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RNC chief of staff Ken McKay resigns

Updated 9:20 p.m.
Republican National Committee chief of staff Ken McKay has resigned in the wake of a controversy over an expenditure at a risque California nightclub, RNC communications director Doug Heye said Monday.

McKay's resignation comes one week after the Daily Caller Web site reported that the RNC's January expenditure report included nearly $2,000 spent at Voyeur in West Hollywood, a topless nightclub.

RNC officials worked to distance Chairman Michael Steele from the controversy -- insisting that not only was he not in attendance but that he had no knowledge of the reimbursement -- and promised changes in the way that people were reimbursed by the committee.

McKay's resignation appears to be the leading edge of those moves, and an attempt by Steele and the broader RNC to show donors worried about the stability of the committee that changes ares being made.

"The members of the Republican National Committee entrusted myself and every staffer to lead the loyal opposition against the destructive Obama agenda, build a stronger Republican party and win elections. This is a role I take with the utmost seriousness. With this in mind, I want to do everything in my power to ensure that the committee uses all its resources in the best possible fashion," Steele said in a statement.

But other Republicans said the committee had lost a valuable contributor.

"This is a huge loss for the Republican Party," said Curt Anderson, a consultant closely aligned with Steele, about McKay's departure. "Ken is enormously talented and has been the guy who has kept things on track, he's the guy who steered the party through very successful elections last fall."

Anderson also announced that his consulting firm -- On Message Inc. -- would sever ties from the RNC, breaking a long relationship with Steele and causing more consternation within the political chattering class about the future of the committee.

"Moving around deck chairs on the Titanic didn't make a darn bit of difference (or sense) either," e-mailed one senior Republican operative, who discussed the departure on the condition of anonymity, to avoid damaging the party. "If Ken's resignation was to signal a positive shake-up at the RNC, it will actually have the opposite effect. He was one of the few level-headed and widely respected aides at the committee."

McKay will be replaced by Mike Leavitt, a longtime party operative who had been serving as deputy chief of staff at the committee. "Mike brings a strong ability to work to manage the building and win elections across the country," Steele said.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) praised Leavitt's "great energy, commitment, and experience."

McKay was named to his post following a successful run in Rhode Island where he managed Gov. Don Carcieri's 2002 and 2006 races and served as the governor's chief of staff in the early part of the Carcieri administration.

Steele, for his part, insisted in an interview with George Stephanapoulos on "Good Morning America" this morning that he had no plans to resign his post. "I'm not staying at fancy hotels," Steele said in response to a question about the committee's expenditures.

In that same interview Steele stoked a bit of controversy over his comments on the role race has played in how his performance is being analyzed.

Asked by Stephanapoulos whether being an African American gave him a "slimmer margin of error" than another chairman might have, Steele said:

"The honest answer is 'yes,'. It just is. Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. We all -- a lot of folks do. It's a different role for me to play and others to play, and that's just the reality of it. But you take that as part of the nature of it."

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called Steele's comment on race "silly", adding: "I think Michael Steele's problem isn't the race card, it's the credit card."

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 5, 2010; 6:03 PM ET
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DDAWD, I was doing something else last night (think Boy Scout fair meetings), but the game between Duke and WV was very physical. I was surprised by how little was called in that game.

Zoubec is from Philadelphia, so I remember him in HS. I'm sure Butler was taking some of the stuffing out of him, but what can you do with Duke? All that height, all those 3 pointers.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 6, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Wheels coming off the little red Republican wagon

Posted by: Noacoler | April 6, 2010 5:02 AM | Report abuse

Topless club? Come now, Chris. How often in a journalism career will you be able to legitimately and with full cause use the phrase "lesbian bondage club?" Revel in it!

Posted by: thecorinthian | April 6, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: scrivener50 | April 6, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Exciting game, but man, anyone who thought Duke gets all the calls sure wasn't dissuaded by this game. Zoubek should have been out of that game.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 5, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Great game.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 5, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Afghan President Karzai said he too is sick of Obama - and he is going to join the Taliban


Obama said he is leaving Afghanistan in 18 months.


But first Obama wants to push Karzai around and call him a racist a few times, then leave.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Michigan Militia plans ‘open carry’ gun tea party to ‘take the stigma out of the word militia.’

