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GQ‘s “50 Most”: The Powerful Party

They came, we saw, we tallied…

Yesterday we filled you in on exactly who made GQ’s “50 Most Powerful People in DC” (and who was snubbed). Then we asked some of our favorite nightlife and Washington social scene reporters who of the “Most Powerful” they thought would grace the mag’s party last night at 701 Restaurant.

So just who showed and who no-showed? There were officially 17 “Most Powerful” partying, including some heavy hitters like #5 Peter Orszag, #22 Sen. Ben Nelson, and the only TV newser to make the cut- #31 George Stephanopoulos.

Also from the list: Dick Armey (#35), Ashok Bajaj (#47), Bob Barnett (#44), Joel Benenson (#41), Bob Cohn (#39), Stephanie Cutter (#49), Steve Elmendorf (#32), Nathaniel Fick (#42), Tom Goldstein (#45), John Harris (#43), Jim Messina (#25), Tony Podesta (#26), Paul Rieckhoff (#37) and Billy Tauzin (#12).

And how did our panel of experts- TWT‘s “Green & Glover, Under Cover” columnists Stephanie Green and Liz Glover, Politico Click’s Patrick Gavin, Washington Life‘s “Hollywood on the Potomac” columnist Janet Donovan and FamousDC- do?

Gavin correctly guessed the most- 14- though he did also throw the most names out there. Green and FamousDC tied for last, with zero correct “Most Powerful” guesses. And Glover and Donovan came in with a respectable six and four correct.

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: President-elect Obama.

  • This Week: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ron Gettelfinger, President, United Auto Workers, The Wall Street Journals’ Peggy Noonan, the Brookings Institution’s E.J. Dionne, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Face The Nation: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman, Senate Banking Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL), Member, Senate Budget Committee and New York Times’ Thomas Friedman.

  • Fox News Sunday: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sens. Carl Levin, (D) Michigan and Richard Shelby, (R) Alabama/ Ranking Member, Senate Banking Committee and a panel with Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News and Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post & Time Magazine. The Power Player is Jim Messina, Director of Personnel for the Transition Team of President-elect Barack Obama and is the incoming White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

  • Reliable Sources: Dana Milbank, columnist, The Washington Post; Ana Marie Cox, Washington editor, TIME.com, Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large, National Review Online, Eric Deggans, television critic, St. Petersburg Times, Andrew Tyndall, blogger, Tyndallreport.com, Michael Wolff, author, “The Man Owns the News: Inside Secret World of Rupert Murdoch”

  • CNN’s After Party: Brian DeBose, editorial writer, The Washington Times, Michelle Cottle, senior editor, The New Republic, Christopher Hayes, Washington editor, The Nation, Stephen Hayes, senior writer, The Weekly Standard; CNN political contributor, Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor; former speechwriter for Sen. Bill Frist, Jamal Simmons, Democratic strategist; president, New Future Communications. Hosted this week by Hilary Rosen and David Brody, CNN political contributors

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, (R-MN), Gov. Ed Rendell, (D-PA), Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst, Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst, Joe Johns, CNN senior correspondent.

  • Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; Joe Kernen of CNBC; John Heilemann of New York Magazine; and Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post Writers Group.

  • The Post Politics Program: Chris Cillizza, Eli Saslow, Post contributor Paul Light and Jennifer Agiesta.

  • Fareed Zakaria, GPS: General Hamid Gul, former Pakistan Intelligence Chief, Shuja Nawaz, Author, author, “Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within”, Lt. Gen. Talat Masood, Pakistan Army Corps (Ret.), David Kilcullen, author, “The Accidental Guerilla”, Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico