Has Michael Steele just run out of lives as RNC chair?

NOTE: Two updates below:

I wonder whether this will finally be enough to force the Republicans to dump their embarrassment of a party chairman.

The Daily Caller writes about Michael Steele’s free-wheeling ways with party money, focusing on his use of private jets to ferry him about the country and his rather hefty hotel bills.

“According to federal disclosure records, the RNC spent $17,514 on private aircraft in the month of February alone (as well as $12,691 on limousines during the same period). There are no readily identifiable private plane expenses for Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine in the DNC’s last three months of filings.

The RNC explains that Steele charters jets only when commercial service is unavailable, or when his tight schedule requires it. “Anytime the chairman has taken any private travel has been a either to a route that doesn’t exist or because of connections and multiple travel to where he just wasn’t able to do so,” Heye said. Yet Steele’s office repeatedly refused to explain in specific terms the circumstances of the February charter flights.

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 $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.”

An RNC chairman blowing two grand at a bondage-themed Hollywood nightspot featuring topless lesbian acts? In journalism, putting that sentence so far down in your story is called burying your lede. Sure, it’s only two thousand dollars, but it’s the kind of expenditure that can crystallize the discontent felt by many top Republicans about Steele.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Personally, I’m surprised Steele has managed to survive as long as he has.

Here’s how a review from Clubplanet.com describes the place:

“In Los Angeles, it takes a lot to shock and awe. When you walk into Voyeur on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, you might not be completely shocked at the almost naked women writhing on each other but you will undoubtedly be in awe.

Voyeur is an intimate space, provocative and sexy, sophisticated and interesting. Inspired by Eyes Wide Shut and London lounge, Annabelle’s of London, Voyeur transports you to a world of risqué sexuality and eroticism. In fact, even if you tried to escape looking at the naked women all around you, you would ultimately fail. But then again, why would you even try?

Of course the guests are sexy, but the walls are also lined with black and white pictures of beautiful naked girls from decades past while temptresses wearing nothing more than pasties and a black thong “stretch” on tables or in large glass boxes. Yes, the women don’t strip or show off their outdone go-go girl dance moves. Instead, they hold onto ropes on the walls and literally stretch, like yoga class but much sexier (and probably more naked).”

UPDATE:

From the Washington Post:

“The RNC said in a statement Monday morning that it was investigating the Voyeur West Hollywood expenditure, which it said was “a reimbursement made to a non-committee staffer.” The committee also said it was requesting that the money be returned and emphasized that Steele was not at the event.

“The chairman 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,” the RNC statement said.”

For Steele personally, that distancing is no doubt useful. For Steele as chairman of the RNC, I’m not sure it’s going to help him much.

UPDATE II:

From CNN:

Washington (CNN) – A California-based political consultant who charged the Republican National Committee nearly $2,000 for a night out at Voyeur – a risque West Hollywood nightclub now at center of the latest controversy surrounding RNC chairman Michael Steele – will return the money to the party, a committee spokesman told CNN Monday.

Erik Brown, president of the Orange County-based Dynamic Marketing, Inc., was re-imbursed in February for $1,946.25 worth of charges at the nightclub, according to the RNC’s latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.

It’s not clear why the RNC re-imbursed Brown for the charges or who else was with him at the club. A spokesman for the RNC said Steele was not at the club when the charges were made.

379 comments Add your comment

Tea Party Gossip

March 29th, 2010
11:39 am

I remember back in the good old days when a vote could be bought for a buck and tokens were a dime a dozen.

Road Scholar

March 29th, 2010
11:44 am

Republican values! Wonderful, ain’t it!?

Kamchak

March 29th, 2010
11:47 am

An RNC chairman blowing two grand at a bondage-themed Hollywood nightspot featuring topless lesbian acts?

It’s called research—The “fambly values” crowd must study the sins if their gonna be against (pun intended) it.

