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Parties you should have crashed: American Enterprise Institute gala with Gen. David Petraeus

All eyes were on Gen. David Petraeus, left, at the AEI annual dinner: Bill Kristol and his mother Gertrude Himmelfarb, with AEI scholar Michael Novak at far right. (Peter Holden for AEI)

Event: American Enterprise Institute's annual Irving Kristol Award, Thursday.

Draw: The only black-tie gala with a lecture and big-band dancing!

Site: National Building Museum.

A-listers: Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Paul Wolfowitz, George Allen, Eric Cantor, David Brooks, among other top conservatives.

Honoree: Gen. David Petraeus, who gave a half-hour lecture explaining Army leadership's thinking behind the surge in Iraq: "In counterinsurgency operations, the human terrain is the decisive terrain."

Buzz: Petraeus 2012, natch. The four-star general insisted a presidential run "hadn't even crossed my mind," but he's got a campaigner's touch, handing out his signature "coins" (shaped like a Central Command patch), which an aide carried around for him in a camouflage ammo bag.

Food: Goat cheese souffle, beef tenderloin with risotto, caramel ice cream torte.

Bar: Open all night.

Disappointment: Ahem, shouldn't the honored lecturer be required to dance?

By The Reliable Source  |  May 10, 2010; 1:01 AM ET
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In what nasty, nerdy, mean-spirited universe is Eric Cantor an A lister??

Posted by: Jayne | May 11, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

He's an A-lister because of his Congressional leadership position, House Minority Whip.

Perhaps the nasty, mean-spirited universe is the one you live in.

Posted by: RambleOn | May 11, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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