THE PLANK JANUARY 8, 2007
At holiday events, various people brought up with me the question of whether social Washington has gotten more boring. The universal answer seems to be "yes" (although I grew up in rapidly-heating-up outpost McLean, so my own perception is kind of skewed). My impression is that the answer to this question has been yes for decades: The parties of yore were always livelier, the lips looser, the martinis stronger, the stunts trashier ... And then you read stuff like this (from Roll Call, so sus req):
While Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) played no formal role in the new Speaker's inaugural festivities Thursday, she did play a key after-hours role at the gay bar Cobalt, where she wound up judging a "best package contest." ... Sanchez watched each [contestant wearing only his underpants] strut his stuff and, well, flaunt his package.
This is one congressional activity in which it really pays to be a woman -- no post-Foley man could get away with it.