It was billed as a "bipartisan" brunch, and, yes, it was sponsored by Credit Suisse, which may or may not be a Republican bank. Grover Norquist was on the guest list, too. But The Daily Beast pre-inaugural party this morning in --- where else -- Georgetown was mostly jammed with happy Democrats, celebrities and media people, along with a red carpet and a mass of paparazzi snapping pics at media "celebs" Andrea Mitchell of NBC and her date, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
A few Republicans were there, too -- former Sen. William Cohen of Maine and GOP political consultant Mark McKinnon (but no sign of anyone from Eric Cantor's staff, despite rumors that aides to the super-conservative Republican congressman from Virginia would show up, if not the Congressman himself). Hollywood was represented by a sleek-looking Eva Longoria, a co-chair of the Inauguration, and unshaven movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who arrived with about a dozen young women in tow.
Daily Beast founder Tina Brown hosted, and Washington media types huddled, from longtime Newsweek political columnist Eleanor Clift to CBS “This Morning's” Gayle King to Ms. Brown's erstwhile rival, The Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington, who noted that this second inaugural may end up being better because "it's much easier to navigate around town. Much less traffic."
But at this particular party at Cafe Milano, a Georgetown hotspot, it was so jammed no one could move, at all. How big a deal is Cafe Milano? Not THAT big, say some Washingtonians, but President Barack Obama took First Lady Michelle Obama there the other night for her 49th birthday.
Photo: Andrea Mithcell of NBC and her date, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, on the red carpet at The Daily Beast pre-inaugural brunch. Mackenzie Carpenter/Post-Gazette