demanding the money back - it's that it was approved in the first place.

Someone, somewhere, decided it was a legitimate expense.

Was it the bondage that made it acceptable?

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | March 29, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

So their defense is that it wasn't Mr. Steele but a staffer. Just some flunky in the entourage gets to spend two large at the strip shows. Some great benefits there at the RNC! You KNOW that Steele told some underling to handle the charges and that Steele would sign the reimbursement.

Almost two grand in one night at a strip club??? And these guys weren't even stock brokers??? Now that's talkin' the language of the regular Joes out in the Red State Heartland.

"Hey honey, I'm gonna take two house payments and go to a lesbian S & M club tonight...K?"

Posted by: roboturkey | March 29, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

seems like an IRS audit of the RNC and the reimbursement plan for "staffers" might be in order. Sure looks like income to me when somebody has their $2K at a strip club covered.

Posted by: roboturkey | March 29, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

SO this is why the Republithugs keep screaming about losing freedom - they know about bondage. Just curious if they at least got a spanking at the club.

Posted by: bgreston | March 29, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Just gotta love the family values of the Grand Ole Party:

Lesbians are an abomination before God so of course we can't let them get married.

On the other hand, that awful dirty sex they do is so titillating that we'll pay thousands to see it simulated in a nightclub.

Posted by: HughBriss | March 29, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm getting at job at the RNC. I need one and apprently have have the money to spend (or think they do). And from the sound of it, the fringe benefits are great!! All I have do this preach fiscal responsibility and religion to the poor huddled masses while living large with Micheal Steele! You go GOP!!!

Posted by: The_Phoenix | March 29, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Replying to:
"Again, irresponsible reporting based on third party heresay and annonymous sources and sensationalism. You really owe more to your profession than this.

Posted by: bobilly2 | March 29, 2010 1:51 PM"

Bobilly, you read as poorly as you spell (It's "hearsay," not "heresay," and "anonymous" not "annonymous"). This report is based on the RNC's OWN filings with the Federal Election Commission.

As for your charges of irresponsibility and sensationalism, clearly the GOP has cornered the market on both!

Posted by: DCSteve1 | March 29, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Once again the Post gets it wrong. There was no bondage involved. Just enhanced interrogation of high value subjects.

Posted by: ElJocko | March 29, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

The real story is how did the GOP has gone through $108 Million since Steele arrived and now has $10 million left. They are right, if they ran the government we would be broke!

Posted by: rcc_2000 | March 29, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

After spending $109 million, Michael Steele still has $10 million or more in the RNC coffers. Why hasn't he spent the remaining $10 million? It's just idle money sitting around.

I would like to see a Steele / Palin ticket in 2012.

Posted by: esch | March 29, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I love Mr. Steele. He is an idiot of epic proportions. Can you see him at a strip club just gazing at what he cannot have. I love this guy. He is a moron of the first magnitude. He should be one of the three stooges. What comedic relief is the Repugnents. Can someone please tell me why anyone would want to be a part of their organization. Between Sarah Palin, George Bush and Dumb-dumb Steele, I do not know who would want to be associated with these idiot sevants.

Posted by: jlwadd123 | March 29, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

After spending $109 million, Michael Steele still has $10 million or more in the RNC coffers. Why hasn't he spent the remaining $10 million? It's just idle money sitting around.

I would like to see a Steele / Palin ticket in 2012.

Posted by: esch | March 29, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Ah hypocrisy! Does the GOP - or anyone in it - EVER practice what it preaches?

Posted by: Brittman1 | March 29, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Have to say that the comments here are some of the most entertaining I've read in recent days. Republicans are the straight men: They set 'um up, we deliver the punch lines.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 29, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party:

"The Party of Family Values"

or is it:

"The Party of Lesbian Bondage"?

or:

"The Party of Misappropriation of Funds"?

Hmm

Posted by: Richard18 | March 29, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Steele is the epitome what the Republicans' philosophy of fiscal responsibility: spending more than what you raise.

