Like her father, John McCain, who's no stranger around Las Vegas craps tables, Meghan McCain has developed a special affinity for Sin City as well.
And judging from her recent Twitter postings, the senator's 24-year-old daughter has inherited his maverick gene and has Vegas in her blood.
"Off to Vegas tomorrow!" she wrote on her Twitter site on Wednesday. "Hope there are no pics taken, but if you do, make sure my ass looks good."
At 4:20 a.m. on Thursday, apparently on her way, she typed, "VEGAS BABY!!!"
At 2:37 p.m. Friday, she told her 51,000-plus Twitter followers, "my blackberry was exploding this morning -- thought someone got something on a camera phone at the craps table but no, Young GOP news."
She was referring to her debut column in TheDailyBeast.com, which began: "I woke up this morning in Las Vegas (tonight I'm playing roulette and betting on red) with a slew of emails about the likely election of Audra Shay as the new head of the Young Republicans on Saturday.
"You can probably guess," she added, "how I feel about a woman who thinks comparing President Obama to a terrorist and referring to blacks as 'mad coons' is funny."
Five hours later, she wrote: "everything about this city is a turn on. meow. wish you were here!"
By Sunday, the perky blonde blogger sounded so smitten with our city that she might have a new voting address in mind.
"I want to move here. when I call strangers baby and darling, they say it back, unlike in nyc where people get confused."
She added, "Its also socially acceptable to wear 6 inch heels and false eyelashes to breakfast. Viva Las Vegas baby."
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Speaking of mavericks, this won't surprise anyone who's seen Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban take on the NBA establishment: Cuban was so impressed with Brock Lesnar's post-UFC 100 antics after his dominant win over Frank Mir on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center that he jumped on his BlackBerry and Twittered: "lesnar post fight speech prob best ever in all sports."...
Lesnar might have a word or two the next time he sees one of his doubters, Jake Rossen, who covered UFC 100 for the mixed martial arts Web site, Sherdog.com. Rossen offered this prediction on his blog minutes before the main event: "There's a lot of fuss made about Lesnar's strength and bulldozer style, but I really have my doubts that A). He's learned enough in three years to avoid a submission from Mir and B). Any one of his limbs are stronger than Mir's entire body. Fighting is a science: Mir holds an advanced degree, and Lesnar is still dissecting frogs."
British actor Jason Statham and Holly Madison, chatting at Strip House (Planet Hollywood Resort) Saturday after he saw her perform in "Peepshow," which he attended, seeing her as a UFC 100 ring girl ... Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, riding the monorail from Mandalay Bay to Excalibur after the UFC fight. ... Donnie Wahlberg and his New Kids on the Block band mate, Joey McIntyre, partying at Playboy Club (Palms) on Saturday. They performed their hit song, "Single."... Former "La Cage" headliner Frank Marino, celebrating what a spy said appeared to be "a deal" at Sinatra (Encore) Saturday. I'm hearing he's got a Labor Day weekend deal at the Imperial Palace for an all-new show. If it flies, he's back in business after his two-decade run at the Riviera abruptly ended. ... "Gossip Girl" actress Leighton Meester, dining at Rare120 (Hard Rock Hotel) with boyfriend actor Sebastian Stan. She later got on stage at Body English and sang some of her songs. UFC star Quinton"Rampage" Jackson also got on stage and made it rain. ... Laura Prepon of "That '70s Show" and boyfriend Scott Michael Foster of "Greek," with friends at Blush Boutique Nightclub inside Wynn on Saturday. Also in the house: UFC lightweight Roger Huerta. ... Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell, hosting an official after-fight party in honor of his induction to the UFC Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Playing Field Lounge in Planet Hollywood Resort. Attendees included actor Michael Clarke Duncan and NFL great Michael Strahan. ... At Tao (The Venetian), scene of the official Tapout after-fight party: Tapout owner "Sky Skrape,"John "Magician" Dodson and "Ultimate Fighter" Season Eight winner Efrain Escudero. Also sighted at the club was actor Statham, who was celebrating a friend's birthday. ... At Lavo (Palazzo) on Saturday: Jon Fitch, celebrating his UFC win over Paulo Thiago with champagne and Macallan 12 on the rocks.
THE PUNCH LINE
"The economy is still struggling ... the latest figures show that because of the bad economy, homelessness in the suburbs is increasing. So the next time you hear something rustling around in your trash, it could be one of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey." -- Conan O'Brien