Michigan Militia tea partyThis Saturday, on April 10, the Michigan Militia plans to host a tea party “open carry” gun rally. The Militia, which is a successor to the violent anti-government Michigan Militias of the mid-’90s, has come under criticism since the FBI raids of the Hutaree, a Michigan-based Christian militia that had planned to murder police officers. The Michigan Militia cooperated with the FBI to arrest the Hutaree and claimed that although they “had occasional contacts with the Hutaree militia,” they “had never trained with them.” Mike Lackomar, a spokesman for the militia, defended the planned “open carry” rally and again tried to distance himself from the Hutaree:

“This event primarily tries to take the stigma out of the word ‘militia,’ and provide information on what we are and who we are,” Lackomar said. “It lets people meet us and see what we’re all about.” [...] “I want it to be perfectly clear,” Lackomar said. “(The Hutaree) are not us, and we are not them, and we did not agree with their philosophy.”

However, according to their own website, the Michigan Militia boasts of being joined by their “friends” in the Hutaree shortly before leaving their training session to eat fajitas back in 2007. In a photo gallery published by the Michigan Militia in 2008 (now deleted), they posted pictures of the Hutaree with the caption: “Like ghosts through the woods, The Hutaree close on their objective.” The tea parties, anti-government militia groups, and far right elements of the Republican Party are slowly merging. Gun right advocates are planning rallies on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing around the country, with even Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) slated to speak at one of the events.

Posted by: drindl | April 5, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama has DECIDED TO JAM A PROGRAM DOWN THE THROATS OF AMERICANS - A PROGRAM THEY DO NOT WANT - AND DECIDED TO CALL THEM ALL RACISTS AT THE END OF IT.


Is this your version of post-racial politics ???


Martin Luther King would be ASHAMED OF OBAMA.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"The numbers don’t lie.

The percentage of Americans viewing “The Tea Party movement” favorably: 37 percent. The percentage of Americans with a positive image of “socialism”: 36 percent. (Both sources, Gallup)."

Posted by: drindl | April 5, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"drindl


You are a complete idiot -"


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the tendency to ascribe to another person feelings, thoughts, or attitudes present in oneself, or to regard external reality as embodying such feelings, thoughts, etc., in some way.

Posted by: drindl | April 5, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

It shows how arrogant the Republican leader, Steele is when he said " Obamas destructive agenda". These bunch of selfish, ignorants have no any agenda than behaving like a mad dog. How long they are going to demonize individuals who don't promote their selfish motive.

Posted by: Brad25 | April 5, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

COWENS99


I don't think you are mature enough to handle a black President. These false charges of racism are an outrage.

With hundreds of microphones and cameras on Capitol Hill, there was no tape of a bad word recorded the entire weekend.

It is the democrats who are obsessed with Obama's race.

The Republicans just don't want Obama's massive government programs and Obama's large tax increases.

Obama has DECIDED TO JAM A PROGRAM DOWN THE THROATS OF AMERICANS - A PROGRAM THEY DO NOT WANT - AND DECIDED TO CALL THEM ALL RACISTS AT THE END OF IT.

Is this your version of post-racial politics ???

Martin Luther King would be ASHAMED OF OBAMA.


Martin Luther King would be ASHAMED OF YOU.

Gradually the people who voted for Obama have been realizing what a FRAUD he is - and one-by-one they have been promising themselves they will never vote for him again.


Obama has done nothing to slow this process - in fact, Obama's actions have only caused more people to be even more certain that they will never vote for him again.

You can take your attitude and stuff it.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

COWENS99


OBAMA is going to be voted out, and Obama's health care taxes are going to be thrown out with him.

YOU GET OVER IT.

Obama campaigned for 2 years on promises that he would seek bipartisan policies - and that he would support CENTRIST POLICIES.

This turned out to be one of the greatest FRAUDS in American history.

NOW Obama has turned to intimidation politics - making false charges that anyone who does not agree with him must be racist.

These kinds of tactics have no place in America.

The economy is now weighed down with Obama's taxes, which are the LARGEST IN AMERICAN HISTORY - and which will severly limit hiring - and cause the ECONOMIC RECOVERY TO BE HALTED.


You are PART OF THE PROBLEM, NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Republicans should just run on how much they like Duke. That might almost be as popular as repealing healthcare.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 5, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

drindl


You are a complete idiot - you are supporting policies which will bankrupt the country - and bury the economy in a stagflation. THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY WILL BE HALTED.