Posted by: beeker25 | March 29, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I am disappointed at the comments here. Usually at least a third are right-wing rants about how the liberal media gets everything wrong. Today, almost nothing. What's wrong, Tea Partiers? Cat got your tongue?

Posted by: jonawebb | March 29, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

This is great stuff. Michael Steele is the WORST PR guy I've ever seen. The great part is that the RNC has kept this guy for over a year trying in vain to woo (is it woo?sp?) the minority vote.

Republicans as they currently exist, with the dogmatic/institutional ideals, are toast. Dinosaurs. I give them MAYBE one more generation of substantial power.

They're just too wacky.

Good riddance.

Posted by: Gates9 | March 29, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

What is the price of a sell-out? What race do you need to be to have the right to call someone a token?

One day will Mr. Steele wake up and realize what he has become? I hope he can live with it.

Posted by: NewThoughts | March 29, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

So, RNC members visit lesbian bondage theme strip bars on the RNC tab? Wow! Now I know that The Party of No is really the Party of Yes,Yes,Yes....whip me more! Yes, Yes, Yes!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | March 29, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much time Faux News and Sean Hannity will spend talking about this, another example of Republicans being "fiscally responsible".

Posted by: sambam | March 29, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Lets hear from the people that gave the RNC money. Where is the donor outrage?

Posted by: Alasknfirst | March 29, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This is hardly a big deal.

Yes - I get it, the recession means frugality, or at least the impression of frugality. So, yes, maybe Mr Steeles' expenditures seem to be inappropriate. But his is a job requiring a lot of travel for a national, dynamic organization. Let's not lose perspective.

And secondly, the RNC is a big organization. Because one person sneaked (and sneaked poorly) a strip club trip to his expense report hardly means the whole of the RNC or the GOP is bereft of morals.

This is a non-story that has the stink of gotcha journalism.

If it matters - I am big ol' scary DEMOCRAT

Posted by: molsonmich | March 29, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

molsonmich wrote......This is hardly a big deal.

Yes - I get it, the recession means frugality, or at least the impression of frugality. So, yes, maybe Mr Steeles' expenditures seem to be inappropriate. But his is a job requiring a lot of travel for a national, dynamic organization. Let's not lose perspective
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

"inappropiate".......lets NOT lose perspective.

Posted by: Alasknfirst | March 29, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

molsonmich wrote......This is hardly a big deal.

Yes - I get it, the recession means frugality, or at least the impression of frugality. So, yes, maybe Mr Steeles' expenditures seem to be inappropriate. But his is a job requiring a lot of travel for a national, dynamic organization. Let's not lose perspective
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

"inappropiate".......lets NOT lose perspective.

Posted by: Alasknfirst | March 29, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow....I really am at a loss. Some in the party of 'Hello No' are beyond humorous. They're hilarious. At the same time incredibly sad. Wound up so tight that it cost 1900.00 to let off steam in a lesbian leather bondage club. Wow....some are sicker than others. Yet, this is what the supporters of the party of 'hello no' get. More bang for your buck.

WWW.need4trth.blogspot.com

Posted by: need4trth | March 29, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

The only black man in the universe that it is safe for liberals, even a black liberal, to attack, is the black man who heads the National Committee of the opposition party. Rules are quite different for liberals. Anyone else who attacks a black is called, simply, a racist.

Posted by: mhr614 | March 29, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Rules are quite different for liberals. Anyone else who attacks a black is called, simply, a racist.

Posted by: mhr614
------------------------
Actually you are totally wrong. We aren't attacking Steele because he is black; we are attacking him because he is a cretinous moron that has the IQ of a box of rocks. He would be equally vilified if he was white. Maybe you think we attacked Dick Cheney because he was white???

As a matter of fact, I don't even know what color you are, but I can tell that you aren't the brightest bulb on the porch.

Posted by: xconservative | March 29, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Steele is the best RNC chairman ever. Keep wasting those donations on horse bits!

