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When it's time to party, they will party hard

The drip-drip-drip of Republican National Committee horror stories continues with Ken Vogel's informative (and admirably deadpan) look at the youthful GOP fundraising group whose shenanigans kicked off an eight-days-and-counting news cycle from the seventh circle of hell. Before the Young Eagles' Allison Meyers made a fateful reimbursement request for a party at Voyeur, she put together a party at FedEx Field, a party at Spago -- a series of events meant to show potential donors that becoming Republican angels doesn't doom them to a schedule of "old stodgy stuff."

The problem is that the young donors aren't -- what's the word? -- donating. There were four Young Eagles co-chairmen listed in the RNC's infamous "fear" fundraising. Two of them have donated to the RNC in the Steele era.

The humbling of the Young Eagles happened with amazing speed. It was only two weeks ago that the final touches were put on a (now cancelled) fundraiser at a Xe (the company formerly known as Blackwater) training facility. That was a perfect young Republican fundraiser: guns, scandal, a story that drove liberals insane.

Actually, as a vehicle for making the party look cool, the entire Young Eagles schedule made sense. Just not the part where donors could show up without shelling out to the RNC.

By David Weigel  |  April 6, 2010; 9:24 AM ET
Categories:  Michael Steele , RNC  
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