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Who's the New 'Life' of the Party?

Bob Johnson (Stephen Chernin/AP)

Who's up and who's down on the dinner party circuit? Washington Life magazine, the glossy social bible, just released a new "A" list headed by (shocker) President and Michelle Obama. It's a cheerfully subjective ranking: Most of the additions are administration bigwigs, along with a few surprising choices: Barney Frank, for leading the charge on the financial bailout; David Brooks, the pundit du jour; and George Will, who's been around for decades but got the nod for hosting a dinner for Obama and conservative pals.

Dropped: George and Laura Bush, now happily ensconced in Dallas. (The Cheneys and McCains are still on the list.) Billionaire Bob Johnson is off ... for being a Hillary Clinton supporter? Nah -- because he moved to Palm Beach. Also gone: Frank Saul, the former head of Chevy Chase Bank who got caught up in the subprime mortgage mess.

George Will (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post)

A new "radioactive list" has old scoundrels: Donald Rumsfeld, Marion Barry, Scooter Libby. Alan Greenspan, who once could do no wrong, made the toxic list, but Ted Stevens got a last-minute pardon when Eric Holder dropped all charges against him.

By The Reliable Source  |  April 10, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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