UPDATE: The Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson has responded to the criticisms, and isn't giving ground. The Daily Caller, he points out, never specifically claimed that Steele himself visited the establishment. "How and why was RNC business conducted in a bondage-themed nightclub, and how and why were the nearly $2,000 in charges that resulted approved by RNC staff?" Carlson says that question remains unanswered. If the RNC would care to provide the information, he continues, The Daily Caller will publish it "immediately."
The political blogosphere exploded early this morning with a report that RNC chairman Michael Steele blew committee money on a "bondage-themed nightclub." The Daily Caller broke the news in a story on Steele's lavish spending, noting that
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 [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.