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Michael Steele Bravely Fires Underlings Over Strippergate

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He's so street.RNC comedy chairman Michael Steele has finally stepped up and taken responsibility for the Republicans’ insane bondage-lesbian-strip-club party spending, if by “stepped up” you mean “he fired the finance director and the deputy finance director.” (He fired another minor character in this sexytime melodrama back in March.) Steele, America’s Number One hilarious person, told RNC moneyman Rob Bickhart and his assistant moneylady, Debbie LeHardy, that they would have to resign so that Michael Steele could keep his absurdly cushy job and royal office all so he can help the Republicans continue to provide jokes for comedians. [AP/TPM]

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  • Redhead

    well how else was he supposed to afford all those singles and outrageously expensive strip club drinks?

  • chascates

    I demand a dance video of him & Sarah Palin.

  • Sharkey

    I could use a good moneyman and moneylady. So, Dickhart and LeHandy, please step this way.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Steele’s Chief of Staff Michael Leavitt said: “While we appreciate their service to the RNC and wish them well in future endeavors, the Chairman felt it was important to restructure the department in order to continue to improve on our strong fundraising numbers.”

    Translation: What kind of idiots can’t even hide their inappropriate business expenses? Also, we’re hemorrhaging money.

  • Tommmcatt

    This club is around the corner from my house, and I’m having a hard time believing the “lesbian bondage” thing looking at the crowd outside. Douchebags, yes. Scenester Fuckette Anorexochicks, yes. Hard core dyke leather daddies? Not from what I’ve seen.

  • Fuck Toad

    [re=572995]Tommmcatt[/re]: If you read the descriptions Wonkett pulled up, it’s just an edgy strip club for rich frat boys. It’s not a sex club, it’s just a club that has ladies pretending to whip each other and to go down each others’ appalachian trails, in a plastic box in the wall.

    It is a “lesbian bondage”-themed club, but it is not for lesbians who like bondage. It is for men with pink ties and frosted hair and overpriced suits to watch women pretend to be lesbians, in bondage.

  • Fuck Toad

    More succinctly, it’s for guys who practice saying “Sabrina, don’t just stare at it, eat it” in the mirror each night before going out on the town.

  • Smoke Filled Roommate

    ‘Debbie LeHardy’ sounds like a punchline to some lesbian bondage-themed joke.

  • rambone

    You gotta keep your pimp hand strong . . .

  • comicbookguy

    Now who is going to lift his bags?

  • the problem child

    Does LeHandy make Dickhart? As hard as Steele?

  • Limeylizzie

    I volunteer to go undercover with two female journalists-my secret girlfriends Tamron Hall and Rachel Maddow -and do the sexy lesbian spanking thing.Just in the interests of finding out exactly what goes on in that place, you understand.

  • Neilist

    I’m still troubled by the fact that this “lesbian club” — which is, let’s face it, merely a code for “Hot STRIPPER Girl-On-Girl ACTION!!!!!! — is over in West Hollywood, a/k/a “Boys Town.”

    What’s next? Oscar Meyer allegedly opening a outlet in Mecca?

  • nappyduggs

    As penance for this and a whole catalogue of other sins, Michael Steele should have to perform a night of field songs and spirituals for the highest ranking members of GLAAD.

  • user-of-owls

    Upstanding Christian that he is, Mr. Steele has undoubtedly been asking each of his staff to check each of the sins in the FRC catalog they have committed. These two were just the earliest ones to flunk the test.

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    Eventually Steele is going to be fired or quite his cushy position as Head Token Black Republican.
    With his experience, what new job should he seek out?
    Mike the plumber?
    Alaskan Governor?
    Luggage carrier for Rev. Franklin Graham?

  • user-of-owls

    [re=573016]Neilist[/re]: What’s next? Oscar Meyer allegedly opening a outlet in Mecca?

    Since their weenies contain nothing that even resembles pork (or beef, for that matter), I don’t see the problem.

  • facehead

    Now I can go to my local lesbian bondage parlor and not worry about perverts hanging about.

  • southern mark smith

    But Michael Steele said “So that happens. It is what happens in the business” Somebody gets fired over standard business practices? That’s not capitalism I can believe in.

  • Rentboy.gov

    Just wait until the Repugs come roaring back to power at the midterms. Then the Klan chapters and tea baggers will be proclaiming that this clown is da man!

  • Tommmcatt


    It actually is on the outskirts of boys-town- over by Fairfax, which is a very Russian neighborhood. Close to a Whole Foods, actually.

  • Tommmcatt


    Okay, the avatar and nym are priceless. Just so you know.

  • Oldskool

    Whatdya bet they lined up better jobs months ago and were staying on till he could find replacements.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    Gawd, he was a hoot today on Andrea Mitchell’s show. Although I usually don’t care for Andrea, I admit she didn’t let him off the lesbian/stripper/bondage hook today. He was miffed that the media won’t quit talking about it, ergo this afternoon’s firings.

