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Grab your masks: MVunderground Masquerade set for Sept. 21 at Mount Vernon

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On Sept. 21, the home of Founding Father George Washington will be transformed from a beloved relic to a gala venue for the third annual MVunderground Masquerade, attracting over 300 guests from the DMV, all donned in black-tie attire and masks. 

From the outfits to the setting of the estate, this fundraiser is unlike any other celebration in 2019, as it pays tribute to the lifestyle that once existed on the grounds in the 18th century.

While the event is a party to remember, the concept stemmed from a desire to connect with young professionals—a self-defining term for those 45 and younger—and create interest in the legacy of George Washington for a different market.

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“In 2017, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association decided they wanted to launch an initiative for young professionals, which we did through the membership program,” says Membership Manager Kara Hershorin. “The Mount Vernon Underground consists of special programming hosted on a regular basis, which all started with this signature event.”

According to Hershorin, the majority of Mount Vernon Underground members are not in their 20s, but rather are more established in their careers, have an interest in history and want to be part of something unique and different. 

This year’s event will consist of a variety of activities, all dedicated to the life George Washington might have lived during his time, including tours of the estate, a Colonial magician and some 18th century gambling games. The few modern aspects of the affair will stem from the DJ playing music of this decade, a fireworks show on the Potomac and bites and cocktails served from local restaurants. 

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The masquerade serves as the annual renewal opportunity for Mount Vernon Underground members, as the price of the event and membership are rolled together. 

While tickets are selling fast, there is still time left to purchase a single ticket to the event, a ticket with membership or even a sponsorship package, giving you a number of benefits depending on the level you choose.

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Howard Fineman: Why does it make people so mad to see political elites and media elites hobnobbing at a Georgetown cocktail party?

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A fun little leftover from last night to cleanse the palate. I grudgingly admire this guy’s ability to chum the social-media waters with a tweet distilling incestuous Washington elitism to its purest essence and then to complain about the entirely predictable reaction.

Try to imagine the clammiest snooty D.C. scene you can imagine. What is it? It’s a cocktail party, of course — in Georgetown. The fabled Georgetown cocktail party is so closely identified with elitism that it’s been used on the right for years as an insult aimed at establishment media, to accuse centrists of having sold out. (“You wrote this RINO column because you’re afraid you wouldn’t be invited to any more Georgetown cocktail parties if you hadn’t.”) It’s so shopworn and cliche by now that you’re more likely to hear establishmentarians joke about it themselves than you are to see populists using it in earnest. “I published a piece today defending Never Trump. See you at tonight’s cocktail party in Georgetown.” Etc.

Who would be at this clammy, snooty hypothetical cocktail party we’re imagining? Obviously some very well-known politicians, as the eagerness of attendees to kiss the asses of the powerful is a basic part of why this scene is so repulsive. So, let’s say, Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi. There’d also be lots of media types, as it’s the spectacle of the “watchdog” press doing most of the ass-kissing that makes the tableau particularly gross. Any media people will do but obviously the more famous they are and the more closely they’re associated with journalistic starf***ing, the more odious the scene becomes. So, think Maureen Dowd, say.

Fortunately, such a ludicrous scene would never happen in reality. Or would it?

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It’s almost suspiciously perfect. The dictionary definition of an elitist Washington cocktail party becomes reality — just hours after Democrats’ big Mueller impeachment show turns out to be a total dud, with Pelosi seemingly evincing not a care in the world?

And the party was being thrown to celebrate a book about Supreme Court confirmation fights, a subject on which Senate Democrats have failed spectacularly not once, not twice, but three times in the span of three years? And there’s Chuck Schumer, also seeming to be having a grand old time?

And the journalist hosting it just so happens to have been the conduit for Pelosi’s recent trash talk about the left’s heroes, the Squad?

It’s as if this image was forged in some populist lab, a deepfake designed to encourage the total overthrow of the Democratic establishment.

