When Bushies and Clintonites Collide, and Have Fun
OK, so maybe it's not the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. But this bipartisan craze - faithfully chronicled in several recent Sleuth postings; click here and here to read them - does seem to be spreading across town. Now we have Clintonites and Bushies - not just the former presidents - palling around together.
In this case, it's a chief spokesman for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and the top homeland security advisor to President Bush who are all chummy. Philippe Reines, Clinton's Senate spokesman, and Fran Townsend, President Bush's top homeland security advisor, were recently spotted having drinks at the Mayflower hotel Town & Country lounge.
What in the world were those two talking about? sources in the bar wondered.
Could it be that Townsend, who worked in the last Clinton administration before becoming a Bushie, is plotting a return to the other side, in the event there is another Clinton administration? (Townsend worked in the Justice Department under Attorney General Janet Reno.)
Or maybe, the Sleuth and her Mayflower bar informants wondered, Reines, a true man about town, social butterfly extraordinaire, was playing the role of dashing diplomat, reporting back to the Clinton camp with any interesting intel he may have gleaned on the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program or border security or some such.
Townsend had no comment, and Reines didn't see the slightest bit of intrigue in his meeting with the president's homeland security advisor. Though we sure did. And so did Steve Clemons, a lefty foreign policy guru who writes The Washington Note blog.
Clemons was so intrigued, in fact, that he blogged about his eyewitness account of the Reines and Townsend meeting. (The posting only lasted on his web site for a few moments before it was quickly taken down for reasons not entirely clear. He told us in an email from India, where he was traveling this week, that his posting was "meant to be a fun, affirming wink across the bar blog post - but it quickly escalated to defcon 5" between Reines and a third party who was also in the lounge that night. Clemons said Reines "never asked me to change a thing. I did it out of courtesy.")
So what was this unlikely confab all about? Reines says it's this simple: "Two New Yorkers commiserating over the Yankees. And if that is blogworthy, we have truly reached the end of the Internet."
Let's hope not!
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