THE WAY PEOPLE GET HEALTH CARE IS TO HAVE JOBS.

IF THE PEOPLE DON'T HAVE JOBS, THEY CAN'T EVEN PAY THE TAXES FOR PROGRAMS YOU SUPPORT.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse


'The entire nation will vote against obama in 2012.'

Especially the parents of the sick and disabled children who now have health care.

Republicans intend to run on repealing health care for children, for middle-aged, middle class people, for the self-employed, for those with pre-existing conditions.

Nice imagery.

Posted by: drindl | April 5, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Cowens, a big limb of the Republicans' strategy is to corral the white voter by making their party a safe-haven for racism. That's why it's condoned by people like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

But you can't expect that to last forever. Demographics are changing and people are growing up. Every seventy year old racist that kicks the bucket is NOT being replaced by a 20 year old. Not good news for Republicans. If Republicans can basically only work themselves into a virtual tie with freakin John Kerry, that's not a good place to be.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 5, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Reading some of these post is like reading a "KKK" newspaper in the museum.

Obama is President,Obama is the first black
President, health care reform is now the law.
Get over it.

President Obama will be win in the 2012 election.

Have you noticed it is only a bunch of old, especially fat , uneducated white people who feel so threatened.

Their entire life they enjoyed priveleges, the best jobs, the best cars and houses. They are showing their true racism. The world is changing.

They can't accept the change.

These folks love to hate. I'm just an mature 74 yr old white guy that grew up in the south, seen it before

God help this prejudice people..

Posted by: COWENS99 | April 5, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to be too graphic about this - however in the week that Obama and the democrats accused the tea party movement of being racist and violent, this is how the black community responded:


1) A shooting in DC a few blocks from the Capitol - in which 9 people were shot - 4 killed.


2) A triple shooting in Chicago in which shots were heard a few blocks away during a police news conference.


3) 50 people were arrested after 4 people were shot in mid-town New York http://wcbstv.com/local/midtown.manhattan.gunfire.2.1611605.html


NOW - WHO IS THE VIOLENT GROUP?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse


The only thing the democrats have now is to call everyone that doesn't agree with them RACIST - hoping that will somehow work.


Well, the tea party movement is 50 million people -


IS THIS ANY WAY YOU EXPECTED OBAMA TO GOVERN ???


IF YOU voted for Obama, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Don't sign onto the FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM

Don't do it again.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse


The only thing the democrats have now is to call everyone that doesn't agree with them RACIST - hoping that will somehow work.


Well, the tea party movement is 50 million people -


IS THIS ANY WAY YOU EXPECTED OBAMA TO GOVERN ???


IF YOU voted for Obama, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Don't sign onto the FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM

Don't do it again.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Please RNC , keep Michael Steele, he is like another Palin.

Posted by: COWENS99 | April 5, 2010 10:08 PM


Absolutely! We won Virginia, NJ, and Mass. Not bad, Michael Steele!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | April 5, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Steele only looked at the photos taken at the strip club and signed the invoice.

Please RNC , keep Michael Steele, he is like another Palin.

Posted by: COWENS99 | April 5, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

It's like 37th declaring as close as 20 seconds before the health care vote that Pelosi didn't have the votes. Um, yeah. I wonder if the rat from the rat soup he drank burrowed up into his brain.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 5, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Suzy:

I'm SURE Chicago will vote against Obama in 2012.

Posted by: Bondosan | April 5, 2010 9:33 PM


The entire nation will vote against obama in 2012.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | April 5, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to be too graphic about this - however in the week that Obama and the democrats accused the tea party movement of being racist and violent, this is how the black community responded:


1) A shooting in DC a few blocks from the Capitol - in which 9 people were shot - 4 killed.

2) A triple shooting in Chicago in which shots were heard a few blocks away during a police news conference.

3) 50 people were arrested after 4 people were shot in mid-town New York http://wcbstv.com/local/midtown.manhattan.gunfire.2.1611605.html


NOW - WHO IS THE VIOLENT GROUP?


With the tea party movement, not one bad word was caught on tape -

WHO IS THE VIOLENT GROUP ????

This is the problem with Obama's intimidation politics - it is an absolute joke.

All to distract you from the LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHICH WILL DRAG DOWN THE ECONOMY - AND SLOW HIRING.

