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American Spectator’s Swingin’ Annual Dinner

The vast right wing conspiracy gathered last night at the Capitol Hilton under the auspices of its annual Robert L. Bartley dinner in honor of the late, thought to be great WSJ editor. A who’s who of the right: T. Boone Pickens, Publisher Al Regnery, Editor-in-Chief Emmett Tyrrell Jr., Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, former Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld. The Weekly Standard‘s Executive Editor/Fox News Contributor Fred Barnes won the Barbara Olsen award for Journalism named for the former prosecutor/pundit who was married to Solicitor General Ted Olson and who died in the 9/11 plane that hit the Pentagon. Others spotted in the crowd: RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, and WSJ‘s James Toronto. TWT Editor Sam Dealey was elected to the Spectator‘s board of governors.

Guests feasted on braised short rib cannelloni and petite fillet, caramelized spaghetti squash, haricot verts, chantarelle mushrooms, and banana and coconut bread pudding with walnuts. And booze, lots of it.

They were serenaded by a  roaring 20s swing by Alex Donner and his orchestra.

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