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 29, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Rules are quite different for liberals. Anyone else who attacks a black is called, simply, a racist.

Posted by: mhr614
---------------------------------
No, anyone that attacks a black person isn't called a racist. People like you are called racist because you say racists things.

I don't have a problem when people attack President Obama. I don't agree with him 100% of the time, so I get that. What I don't get is people who attack President Obama because he is a muslim, or the anti-Christ, or a Kenyan. Those people are racist, plain and simple. And juddging by many of your posts, you are too. So quit playing the victim card and at least be honest with yourself.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | March 29, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

No, No, No. Liberals attack right wing loose cannons for the idiots they are regardless of race. You know, people like Bachman, Coburn, Cantor, etc. and definitely Michael Steele. He signed and sent, by accident I'm sure the most disgusting, currupt piece of campaign literature I have ever seen. Republicans have a hard time finding black people who will have anything to do with them which opens the door to the Micael Steeles of this world.

Posted by: withersb | March 29, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

........

Where's JakeD and the spittin'
conservatives today?

..........

Posted by: printthis | March 29, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

After the blatently racist campaign of McCain/Palin it is hard to understand why any intelligent black voter would be a Republican official.
Steele is either stupid or took the money, and sold out to become a token.

Posted by: jsori | March 29, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

More and more, it's starting to look a bit like the reign of emperor Nero, except not as tasteful, restrained or sane. :) Where do I sign up for the original?

Posted by: beowulf3 | March 29, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Unusual to see so many comments in the same original/humorous vein.

Keep us laughing, Mr. Steele!

Posted by: Spectator | March 29, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Republicans seem to be engaging in an ongoing object lesson in why they oppose Affirmative Action.

They put a token black man in a position where he is clearly incompetent. I'm still wondering at what point do they decide that this farce is enough, and replace him like with another irredentist good ole boy from the Confederate States.

Posted by: AxelDC | March 29, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Shadow of the Leader

Steele created a culture within the RNC where this was considered acceptable use of donor funds. This staffer/consultant was just emulating the Chairman and his livin'large ways.

Posted by: FauxReal | March 29, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Geer whiz - the desperation fo th eloony-left jumps out in this article.....now the Post is scanning expense reports to try to discredit the GOP. This was the same tact they used on Bob McDonnell, Scott Brown and Joe Christy........it sidn't work then and it won't work now.

The GOP tsunami is coming in November 2010, as the Dems passage of Socialist Health care, even after America made it clear they didn't want it, will end the political career of those foolish Dems which spit on America to do as Pelosi told them to do.

The Post and others can try to deflect America's attention away from Obama's many mistakes and hsi socialist agenda, but it won't work.

Posted by: Realist20 | March 29, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Guess the Textas boys are turnin' in their Super Exclusive Presidential Circle contributor ID cards and demanding their $25 back.

Fortunately it was Truk month in Texas -- where every new pick'em up comes with a pistol.

You go, Text.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | March 29, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"The real story is how did the GOP has gone through $108 Million since Steele arrived and now has $10 million left. They are right, if they ran the government we would be broke! Posted by: rcc_2000 "

Damn, the Republican Party's secret fiscal platform is out of the closet.

They did, of course, and we are, of course, and they want some more years to keep it up.

Fiscal conservatives and all that.

Posted by: ceflynline | March 29, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Republicans spend ($109.6 million) more than they raise ($96.2 million). That's fiscal responsibility for you.

Posted by: thebobbob | March 29, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

You must have forgotten about the democrat boondoggle
to Copenhagen - first class, five star hotels, for friends and
family.