Bosch

March 29th, 2010
11:50 am

I’ll repost my completely off-topic random thought of the day with some minor changes:

Random Off-Topic Thought:

To all the whiners about the new health care law:

Doesn’t health insurance keep health care from abiding by free market rules? If you are truly concerned about health care and the price of it, shouldn’t the price of services be controlled by those who actually perform the service (health care providers) instead of insurance companies who do absolutley nothing for the direct care of patients? Isn’t that unnecessary intervention that goes directly against free market principles?

It seems to me, if you are truly a free-market kind of person, you’d want the abolishment of health insurance companies.

Carry on.

stands for decibels

March 29th, 2010
11:50 am

Here’s how a review from Clubplanet.com describes the place:

Not to sound like a Bookman-hater-troll thing, but dayum, it must be sheer hell having to “research” a piece like this!

Southern Comfort

March 29th, 2010
11:52 am

Thanks for the info on Voyeur, Jay. Then next time I’m in LA, I’ll have to check it out myself. I’ll do a little research for the blog to see if it’s really as racy as it sounds.

But let the RNC tell it, he’s probably in there holding voter registration drives or something.

joe matarotz

March 29th, 2010
11:53 am

Maybe Voyeur West Hollywood was the cheapest venue to hold the RNC meeting. After those staggering hotel bills, they had to trim costs somewhere. Who will be the first to claim this complaint is racially motivated?

Bosch

March 29th, 2010
11:53 am

“An RNC chairman blowing two grand at a bondage-themed Hollywood nightspot featuring topless lesbian acts?”

And, um, excuse me?

NowReally

March 29th, 2010
11:56 am

It’s only excessive spending if it’s 10% more than the prior RNC chair. Otherwise, it’s a none issue.

Jeb Bush / Lez Cheney 2012

March 29th, 2010
11:58 am

To Summarize, Steele is a goog one compared to Hussien:
During Obama’s failed Presidency (The record of the Obama years in office:)
-Worst Terrorist attack in American History (Xmas day Detroit bomber) CPAC -> Dick Cheney
-Implementing Communist Economic Policies -> Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Fox News
-Muslim, born in Kenya -> Lou Dobbs, CNN, MSNBC
-Nominated a ultra liberal Latina to the Supreme Court to destroy the Constitution -> Senator Orrin Hatch
-Anti Family, against the sanctity of Marriage, pro Homo -> Senator Vitter
-Obama added more National debt added than any previous President including Bush’s 8 years -> K. Rove
-Stimulus Bill to fight Obama created Recession and not 1 job created -> Senator Brown
-Bailing out lazy, shiftless Detroit autoworkers -> Bill Kristol, Gov Sarah Palin
-Islamic jihad sympathizers part of White House administration -> Congressman John Boehner, Rush Limbaugh, Lez Cheney
-Money to pay people to be unemployed -> Senator Bunning
-Penalizing hard working Wall Street Bankers -> Gov. Mitt Romney
-Attacking poor, hapless Japanese managers at Toyota for the sloppy, cr.. work of their american workers -> Senator Shelby

Now a failed HealthCare Summit…
So we’ll get ObamaCare with it’s Medical Death Panels and big jumps in our health care premiums, and a Government takeover of Medicare…

It is clear that Hussien needs to be removed by the Military and then the Supreme Court can appoint Jeb Bush President (circa 2000). Jeb is a family values guy, so we expect him to make Liz Cheney his VP, where she will fight to keep the Gays out of the Military!

By the way, Bunning & GOP are RIGHT! No more Wasteful money spent on lazy, stupid workers. My GrandPapa used to tell this rubbish “Get a Job BUM!”, when they would ask for money outside of his Factory back in the ’30s…

Contact your Congressman, do not allow the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy to expire, it’s that important! Even if your homeless or lost your home – buck up and borrow a cell from someone to make this important call!

Kamchak

March 29th, 2010
11:58 am

Southern Comfort

March 29th, 2010
12:00 pm

Jeb Bush / Lez Cheney 2012

March 29th, 2010
11:58 am

There should be an unwritten rule about hitting a doobie or bottle before noon.

