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Washington Life’s Most Invited – Which Journos Made It?

<img alt="iStockglass cornucopia255.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/iStockglass cornucopia255.jpg" width="250" class="alignright" hspace="3' vspace="3"/ Washington Life has released it’s “Most Invited” list and here are the Washington journalists who made the A-List. We must say, no big shockers. But one question: Where the hell is Tammy Haddad?

Haddad, a who’s who around town, is spotted at many a party and hosts her annual Garden Party, one of the most sought after soirees of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend. But she didn’t make the cut. As we reported yesterday, WL Executive Editor Michael Clements poked “fun” at Haddad’s grey hair stripe during a dinner at Blue Duck Tavern Tuesday evening by making the hair streak a place on Foursquare. We do sincerely hope her hair isn’t what kept her off the list, as it seems a rather petty, inappropriate reason to exclude her. We’re also not convinced it was that “fun” of a thing to do the other night.

We’ve asked Clements for comment on how decisions about the list were made. Stay tuned…

The List: CBS’s Rita Braver, NBC MTP Host David Gregory; BBC’s Katty Kay, VF’s Christopher Hitchens; BBC’s Katty Kay; Politico’s Mike Allen; MSNBC’s Chris Matthews; NBC’s Norah O’Donnell; WaPo’s Sally Quinn, Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger and FNC’s Chris Wallace.

> Update: Clements has replied. It’s heavy on Washington speak, but he has some points to make – like 12 of them. Check out his verryyy long quote after the jump. Many thanks to Clements for his response. In all his remarks, he had no comment on Haddad not making the list…


“It will be interesting to see how the dynamic of the Washington social scene continues to change and adapt to the partisan nature of politics and media today. Charity galas, black ties, and fancy dinners aside, the social scene in Washington has always has an important role in Capital life – it facilitated communication and debate among politicians, wonks, ambassadors, and inside the beltway thought leaders in an off-the-record environment un-constrained by talking points and staying on message. Indeed, it could be said that the Washington social scene is the last bastion of “across the aisle” communication left in the Capital. Yet, more and more, politicians are weary of being portrayed by the media as being “out of touch,” or too cozy with the “Washington establishment,” so, we are losing that salon, philanthropic and social tradition, which, by enabling social discourse has always helped build temporary bridges, if only for a few hours, across the partisan divide.”

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