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Never mind that the rational thing to do was climb into bed. After the Barack Obama Bowl at Invesco, we made a late-night Bonfire-of-the-Vanities-esque drive to a warehouse for the shindig of the DNC: The Vanity Fair-Google party. (Note to celebrities who were in Denver last night and were not at this bash: You might want to rethink your careers, or at the very least, reconsider your publicist.) VF throws the hot-ticket Oscar Party, and last night, editor Graydon Carter’s magazine imported Hollywood for the elite D.C./Denver/DNC set, taking over the Exdo Event Center on the 1300 block of 35th Street. Outside were the red carpet, paparazzi, black Chevy Suburbans, suited security with the earpieces; inside, plenty of potent cocktails and conversation, bars sculpted of ice, Wii games, sweet tunes, and beautiful (though in some cases only moderately attractive yet very powerful) people.
Vanity Fair’s political affairs reporter, Todd Purdum, naturally, was the first to give the scoop, earlier today, of what and who went down inside. Sure, The Speech was discussed, but people were unwinding and watching people. Our glimpse: No, Jamie Foxx did not bust out “Georgia On My Mind” at the Karaoke bar, but hey, Mad Men stars John Slattery and Jon Hamm had guests swooning all over them, as if the Exdo were the Sterling Cooper ad agency; Time Inc. honcho John Huey, at least for a while, was barefoot (blisters from the ramps at Invesco?); New York Times columnist David Brooks chatted up guests who more often than not likely disagree with his view; VF’s esteemed political editor, Cullen Murphy, (very nice running into you), wove in and out of the guests who’d made their way from the Beltway and Santa Monica Freeway. Among Senators Bill Nelson, Byron Dorgan, Barbara Boxer, were U.S. Congressman Rahm Emanuel, along with Chevy Chase (nice white shoes, dude), Anderson Cooper (you ever sleep?), Bradley Cooper (high-larious Wedding Crashers’ jerk), Adam Scott (high-larious Step Brothers’ jerk. And there were some of Denver’s own: Liberty Media President & CEO Greg Maffei and former city attorney Cole Finegan of Hogan & Hartson. Now, like many of them, we’re fried and are at last going to bed.