By the front door there was a framed photo of Bonzo and a younger Ronald Reagan.
"The caption was 'Ron Reagan Confers with Roger Stone, Northeast division coordinator,'" said Roger Stone, a friendly young man who does political consulting, coordinated Northeastern states for the Reagan campaign, owns four tuxedos and likes to give parties.
On this occasion, last night at his Virginia home, he had brought together a bunch of New Yorkers, a bunch of ABC executives, and the likes of Lewis Lehrman (a candidate for chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers), former ambassador John Davis Lodge and Roy Cohn, New York attorney who was once counsel to Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
The guests of honor were Maxwell and Ruth Rabb. He was secretary to the Eisenhower Cabinet and, more recently, national vice chairman of the Reagan for President steering committee. Their daughter is Sheila Weidenfeld, former press secretary to Betty Ford. She was there with her lawyer husband, Ed.
Rabb was among the first visible moderates who really lined up with Reagan. And like a lot of people, he waited patiently through three hours of lines for inaugural tickets at Union Station yesterday.
"Max was the one who got New York for Reagan," said Stone.
"There are no two people who can enjoy their esteem more than Max and Ruth," said Cohen.
"Max was the only one who would talk to me in 1976," said George Clark, Republican Party chairman of Brooklyn, who led the Reagan delegation in the 1976 Republican convention.
"We're having a ball," said Clark, who came down with his wife and 138 other Republicans from Brooklyn on two buses. "You know, for so long, we were shut out."
"There a television around here?" asked ABC president Fred Pierce, who wanted to keep up with the hostage situation.
Around Stone's house, silver bowls of jelly beans had been set out. "It's amazing that you can find them out of season," said George Clark's wife, Liz.