A Hundred NYC Democrats Watch George Bush on Fox

Live, from The Atlantic SOU-Viewing Party

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about The Atlantic's State of the Union viewing party this year was that, in a ballroom full of Democrats and journalists (not that there's a difference), the network used to view George W. Bush's last hurrah was none other than Fox. I was sitting across from CNN's Miles O'Brien, so I asked him the obvious question: How do you feel about that? To which he laughed and said, "I don't think I like that one bit." (For the record, organizers say that was the station the TV was turned to when powered up.)

Unlike the big hot mess of the 150th Anniversary party last year, the SOU party was carried off without a hitch (well, except for that one waiter who dumped a tray of half-full glasses, showering yours truly with water and broken glass). Held in a ballroom of the under-renovation Plaza Hotel, over 100 people were on hand to watch a historic event -- by which I mean Bush finally pronounced nuclear as nuclear, rather than nucular.

The Republican contingent this year seemed to be on the low side, with Borghese CEO Georgette Mosbacher, Rick Lazio and maybe a couple of others representing the party. This I know because master of ceremonies James Fallows polled the audience before the SOU, asking them to identify themselves by party. (The journalists in attendance dutifully kept their hands down so that no one alive would know their deepest held secrets.) Fallows also asked the crowd who should win the primary contest of each party. Senators John McCain and Barack Obama walked away with majorities. Asked who will win the presidency, Obama seemed to get the majority, with McCain and Sen. Hillary Clinton following.

Others in attendance included Justin Smith, president of The Atlantic, Slate's Jacob Weisberg (excited about the launch of TheRoot.com), Boykin Curry of Eagle Capital and wife designer Celerie Kemble (who organize the event every year), Charlie Rose, former U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman, Page Six's Richard Johnson, actress Mariska Hargitay, J.P. Morgan Managing Director of Real Estate Douglas Lawrence -- and a hundred or so others.
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