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Breitbart’s Big Gay CPAC Party

Sophie B. Hawkins performs for Breitbart and friends...

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.

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A Politician Who Knows His Sh*t: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)

politician_pundits_and-other_people_small.jpg There’s a snappy new political show on the landscape. It’s VBS.TV’s “Politicians, Pundits, and Other People with Eddy Morretti.”

Backgrounder: VBS.TV is the online TV channel for Vice, which has a magazine and music label. VBS.TV is backed by Viacom and has a partnership with CNN, so episodes may appear on CNN.com, as well.

Liz Glover, former TWT gossip scribe and yoga instructor, has stepped out of her yoga studio to produce it.

Though Vice is known for edgy, controversial content with a penchant toward debauchery, sex and drugs, don’t think TMZ – the first episode, at least, is more serious than that. The first guest of the show is the “perennial presidential candidate” and “peacenik conscience of the Democratic Party”: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio). Morretti, the host, wears a black top hat and what Glover calls a “short suit.” His attire truly is fantastic. All reporters should dress like this (for fun or for Halloween). She explains, the weather called for it.

So far, reviews on Kucinich’s performance are a big thumbs up. One watcher remarked, “Oh Dennis, pretty great congressman. He definitely knows his sh*t.”

The VBS.TV crew will return to D.C. regularly. Want to see what’s coming up? Future guests include…

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Labash Blowout Book Party: Marion Barry Has Arrived!

IMG_0217.jpgThe Weekly Standard/Daily Caller Matt Labash’s book, Fly Fishing With Darth Vader: And Other Adventures With Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, And Jewish Cowboys came to life Thursday night as characters from his anthology filed in one by one to the beautiful home of Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and his wife, Susie. The evening was one of fun, frolic and, of course, drinking, as the Distilled Spirits Council sponsored the party with a well-stocked Scotch-filled bar.

Characters from the book who showed up to the festivities included Democratic political strategist and former campaign aide to Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) David “Mudcat” Saunders, Vanity Fair’s Christopher Hitchens and GOP consultant Roger Stone, who famously taught Labash how to properly tie a tie (he claims Labash still needs help). Stone (in photograph above with Labash) explained that he was leaving later to catch a train to Manhattan – his policy is to never stay overnight in D.C. as the town is too awful a place to remain too long. “I hate it,” he said. “People are phony.” (Stone splits his time between New York City and Miami.)

Soon the party turned into a roast.

“Nice house, not waspy enough,” Stone cracked. “I appreciate the enormous role I have played in making Matt Labash.” Stone joked that people always ask of Labash: ‘What’s with all the Hitler memorabilia?’

Saunders, to whom Labash devoted an entire chapter, said the author was much more than a writer but a life confidant whom he still phones for advice. “He knows enough about me to get me arrested,” he said. Initially, Saunders said, he feared a story about him appearing in The Weekly Standard: “I’m a Democrat. The Weekly Standard ain’t a damn Democrat publication.”

The party was the scene of scenes for D.C. journalists. Faces in the crowd included conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes and Andy Ferguson, Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins, Patrick Gavin, Kiki Ryan, Michael Calderone and Pia Catton. Politico’s Jonathan Martin and NBC “Meet the Press” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer arrived simultaneously. The Daily Caller was represented well with opinion editor Moira Bagley, publisher Neil Patel, V.P. of sales Alex Treadway and congressional reporter Gautham Nagesh as well as Sean “Jim Treacher” Medlock on crutches. Others in attendance: The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard, the New York Post’s Charlie Hurt, Reason’s Michael Moynihan, Edelman’s Exec. V.P. Tony Blankley, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, D.C. media consultant David Bass, former Time scribe Tim Burger and Slate’s Editor David Plotz. The Atlantic’s Josh Green was there and spoke of the story he has been living as of late – that of Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) and the old Navy buddies who told him, among other sordid details, about the ex-congressman’s infamous Massa massage and now compelling “snorkeling”. Green joked, “I feel dirty talking about it.” More seriously, he called Massa the “Andy Dick of Congress.”

