By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 16, 2007 4:40 PM
Even when his presidential campaign had money, few people would accuse John McCain of being on the cutting edge of hip.
But according to his fundraising reports released Sunday, McCain held fundraisers at two of the hottest nightclubs in the country. Let's be clear: these are not your father's nightclubs.
In April, the McCainiacs gathered at the Tabu Ultra Lounge in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. His finance reports say he paid the club $18,735 for "Equip Rental/Catering." The nightclub's website describes it this way:
"Interactive projections mesmerize with sensual images. Internationally renowned DJs conjure a cool and casual vibe that put it on everyone's list of Las Vegas nightclubs. Stunning models/servers tempt with nouveau classic cocktails. This is the forbidden world of Tabú, where only one rule applies: anything goes. Are you ready for a nightspot that's too hot to touch?"
Clearly, not too hot for McCain.
On May 17, it was Tenjune, a nightclub in New York City, for a Young Professionals cocktail reception hosted by his daughter, Meghan. McCain paid the club $6,669 twice, for "Catering/Personnel SVC/Equip."
The invitation for the event lists former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Navy Secretary John Lehman as "Honorary Chairmen" of the event. The club's website features a picture of two women in a sensual embrace.
"As you descend the main stairway, you enter the middle section with its soft, velvet seating and wood flooring," the site says. "Behind the bar, a marble wall twinkles with points of light. Overhead, wooden waves undulate across the ceiling with soft light spilling out between the ripples that continue into the dance room."
You can just picture McCain coming down that stairway, can't you?