Just sayin…

Peadawg

March 29th, 2010
12:01 pm

“I wonder whether this will finally be enough to force the Republicans to dump their embarrassment of a party chairman.”

In sure hope so. But talking about embarrassing, what about Pelosi and all the idiots who supported this “reform” bill thinking it would lower premiums.

USinUK

March 29th, 2010
12:02 pm

““An RNC chairman blowing two grand at a bondage-themed Hollywood nightspot featuring topless lesbian acts?””

outreach … outreach … outreach …

USinUK

March 29th, 2010
12:04 pm

Kam – 11:58 – yeah, because god knows, hotels don’t have special meeting rooms you can reserve … Steele actually had to take one for the team and STAY in a suite … oh! the pain!!!

Southern Comfort

March 29th, 2010
12:05 pm

Kamchak

Reading that reminds me that the GOP still champions fiscal responsibility. I guess it could be spun as a Steele-initiated GOP stimulus package. They’re gonna spend as much as they can so the American worker, such as those at Voyeur, will still have a job and be able to participate in our economy.

Jessica

March 29th, 2010
12:08 pm

Dang it man, I’m in shock. Not a “good old Republican” in a place like Voyeur. I mean, you have to be a Republican to know God right? Everybody can say what they want, I believe Steele was in that place to do one of four things (1) hold bible study, (2) host a voter registration drive (3) recruit quality candidates for November elections, or (4) explain Obama’s healthcare bill (clearly it will be needed by the workers and patrons alike. Yep, sarcasm intended!!!

cosmos

March 29th, 2010
12:08 pm

I like Mike right where he is. Boehner, Cantor and McConnell can’t stand him. He’s doing a great job for the family values party.

stands for decibels

March 29th, 2010
12:08 pm

There should be an unwritten rule about hitting a doobie or bottle before noon.

As someone who, like you(?), has worked a midnight-to-eight shift to pay the bills, I think the timing and subsequent appropriateness is all a matter of perspective.

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 29th, 2010
12:09 pm

A white journalist attacking a Black Leader.

Gosh, if Steele were only a Democrat, this would be racism.

Kamchak

March 29th, 2010
12:10 pm

…a Steele-initiated GOP stimulus package.

So many puns, so little time….

jewcowboy

March 29th, 2010
12:10 pm

Freaky Republicans…I don’t care what they do in their own bedroom but I find it offensive that they are trying to push their immoral lifestyle on us. Next thing you know they will be teaching bondage-themed topless lesbian sex imitation dance in our schools.

I think there should be a Federal Constitutional amendment barring such depraved and debauched lifestyle choices that being a Republican brings.

Jeb Bush / Lez Cheney 2012

March 29th, 2010
12:10 pm

Steele is a typical boy whoo spends to much on booze and women. At least he’s not President like his Kenyan born “brother”.

stands for decibels

March 29th, 2010
12:11 pm

No “Buns of” Steele thread would be complete without this video linkee:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-DQANalAe0

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 29th, 2010
12:11 pm

Jay

You really need to get your IT guys to check out your site. REALLY really rough this morning.

Have them check the Liberal BS filter. It is obviously in need of a good cleaning.

[...] say this one will do him in. Jay Bookman of the AJC also thinks this ome might be “it.” I wonder whether this will finally be [...]

jefferson

March 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

Steele has the job of polishing turds, not a easy task.

USinUK

March 29th, 2010
12:13 pm

“Next thing you know they will be teaching bondage-themed topless lesbian sex imitation dance in our schools”

you say that like it’s a bad thing …

Aredee

March 29th, 2010
12:13 pm

Give the guy some slack. He was probably there to convert the girls to Jee-zus.

Rightwing Troll

March 29th, 2010
12:13 pm

Astounding!

Once again the “conservative” responses here seem to be “it doesn’t matter, now do as I say not as I do”.

