Jim Webb? Cookies? BEER? Awesome.
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) is a class act. Unfortunately, after almost 2 weeks off from work, I couldn't bring myself to continue my vacation, and I was unable to attend any inauguration events. From what I hear though, people had an awesome time, and Senator Webb was as gracious as ever. Lowell has some info from the party over at RK, and Arianna Huffington has more:
Just a quick report from Jim Webb's swearing-in party tonight at the Clarendon Ballroom. Hopefully, we'll have some good photos later. The place was packed (it holds hundreds), with a line of people wanting to get in stretching down the street. Wow. The Locust Mountain Boys Bluegrass Band provided fine music as always. They also brought back memories; the last time I saw them was at the Shad Planking, which now feels like eons ago! :) There was lots of free beer, which is a Jim Webb signature ("There WILL be beer!") by this point. There were also a lot of great people, including current and future candidates like Chap Petersen, Janet Oleszek, and Bruce Roemmelt. Blogger sightings included Kenton Ngo and Ben Tribbett, plus FORMER blogger and new Webb staffer Conaway Haskins. I saw a ton of Webb for Senate staffers and volunteers, and it was great catching up. All in all, a fine event, even before the speeches.Pretty cool; sounds fun, and I do love free beer more than most.
There are well over a hundred parties, gatherings, celebrations, dinners, fundraisers, and thank-you-meet-and-greets planned for the next three days, ranging from the lavish (a $1,000 per person DCCC fundraiser featuring musical performances by Jimmy Buffett, Carole King, and Wyclef Jean) to the low-key (a one-hour open house in Sen. Jim Webb's new office featuring "cookies, coffee & company").Arianna will have more later, and Lowell has promised pics.