The Republican National Committee fired a staffer who helped organize the January 31 visit to Voyeur Hollywood West, which features topless dancers, bondage outfits and erotic themes. The RNC said it will recoup the money from a donor who paid the tab and was reimbursed by the party on February 4. So, all the money is taken care of, so it's like it never happened, right?Okay, let's start with the obvious: The party that most often aligns itself with what they like to call "family values" makes the news for a trip to a strip bar, and we shouldn't be surprised. It is precisely this cycle of hypocrisy that keeps us all intrigued.
By contrast, we have "disgraced congressman" Eric Massa's appearance on Glenn Beck. "Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn't breathe, and then four guys jumped on top of me!" Not exactly in the Democratic tradition of "I did not have sex with that woman, depending on just exactly what you mean by sex," from the Clinton years, but still in line with the party that gave us skanky John Edwards and the tonsillectomy Al Gore gave his wife at the 2000 convention or the way that Jimmy Carter lusted in his heart. The Democrats are a pretty lusty bunch, even before you start counting the notches on JFK's bedpost.
Perhaps this is the beginning of a new era for the Grand Old Party. The staffer fired over all this indiscretion was Allison Meyers, who headed the Young Eagles, which tries to recruit major GOP donors forty-five and younger. Maybe Ms. Meyers was looking to test the distinction between "hard" and "soft" money. But let's be honest: They spent less than two thousand dollars for a night at a strip club in Hollywood. The boys from Mötley Crüe would go through that in a couple of hours. These guys are sure to be on the next Young Eagles mailing list.