So… if this Voyeur club were on Barney Frank’s expenses what would the local “conservatives” have to say about it?

Exactly what kind of clients or lobbyists was the RNC chairman entertaining or trying to attract? Should we refer to some of Andy’s rantings from the last couple of days about what is a true Conservative? I doubt most anybody in that club would pass the muster with those standars…

Jessica

March 29th, 2010
12:14 pm

@Drain, how is the writer attacking Steele. Steele put himself out there. This story is posted on line in so many different places. Now, I will be there first to come on this board and say I’m wrong if I’m wrong about what I’m about to say. I predict the Republicans will get rid of Steele, but not BEFORE November elections. They’re afraid of what their minority voters will think if they fired him right now. All 10 of their minority voters might stay home in November! However, the day after mid-term elections – Steele is gone!!

USinUK

March 29th, 2010
12:15 pm

RWT – “Once again the “conservative” responses here seem to be “it doesn’t matter, now do as I say not as I do”. ”

nah – the response is “but … but … but … Nancy Pelosi! but … but … but … Obama! but … but … but … healthcare!”

:roll:

Steele for supports young Ho's

March 29th, 2010
12:15 pm

Republicans – We are against Healthcare Reform and unemployment insurance. No we know why. They Want to support your young ho’s (daughters) with jobs in strip clubs!

cosmos

March 29th, 2010
12:16 pm

May he was conducting a meeting with the C Street residents. You know Ensign, Sanford and such. Hey the bondage girls need to make a living too. He was just promoting jobs.

Rightwing Troll

March 29th, 2010
12:17 pm

Yeah, that too…

I don’t know how it’s possible to lose what you don’t have, but even more lost credibility…

George Foreman 3:16

March 29th, 2010
12:17 pm

It is as it was…..

Jeb Bush Lez Cheney 2012

March 29th, 2010
12:19 pm

Stop attacking this boy. Just keep him away from the white women.

Tea Party Gossip

March 29th, 2010
12:21 pm

Freaky Republicans…I don’t care what they do in their own bedroom but I find it offensive that they are trying to push their immoral lifestyle on us. Next thing you know they will be teaching bondage-themed topless lesbian sex imitation dance in our schools.

And even that would not be so bad were it not at taxpayer’s expense.

cosmos

March 29th, 2010
12:21 pm

Jessica, you are right. Steele is gone after the elections. They don’t like him anyway. I’m sure that Hannity will be criticizing him harshly on Faux tonight.

In Tune

March 29th, 2010
12:22 pm

Have them check the Liberal BS filter.

The BS filter is working just fine.

Haywood Jablome

March 29th, 2010
12:23 pm

they’re running out of tokens

JohnnyReb

March 29th, 2010
12:24 pm

Just so there is no misunderstanding, I’m a card carrying Republican both National and State, so this post is not intended as misleading. The problem with Steele is not his spendthrift ways or ignorance on hiding costs of less than attractive forays. Instead, he needs to go becasue the party is fractured. I believe most conservatives will agree the “Big Tent” philosphy has to go for us to boot out Obama. We can’t win trying to accommodate the fence setters. Either you like conservatisim and are against progressives, or not. Trying to accommodate everyone cost us the last election. Steele is not fixing this problem.

jefferson

March 29th, 2010
12:25 pm

I think Palin would be a most excellent replacement, her cheers are better than his cheers.

Michael

March 29th, 2010
12:26 pm

Yep more Republican “Family Values” on display. When will people realize the GOP is BS through and through?

cosmos

March 29th, 2010
12:26 pm

jefferson, do you mean at the bondage club or the RNC?

Southern Comfort

March 29th, 2010
12:26 pm

dB

I didn’t think of it that way. It’s always 5 pm somewhere.

No matter what, it will be interesting to see how the GOP responds, if it does at all, to what’s being discussed in that article.

