NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Former President George H. Bush and some of his kin are said to be staying at the Union League Club. Within walking distance of Madison Square Garden, the Murray Hill spot is crawling with Secret Service. A Union League Club spokesman declined to comment, other than to say, “There is a lot of security.”

The original New York location of the club was built in 1859 as the home of Sir Winston Churchill’s grandfather; it stood at the corner of East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, but was demolished in 1966. The new location is at 37th Street and Park Avenue.

WAITING TO EXHALE: Florida Rep. Katherine Harris and about 50 other female Republican politicians and heavy-hitters will ease into the convention Monday morning with spa treatments at Exhale on the Upper East Side. Press is banned from the pedicures, so they’ll be dishing the dirt in private. Not everyone will be there for pampering. One attendee advised the staff she plans to stop by for a mimosa, but will skip the treatment.

Exhale is playing both sides of the field, with plans to open a spa in Boston in December — with a month to spare before the inauguration.

PARTY FAVORS: This week Republicans can wear their party on their sleeve or blouse with Alex & Ani’s red, white, blue and black Swarovski crystal elephant pin. The Providence, R.I.-based company shipped a few boxes of the $48 pieces to the White House in time for the RNC. It is also available at

But company founder Carolyn Rafaelian is not playing favorites. She has also designed a version in the shape of a donkey. Earlier this month, Chelsea Clinton was given one while dining at The Spotted Pig in Manhattan with her father.

NO COMMENT: Holly Hunter is waving off interviews about her pro bono portrayal of Laura Bush in Tony Kushner’s “Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy.” Her free readings will be staged at the Manhattan Theater Workshop at 79 East Fourth Street tonight through Wednesday. The play explores political morality and moral relativity. As the First Lady, Hunter reads Dostoevsky to the ghosts of Iraqi children. Cynthia Nixon reads the role of an angel.Nixon is expected to be on hand later Monday night, when Moby, Lou Reed and Joan Osbourne jam at the Beacon Theater at Planned Parenthood’s “Stand Up for Choice” concert.

SAVE IT: Guests at Saturday’s RNC Media Welcome party at the Time Warner Center picked up coupon books for The Shops at Columbus Circle. Eileen Fisher, Calvin Klein Underwear, A/X Armani Exchange, Tumi, Tourneau, Equinox and Joseph Abboud were among the companies that kicked in discounts and special offers. Some were less generous than others. Williams-Sonoma’s gift certificate promoted its one-day in-store demos.

KEEPING COOL: Diana Taylor, Mayor Bloomberg’s ladyfriend, is taking the RNC in stride. The state banking superintendent said she hasn’t made any special clothing purchases for this week’s festivities. “It’s just another week in New York. New York is a place that has lots of events all the time.”

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