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Covering Michael’s And The Kiddie Table

clehane.jpgHere’s some Revolving Door news that’s close to home.

FishbowlNY’s own Diane Clehane, who so expertly covers the comings and goings of the media playground at Michael’s every Wednesday, will now also be covering the comings and goings of the playground set as a Mommy blogger for women’s site BettyConfidential.com.

Clehane, who has been blogging about parenting for Westchester magazine for the past year, has just started writing a weekly column called “Postcards from Mommywood” for BettyConfidential. (Of course she’ll still continue to report on the happenings at Michael’s here.) “Ever since I adopted my daughter Madeline from China in 2005 I’ve found that motherhood is an unending source of material!” Clehane told us.

“When I’m not covering the ‘grown ups’ at Michael’s, I spend most of my time navigating the perils and pleasures of raising a preschooler and it’s been a wild juggling act.”

In her first column, Clehane rants about bratty kids who misbehave in public and the parents who can’t control them. We wonder if she’s ever had the urge to write the same things about the regulars at Michael’s.

Postcards from Mommywood: I Can’t Stand Brats–and the Parents Who (Don’t) Raise Them –BettyConfidential

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Lunch: Hillary—Obama Smackdown!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Bill Clinton isn’t the only one who is getting a little testy about the endlessly long and increasingly tabloid-y battle for the democratic nomination. At today’s lunch, politics were on the menu as supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama took sides over their Cobb Salads. Our unofficial dining room poll finds Obama holding a commanding lead. Producer Joan Gelman — between commuting from Canada where her show Triple Sensation is going great guns — has taken to handing out her very own campaign buttons. “I do one for every election,” she told us. Her latest creation got lots of attention at a party at Tina Brown‘s recently when ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong arrived wearing one. It boasts a picture of President George Bush and John McCain in an embrace and is emblazoned with the words — Four More Years. Here’s the punch line: There’s a question mark at the end of the phrase. Joan was handing them out today (thanks!) and people were gobbling them up like mad. A few tables down, the exchange at David Patrick Columbia ‘s regular perch between David (a Hillary booster — “I just don’t know why she is the subject of so much hate”), Charlie Scheips and Terry Allen Kramer (decidedly not a fan) rivaled the dust ups on Sunday morning on The McLaughlin Group. But it was all in good fun. Isn’t it always?

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. One big happy family: Michael’s wife Kim McCarty and kids Clancy and Chas with Martin von Haselberg and daughter Sophie. The families’ friendship goes back 30 years, says Michael. To wit: a painting of Martin (done by Kim) hangs in the reception area of the restaurant. There was plenty to celebrate all around: Clancy just graduated from NYU last week, Chas is starting his first year at Bard and Sophie is at Yale. Impressive! We were hoping that Martin’s wife — none other than Bette Midler — would join the party but, said Michael, she was rehearsing for her eagerly anticipated Las Vegas show (the family leaves for the desert tomorrow). Knock ‘em dead, Bette!

2. Peter Brown.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and yours truly. The Mayor was the subject of a glowing New York Times piece last week which bore more than a passing resemblance to this column. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, isn’t it?

4. Phil Smith and agent extraordinaire Ron Konecky.

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