Time for another “RNC insiders getting pretty tired of Steele” post

posted at 7:51 pm on March 30, 2010 by Allahpundit

Or, more accurately, time for another “RNC insiders getting pretty tired of Steele but unwilling to do anything about it” post.

No, it’s not a Politico story this time. Fox News, folks:

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele “allowed a certain climate to exist” that resulted in the committee paying for a now infamous visit to a Los Angeles strip club, a senior RNC committeeman tells Fox News…

But well placed Republican Party sources told Fox News they did not believe think the latest controversy, over the activities at Voyeur, will cost Steele his chairmanship. Ultimately, these insiders said, Steele’s job is to win elections – and the GOP has done well on that score lately…

“I don’t think he will get fired,” said one influential RNC member of Steele. “The question is: Will he get re-hired?”

These sources believe all the right moves were made in the wake of the Voyeur embarrassment – a responsible staffer was fired, all funds have been accounted for – but many still worry about the bigger picture. “For the first time I can remember, we have less cash on hand than the Democrats, and that’s the real crime here, we should be spending our money more wisely.” said one well placed Republican source.

In this political climate, with fiscal conservatism in ascendance, I think “the RNC has a lesbian bondage problem” would actually play better as a storyline with the base than “the RNC has a spending problem.” Alas, though: The RNC has a spending problem. Texas party chairman Tom Pauken:

“There have been too many situations in which there have been questionable expenditures coming out of the RNC,” he said. “It really raises the issue of what is the RNC being run for? The benefit of the chairman and a bunch of consultants? Or is it being run to advance the conservative cause?”

Pauken said the Steele needs to “take a hard look at stepping down.”

Not going to happen, for obvious political reasons. Even so, the expense at the nightclub is just the tip of the RNC’s fundraising iceberg, as NPR describes it, with some grassroots righties already wondering just how free the “free-spending culture” is under Steele that an almost $2,000 bar tab at a place called “Voyeur” would be mindlessly rubber-stamped by the RNC finance department. Suffice it to say, if the RNC gets caught short-handed financially in the fall and loses winnable House races because it can’t pay for ads, the wrath of conservatives will be unimaginable. Deal with this now or deal with it later, ladies and gents.

You’ll be pleased, though, to know that while Steele’s relationship with McConnell and Boehner is reportedly “not good at all,” congressional leadership aides say they’ve figured out a way to “work around him” by drawing donors disgruntled with the RNC towards other Republican fundraising committees. That’s how low the group’s status has sunk — that it’s now referred to as an obstacle to be evaded rather than a conduit to success. Terrific.


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This is why people hate “Republican” the brand.

Apologetic California on March 30, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Charles Johnson spotted a Nazi flag at a Tea party…

http://minx.cc/?post=300047

ninjapirate on March 30, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Steele is spending money like a drunken demonrat. Donate more.

volsense on March 30, 2010 at 7:56 PM

If Steele was just a gaffe machine, or just a poor money manager, he might be worth saving. But he’s both, and he has to go.

RBMN on March 30, 2010 at 7:56 PM

infamous visit to a Los Angeles strip club

It’s not a strip club…

ninjapirate on March 30, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Outsiders are getting tired of Steele too.

Bishop on March 30, 2010 at 7:57 PM

FuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

RarestRX on March 30, 2010 at 7:58 PM

just GO AWAY man of StainedSteele….appoint another black Republican to take your place, Ken Blackwell…the news media will be have NOTHING to complain about …plus Ken will do a GREAT job! Stained Steele is a self-promotor who looks in every window he passes by to see how good he looks…

daytrader on March 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Charles Johnson spotted a Nazi flag at a Tea party…

http://minx.cc/?post=300047

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/300047.php

ninjapirate on March 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM

The RNC will become irrelevant. I haven’t given to them since the last election. The only way to deal with this is give directly to the campaigns, nationally. If Steele can’t manage the RNC budget and we can’t get rid of him, just cut him off.

AUINSC on March 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Conservatives will have to win in the fall despite Michael Steele and the RNC.

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM

I received a fundraising appeal by e-mail today but unfortunately I was tied up at the time.

Drained Brain on March 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Is there a 12 step program that we can use to get off of this subject?

thomasaur on March 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Im getting sick of all RNC insiders.