If you voted for Obama, it's YOUR FAULT.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Looking like a good game. Butler is really holding their own, but it just feels so tenuous, especially with their center out with two fouls. Hopefully they can make some shots at some point. I don't think they can survive a huge drought like they did against MSU.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 5, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's how the game works. You just say all sorts of random things. Everyone thinks suzy is a buffoon anyways, so no credibility to lose, but looks cool when you do get it.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 5, 2010 9:51 PM


Mr Dawd, you forgot to put your teeth back in your mouth before speaking. Calm down. No one saw you.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | April 5, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Clearly Obama and the democrats are at the end of their ideas - the only they can think of is to call all the tea party people racists.

OH, then they said they were all violent.

All this is supposed to distract the country from the fact that OBAMA pushed through the largest TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY.


Against the will of the American people.

We all know that somehow somewhy the health care bill will be repealed, replaced or declared UNCONSTITUTIONAL.


Oh well, it is too bad that America does not have an administration that would be concentrating on IMPROVING THE ECONOMY RIGHT NOW -

Instead, the country is all wrapped up in this struggle for Obama to have something that his ego wants - then the country has to go through all sorts of struggles to repeal it.


Those liberals will never learn.

Meanwhile, the country is headed DIRECTLY FOR THE OBAMA DOUBLE DIP ECONOMIC DOWNTURN - OBAMA IS AN ECONOMIC TRAIN WRECK.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

"Yes, Suzy:

I'm SURE Chicago will vote against Obama in 2012.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

Don't YOU even get creeped out by signing your posts SuzyCcup?

Oh, wait...maybe you were the one who dropped two grand at the titty bar....

Posted by: Bondosan "

Well, that's how the game works. You just say all sorts of random things. Everyone thinks suzy is a buffoon anyways, so no credibility to lose, but looks cool when you do get it. Costless reward. Of course, all of us will still think suzy is a buffoon, but at least 37th will give a kudos.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 5, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Republicans selected McCain. They never like him.

Republicans selected Steele. They never like him.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 5, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Republicans selected McCain. They never like him.

Republicans selected Steele. They never like him.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 5, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh, wait...maybe you were the one who dropped two grand at the titty bar....

Posted by: Bondosan | April 5, 2010 9:33 PM

And you were the one licking it up off the floor, right?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | April 5, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

SuzyCcup


In Obama's defense, the White Sox have had alot of turn-over of players.

I thought it was wrong for Obama to wear a White Sox cap with a jacket from the Nationals.


Suzy, did you notice the ball ended up far to the left?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The republicans will protect Steele because he's the only black guy they got. He actually looks more like an Arab, but he can say "bay-bay" so I guess that qualifies him. Anyway, he's managed to make a monkey out of the entire republican party on top of binge spending all their campaign funds. PLEASE KEEP HIM, HE'S GREAT FOR THE DEMOCRATS.

Posted by: blarsen1 | April 5, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Suzy:

I'm SURE Chicago will vote against Obama in 2012.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

Don't YOU even get creeped out by signing your posts SuzyCcup?

Oh, wait...maybe you were the one who dropped two grand at the titty bar....

Posted by: Bondosan | April 5, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't throw a baseball - it is a sure sign he is not an American.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 8:35 PM


Yeah 37, and after claiming to be a "White Sox Kid," in an interview today, he couldn't name a single favorite White Sox player. Not one! obama the big phony. Shades of Martha Coakley all over again. She went out and so will he in 2012.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | April 5, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, if you invest $2,000 and get a return of $200,000, I think it is a wise investment.

I would have preferred they flew them to Las Vegas, Nevada to support the economy out there, since "Give 'em the Shaft" Reid has supported King Obonehead's approach of decimating the State of Nevada by placing it "off-limits" for conferences and conventions.

In any event, after the 1/2 million dollar give-away to the "Republican nominee," Scozzafava in New York, and then she endorses the Democratic Candidate, I prefer give my money directly to the candidate of my choice.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | April 5, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

What's worse - this or Nancy Pelosi trying to keep Rangel in as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee


that guy was actually writing the tax policies of the country.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 7:25 PM
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Posted by: luridone | April 5, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

"the only response the democrats now have is to call everyone a racist."

It works better than calling everyone socialist nazi communists. DUM DUM DUM DUM DUM

Posted by: bogardp | April 5, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, somebody has to be the fall guy!

Posted by: free-donny | April 5, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, somebody has to be the fall guy!

