Looks like Tucker Carlson has collected his first scalp at his Huffington Post rip-off: Michael Steele’s.

According to two knowledgeable sources, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele once raised the possibility of using party money to buy a private jet for his travel.

“I know that … regular ongoing use of planes was something that was looked at,” says one person with direct knowledge. “I can’t speak to how serious those inquiries were.” Both sources say Steele considered purchasing a plane outright, or buying fractional ownership in one, through a company such as NetJets […]

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 at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.

The “bondage-themed nightclub” popped up on most everyone’s radar screen today. It’s a testament to my essential boring-ness that I didn’t know this place, about 10 miles from my house, existed. But nothing gets by Michael Steele.

The RNC is investigating this expenditure, according to Greg Sargent, though a spokesman insists that Steele had no knowledge of it and has never been to the nightclub.

My sense is that Republican bigwigs have been aching for a way to get rid of Steele for many months now, but this may accelerate the process. I can’t wait to hear the justification.

David Dayen

David Dayen