The reaction on Twitter from both sides was swift and brutal and foreseeable to everyone in the universe. Except, somehow, to the man who posted it.

“All establishments are hated.” Any theories why?

Anyway, congrats to all involved for the collective Beltway-corridor gross-out. Until the White House Correspondents Dinner is restored to its Obama-era grandeur as the Super Bowl of establishment politico/media starf***ing, stuff like this will have to suffice.

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Pelosi: The House will vote on condemning Trump’s racist tweets about AOC and the “Squad”

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No-brainer.

“This morning, the President doubled down on his attacks on our four colleagues suggesting they apologize to him,” Pelosi wrote to House Democrats. “Let me be clear, our caucus will continue to forcefully respond to these disgusting attacks.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and freshman Rep. Tom Malinowksi (D-N.J.), who was born in Poland, will draft the resolution, according to Pelosi. It’s unclear when the House will vote on the measure and the speaker did not specify in her letter…

“The House cannot allow the president’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the president’s xenophobic tweets,” Pelosi wrote.

That would have been a no-brainer no matter what. It’ll bring Democrats together after a barroom brawl within the caucus that went on for days and force Republicans to choose whether to condemn Trump’s tweets or side with him on a “leave the country” solution to Ilhan Omar and other dark-skinned progressive critics of U.S. policy. Liberals in the media have spent the past 30 hours demanding that Republicans say which of those positions they hold. Pelosi has the power to actually force them to say, so she will. What makes a floor vote in this case especially obligatory, though, is the uproar that followed a few months ago after Omar’s dual-loyalty shot at American supporters of Israel. At the time Republicans and some Democrats demanded a resolution denouncing her by name, since that was her second offense. (She had previously gurgled about AIPAC and “the Benjamins” influencing U.S. policy towards Israel, remember.) But the left revolted and Pelosi ultimately caved, watering down the resolution until it became a condemnation of anti-semitism so pedestrian that Omar herself voted for it. With the GOP having given her so much grief about that resolution, it was a cinch Pelosi would pay them back with a resolution aimed at Trump now.

As for when the vote might be held, a Democratic aide coyly told Politico, “one step at a time.” That’s a no-brainer also. Why rush? Why not let this story play out for a few days and let Republicans bleed some more? The only hard question Pelosi’s wrestling with is whether to make it a routine denunciation or a formal censure, as Republicans will feel more comfortable voting for the former than the latter. She wins either way, though: GOPers who vote against the resolution will be savaged as racists, GOPers who vote for it will be ripped by righties for not having had Trump’s back in his latest explosion of Twitter diarrhea. For instance, which way will this pitiful chump go?

“Go back to your home district” is not what POTUS meant, as he made clear this afternoon in the clip below. It goes to show how bad Trump’s tweets were, though, that no professional Republicans are defending them on the merits today. The congressional GOP thus far has been torn between half-hearted claims a la Andy Harris that Trump was somehow misunderstood to grudging admissions a la Lindsey Graham that Trump went too far buttttttttt is certainly correct that the “Squad” is anti-American and anti-semitic and that’s what we should focus on, not him telling a black member of Congress to go back to Africa. The strongest, most unqualified condemnation of Trump I’ve seen from a prominent figure at a right-wing institution is this one, and he’s, er, not much of a right-winger himself:

The sharpest criticism I’ve seen from the left, meanwhile, came from Dem Rep. Jim Himes, who’s of white European ancestry, completely generic-looking as far as traditional American pols go, but was born in Lima, Peru. Can anyone imagine Trump telling me to go back where I came from, Himes asked? If not, then his jab at Omar (and AOC, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley) isn’t about being born elsewhere. It’s about something else.

