Monday, January 7, 2008

Washington Social Diary

Guests mingle in the front hall of Juleanna Glover's Kalorama townhouse.
By Carol Joynt


Garrett M. Graff is a classic young Washington super achiever. He’s easily made it to three bases of the capital’s power diamond: media, politics and academia. Now he’s now added a fourth: published author. His just-published book is called “The First Campaign,” which examines the role of the Internet in the ’08 presidential race. The only accomplishment more timely would be if he could tell us who will win in New Hampshire tomorrow (Tuesday).

The nation’s first primary was one of three hot topics at the book party lobbyist and hostess extraordinaire, Juleanna Glover, laid on for Graff and a horde of his friends Saturday night. The other two, naturally, were the party’s competition, the Republican and Democratic debates and a Redskins game. It was a perfect storm of what Washington loves bests: political drama, football and a gossip-filled party.
Clockwise from left: Juleanna Glover's Washington home; The party's hostess, lobbyist Juleanna Glover; Three generations: grandfather Bert McCord, grandson Garrett Graff and son Christopher Graff.
Michael Mosettig, senior producer for foreign affairs for The NewsHour on PBS.
The Washington Post's Dan Froomkin.
ABC News local anchor, Beverly Kirk.
A quick CV on Garrett: he edits the front of the book and closely read “Capitol Comment” section of Washingtonian Magazine. He teaches graduate courses on the Internet and “social media” at Georgetown University, started the popular FishbowlDC blog for about Washington media.

And last but not least, he once had the then exotic title of “webmaster” for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign. Though short-lived the Dean effort thrived on the Internet, a fact that got the seismic attention of the political class. Today all candidates in all races rely on websites as a central component of their campaigns.
The buffet at Garrett Graff's book party.
Another pioneering detail about Graff – he was the first blogger permitted to cover a White House press briefing.

Personally, he comes with media genes. His grandfather, Bert McCord, was the drama critic for the New York Herald Tribune, and his father, Christopher Graff, was the principal bureau chief for the Associated Press in Vermont. His parents and grandparents were at the party.
Jean and Jack Limpert. He has been editor of Washingtonian Magazine since 1969.
The Washington Note blogger Steven C. Clemons with FishbowlDC blogger and Washington Examiner columnist Patrick Gavin.
Paul and Cathy Williams with Shelby Coffey. She is publisher of Washingtonian Magazine.
Frank Sensenbrenner with Devinda Subasinghe, former ambassador to the U.S. from Sri Lanka.
With all his many avenues of interest – along with sailing, scotch and cooking – it’s no wonder Garrett has a hefty array of friends, who showed up at Glover’s Kalorama townhouse – minus the many others who were campaign-bound in New Hampshire.  The Washington Examiner’s Patrick Gavin arrived at the party with his bags and after a quick hello departed for the airport and his flight to Manchester.

Other guests included Washingtonian editor Jack Limpert and wife, Jean. The magazine’s publisher, Cathy Merrill Williams, with husband Paul; Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and his wife, Washington Post columnist Mary Ann Akers; Dan Froomkin, also of the Post; lawyer Tom Quinn, Devinda R. Subasinghe, the former ambassador of Sri Lanka, ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton, Washington’s senior society chronicler, Kevin Chaffee, Anne Groer, Debbie Dingell, Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, Frank Sensenbrenner, Steven Clemons, publisher of The Washington Note political blog, Michael Mosettig, senior producer of The NewsHour on PBS, among many, many others, who arrived for their chocolate martinis or champagne long after the Redskins lost to Seattle and the lights went down on the debates.
Christin Lollert and Melissa Mostert.
Joseph Casper, Ellen Terry Casper, John McConnell, and Alessandro Gionfriddo.
Erika Donohue, Katherine Birrow, Davis Vanderwerff, and Kashmir Hill.
Debbie Dingell and Norm Ornstein.
Carol Joynt is the host of The Q&A Cafe, a talk show at Nathans Restaurant in Washington, D.C.