Harry Bradford reports on illicit recreational spending at political conventions (here), particularly looking at recent research that demonstrates conservative conventions spend much more on illicit recreation than liberal conventions. In particular, research has shown that in the United States, Republicans spend more on strippers and prostitutes than their Democratic counterparts.
Since Republicans typically campaign on family values and conservative morality and tend to push for legislation keeping erotic entertainment illegal with stricter penalties, this might seem odd . . . particularly since some Democrats have actually called for prostitution to be made legal. However, it’s not really all that surprising when one considers that cultures and individuals with higher degree of sexual repression tend to have more instances of the shadow acting out. Republicans seem to be plagued by sexual scandals more than democrats in part because the repression of otherwise normal sexual curiosity or desire can lead to inappropriate aberrant behavior. These guys spend so much time denying normal sexual interest that when they have opportunities to act out they do so much more flamboyantly or even inappropriately than those persons who accept sexuality as a normal natural part of life.
Democrats and Republicans have equal interest in polls. One of them just pays a bit more attention to who’s dancing on them.
That’s right, we’re talking stripping and politics, two topics that seldom converge like they do during the national conventions, now roughly two months away. Strip clubs at both the Democratic host city of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Republican host city of Tampa, Florida, are expecting big bucks from convention goers — and dancers at the latter event should expect a mini-boon of their own.
“Hands down, the Republicans have always been our best customers,” Angela Spencer of the Association of Club Executives, a national organization for adult nightclubs, told WFAE-FM. “I have heard club owners say, ‘Boy, those Republicans really are great customers.’” (Hat tip tothe Tampa Bay Times)
Strip clubs in Tampa have been anticipating the convention for nearly a year, and it’s no secret that g-strings are one way into a Republican’s wallet.
“Republicans got plenty of money,” Joe Redner, owner of Tampa’s Mons Venus, told The Huffington Post last September. “They take it all from poor people.”
What happened during the last conventions? A Baylor University study found that the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions “increased the count of Craigslist sex worker ads by a substantial amount” in the surrounding communities.
All that withstanding, don’t expect to see President Obama or Mitt Romney at the clubs. After the Republican National Committee picked up the tab at a Los Angeles bondage club in 2010, any politician with half a brain should know to avoid all association with them. Who would ever want to live through the criticism endured by Michael Steele?
There may be one familiar political face making an appearance in the clubs surrounding the Republican National Convention: Sarah Palin’s. It just won’t actually be her. After prolonged speculation, Lisa Ann, star in the the “Nailin’ Palin” adult film series, will appear at several Tampa strip clubs over the weekend.
It is no accident that there are more pedophiles among Catholic priests than among atheists.