The D.C. Power List's Demure Debut
None of the "50 Most Important People in D.C." is important enough to make the cover of GQ's November issue. That honor goes to "Mad Men" actress January Jones's breasts.
But really -- did you want to see a shirtless Rahm Emanuel, even though he tops the list? Yeah, we didn't think so.
We like a gimmick as well as anyone, so the magazine's Power List is always good for a laugh: Who's on (hot politicians, lobbyists, journalists), who's off (President Obama, Joe Biden -- too obvious), the guaranteed-to-cause-outrage/buzz picks: No. 9 Dick Cheney, No. 35 Dick Armey, and a few predictable surprises: No. 48 Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, No. 50 Josh Wolman, Sidwell Friends admissions chief.
Conventional wisdom says the truly powerful always play down their influence, which caused some major backpedaling at Tuesday's party celebrating the listees.
Feeling powerful, Peter Orszag? The OMB head, No. 5, was the only member of the list's Top 10 to make the party at 701 Restaurant. "No," he deadpanned, right before the bachelor was attacked by a gang of female admirers.
"I thought it would be rude not to come," said No. 31 George Stephanopoulos, who claimed he "just barely" made the list.
"I'd be more impressed if I was on GQ's Best Dressed," said No. 32, lobbyist Steve Elmendorf.
"I'm on the list, which is crazy," said No. 45, Scotusblog founder Tom Goldstein. "I'm not the 50th most powerful person in my house."
We found Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten sipping a beer in the corner. You make the list? "I doubt it," he said with a laugh. (He didn't.) So, who do you think is most powerful person in D.C.? "That's easy: the president of the United States," he said. "Followed by a whole lot of people who think they're No. 2."
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October 15, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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