One of which is Steele.

uknowmorethanme on March 30, 2010 at 8:00 PM

BS story. Why don’t they do some research on Tim kaine and the DNC. No, just people who always hated him trying to get Micheal Steele. They had an election, and he won fair and square.

These people should go get a life.

Chudi on March 30, 2010 at 8:01 PM

what a waste of time this whole story is.

rob verdi on March 30, 2010 at 8:02 PM

I met Steele at a McDonnell election night reception here in Richmond.

Steele came across as nothing more than a shameless self-promoter; worse than a used car salesman.

When McDonnel, Bolling and Cuccinelli came out on the stage for the victory celebration, Steele elbowed his way to the front like he was the sole reason they got elected.

24 months ago, I was hoping Steele would be on the 2008 presidential ticket as VP. What a fool I was.

BacaDog on March 30, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Said it before and I’ll say it again. Steele better deliver elections in 2010 and 2012 or there maybe a hockey-mom in Wasilla who can easily do this job.

Energize the base and raise money. That’s all you really need to do to chair the RNC

Chrisin206 on March 30, 2010 at 8:03 PM

This RNC outsider has been tired of Steele since the race comments that he made. He should have been dumped then.

farright on March 30, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Ugh. Should have given it to the dude from Michigan, or Blackwell.

therightwinger on March 30, 2010 at 8:06 PM

I already ‘work around’ the RNC. I donate directly to candidates, not to the party.

Slublog on March 30, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Charles Johnson spotted a Nazi flag at a Tea party…

http://minx.cc/?post=300047

ninjapirate on March 30, 2010 at 7:54 PM

LMAO

While the state of Tennessee was once named Franklin (After Ben)

He was a Nazi I think.

F15Mech on March 30, 2010 at 8:06 PM

When Steele no longer has a job, maybe he can work in the bondage industry.

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:06 PM

While=Well

F15Mech on March 30, 2010 at 8:07 PM

“… I think “the RNC has a lesbian bondage problem”

Linky, please…

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2010 at 8:08 PM

gee I just got the thank you from the RNC for the Fire Pelosi moneybomb. They raised 1.5 million. the email says it will go to put 40 new house members in to take the gavel from Pelosi…

ginaswo on March 30, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Steele did do the honorable thing and fire an underling.

Aviator on March 30, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Linky, please…

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2010 at 8:08 PM

horndawg

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:09 PM

slublog

agree thats the way to go. I ususally give directly to the candidates because the NRSC endorses people like Crist and (the DNC goes with Obama)

the Fire Pelosi thing got me tho’, lol, good message that one had…

hey everyone Marco Rubio FEC deadline is tomorrow to report donations, please give if you can!

ginaswo on March 30, 2010 at 8:10 PM

We shouldn’t have to “work around” the leader of the RNC. Steele needs to go.

conservnut on March 30, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Charles Johnson spotted a Nazi flag at a Tea party…

http://minx.cc/?post=300047

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/300047.php

ninjapirate on March 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM

It’s official…CJ is completely out of his mind now. He’s been moving in that direction, but dare we say…he’s arrived.

As for Steele…what a disappointment, regardless of this latest thing. Was so excited when he, after many votes and re-votes, got the job as R?NC chair…a job tailor made for him.

What a disappointment he’s been. At a time when we most need a strong party chairman.

JetBoy on March 30, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Steele did do the honorable thing and fire an underling.

Aviator on March 30, 2010 at 8:08 PM

True, but it’s not just about that bondage club thing. That was just a timely reminder that the RNC is seriously broke. They are spending more than they take in from donations. That’s a huge problem in an election year.

AUINSC on March 30, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Can we go back to the days when Rush was the titular head of the GOP? Fun times, fun times.

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Suffice it to say, if the RNC gets caught short-handed financially in the fall and loses winnable House races because it can’t pay for ads, the wrath of conservatives will be unimaginable. Deal with this now or deal with it later, ladies and gents.

Bingo. Dead on.

OhioCoastie on March 30, 2010 at 8:14 PM

That’s how low the group’s status has sunk — that it’s now referred to as an obstacle to be evaded rather than a conduit to success. Terrific.

I think you mean avoided. I like your sentence though, it makes Steele look like the killer ghosts from PacMan while McConnell and Beohner run around trying to pick up all the dots.

I thought he would be great, but he makes me shake my head. Relationship with House and Senate chiefs is disappointing, and the comment he made earlier about not being about to take back the House…well either he doesn’t have a read on the climate, is a real pessimist, or knew he already spent all the campaign money.