Posted by: rgreyhardygmailcom | March 29, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

RNC ANNOUNCES NEW CONTRIBUTION LEVELS AND PERKS

Today marked yet another remarkable day in the life of the RNC as Mike Steele unveiled his long awaited program to lure big contributors to the RNC. Called the Corporate Ladder Club, memberships range from Chair(and Majority Whip) level to the entry level Junior Wanker.
For full membership at the Chair (and Majority Whip)level, a $3,500,000 cash contribution is required, and features perks like: Full, personal, intimate access to every RepubliKKKans of your chosing, and fully escorted tours of all major US cities with guide MIKE.
The description reads as follows...
You and the companion of your choice will thrill in discovering parts of American cities only MIKE can bring you.(Yes, Larry, you can bring another man.) These champagne soirees include chocolate pudding(w/o nuts, very RepubliKKKan) wrestling, handcuff sizing and nipple pinching contests where, yes, finally, you can choose to 'give' or 'receive -- or BOTH!!'
You'll get to know MIKE and your RepubliKKKan party in a way you never expected, including an Orin Hatch lap dance and a snuggle from Jonh Kyl (extra contribution required). Private prostate massage sessions are scheduled and all medical costs are covered under the healthcare reform plan.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | March 29, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I want to ask him how that whippy-chainy thing is working out for him.

Posted by: Nymous | March 29, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

This is absolutely nothing I like about the Republican party. For me, it is just a haven for hate.

Posted by: wjfreeman1 | March 29, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

This nutlicking teabagger, Capehart has a hell of alot of nerve calling anyone out.

Posted by: dashriprock | March 29, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love it. The self-described party of fiscal responsibility has run up a $13M deficit by living the high life.

Also nice to hear that they're happy to spend their donors' money watching lesbian sex shows, but don't feel lesbians deserve the right to marry someone they've been with for 20 years. Party of freedom, yeah. Tell us another one Michael. You're such a riot these days.

Posted by: B2O2 | March 29, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Pimpin' ain't easy but somebody got to do it. Steele is taking the RNC for everything they got. He's playing his card, joke or no joke.


"Our platform is one of the best political documents that's been written in the last 25 years. Honest Injun on that."

-- Steele, defending the Republican Party's Platform.

Posted by: austininc4 | March 29, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

What's the bar tab on Starship Pelosi? I wonder if it's hard to get booze appropriations now that she does not have a grip on Charlie Rangel's testicles anymore.

Posted by: hz9604 | March 29, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

What's the bar tab on Starship Pelosi? I wonder if it's hard to get booze appropriations now that she does not have a grip on Charlie Rangel's testicles anymore.

Posted by: hz9604 | March 29, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I am sure if you flip few pages in check book from democrats, you will find this kind of kinky and sick stuff, but man, in gay, lesbian and all kinds of fetish stuff, NOBODY BEATS REPUBLICANS.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | March 29, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to remember the name of the movie: Black guy is president and the same actor plays the part of the black guy who is appointed head of the opposition party--in chromatic reaction to the election. As president he's serious and intellectual; but as opposition party chief, he's a fun-loving womanizing party-animal buffoon. What plot device was used to splinter his life enabling him to credibly become the personification of opposites?

Posted by: davemarks | March 29, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I am Shocked! I thought only we Dems did this!

Posted by: tripferguson1 | March 29, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

so repuglotards spend donor money on lesbian strippers

and they want to be in charge of America's tax dollars ???

I think NOT

Posted by: nada85484 | March 29, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steel does not work for the government. Michael Steel is not a congressman. It is none of the insipid Capehart's business what Michael Steel spends. In the meantime, Homer, why don't you work off a little of your enthusiasm on Charlie Rangel, Nancy pelosi and the corruptocrats in your beloved Democrat Party? Have you ever heard of the SEIU, Capehart? We could go on for about an hour here, but that's okay, you keep writing about michael Steele's expenses. You're a real trooper. Shame you're not a journalist.

Posted by: chatard | March 29, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele, our sleazy former Lt. Governor! Hired homeless men and bused them in from Philadelphia to hand out fraudulent campaign flyers implying he and then Gov. Ehlich were DEMOCRATS (!) and another implying they were endorsed by Democratic Party VIPs. What's the matter-can't win if you say you're a Republican? He and the Guv's wife Kendal actually met and gave them their blessing before sending them on to Prince George's County voting places, Steele's home. And by the way--he lost big time twice! His name is synonymous with sleaze in his home state of Maryland. That's the gift he brings to the Republican Party.