Posted by: free-donny | April 5, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't throw a baseball - it is a sure sign he is not an American.


The CIA and military intelligence have some sure-fire ways to determine if someone is American.


Americans know certain things - like how many home runs Babe Ruth had, or which team Lou Gehrig played for.


A trip-up on these kinds of things is usually a give-away that - no matter how good one's English is - that the person is not American.


Look at how Obama throws a baseball. He is not an American. It is pretty simple. The democrats don't even try to defend this. It is proof.

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the only response the democrats now have is to call everyone a racist.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

At least the democrats are smart enough to give their staffers cash in advance when they take donors out to titty bars so it doesn't show up on the expense report.

Posted by: bogardp | April 5, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

DC Sage - you are putting everything in a racial setting.

Life isn't like that.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse


QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I'm not a retweeter, I'm a reporter.


- Mark Knoller from CBS on whether he forwards Robert Gibbs' tweets.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

tomariner wrote>>>Democrats will say anything, pay anything, do anything to cast doubt on any conservative person, groupo or idea

It wasn't the Democrats who suggested Repub voters STOP sending donations to the RNC. It was Republicans!

Posted by: angie12106 | April 5, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street wrote: "Obama can't throw a baseball - it is a sure sign he is not an American. The CIA and military intelligence have some sure-fire ways to determine if someone is American"

DC Sage 1 wrote: If Granny spat on the Little Rock Nine. Then you must be an American. If your Grandpappy threw the rope over the tree, and doused the innocent victim in gasoline, then you must be an American. If Great Grand Pappy owned slaves, you must be an American. If Great Grand Pappy enforced racist Jim Crow Laws, then you would have to be an American. If Pappy was church bomber, then you are surely an American. If Grand Pappy rode with the Klan, you would have to be an American.

You are correct, the CIA has many ways to find out who the real Americans are.

Posted by: DCSage | April 5, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

@joe - Thanks for the chuckle. Keep it up.

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Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 5, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

This was so good for the Party it was a party. Who's got trouble with this stuff anyways?

Posted by: Martial | April 5, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

"The Administration officials and the Congress violates...."

[Nonsensical junk omitted.]

Posted by: tommariner | April 5, 2010 8:10 PM "
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Just shortened it up a bit. All the best.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 5, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

SEXCAPADES KEEP U.S. TORTURE MATRIX UNDER DEEP COVER?

More bread and circuses. When will the political parties, Congress and the White House address the fact of ongoing atrocities against U.S. citizens -- at the hands of a multi-agency security cabal that apparently answers to no chain of command and is OUT OF CONROL?

Victims of Secret Extrajudicial Fusion Center Torture Matrix Demand:

"MR. OBAMA, TEAR DOWN THOSE HOMELAND TORTURE TOWERS!"

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

VIC LIVINGSTON REPORTS: "After a business day of respite, the microwave torture resumes."

See "comments: http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-uses-cbs-news-cover-microwave-cell-tower-torture

NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 5, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called Steele's comment on race "silly", adding: "I think Michael Steele's problem isn't the race card, it's the credit card."

Ouch!

Any doubt Bob Gibbs isn't settling in to his position over the last year is gone.

The folks in the back office should be commended for that one.

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | April 5, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

This is a mere hiccup for the do-nothings. This should not interrupt the do-nothing's victory dance for their sweeping victories in the upcoming elections. The pundits are all predicting a do-nothing landslide and the do-nothings themselves are practicing end zone dances and spiking the ball in anticipation of their upcoming victories.

Michael Steele frittered away $92 million in one year, but that is only a drop in the bucket against Steele's ability to raise mega millions to propel the do-nothings to victory within the next six months. Hands off Michael Steele.

The do-nothings are invincible. No force on earth can derail the do-nothing victory parade.

Posted by: DCSage | April 5, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The Administration officials and the Congress violates the Constitution to an extent almost criminal, throws away the nation's treasury, attack the security services, and the cabinet members don't pay taxes -- and the RNC shrugs its shoulders. The Democrats and their mouthpiece media push home a report of a single bad judgment incident lasting a few hours and the Republican party sheds their most valuable members.