Spirit of 1776 on March 30, 2010 at 8:14 PM

I think what you are going to see is Mike Steele dieing a political death by a thousand cuts – starting soon too.

The Lesbian Bondage club was discovered by Liberal bloggers who found it on a February FEC filing. I’m sure they’re pouring through many more filings looking for more suspect charges and we’ll hear about them soon.

No way this was an isolated incident – way too Cavalier.

HondaV65 on March 30, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Rule one of politics:

Never have a lesbian bondage scandal in an election year.

blatantblue on March 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM

That’s how low the group’s status has sunk — that it’s now referred to as an obstacle to be evaded rather than a conduit to success. Terrific.

RNC ~ Reducto Null Contentro.

MB4 on March 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM

I’m starting to wonder if Steele is actually a liberal trying to bring down the RNC from the inside.
Strip club, bondage?
What’s next, an escort service being run out of your basement that you had NO IDEA was there?

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Ultimately, these insiders said, Steele’s job is to win elections – and the GOP has done well on that score lately…

A one legged goat in a coma could beat a Democrat in an election today so I think giving credit for Republican wins is being rather generous.

Marconi on March 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

I just don’t get the angst, Micheal has met with the Tea Party, he seems to be doing OK to me, why shake the tree this close to Nov. unless some people want us to lose or they’re afraid to win.

Are we that comfortable with minority status?

Speakup on March 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

I could care less about a a tit bar excursion or even a big dinner tab, particularly when you’ve raised a shitload of money that night from the participants.

I’m far more concerned about the huge sums spent on private aircraft and luxury hotel stays that benefit but a single individual, Michael Steele, in the conduct of party business.

To me, it’s not the money but the leadership issue.

If you’re trying to sell your party and its candidates as fiscally responsible, you gotta walk the walk. Period.

TXUS on March 30, 2010 at 8:26 PM

I nominate Allahpundit for RNC Chairman!

AP won’t go on TV –

AP won’t go to strip clubs — oh wait…

I take it all back, we’re just going to have to hold on a bit longer it seems. Let’s see, how long did Abraham Lincoln fight the civil war before he found his General Grant? Hmmm?

Americannodash on March 30, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Rule one of politics:

Never have a lesbian bondage scandal in an election year.

[Starts shutting down campaign]

Spirit of 1776 on March 30, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Speakup on March 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

I read a story today … wish I could find it … that claimed the RNC is spending more cash than it’s bringing in – to the tune of like $10 Million or so if I remember correctly.

You already have stories that say the NRSC and NRCC are bypassing the RNC and directing donors to their committee.

The RNC really is in a marginalized situation.

HondaV65 on March 30, 2010 at 8:29 PM

It’s official…CJ is completely out of his mind now. He’s been moving in that direction, but dare we say…he’s arrived.

JetBoy on March 30, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Dear Charles,

They’re coming to take you away, ha-haaa.
They’re coming to take you away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa.
To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time and you’ll be happy
to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they’re coming
to take you away, ha-haaa!!!

To the happy home, with trees and flowers and chirping birds and basket
weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes and they’re
coming to take you away, ha-haa!!!
To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time……
- Napoleon XIV

MB4 on March 30, 2010 at 8:29 PM

I can only imagine what comes next.

blatantblue on March 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM

I’m starting to wonder if Steele is actually a liberal trying to bring down the RNC from the inside.
Strip club, bondage?
What’s next, an escort service being run out of your basement that you had NO IDEA was there?

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM

It’ll be the last straw when the RNC takes their donors to a Nancy Pelosi themed “club”

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:31 PM

At least go somewhere more normal. Like a cougar club. Not some fetish hang out.

blatantblue on March 30, 2010 at 8:32 PM

I read a story today … wish I could find it … that claimed the RNC is spending more cash than it’s bringing in – to the tune of like $10 Million or so if I remember correctly.

HondaV65 on March 30, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Saw something like that on NPR (posted by William Amos in the headlines).

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Allah as the article above as well

William Amos on March 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Rule one of politics:

Never have a lesbian bondage scandal in an election year.

blatantblue on March 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM

It’s good to see that at one of our youth is taking notes! Bravo! Squirrel it away for when your time comes to lead. The usual anti squirrel tactics won’t work anymore unless they’re mentioned here first. Are all things you can actually get away with without being arrested brought to our attention after the fact these days?

Americannodash on March 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM

I’m not a Republican, I am an Independent. The Republicans need me to vote Republican next November 2, and my demographic. Someone tell these insiders, and Tucker Carlson you don’t change Horses in the middle of the stream – the Election is 216 days from now. Republicans snatching defeat from victory.

This isn’t even in the top 50 things the Republicans need to be worrying about. Some young staff member tried to get reimbursed for taking some young Republican doners to a somewhat popular well known party spot in West Hollywood. The expense got kicked back…so it’s over.

Our Southern border has seen the deaths of how many Americans in the last couple of weeks? And by Death I mean Murdered.

http://breakingnews.gaeatimes.com/2010/03/14/3-with-ties-to-us-consulate-killed-in-mexican-border-city-including-couple-with-baby-in-car-15629/

And just recently an Arizona Rancher. Maybe just maybe the Republicans would like to address a serious issue that actually effects American citizens? Maybe they want to put the Scolding on hold, and get back to the Chairman’s expense account later. Politically their base want the borders and ports secured. John McCain wants the National Guard sent to the southern border…we know the virtual fence isn’t stopping anyone.

The Republicans don’t want Michael Steele taking planes or staying in hotels – they want to be known as the Motel 6 budget party? That really inspires confidence LOL! What’s Motel 6′s ad “Will Leave The Lights On”.

Dr Evil on March 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM

as NPR describes it

Well, I’m convinced.
Randy

williars on March 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Allah as the article above as well

William Amos on March 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Ooops

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM

TXUS on March 30, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Amen, brother! (or sister)!

tru2tx on March 30, 2010 at 8:36 PM

CBS ran with this story tonight and it sure didn’t help the Republican brand. Steele really needs to be replaced and quick.

farright on March 30, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Americannodash on March 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM

I remember four years ago, in Political Science 101:

“Now, the golden rule of politics is to avoid t!tty bar scandals”

It’s stuck with me every since

blatantblue on March 30, 2010 at 8:36 PM

It’ll be the last straw when the RNC takes their donors to a Nancy Pelosi themed “club”

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:31 PM

The Witches Lair

farright on March 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM
It’ll be the last straw when the RNC takes their donors to a Nancy Pelosi themed “club”

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:31 PM

At least go somewhere more normal. Like a cougar club. Not some fetish hang out.

blatantblue on March 30, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Hey guys~does Helen Thomas ‘moonlight’ at Nancy’s club. I hear her lap dances are legendary!

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 8:39 PM

The Witches Lair

farright on March 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM

The witch that’ll put you, your children, and their children in bondage.

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Dr Evil on March 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM

You make some very good points.

Y-not on March 30, 2010 at 8:41 PM

I remember four years ago, in Political Science 101:

“Now, the golden rule of politics is to avoid t!tty bar scandals”

It’s stuck with me every since

blatantblue on March 30, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Some people you just can’t reach.

thomasaur on March 30, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Some people you just can’t reach.

thomasaur on March 30, 2010 at 8:41 PM

But they’ll take a reacharound, I’m sure.

blatantblue on March 30, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Hey guys~does Helen Thomas ‘moonlight’ at Nancy’s club. I hear her lap dances are legendary!

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 8:39 PM

I don’t joke when I say I’d pay $0.50 to watch Helen give Nancy a lap dance.

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:42 PM

OK, Hornet, the Mac post made it up!

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Steele’s job is to win elections – and the GOP has done well on that score lately…

.
Are they being won because of the RNC leadership or in spite of it?

ronsfi on March 30, 2010 at 8:45 PM

OK, Hornet, the Mac post made it up!

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:43 PM

I’m going to stroke out.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Steele is a careerist and a climber. He has no loyalty to any particular philosophy except that which furthers his career. He’s not alone in this. The Republican party is riddled with men exactly like him.

Ronald Reagan was an outsider and a dark horse for many reasons. Those reasons haven’t changed.

spmat on March 30, 2010 at 8:47 PM

These RNC “insiders” sound like a bunch of common democrats.

n0doz on March 30, 2010 at 8:49 PM

Said it before and I’ll say it again. Steele better deliver elections in 2010 and 2012 or there maybe a hockey-mom in Wasilla who can easily do this job.