Posted by: commonsense101 | March 29, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Actually I am waiting for Palin to appear nude in Playboy ( of course for 1 million Dollar ), to get president.

Posted by: mixedbreed | March 29, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh for heaven's sake. Of course Republicans spend more than they take in. Don't you remember? Deficits don't matter. Deficits don't matter. Deficits don't matter.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 29, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Once again the Post gets it wrong. There was no bondage involved. Just enhanced interrogation of high value subjects.

Posted by: ElJocko | March 29, 2010 3:29 PM

LMAO, HILARIOUS!!!

Posted by: diakhateus | March 29, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

come November vote Democrat!

Posted by: hoser3 | March 29, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

One more deficit.... The big myth is that the rich are better stewards than the middle class. I guess the only reason anyone believes that is that AEI and Heritage have made it the American civil religion. What on earth is the GOP going to do?

Posted by: protagoras | March 29, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Democrats always express surprise when some man might look at a half nekkid woman.

They certainly wouldn't do that would they!

Posted by: muawiyah | March 29, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Steele did nothing for us Marylanders when he was Lt Gov. He had to go through personal bankrupsy which says a lot about how well he handles his fiduciary duties when managing his own personal life. When he left office, he and exGov Robert Ehrlich left the Republican party in Maryland without funds to continue. They have had a hard time regrouping, while accusing each other about not being "conservative" enough and their fund raising has been severely challenged. When Steele and Ehrlich left office they left a bitter taste in our mouths and the state voters defeated the Republicans overwhelmingly. Republicans cannot govern without doing something exceptionally corrupting. Like Mr Ehrlich putting his spies into our state government offices to weed out anyone who didn't vote for him and firing them. This was an insidious thing to do. Steele has no legacy beyond his self promotion. He has no substance and there is no way the RNC will embrace him beyond using him to make them look diverse. I too am hoping for a Palin/Steele ticket in 2012.

Posted by: papafritz571 | March 29, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

How else do you define a party the prides itself as "fiscally conservative"? No money is lost, every penny has been accounted for. What is all the noise about anyway?

Posted by: Funlash | March 29, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

For the party complaining about "all that spending", these Republicans sure do know how to pamper themselves. They just can't wait to get back into power to do it with the public's money. And then all that talk about spending etc will go right out the door.

Posted by: ATLGuy | March 29, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Did the strippers have health insurance? Were the republicans against it?

Posted by: orange3 | March 30, 2010 5:49 AM | Report abuse

I am much more concerned about how Pelosi, Reid and Obama squander our tax dollars and especially what it costs the US taxpayer when they travel..........

Pelosi's commuter jet rivals Air Force One and she uses that weekly to entertain and impress.

In June Obama will be taking a long family vacation to Asia and we are paying for that. It is the trip he had to postpone for the health bill. He arranged it in June so the whole family could go.

It surely couldn't be important international matters if he could put the trip off 3 months.

What will that cost us?

The RNC funds are private monies. If I didn't contribute, what do I care? My taxes I am much more concerned about.

Posted by: mlemac | March 30, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Republican Mahkul Steel likes to live high on you hogs.

Posted by: kinkysr | March 30, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

You go Mike. Use up as much of that deep pocket republican money as you can. Enjoy life because they can't fire you, you're the chairman. Go ahead, run with the ball.

Posted by: sandtrap | March 30, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Some 'family values' you have there Republicans. I see Democrats working hard to help the poor gain access to health care, help struggling students get loans, help the environment heal, help women everywhere, help the elderly live a longer, healthier life, and THIS kind of strip club filth along with tearing down all the Democrats try and do to help those in need, is what I see the Republicans do! NICE. Why on Earth would any real Christian vote for the lying Republicans?

Posted by: Hillary08 | March 30, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

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