An Evening of Civility: Really?

Responsibility and civility in Washington?

They are the stunning themes of a roundtable dinner Wednesday night at Georgetown’s Halcyon House where politicians and journalists will mix, mingle and come up with intelligent solutions to hypothetical problems. Liberty Mutual is sponsoring “An Evening of Civility,” as part of their “Responsibility Project.” Guestbooker.com is producing it.

Participants include: NJ’s Major Garrett, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Catherine “Kiki” Mclean, Fmr Senior Advisor to Hillary Clinton‘s Presidential Campaign. John Seigenthaler, former NBC News anchor, will serve as moderator. A select audience of “top-tier” media, influencers and executives will be on hand throughout the evening.

Discussion will center on a trio of these hypothetical scenarios. Participants will attempt to solve each imagined situation. Theoretical cases range from a campaign in which damaging information about an opponent could be used for political advantage to a journalist conflicted by the “tenor of the 24-hour news cycle.”

Watch out. One of the goals is to go beyond the confines of the 30-second soundbite. This means we could be in for a long-winded evening with no potential for a cut off unless eggs are available. The discussion will be shot for use as a short film on Liberty Mutual’s Responsibility Project website.

Let’s hope Kingston doesn’t bring out his blow horn. We hear they’re popular in Savannah.