Energize the base and raise money. That’s all you really need to do to chair the RNC

Chrisin206 on March 30, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Steele, out of his own mouth months ago, downplayed any chance of major victories in ’10. He was playing the ‘managing expectations’ game even while those major Governor races were going to Republicans. A complete LOSER for the position he holds. He’s poisoning the well that is needed for actual victories, with his foolishness. From his ‘ghetto-outreach’ when he got the office, to his preaching failure instead of striving to maximally capitalize on momentum, to his failures of leadership that lead to this sort of embarassment, to the WASTAGE of donated funds being revealed now – including his reported consideration of a private jet, even while they’ve become such a taboo symbol – the man is a LOSER in a position that sorely needs the opposite.
FIRE STEELE.

rayra on March 30, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Steele hasn’t done a damned thing to win any elections. Those won so far are because the Democrats are shooting THEMSELVES in the foot.

Speaking of feet. It’s time to kick Steele out!

GarandFan on March 30, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Well, Steele doesn’t inspire me to donate to the RNC and I’d bet there are more who feel the same. I’ll donate my hard earned overtaxed dollars directly to the candidate I support.

jackal40 on March 30, 2010 at 9:27 PM

This is true racism…rather then admit that this steele is not effective, the DC GOP has determined that he is black and therefore untouchable.
If steele was a man he would quit, but he is black you see.

SERFER62 on March 30, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I like Michael Steele.

Just not at RNC chair – you need an driven ass-kicker at that position, and Steele seems like a happy-go-lucky softie.

Good Lt on March 30, 2010 at 9:41 PM

$2000 bar tab for how many people?

danking70 on March 30, 2010 at 9:59 PM

I’ve followed Mr. Steele rather closely and have found him to be a man with major strengths as well as weaknesses. However, when one hires a high profile African American it is not just a business deal but rather a marriage. Choose wisely. Divorce is so painful as to be avoided at all costs. One wishes the day will come when employees can be evaluated on MLK grounds rather than race politics. Until then hire with care. You make a bed , you lie in it.

Mason on March 30, 2010 at 10:05 PM

I thought this agreement was in place. I thought the old guard in the GOP maintained their control over the GOP finances.

The Party in-fighting has to stop. We need every vote we can get in November.

Texas Gal on March 31, 2010 at 12:06 AM

WE just send cash/credit card money to the candidate we like in all 57 states. The money bomb is the death knell for the likes of the RNC.
All who are posting here might do better to pick a candidate and enter your credit card donation to that candidate of your choice, on the net for only $10.00.This is very easy to do and puts your money where your fingers are now. Challenge:
$10.00 to Rubio and the Dr. fixin to take Stupidak,any takers?

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 31, 2010 at 8:02 AM

And some people try to overcompensate for faults, NOT these guys!

Why do the top echelon insiders in the Republican Party often act like stereotypical con men? Which is just what the people who hate them say they are?

Why do Mike Steele and Dear Leader often act like the ugly stereotypes held by the people who hate them?

IlikedAUH2O on March 31, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Yeah I’m so sure that before 2008, RNC members only went to Church socials and Bible reading parties. /sarc

Speedwagon82 on March 31, 2010 at 10:13 AM

I met Steele at a McDonnell election night reception here in Richmond. Steele came across as nothing more than a shameless self-promoter; worse than a used car salesman.

When McDonnel, Bolling and Cuccinelli came out on the stage for the victory celebration, Steele elbowed his way to the front like he was the sole reason they got elected.

24 months ago, I was hoping Steele would be on the 2008 presidential ticket as VP. What a fool I was.

BacaDog on March 30, 2010 at 8:02 PM

It’s good of you to say this. I’ve noticed that Steele has been getting his share of criticism, going back several months or more, but not a word of self-criticism from anyone who used to fawn over the guy in the comments section (“Steele ’08!” and so on), since even before his Maryland race.

Not that I expect anyone to drown themselves in mea culpas; I’m just saying, the complete failure (at least to my casual-reader’s eyes :) of folks to even mention it at all has been disappointing, and invites the criticism by outsiders that we’re all just a bunch of credulous groupies.

If I was intending to be troll-ish about it, I’d have brought it up months ago; instead I’ve been hoping someone would eventually close the loop. Thanks for finally doing it. Apologies if I’m not giving someone else credit, but if they already have, it’s certainly flown under my radar! :)

RD on March 31, 2010 at 8:35 PM