Ludacris and Scalia: The Mash-Up

Capitol File proved to be a nice night-cap to a busy, fun evening.

VIP guests included Chris & Kathleen Matthews, Ludacris, Antonin Scalia, Patricia Clarkson, Morgan Fairchild, Chris Buckley, Jason Reitman, Michael Barone, Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame, Matt Cooper, Tim Burger, Brett Baier, Bill Hemmer, Tammy Haddad, Hilary Rosen, Sam Feist, Jamie McIntyre, Steve Redisch, John Podesta, Lloyd Grove (see his interesting write-up about the conversation between Ludacris and Scalia here), Bob Johnson, Chuck Todd, Anne Groer, Ron Silver (*yawn*), Bill Sammon, Ann Coulter, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Patricia Duff, John McCaslin, Jeff Corwin, Ataveus Cash, Rita Cosby, Debbie Dingell, John Fox Sullivan and Michael Wilbon.

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Some of the VIPs went into a much more smaller room that wasn’t always open to all guests, making one of the weekend’s best features–the little people hanging out with the big whigs–unfortunately more difficult.

There was a lot of buzz for a while that Stephen Colbert might show up, but, alas, no appearances. (Instead he opted for Bloomberg, wandering in on the late side shortly before 1 a.m.) Nearly as buzz-worthy were the disco balls around the room. Disco balls? Those attendees with a better sense of interior decoration than this author had some reservations.

As the night wore on and the crowd wore thin, some of the parties younger folks (and a few 40-somethings from the Washington Times) hung in a back/corner room, swallowed gin and tonics and discussed who saw whom, what pictures did you get and “Christ, am I going to be hungover tomorrow.”

The crowd confirmed that, yes, that was indeed Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of the Doobie Brothers who we all saw earlier…dressed in a kilt.