NIF

Had Jay or the author of the original piece said that Steele traveled in that style because of his race, then that might raise a flag towards the race card. However, this does cast a shadow over the leader of the RNC when the GOP proclaims themselves as the party of fiscal responsibility. If he has just cause for those expenses, then the article is moot. I know enough about the airline industry that if you’re working with tight deadlines for multiple appearances, commercial flight isn’t always a viable option.

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 29th, 2010
12:27 pm

Jessica

**@Drain, how is the writer attacking Steele. **

That doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter for the dims so why should it matter to the Republicans. Any excuse to scream “RACISM” is al it takes, right?

I think Steele is planing on walking the gauntlet on the UC Berkley Campus and then he plans on complaining about all the racist remarks that was thrown at him that no camera mics or reporter every heard.

No wait. Nobody is dumb enough to buy that one.

jefferson

March 29th, 2010
12:27 pm

I want to here her go “Two Bits….”

Tea Party Gossip

March 29th, 2010
12:27 pm

I think Palin would be a most excellent replacement, her cheers are better than his cheers.

She also has better pom poms.

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 29th, 2010
12:29 pm

SoCo

**Had Jay or the author of the original piece said that Steele traveled in that style because of his race, then that might raise a flag towards the race card**

Hey, when you start injecting reason and forethought, the politics go out the window.

The democrats get to scream racism every single day and they only need a microphone. You start setting the standards for racism to be actual reason and the dims will start losing every single election.

Brad Steel

March 29th, 2010
12:30 pm

Pick Palin!!! Pick Palin.

Please o’ please o’ pleasssse pick Palin.

Southern Comfort

March 29th, 2010
12:30 pm

JohnnyReb

I think the GOP has to go in the opposite direction that you state. What’s bound to happen is that the GOP is going to continue to move further right while at the same time the Democratic party will continue their shift to the left. As that happens, more and more will soon find out that the people in the middle are left without representation. That, in turn, will open the door for a moderate 3rd party to do away with both groups and relegate them to minority status where they should be. I think the majority of this country is centrist, and most of the problems we have are due to the fringe groups on both sides.

cosmos

March 29th, 2010
12:31 pm

The thing that scares me is that before you know it Steele will be promoting same sex marriage. Then what’s next, marrying animals? This needs to be stopped now.

jewcowboy

March 29th, 2010
12:31 pm

“(as well as $12,691 on limousines during the same period)”

And just a little breakdown here…Carey Limousine in Atlanta and Tel Aviv Limousine in New York charge about $110 an hour for Town Car or SUV service.

That is about 115 hours of car service. Or more pointedly almost 3 40-hour work weeks sitting inside of a Lincoln Town Car.

It’s good to be chair of the RNC.

AmVet

March 29th, 2010
12:32 pm

I’m sure in the beginning, the Man of Steele thought he could be a good toe-the-party line puritan.

But ALL that temptation!

Interesting that exposing the failings of a very high powered person using nothing but facts and the truth is called ‘attacking’…

And yes, as an entitled spend thrift and hypocrite, I too would call him an embarrassment…

I predict the Republicans will get rid of Steele, but not BEFORE November elections…

Jessica, and with a little luck that will work out for them the same way King George’s decision to delay getting rid of Karl Sleazeball Rove did in 2006…

cosmos

March 29th, 2010
12:33 pm

Southern Comfort – Right on point. However, too pragmatic for most here.

Paul

March 29th, 2010
12:34 pm

Gripe, gripe, gripe. People who aren’t even members of the Party gripe about the cons’ Family Values & Morality obsession. Along comes a chairman who leads by example in getting away from that, and what do the Democrats and Libs do? Complain. Can’t win for losing.

I thought Libs would be happy – Steele’s stimulating the economy. And besides, a stripper is somebody’s daughter – that’s a Family Values tie-in, right?

Bottom line: as long as Steele keeps bringing in substantial donations, he’ll have a job.

AmVet

March 29th, 2010
12:34 pm

And yes, as an entitled spend thrift and hypocrite, I too would call him an embarrassment…

Der, that was rather awkwardly phrased. but I’m sure even the more obtuse here get the drift…

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 29th, 2010
12:34 pm

jewcowboy

Tell me that the supporter of the party of limousine liberals is not complaining about the chair of the RNC riding a limo.