The non-Democrats have to get it through their heads that this is a deadly serious fight -- that the Democrats will say anything, pay anything, do anything to cast doubt on any conservative person, groupo or idea. Get over it -- this is the most hardball, no holds barred politics this country has ever seen. So when this pseudo-journalism is aired, the correct answer it the truth -- that it is dangerous lying, exaggeration that is anything other than noticing that we have spent our entire national treasury on Democratic political pork that made the Recession incredibly worse than it would have been!

Posted by: tommariner | April 5, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

For Republicans sexual misconduct is part of their soul. In light of the recent history of the Republican Party I'm surprised this guy would step down.

I just wish they had some free tickets to some great sexual retreats.

Posted by: Maddogg | April 5, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope somebody can spray some more water on the RNC grease fire. Its liable to burn out someday, unless it spreads.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 5, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Eliot Spitzer (D) stepped down, Eric Massa (D) stepped down.

On the other hand, John Ensign (R) did not step down after his affair and bribery to cover up said affair and is still Senator. Mark Sanford (R) did not step down after lying to his staff and abandoning his post as governor to pursue his affair, and is still governor.

When it comes to visiting bondage-themed lesbian strip clubs, the party that demonizes gays and lesbians deserves much more criticism than the party that accepts gays and lesbians as just another group of average Americans.

Posted by: paulflorez | April 5, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"This is a huge loss for the Republican Party," said Curt Anderson, a consultant closely aligned with Steele, about McKay's departure. "Ken is enormously talented and has been the guy who has kept things on track, he's the guy who steered the party through very successful elections last fall."

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Isn't there some implication in Ken's resignation that he has some responsibiliy for approving charges at the gay bar?

Here is what bothers me. Thuglicans get all upset about donations being used to recruit/entertain young potential Thug party players at a gay bar. They focus on Steele and want him out. So big to do over Steele.

What if it turns out that it was good old Ken who thought it was just fine to entertain folks at a gay voyuer bar? If Ken is responsible, do they still want him? Is he so good at running campaigns that it doesn't matter if he approved using donor money for entertaining at a gay bar?

Is the party of the Moral Majority moral or just expedient?

By the way, Stephanopolous pulled a fast one on Steele. He asked him a question to which there was no non-controversial answer. I used to like Steph(etc) - I don't like Steele. But Steele is being lambasted for a pretty good answer to a pretty rotten question.


Posted by: amelia45 | April 5, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

If Michael Steele steps aside, will Fix favorite Chip (Barack the Magic N-gro CD) Saltsman step in?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 5, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

As far I can see, the engine of the party is MONEY!!! I owuldn't call that democracy when claiming that anybody can run for president or participate in governement, but without money, you can just make a fool out of yourself. This case of kinky politicians, everything just wraps arround money, nobody mentions the service and trust for and from the people.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | April 5, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele -- who really can't afford another 'holy ----" story after a GOP staffer dropped $1,900 at a lesbian-bondage themed Hollywood club and a top conservative called for an RNC donor boycott--has hired a new "special assistant for finance.""
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Isn't the tea bag wing of the GOP "boycotting" the census as well? LOL.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Obviously when Obama threw out the pitch today, the ball went far to the left.


We all knew that would happen.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

It appears Steele loved the whip...a little too much.Tea Baggers all ! LOL!!

Posted by: hyroller56 | April 5, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Every Republican in the House of Representatives recently voted against a ground-breaking law intended to make access to health care more equitable in the US and remove institutionalized impediments to effective quality and cost controls. With that as the backdrop, it is amazing that the GOP thinks that a $2000 outing to a sleazy bar could tarnish the party's image.

Posted by: exco | April 5, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The RNC is run just like Bush ran the country,straight down the tubes.Most of the gop base is in the Deep South and probably think the only thing Steele is good for is waiting on tables.Steele is just their token black man, and he is too stupid to see how he is being used.

Posted by: paprikaofm | April 5, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

"Obama is his own opposition. The general media is not getting it yet.


Posted by: JohnGalt9 | April 5, 2010 7:29 PM"
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The media isn't getting it because, well, what you said is not true and makes no sense. BHO is at 55% approval (Research 2000). At 53% in the Post poll. BHO's forces simply wiped off the tea baggers' spit, tore up (we hope) the baggers' n-word signs, and have moved on to implement HCR and financial reform.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 5, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse


Obama can't throw a baseball - it is a sure sign he is not an American.


The CIA and military intelligence have some sure-fire ways to determine if someone is American.


Americans know certain things - like how many home runs Babe Ruth had, or which team Lou Gehrig played for.