    Although the high point was when he was defending the HI trip. He was all like ‘Hawaii wasn’t expensive. It cost about the same as flying first class to MI.’ HA HA HA HA…seriously, you gotta see that footage.

  • trondant

    [re=573022]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: Talon News correspondent.

  • nappyduggs


    Good to know, but I think it was Neilist who was up in arms over the locale (see what I did there, in homage to Neilist?)

    [re=573014]Limeylizzie[/re]: May I submit a resume to be included in your downtown, backdoor sexcapade? I have a spring-loaded shoulder, an appetite for edible panties, and a gimp mask.

  • weejee

    [re=573040]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Does this mean Andrea won’t be givin’ Steele a lap dance?

  • Aflac Shrugged

    A real street brother would have known if you’re going to do some dirt, you do it with cold, untraceable cash.

    Or maybe anyone whose party lost a President after his staff decided to pay burglars with a fucking check. You could expect a guy in that position to pick up on the obvious too.

  • bitchincamaro

    I literally fapped to a Debbie LeHardy/Mike Steele pornvid minutes ago. I think.

  • Slattenpat

    [re=572995]Tommmcatt[/re]: [re=572998]Fuck Toad[/re]: It’s like a bargain-basement “Eyes Wide Shut” club for unctuous used car salesmen and sleazy local weathermen.

  • Tommmcatt


    Whoops. Don’t drink and comment, I guess.

  • desertwind

    I’d like to propose Steele as the “talent” for next years WHCD!

    Whadya say? Let’s start a Facebook petition.

  • Limeylizzie

    [re=573044]nappyduggs[/re]: You are more than welcome to come along.

  • nappyduggs


    Now,now- let’s not be hasty.

  • mumblyjoe

    [re=573014]Limeylizzie[/re]: It should be pointed out that any [i]responsible[/i] investigative journalism should involve photographic evidence. Copious, copious photographic evidence.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=573032]southern mark smith[/re]: No, what Mike meant by that is the Boss doesn’t take the fall for anyone. That’s the underlings’ job. You want Big Mike to go down, you gotta take him down.


    [re=573057]Tommmcatt[/re]: Are you sure you’ve logged in to the right blog?

  • the problem child

    [re=573014]Limeylizzie[/re]: If Rachel isn’t available, I am a reasonable hand-drawn facsimile thereof and would be happy to play along, for the sake of journalistic integrity, of course. We should get Katydid in on this too, as I think she has a journamalism past at least as credible as Snowbilly’s.

  • Smoke Filled Roommate

    [re=573052]bitchincamaro[/re]: I know, what’s with these names? Steele, Dickhart and LeHardy? That’s some weird ‘law porn’ shit right there.

  • Jukesgrrl

    [re=573059]desertwind[/re]: Word!

  • Jukesgrrl

    [re=573071]the problem child[/re]: Hey, don’t leave me out. I have cowgirl boots!

  • southern mark smith

    [re=573070]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Only an accounting scandal and/or tax evasion can bring down the Boss (cf. Capone, Gotti, Abramoff, et al.). Is this not an accounting scandal?

    Moo, also.

  • slappypaddy

    the buck stops down there. the dough stops up here.

  • WadISay

    In Biblical times, they would have taken a goat, placed the sins of the community on it, and driven it out of town (hence the word scapegoat). The RNC, on the other hand, would keep the goat and fuck it.

  • El Pinche

    [re=573014]Limeylizzie[/re]: I can pretend to be Mike Pence and they can play good pundit/bad pundit on me. Tamron can be the bad one while she smothers me with her big …commentaries and Rachel (who suddently went bad) can spank my corn-fed hypocritical lobbyist fucking ass with a fishing pole.

    Better yet , they can dress as bad little $500/hr Rentboys and I can play the anti-gay christian closet homo tempted by their wicked sodomy. Rachel can . Then Tamron gets on . Then I remove the tamale, clean up, and leave quietly.

  • El Pinche

    [re=573113]El Pinche[/re]: The content last few sentences were redacted because of buttsekks

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=573096]southern mark smith[/re]: Oh, man! Sheeeit! Does Big Mike look like an accountant to you?!

    (Don’t answer that.)

    Moo, as well?

  • ms_mcgee

    Bad, bad, bad RNC Chair!

  • ms_mcgee

    (sound of whip cracking)

  • ms_mcgee

    Wait, that’s what they paid to hear, right?

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    See, this is what happens when you forget your safe word.

  • gurukalehuru

    You go, Michael, Man of Steele! Remember, the more people you can fire, the bigger a boss you are. Make them fear you, Michael. Make them fear you.

