The Reliable Source: Sell Those Tickets, Meet the Band
Groupie Alert: Here's a respectable way to get aboard the tour bus with hip-hop funksters Black Eyed Peas or punk hitmakers Green Day. Organizers of Rock the Vote's 15th-anniversary celebration say they'll bestow a total rock star experience on the top fundraisers for the June 8 bash in Washington.
"Whoever sells the most tickets gets to go on tour with Black Eyed Peas for a year!" event co-chair Terry McAuliffe exclaimed to an overflow crowd of 250 young activists Tuesday night at the Cloud nightclub in Dupont Circle. "And whoever sells the second most tickets gets to go on tour with Green Day for a year!" It was classic McAuliffe hyperbole. The winners actually will get to travel with the bands -- both ardent Rock the Vote supporters -- on several tour dates but not for a year. But the third biggest fundraiser will get a year's worth of Virginia wine -- and four tickets to a Washington Nationals game. "Anybody can get involved," Justin Paschal, TV's development director, told us. "We're totally bipartisan and nonprofit." (While one co-chair of the gala is the famed Democrat, the other is Jack Kemp, the '96 GOP vice presidential candidate.)
The Cloud reception, billed as an organizing event, felt like a bash from the Clinton era: loud music, lots of boozy networking, Democrats galore and even a celebrity. We saw "Legends of the Fall" star Julia Ormond dash by with her husband, Jon Rubin, a Rock the Vote founder and board member who helps connect D.C. and L.A. types. (She was in town for the Vital Voices gala at the Kennedy Center.) So did bon vivant McAuliffe flirt with her? "Oh, no," he said innocently. "Her husband introduced me. I'm very deferential," adding: "She did kiss me when she left."
Do You Really Mean It, Kay?
Clinton just smiled coyly. "It was a brilliant moment," said one Dem who attended the gala for Vital Voices, a global organization that promotes women's empowerment.
Co-host and actress Sally Field later suggested to us that both should run -- as a team. "Hillary and Kay, that's a very interesting ticket," she told The Post's Pablo Izmirlian.
Chris Paulitz, a spokesman for Hutchison, assured us yesterday: "As a good Republican, the senator knows that she will see a Republican woman president in her lifetime." Hutchinson is still considering a run for governor of Texas in '06 next year. "You'll learn what she's running for this summer," he Paulitz said. "She could run for anything."
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Actors Robert Duvall, Burt Reynolds, Randy Quaid, Ron Silver and Richard Schiff; actresses Anne Hathaway and Patricia Heaton; San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom; and, it goes without saying, President Bush and first lady Laura, Dick and Lynne Cheney, Rummy, Condi and Saddam Hussein. (Kidding!)
The next day, while most are nursing hangovers, conservative shoutmaster John McLaughlin and wife Cristina will host a brunch at the Hay-Adams, where the pundit class, members of Congress and stars who haven't jumped on the first plane out of here will mill about, drink Bloody Marys and chew over the fabulosity of the night before.
As McLaughlin bruncher Christopher Buckley sums up: "For those of us who have been going to the correspondents' dinner since the Taft administration, the McLaughlin brunch has become the main event, the tail that wags the dog. Or given the high density of pundits, the wags that tail the dog." Can't you tell we're groaning already?
With Anne Schroeder