How do you feel about Pelosi’s constant use of the US Air Force to give her and her family little coast to coast joy rides?

I understand your bias, but you might want to keep the hypocrisy down to a steady roar.

Southern Comfort

March 29th, 2010
12:36 pm

NIF

You know me, I’m nothing but reasonable. I’ve been thru enough racism personally to know the difference between the real deal and manufactured crap. I personally think that there are some in the GOP who bring those charges upon themselves. If you continually refer to people using derrogatory names like “poverty pimp” and “race baiter”, you indirectly give approval for people to respond to those being labeled using racist and bigoted statements. If you marginalize the race aspect as opposed to making it the main focus, I think the racial matters will mostly fall by the wayside.

Matilda

March 29th, 2010
12:37 pm

A good percentage of Repubs are PERVS behind closed doors. Tell me this isn’t “news” to any of you! Seriously…. Repressed on the outside = gotta let it out somewhere. Hello??!! Personally, I avoid them and their sick proclivities, but beyond that, I don’t care. It’s their business, not mine.

jefferson

March 29th, 2010
12:38 pm

So Paul, you think there could be a money angle?

jewcowboy

March 29th, 2010
12:38 pm

For the Republican Party donors that post on here, doesn’t this piss you off? This is your money (hard earned I would imagine) not going to get people elected, or further the Republican agenda, but rather, to make sure a party of one lives in a style of luxury most Americans will never get to experience.

If the rolls were reversed, I wouldn’t be making excuses, instead I would be calling for a letter of resignation.

Tea Party Gossip

March 29th, 2010
12:39 pm

Der, that was rather awkwardly phrased. but I’m sure even the more obtuse here get the drift…

But what about the acute ones.

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 29th, 2010
12:40 pm

Brad Steel

Yes Palin. Compared to the two clowns that the DNC put in second and third in line to lead the free world, she is Albert Einstein.

How anyone can support Biden the imbecile and Pelosi the Bat eyed dingbat while attacking Palin is beyond me.

jewcowboy

March 29th, 2010
12:40 pm

Drain The Swamp (NIF),

“How do you feel about Pelosi’s constant use of the US Air Force to give her and her family little coast to coast joy rides?”

Considering she is #2 in line of succession, I would say it is a practical matter of security. Especially after recent events.

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 29th, 2010
12:41 pm

Jewcowboy

**If the rolls were reversed, I wouldn’t be making excuses, instead I would be calling for a letter of resignation.**

So when does Pelosi resign?

jewcowboy

March 29th, 2010
12:42 pm

Drain The Swamp (NIF),

“I understand your bias, but you might want to keep the hypocrisy down to a steady roar.”

As far as I know Steele is not in any official gov’t post or line of succession.

Jessica

March 29th, 2010
12:42 pm

Note to dude who is supporting Bush/Cheney 2012 who said you don’t care what he does just keep him away from the white women: Honey, I hate to burst your bubble, but I can guarantee you’re way too late for that request!

Normal

March 29th, 2010
12:44 pm

USinUK

March 29th, 2010
12:02 pm
““An RNC chairman blowing two grand at a bondage-themed Hollywood nightspot featuring topless lesbian acts?””

outreach … outreach … outreach …

I wonder if he plays pocket pool while he’s there…you know the game…
hands in your pockets playing with a couple of…

jewcowboy

March 29th, 2010
12:44 pm

Drain The Swamp (NIF),

“So when does Pelosi resign?”

For what? And just so I am clear on this, you are ok with your donations being used in such a fashion…is that what you are saying?

