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GOP watch: Aloha, Mr. Steele

Hotline's Reid Wilson reports, "The RNC spent more than $340K at a semi-annual meeting in Honolulu in Jan., the latest example of the party spending lavishly on itself while GOP officials worry they won't have enough money to take advantage of a promising national landscape this fall. According to FEC reports filed late Tuesday, the RNC spent $167K on facilities for the 3-day meeting, which took place at a posh resort in Waikiki. That figure doesn't include rooms and office space for the party employees who staffed the meeting, which added up to at least another $90K." 

(Of course, anyone who has ever been to Hawaii knows that the place isn't cheap -- especially for a conference for hundreds of people.)

The Washington Post writes, "Both the national Democratic and Republican party committees spend about two-thirds of the money they take in on the care and comfort of committee staffs and on efforts to raise more funds, with lavish spending on limousines, expensive hotels, meals and tips, an analysis of the latest financial disclosure data shows." 

Et tu, McCain? "Asked if he will support Crist as an Independent, [John] McCain told The Hill, 'No.' Pressed further, McCain said, 'I support Republicans.' McCain, who is facing a GOP primary challenge this year,  added that Crist is 'a dear friend. I like him, admire him and respect him, but I'm also a Republican.'" 
"For most lawmakers, DWI stands for 'driving while intoxicated.' For Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), DWI stands for 'driving while illegal,'" the New York Daily News writes. "In an appearance on 'The O'Reilly Factor' on Tuesday Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that illegal immigrants were intentionally causing car accidents along state freeways."  
"If President Obama wants to run again in 2012, he may need to prove to the state of Arizona that he was in fact born in the United States," the New York Daily News reports, adding, "Now dubbed the 'birther bill,' the provision won a preliminary 31-22 vote, but the bill itself still faces a formal vote before it is sent to the state's Senate."