The EFM Feature

The NRO Party was packed to the gills with prominent conservative writers, and somehow they let me sneak in! The sheer number of people that you’re used to seeing only on television or in print was a tad disorienting. I had the sensation of “That man looks familiar…” followed by “Isn’t she….” all night.
I stuck near the food, lest I ruin the nice impression K-Lo apparently has of me, since she gave a Q&A with me about my book a generous placement in today’s NRO. Why rock the boat with actually speaking to people and polluting their image of you?
So, I gawked from the sideline — pretending not to of course, which was easy since no one noticed me a bit. There was one celebrity I would’ve totally approached, however. Evidently, Mary Matalin was there, somewhere amongst the bow-tie wearing men and the business suited women. Had I known that, I would’ve too enthusiastically thanked her for endorsing my book, complimented her work, and asked her to be my best friend. It was probably best I didn’t see her.
After standing near a wall, so far away from the action that I could only differentiate one speaker from another by vocal pitch, I started twirling my hair and trying to get the attention of the server with the tray of unidentifiable yet scrumptious fare.
Then, I heard it.
“Sssshhhh.”
The room, previously abuzz with mingling and open bar, got completely quiet.
I heard him begin to speak before I saw him with the mic. Governor Romney was telling one of his jokes, but I was watching the room. As he told about how glad he is to have National Review Online there in blue Boston, everyone was listening, very still.
As Rich Lowry pointed out, the night was “Romney-heavy.” He was speaking of the fact that both Evangelicals for Mitt and the Mitt and Ann D. Romney Foundation had helped sponsor the night, but I think it foreshadowed the general excitement about the Governor in that room.
Now, if I could only get that shush thing to work so well with my kids.


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