AmVet

March 29th, 2010
12:46 pm

jc at 12:38, kinda reminds me of this debacle…

American International Group corporate executives, and representatives of various AIG subsidiaries, were partying in style at the posh St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort (ocean-view rooms start at $565 a night), in Southern California, just 2 weeks after taxpayers bailed out the insurance corporation for $85 billion.

http://www.nowpublic.com/tech-biz/aig-after-bailout-scandal-executives-party-california

Steele may have fit in well at such drunken toga parties where the plutocrats yell, “Let them (the share holders, taxpayers, etc) eat cake.”…

stands for decibels

March 29th, 2010
12:48 pm

To answer Jay’s headline: Gott im Himmel, I hope not.

jewcowboy

March 29th, 2010
12:48 pm

Drain The Swamp (NIF),

Secret Service protection protocol would be the reason The Speaker of the House travels by US gov’t aircraft.

Title 18, Crimes and Criminal Procedures
Sec. 3056. Powers, authorities, and duties of United States Secret Service

•(a) Under the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury, the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect the following persons:
•(1) The President, the Vice President (or other officer next in
the order of succession to the Office of President), the
President-elect, and the Vice President-elect.
•(2) The immediate families of those individuals listed in
paragraph (1).

http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/ref/blssprotect.htm

JohnnyReb

March 29th, 2010
12:48 pm

I should have included in my post that while Steele has to go for other reasons, I do not support what he did. And let’s face it, every party has members who do things such as did Steele.

Southern Comfort – just as the Dems have the far left, we have the far right. We believe America is Center-Right. We need to stand for and carry out not the far right, but just regular conservatisim that supports the Constitution, small government, and fiscal responsibility. We got away from that, we lost. People in the middle who lean left are not likely to all-of-a-sudden embrace Republicans. However, the undecided group who can go either way, we can win them if we stick to our roots and not go of the deep-end. Steele and others want to go for the left-leaning middle ground. It won’t happen. We can bring the tea party folks into our camp with what I describe.

Normal

March 29th, 2010
12:56 pm

We can bring the tea party folks into our camp with what I describe.

As I remember that was pretty much what happened in the W. Bush years with the religious Right. Got them on his side and helped get him elected. Then he ignored them.

I guarentee you that is what will happen with the Tea Drinkers…They will be used and then they will be ignored.

BMDPD

March 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

C’mon, we all know the reason why Steele was appointed? Just get it out in the open.

AmVet

March 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

I have witnessed at least twice in my life, Goldwater/Miller getting annihilated by LBJ in 1964 and the GOP losing a jaw dropping 90%+ of the nationally contested elections in America in 2006/2008, the faux-conservatives pay dramatically for being too extremist. For being too imperialist, too militarized, too corporatist and too justice averse.

And the RNC’s answer now?

Become MORE extremist!

Good luck with that…

BMDPD

March 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

It is for the same reason Palin was appointed.

jewcowboy

March 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

Drain The Swamp (NIF),

And guess who ordered the Speaker of the House to fly on military jets? That’s right…President George W. Bush. After the 9/11 attacks, in order to preserve the line of succession, Bush ordered then-Speaker Dennis Hastert to use a military plane, such as a C-20B ( http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3201/2880605732_97647e268c.jpg )when he was travelling back and forth between Washington and Illinois.

BMDPD

March 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

The GOP is too stupid to realize that appointing a black man to head the RNC and a woman to run as a VP will not actually swing votes.

MBR

March 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

The lap dancers would know if Michael is hard as Steele.

BMDPD

March 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

of minorities and women.

Tea Party Gossip

March 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

Freedom Concerts, Sean Hannity’s scholarship charity for the children of fallen soldiers, has violated its charitable tax status, according to a Washington advocacy group.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington alleges that Hannity’s Freedom Concerts has “engaged in deceptive and illegal marketing practices by suggesting that all concert ticket sale revenue goes directly to scholarships for children of killed and wounded service members.”

Gasp! Another of our leaders has fallen on the field of battle and it looks as though he may have fell on his own sword. I feel all swoony. Quick! Someone get me another cup of Lipton.

Paul

March 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

Matilda

[[A good percentage of Repubs are PERVS behind closed doors.]]