Here’s POTUS commenting on the tweets followed by AOC doing her usual thing. One surreal aspect of Trump telling malcontents to leave the country if they’re so unhappy here is that there may have been no right-leaning celebrity/aspiring politician in the United States who spoke as harshly about America during the Obama years as Trump himself. “This country is a hellhole. We are going down fast,” he said (on Megyn Kelly’s show!) a month before launching his presidential bid in 2015. It’s not unusual to hear that from populist outsiders on either side politically; 80 percent of the appeal of nationalism is the idea that invaders of various sorts have ruined the homeland economically and culturally and need to be neutralized or removed — “go back to your home countries” — to restore it to greatness. If everyone who thinks America sucks because it’s not living up to its promise had to live abroad, Trump would have spent the duration of the Obama presidency tweeting from Scotland.

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We have already reached the trash-talking stage between Justin Amash and the Trumps

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I thought this wouldn’t happen for a few more months, until Amash announces he’s running for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination. Oh well:

The reply made me laugh:

Everyone who followed Russiagate knows that reference, I assume.

The news value in this exchange is that it all but guarantees the White House will openly support a primary challenger to Amash, right? There was some uncertainty about that in Politico’s report yesterday about Trump’s unhappiness with the congressman. Amash remains friendly, sort of, with the Trump fans in the Freedom Caucus despite having recently left the group so maybe they’d object privately to POTUS targeting Amash in a primary — although probably not, as they didn’t seem to object when he targeted Mark Sanford. I think the FC’s relationship to POTUS at this point is like the parents’ relationship to the little boy in that old Twilight Zone episode starring Billy Mumy. If they complain about something he’s done, he might wish them away into the cornfield too.

Amash told The Hill in an interview that he’s not ruling out anything, but he sounds disinclined to undertake a presidential candidacy that’ll achieve little except marginally increase a big-government liberal’s chances of winning the White House.

“I have no interest in playing spoiler. When I run for something, I run to win,” the Michigan Republican told The Hill on Wednesday as he descended the steps of the Capitol toward his office…

“I’ve spent my whole time in office under fire from different people, so it doesn’t worry me. I’ve had multiple elections where people thought I was the underdog and won by large margins,” Amash said in Wednesday’s interview. “I don’t really worry about any of that stuff. I have a lot of confidence in what I’m doing, in the American people, and especially the people in my district.”

“First I’m not going to lose, and second, I don’t have any regrets about doing the right thing,” he added, referring to a House race. “I didn’t run for office to sell out my principles to the party or to any one person. I’ve promised the people of my district I would operate in a certain way, uphold the Constitution, uphold the rule of law, fight for limited government and liberty, and that’s what I’m doing.”

Normally it’s a no-brainer for an incumbent congressman to stick with his party, try to sweat out a tough primary, and hopefully emerge as the party’s nominee. In Amash’s case, I’m not sure that’s true. A GOP House primary may be unwinnable at this point and, even if he pulled through, the Trumpist faction in his district might vote Democratic next fall out of spite. He may be unelectable — as a Republican. If he ran as an independent, he’d spare himself the primary and could advertise his general-election bid to both sides as a referendum on whether Congress needs to be bolder in confronting the president. That would be a tough race to win too, with Democratic and Republican voters each reluctant to squander their party’s chance to win a three-way race, but if anyone could make it competitive it’s a candidate who’s voted with left and right at times as their agendas overlap with libertarianism and who’s created a national profile for himself as a rare right-winger willing to support impeachment. I think he may have a marginally better chance of winning as an independent with a plurality of the vote than of surviving a primary and consolidating GOPers in a general election.

Out of curiosity, I looked up Amash’s legislative “score” on key policy votes among various right-wing policy shops. He’s at 86 percent at Heritage Action, 90 percent (an “A” grade) at Conservative Review, and 100 percent at FreedomWorks. It amuses me that the guy who’s about to be cast out of the party for heresy is by any measure one of the most true-blue small-government believers in Congress, the rare Republican who hasn’t softened up about federal power during his time on Capitol Hill. That is, the White House lacks even the pretense that Amash is being targeted for principled policy reasons. He’s going to the cornfield simply because he won’t say, “It’s a good thing that you obstructed justice, Anthony.”