A trip-up on these kinds of things is usually a give-away that - no matter how good one's English is - that the person is not American.


Look at how Obama throws a baseball. He is not an American. It is pretty simple. The democrats don't even try to defend this. It is proof.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

At least he had the decency to step down..even if the GOP forced it just because he did something that is the norm for the dem party of no morality whatsoever

Posted by: Straightline | April 5, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

"RNC officials worked to distance Steele from the controversy." - Chris Cillizza.

Who is Steele? Does he have a first name?

Posted by: PhilVoiceNews | April 5, 2010 6:20 PM
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They call him "Mister Steele," at least at the Bada Bing Club.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 5, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

The country does not need an organized and efficient Republican opposition. The game is up now.

Obama is his own opposition. The general media is not getting it yet. But as of lately, it is a Blog that published the reasoning of why in a piece called "The Self Deluding Presidency - Why It Will Fail".

It is not anymore a question of issues; it is a question of the man and his agenda.

The best analysis of the Obama Presidency available today, at www.robbingamerica.com

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | April 5, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Ooh baby. I LOVE the way you talk about family-values, 'morals,' and Christian supremacy. Whisper to me about abstinence policies and leave a big tip.

Posted by: revbookburn | April 5, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

The person who should be resigning is STEELE.

And I hope he has the decency to RESIGN now!

Posted by: SkinnyCat | April 5, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

What's worse - this or Nancy Pelosi trying to keep Rangel in as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee


that guy was actually writing the tax policies of the country.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

The Moral Majority loves those strip clubs!

Posted by: markiejoe | April 5, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

It sounds like McKay was largely the "fall guy" for the catastrophic incompetence of Michael Steele. Steele can't be blamed for the bondage-club episode, but responsibility for the lack of apparent organization or discipline within the RNC should ultimately be laid at his doorstep.

He thought that providing a personality counterweight to Obama and standing in as a figure-head (lord knows he hasn't tried -- much less succeeded -- to lead the conservative movement) were sufficient for the job. As a result, he's left the committee to rot internally without a clear vision or leadership, and his failure to self-check during media appearances has undermined his claims to the very public-relations skills he touted as his strong points.

Being chairman is a management position, and it's time for Chairman Steele and his ineptitude to go.

Posted by: Akger117 | April 5, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I've seen the Republicans in various states of ascendance and descendance over my long life but I don't think I've every seen them so tattered, clueless and leaderless. There's NO ONE in charge. No strategy beyond that of attempting to block every bill and nominee that Obama and the Democrats put forth. In reality, their strategy is to bring the entire country as close to a screeching halt as they can get, until the November elections.

The RNC actually reflects the state of the party itself. Where are the grownups? Are they all off fretting and trying to figure out how quickly and how deeply they can co-opt the tea party members, as they've done with social and evangelical conservatives for decades?

If we think the RNC is disorganized, the Tea Party 'movement' is chaotic. A grassroots movement, with no leaders, no organization and no strategy, almost on purpose, it may be funded, organized and promoted by machinery bigwigs like Dick Arney and Fox News, but these folks are iconoclasts bordering on anarchists, in a red-white-and-blue sorta way. They're ticked off at BOTH parties, even if they lean Republican. I suspect no one's minding the store at RNC because pressure is on to cater to these folks.

Now I don't know about the rest of you, but shutting down the government and pitching your election hopes to a small but vocal group at the fringes doesn't sound like a winning strategy. Yes, Democrats should be worried, but maybe not as much as they are now.

Posted by: windrider2 | April 5, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Touché, Robert Gibbs!

Posted by: HughBriss | April 5, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love this...2K at a Go Go bar.

Posted by: jato11 | April 5, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Steele's remarks offend me on a very personal level. How dare he blame his shortcomings on black scrutiny. Being a gay male, I am discriminated against everyday for no other reason than my sexuality. Mr. Steele has the privileges of power, money, race and sexuality going for him. I have never cared for his politics, now I don't care for as a man. "If he waddles like sleaze, quacks like sleaze and looks like...he must...

Posted by: tatemanor | April 5, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

What is that, eight anti GOP stories in one day. Is that a new record for the Post?

No mention of Rangel or the countless other DNC misdemeanors, just snide story and mocking hatchet job after another.

You know, Huffington Post does a better job at partisanship, with better writers and without the tongue-in-cheek "unbiased" veneer.

