Debra J. Saunders

Rove said the responsible staffer should be fired -- which already had happened. He suggested that RNC rules mean the party is stuck with Steele through 2010 but did not defend him. The purpose of the RNC, Rove noted, is to "spend money on elections, not to spend money on jets and bondage clubs."

"Isn't it weird that we're even talking about this stuff?" Rove asked. Yes, I said at the time, but as I think about it, stories like this -- party biggies living large and ignoring their base's call for spending restraint -- happen so often that they don't seem so weird anymore. Just when the GOP could win back seats, Steele and his henchmen seem determined to blow it.

It's ironic, given Rove's salute to sincerity. No one is going to listen to Steele hitting Obama's big spending and figure, "You know, those Republicans are going to do what they say."

Debra J. Saunders

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