  • Sparky McGruff

    [re=573022]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: With his experience, what new job should he seek out?

    As a “prominent black republican”, he has a future in the wingnut welfare circuit. I predict a gig with the Heritage Foundation, probably using his hip-hop skills to work to attract young “urban” voters to the republican party. Or, he could work in public relations for a far-far right firm. He’ll never have to hold a real job again, as long as he “keeps the faith”.

    If “Heckuva Job” Michael Brown can have a “consultant” job managing disaster responses, and be featured on all the mainstream news channels as some kind of disaster response expert, then Steele can stay in wingnut gravy jobs for the rest of his life, too. After all, Brown “managed” the response to hurricane Katrina into the worst cluster-fuck the country has ever seen; so Steele’s expertise in comedic PR disasters would put him in demand too.

  • Limeylizzie

    [re=573068]mumblyjoe[/re]: [re=573071]the problem child[/re]: [re=573079]Jukesgrrl[/re]: Oh we all have some crazy and dark needs here at the Wonkette? But, we are vanilla compare with our friend
    El Pinche here.[re=573113]El Pinche[/re]: I would have to have a notebook with me to accommodate all your deep desires , lest I forget a quirk or two!

  • zhubajie

    You realize, Steele is actually the world’s greatest secret agent, successfully making the Republicans look even stupider than they would otherwise. Do you realize how hard that is?

  • Mr Blifil

    Steele is just marking time until he launches RentBlackRepublican.com

  • Lazy Media

    [re=573016]Neilist[/re]: My understanding is that it’s not a real strip club, not a place for visiting bidnessmen and frat boys to get their perv on and put dollars in garters. It’s a dance club with fake lesbo-bondage-stripper action for background ambiance. Your basic “edgy” Hollywood trendster scene.

  • Neilist

    [re=573044]nappyduggs[/re]: For future reference: The phrase “homage to Neilist” makes no sense. In English, or any other language.

    The “club” being located closer to Fairfax makes more sense, given the Russian mafia connection in that part of town. But about the only places I know over there are Kantor’s Deli and Molly Malone’s.

    Maybe I should go check it out. You know, as an “homage to Michael Steele.” Although that phrase makes no sense, either.

  • V572625694

    [[re=573036]Tommmcatt[/re]: re=573040]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Saw that, it was awesome. Mikey was gettin’ pissed. Later Tweetie waled on Pataki in an entertaining but uninformative manner as well.

    [re=573014]Limeylizzie[/re]: Although I’m very busy, I’m sure I could find the time to accompany you and your team on this heroic expedition into the Heart of Republican Darkness. Please send a Wonkett Private Messsage immediately with the date and time of Tamron’s arrival.

    [re=573036]Tommmcatt[/re]: [re=573034]Rentboy.gov[/re]: That avatar is the Beav’s older brother Tony Dow, nicht wahr?. “Ward, I’m worried about Wally…”

  • notreallyhelping

    Jerky, scratched, black and white film images: the Big Cow hanging onto the cowcatcher, his Italian shoes slipping, trying to find purchase on the battered metal. Manicured fingers (with class ring) straining to hang onto a steaming hot headlamp. Pumping steel wheels throwing sparks. The train whistle blows as the engine smokes and veers toward a too-narrow tunnel. Dylan screams on the soundtrack: “Give me some milk or else go home!”

    Whoo-whoo. Crunch. Etc.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Looks like Steele’s been watching Scarface.

    “I never fucked anybody over in my life didn’t have it coming to them. You got that? All I have in this world is my black balls and my race card and I don’t break them for no one. Do you understand? That piece of shit up I fired, I never liked him, I never trusted him. For all I know he had me set up and had me mocked over a lesbian bondage club. But that’s history. I’m here, he’s not. Do you wanna go on with me, you say it. You don’t, then you make a move.”

  • southern mark smith

    [re=573118]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: I AM THE SON OF AN ACCOUNTANT! (Well, a suburban, non-hip-hop accountant, so really no basis for comparison.)

  • Blender

    Today, we all live around the corner from Tommmcatt’s house.

  • Sparky McGruff

    [re=573059]desertwind[/re]: How about Michael Steele hosts Saturday Night Live? He’d be a natural.

  • lawrenceofthedesert

    The club is about LA’s favorite hobby, titillation, with the emphasis not on “lation.” It’s a desperately workaholic city that tries to compensate with fantasies. Steele is just performing his duties as party pimp.

  • Myrna the Minx

    The Run DMC style “Killer” necklace is an unfortunate omission from your Blingee.

  • MsQuasimodo

    Wonketters would make killer scriptwriters for an x-rated snarkfest political-sexytime TV show. This post has one such script in outline, with cast of characters, plot, and sex hilarity. But I doubt even premium cable TV would have the guts to produce it let alone air it.