Scenes From the Richard Brookhiser Book Party
posted at 11:28 pm on July 8, 2009 by The Other McCain
“Are you sure you’re supposed to be here?” Jamie Kirchick of the New Republic said to me Wednesday evening. “Your populist street cred . . .”
“Yeah. I know. Blown to hell,” I answered, nodding sadly. We were on the well-manicured lawn of the Washington home of David Frum, who hosted a book-signing party for Richard Brookhiser, author of Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement.
Frum’s home on Foxhall Road is at least a mile north of Georgetown, so technically I am not guilty of partaking of the notorious “Georgetown Cocktail Party Circuit,” but . . . OK, I’m a total phony sell-out, I admit, but I am not alone.
Also on hand for the party were Laura Ingraham and Mark Krikorian, who are pretty hard-core. And both Nick Gillespie and Michael Moynihan of Reason magazine showed up, so the libertarians were represented, as well. Diana West of the Washington Examiner was there, talking about Geert Wilders and Leon de Winter. Other distinguished guests included Quin Hillyer and Eli Lake of the Washington Times, James Rosen of Fox News and the New Republic‘s Jeffrey Rosen (“The Case Against Sotomayor”), James Bowman of the American Spectator, Stuart Taylor of National Journal.
Richard Brookhiser (left) listens as he is introduced by David Frum, whose wife Danielle Crittenden is in the green dress.
Mark Krikorian and Nick Gillespie, who made a rare appearance sans trademark leather jacket.
Eli Lake talks to Laura Ingraham while, in the background, Michael Moynihan talks to Jamie Kirchick.
Danielle Crittenden, Laura Ingraham and a wonderful lady whose name I forgot to write down, but who complimented me on my navy blazer.
It was a big-tent kind of event. So go ahead and denounce me as a faux-populist hypocrite.