Lightening struck when former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry arrived. Late and decked out in a suit and cherry-colored tie, Barry stole the show. And for a good while, it was all guests could do but stare and snap cell phone pictures.

“It took me an hour to find this place,” Barry told the awed crowd, explaining his tardiness. “I wandered here and there and everywhere.”

Initially Labash had no idea that Barry that arrived. “No, no, I don’t publicly speak!” the author was imploring guests, unaware that his most striking character was about to weigh in.

Carlson explained to guests that The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol was sorry he couldn’t attend – he was in Manhattan hanging out with former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Massa (everyone laughed). Carlson read a note from Kristol that said, in part, “When we hired Labash, we had hoped he’d become a star – we’re still hoping.”

Carlson, who wrote the introduction to Labash’s book, had solemn praise for Labash with a twist. “Matt doesn’t simply write about people,” said Carlson. “He takes them as lifelong friends – almost in a proctological way.” He said when subjects first read the stories Labash has written about them their first response is “horror.”

Then they realize that what Labash has written is true, that the author has maybe captured them more deeply than anyone ever has.

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More party pictures after the jump…

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Partygoer to Obama: ‘Show us Your Tits!’

It was a Mardi Gras-themed party to be sure. Partygoers at The Daily Caller’s second big soiree got a bit raucous last night during the new publication’s SOTU watch party held at George in Georgetown.

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Most of the publication’s journos were on hand wearing beads around their necks. Big star Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson arrived after 9 p.m. due to a previous speaking engagement at the Metropolitan Club. Co-creator and publisher Neil Patel was there mingling along with opinion editor Moira Bagley and spokeswoman and booker Becca Glover Watkins.

Things got dicey when Carlson arrived with his wife, Susie. Carlson told FishbowlDC that Susie initially couldn’t get in because she didn’t have ID to prove her age – which is 41. So how’d she get in? “I finally said, come on guys, knock it off,” Carlson said.

By that point, the party was in full swing and packed with a decisively beer-drinking crowd. All five TV’s were turned to Fox News. Partygoers booed Obama on several occasions, with one male yelling out, “Show us your tits!” Daily Caller journos shuddered in response to the remark. Another shouted, “Boring!” When FNC contributor Sarah Palin came on to speak, the crowd whooped with joy. “Thishh ishh a right-leaning crowd,” said one attendee who’d obviously had more than a few beers.

Nevertheless, Patel said he has received no complaints that the Daily Caller sways right. Instead, he said, people remark on the “breadth” of stories they have.

Jim Treacher, the Daily Caller’s blogger, more often known as “Treach”, live-blogged the evening, which was a sight to see. “I’m blogging like a mother f-ker,” he said.

The emcee for the evening was Mark Stern (aka “Nigel” of the Tony Kornheiser show), who happens to be Carlson’s old high school roommate at the boarding school, St. George’s. “I remember the first time he wore a bow tie,” Stern told the crowd. “It was at Chippendales. No one can shake their ass like Tucker Carlson.” Later Stern asked rhetorically, “Who said Washington has no balls? Give it up for Daily Caller!”

Sadly, advice columnist Matt Labash was unable to make it – he’s in Haiti. “No parties for me,” he wrote by e-mail. “Just dead people and malaria.”

Guests in attendance: Politics Daily’s Helena Andrews, GOP commentator Doug Heye (who was interviewed there by a German TV station), GOP lobbyist Juleanna Glover, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Washingtonian publisher Cathy Merrill Williams, Pundit Amy Holmes, Reason magazine editor Michael Moynihan, TNR’s James Kirchick, The Atlantic’s Chris Bodenner, The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie, former Bush speechwriter John McConnell, and Roll Call’s Elizabeth Brotherton. Neshan Naltchayan, a freelance photographer who worked as a photographer in the Bush White House, was there to snap pictures.

See party pictures after the jump…

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