Andrew Breitbart and gay conservative group, GOProud, kicked off CPAC last night with a wild production at Eighteenth Street Lounge in Dupont Circle. The event, which boasted a performance by Sophie B. Hawkins, drew a slew of media types and one Michael Steele, former chairman of the RNC. Like Steele, FishbowlDC was lucky enough to be ushered to the front of a long, winding line down 18th St. NW.
Once inside the party, we caught the former RNC Chairman grooving to “Damn, Wish I was Your Lover,” Hawkins’ hit song from the early 90s. The songbird wooed the room with a thirty minute set before expressing her adoration of Sarah Palin. “I’m proud of Sarah Palin. She had me at hello,” the lesbian singer told the crowd who wore stickers with nifty slogans like “Our Gays ARE MORE MACHO Than Their Straights.”
Hawkins went on to say, “I’m liberal in bed but conservative in the head.”
On the other side of the venue, Andrew Breitbart jammed out with an entourage of admirers. The conservative icon was cool and classy as starstruck party guests followed him around the bar and journalists approached for interviews. Chatting up A.B. were Slate’s David Weigel (who was nothing but nice), RCP’s Erin McPike and Drudge Report’s Joe Curl. Also spotted: Big Journalism’s Dana Loesch, Fox News contributors Margaret Hoover and Steven Crowder, James O’Keefe, The Daily Caller’s Chris Moody and Jeff Winkler, TWT’s Eli Lake, Wonkette’s Riley Waggaman, TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro, Michael Moynihan of Reason magazine and FishbowlDC intern Alec Jacobs.
L: Pass to Breitbart’s Big Party R: Breitbart being interviewed by Reason.tv
L: Breitbart’s Chucks R: “Our Gays are more macho than their straights” GOProud sticker.