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Posted at 8:00 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Lamar Alexander sings! YouTube posting grants rare glimpse of elite, off-the-record Alfalfa Club dinner (video)

By The Reliable Source

Lamar! The piano stylings of the senior senator from Tennessee. (YouTube)

The elite, closed-door Alfalfa Club dinner -- now available on YouTube?

For any journalist who'd spent a night haunting the lobbies of hotels where Beltway power players (including, often, the president) holed up for off-the-record yuks, trying to buttonhole guests for details, to see the gathering unfold on video is like learning that the Illuminati has a regular happy hour at T.G.I. Friday's.

But now, Sen. Lamar Alexander has brought a new climate of transparency to the 98-year-old gathering by posting his own musical routine from the Jan. 29 dinner online. Why? No official explanation, but probably because, as sources tell us, he killed that night.

Go see the video for yourself...

The gist is that the Tennessee Republican is being "nominated" as the Alfalfa Club's "candidate for president." (An annual inside joke, apparently.) Sen. Mitch McConnell hails him as "a man not afraid to speak his mind, because he knows no one is listening... a man who, if you Google the word "bland," Google prompts you with, 'Did you mean Lamar Alexander?'" Alexander takes the stage to proclaim "the perfect Alfalfa Club slogan: No we can't!" (Knowing laughter from the room. Yeah, we don't get it either.)

And then? He sings! An able musician (Alexander's keyboard skills were part of his shtick in his real-life bids for president in '96 and '00), the senator sits down to a grand piano and plunks out riffs from a dozen old standards, with Mark Russell-caliber satirical lyrics. Most don't translate into print (we'll let you be the judge of whether they're funny on video), but you'll have a hard time getting his jab at Mike Huckabee out of your head. To the tune of "Call Me Irresponsible," sing along, everyone! "Call him evangelical, call him unelectable -- like me, he lost New Hampshire, tooooo!"

Video: Lamar Alexander at Alfalfa Club

Read earlier: Alfalfa Club draws Bushes but no Obama to annual dinner, as POTUS skips black-tie affair for Axelrod farewell, Jan. 30, 2011

Last year's dinner: Politicians joke at Alfalfa Club: Some oldies, some goodies, Feb. 1, 2010

By The Reliable Source  | February 16, 2011; 8:00 PM ET
Categories:  Parties, Politics  
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