Posted by: FrancisMacomber | April 5, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

How reassuring that our government is in the capable hands of stalwart, honest, and morally responsible people. How disappointing that so many people are reveling in the fact that the GOP has received yet another black eye which will nonetheless be ignored by other foolish conservatives. How short-sighted of so many others to continue buying into the hate-filled rhetoric being pushed by BOTH parties. Don't you see how manipulated you all are? "Divide and conquer" is the oldest tactic in the world and by keeping American citizens at each others' throats, the GOP and the democrats can keep us ignorant of what is REALLY happening in our country. We are being manipulated by propaganda and BOTH parties are guilty. So the next time you are tempted to dis the other party, consider that you are doing exactly what "they" want you to do. Stop believing Limbaugh, Hannity, Olberman and Maddow, and start thinking for yourselves. It's either that or give up what few freedoms you are still allowed.

Posted by: larrypoke | April 5, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, how Republicans figure that they are going to sweep the Democrats out of office come November is a mystery to me. Their whole party apparatus is led by Michael Steele and he is nothing but a happening-controversy waiting to happen again, their "base" consists, in the public's mind, of Tea Baggers who wish to see our elected representatives humiliated, hounded, spit-upon, and "targeted".
Their last Presidential candidate has announced that Republicans will NOT be co-operating with anything the President suggests for the rest of the year.
And these people believe that the whole of America is going to elect them to office to continue these same behaviours? Tiger Woods would have a better chance to be elected than Republicans who endorse the threats, obstruction, and utter moral imbecility that Republicans now present to our nation.

Posted by: cms1 | April 5, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Hypocrites! They're only firing this guy because this story got out. If it hadn't made the papers, the "family values" GOP would have kept him on, and kept taking "Young Eagles" to lesbian-bondage strip clubs.

And remember, we don't know about the hookers. Yet.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | April 5, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Its good to see the GOP has ethics and morals, making someone in authority pay for the oversights, unlike the Democratic party which allows criminals like Charlie Rangel and the late John Murtha to remain in office, even after their criminla exploits were uncovered and proven.

The GOP understands they MUST follow the laws the same as all Americans......the Democrats think they are above the law....yet another reason the American Electorate wants them ousted next November!

Posted by: Realist20 | April 5, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA!!!!! Serves the GOP right for sending ALL of their top officials to strip clubs!!!
While being the party of MORALITY!!!
Steele is an idiot!!

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Posted by: A-Voter | April 5, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

RNC Chairman Steele's Newest Aide Misused Baseball Groups' Money


Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele -- who really can't afford another 'holy ----" story after a GOP staffer dropped $1,900 at a lesbian-bondage themed Hollywood club and a top conservative called for an RNC donor boycott--has hired a new "special assistant for finance."

Although described by many as a smart, gifted and glib fundraiser, Neil S. Alpert, 31, who began work on March 29, probably won't do much to burnish Steele's image as a money manager.

This is the same Neil S. Alpert who in July 2007 was ordered by the city to repay nearly $70,000 in unauthorized expenses and unaccounted funds from a pair of local baseball groups he had chaired. He was also fined $4,000.

The 10-page order from the DC Office of Campaign Finance, issued after a lengthy probe, stated Alpert used "substantial amounts" of DC Baseball PAC funds "to defray his personal expenses" and that there were "numerous inaccuracies and omissions" in Alpert's receipts-and-expenditures report. The order also stated Alpert improperly co-mingled money from the PAC and its non-profit successor, the DC Baseball Association, whose bank accounts he controlled.


http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/04/04/rnc-chairman-steeles-newest-aide-misused-baseball-groups-money/?icid=main

Posted by: austininc4 | April 5, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

*sigh* First the pink purge, now they are getting all over people for exercising their masculinity.

At least we know this one was straight.

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Posted by: techsoldaten1 | April 5, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

No Phil, the guy is head of the Republican National Committee and just has one name. They misspelled it though, it's actually "Steal".

Posted by: hairguy01 | April 5, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

"RNC officials worked to distance Steele from the controversy." - Chris Cillizza.

Who is Steele? Does he have a first name?

Posted by: PhilVoiceNews | April 5, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"RNC officials worked to distance Steele from the controversy." - Chris Cillizza.

Who is Steele? Does he have a first name?

Posted by: PhilVoiceNews | April 5, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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