And you’ve verified this, how? :-)

jefferson

Sure, I think there could be a money angle. One of the primary metrics of success for that position is “amount of donations brought in.” That goes way down, the guy’s shown the door.

BMDPD

March 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

Yea Paul, that is true. The Dems are just more open about it!

Tea Party Gossip

March 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

NOOOOOOOOOO! Not the Real Deal TOOOOOOOOO! The movement is falling apart right beofre my eyes. Someone add some of that good stuff to that cup of Lipton for me.

MBR

March 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

Matilda

March 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

Paul, I’m sure I don’t know what you mean. ;-)

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

jewcowboy

**House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been using the Air Force as an on-call taxi service and wasting taxpayer money by erratically canceling and rescheduling flights, according to a new report.

Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Defense and confirmed that the speaker has made multiple requests for military air travel.**

Pardon me for believing a watch group over you.

Normal

March 29th, 2010
1:06 pm

Paul

March 29th, 2010
1:00 pm
Matilda

[[A good percentage of Repubs are PERVS behind closed doors.]]

And you’ve verified this, how?

All of their doors are painted green…

BMDPD

March 29th, 2010
1:06 pm

C’mon people don’t see…There is no good politician, not one!

DITTOHEAD:AJC Truth Detector

March 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

JAY——Rank & file Republicans have been trying to get Steele fired forever…..but Steele knows how to play the RACE card…just like OBAMA …Who is the master at playiig RACE.

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

BMDPD

**The GOP is too stupid to realize that appointing a black man to head the RNC and a woman to run as a VP will not actually swing votes.**

Don’t worry, We understand how firmly the plantation doors are locked. A few escape, but most will continue to live in nasty government housing so your voting block is secure.

BMDPD

March 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

The are all corrupt and feel like the have a sense of entitlement. They are bad at the state level, but once they get to DC, they are done!

jewcowboy

March 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

AmVet @ 12.46,

“kinda reminds me of this debacle…”

Yep…I mean these people can’t be this stupid, can they? Their expense reports are poured over by media and watchdog groups…they will get caught.

Or do they just have such contempt for everyone else they just don’t care?

Tea Party Gossip

March 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

…less than 20%-and in two recent years, less than 7% and 4%, respectively-of the money raised by Freedom Alliance went to these causes, while millions of dollars went to expenses, including consultants and apparently to ferry the Hannity posse of family and friends in high style. And, despite Hannity’s statements to the contrary on his nationally syndicated radio show, few of the children of fallen soldiers got more than $1,000-$2,000, with apparently none getting more than $6,000, while Freedom Alliance appears to have spent tens of thousands of dollars for private planes.

It must be lies! It has to be lies! This can’t be the Hannity I have trusted for all of my fair and balanced news! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I’m feeling really bad. My tea has spoiled.

BMDPD

March 29th, 2010
1:11 pm

Drain the Swamp, I am about as conservative as they come, but what I said is true. Both were chosen 30% on merit and 70% on sex/race.

stands for decibels

March 29th, 2010
1:11 pm

Here’s the advocacy group that NIF trusts:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_Watch

In 2002, Judicial Watch received $1.1 million from The Carthage Foundation[27] and a further $400,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation. Both foundations are managed by Richard Mellon Scaife. [27] The year before the Scaife Foundation gave $1.35 million and Carthage $500,000.[27]

In all, between 1997 and 2002 Judicial Watch received $7,069,500 (unadjusted for inflation) in 19 grants from a handful of foundations. The bulk of this funding came from just three foundations – the Sarah Scaife Foundation, The Carthage Foundation and the John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.[27] According to MediaTransparency, “Judicial Watch is essentially a tool of Richard Mellon Scaife, who provides almost all its funding.”[27]

Paul

March 29th, 2010
1:11 pm

Normal

“All of their doors are painted green…”

And all the Pervs know what you mean!

Matilda

I’m all for free enterprise. Take’em for all you can!