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Anti-Trumper George Will: Democrats may simply be too weird to win next year

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First he comes out against impeachment, now he’s kinda sorta predicting a Trump victory in 2020.

He’ll be on the MAGA Train before you know it.

Well, no, that’s unlikely. His summary of the dilemma Democrats are creating for voters with their more outlandish policy proposals suggests otherwise: “Do I stick with the doofus I’ve got or pick the doofus I don’t know?” They’re likely to stick with the doofus they know, he reasons. Are they, though? The 2016 election posed the same dilemma, after all. Hillary wasn’t an incumbent but her party was, and she’d spent enough time in power as a senator and Secretary of State for Americans to have formed a very good idea of what they’d be getting if they made her president. They went with the doofus they don’t know instead. They wanted a change from the status quo. Why would this time be different?

I wonder if, paradoxically, the sitting president might end up as the “doofus you don’t know” in this election too. The reason Democrats are rolling out so many radical policy proposals is to distinguish themselves in a very crowded field. By the time the nomination’s decided, the nominee will have staked out a lot of policy terrain, much of it unstable. One of Trump’s defining features in the 2016 campaign, though, was that he didn’t bother with a lot of different policy proposals, choosing instead to fashion his brand out of a few memorably bold ideas — build the wall, revisit trade deals, no foreign interventions. He remains hugely unpredictable as president apart from those few issues. No one would be surprised if he reached a deal with Democrats on a $2 trillion infrastructure bill; no one would be very surprised either if deficit hawks prevailed upon him to tackle entitlements in his second term. (A little surprised, sure.) He’s malleable on most things. So which candidate realistically is apt to be the doofus you know and which the doofus you don’t come next November?

Maybe it depends on whether Biden is the nominee or not. If he is, Trump might try to run a replay of 2016 in which he, the incumbent, remains the change agent on the ballot opposed to the neoliberal conventional wisdom that governed America for years, embodied by Biden. Whereas if it’s Bernie or Warren as nominee, maybe Trump follows Will’s instincts here and gambles that Americans won’t want to elect two wildly different change agents in successive elections. In that case he’d position himself as a pillar of stability and a bulwark against radical transformation. Although I’m probably overthinking it, just as Will is overthinking it. Trump’s personality dominates American politics so totally that it’s hard to imagine the election ultimately being anything but a referendum on him. Which may be why Bernie and the rest feel so comfortable getting crazy with the policy cheez whiz in the primaries: In the end, everyone’s vote will come down to how they feel about Trump, not the Democrat.

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Democrat to conservative Never Trumpers: Your only rational move is to join us — permanently

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“[T]he Democratic Party will not feel terribly cozy,” concedes Bill Scher in making his pitch to anti-Trump righties. “You would often be fighting uphill, and you would lose more than you would win.” Frustration *and* futility? Take my money.

How silly of him to invite Never Trumpers into a party where they’ll be personally disdained and derided, their political principles sneered at, their character questioned, their, uhhhhhh … come to think of it, that’s exactly what the GOP is like now too.

Ah well. Scher is right that conservative anti-Trumpers would lose much more often as Democrats than they would win, certainly more often they would lose as Republicans. (Two words: Gorsuch, Kavanaugh.) That alone should quash any argument for a permanent alliance. The case for voting Democrat this fall — which I don’t agree with — is strongest when framed as a short-term temporary corrective, a rebuke to Trump and a vote for meaningful oversight in Congress. Beyond that, what would any right-winger gain from allying with Democrats? A little extra leverage in getting President Warren to compromise on a 50 percent marginal income tax rate instead of a 60 percent one?

[T]he best way to move the Democratic Party rightward would be for more conservatives to join it. It’s true that socialist-friendly Berniecrats are increasingly vocal in the Democratic Party, but conservatives should also recognize the ideological breadth of what is the nation’s only remaining big-tent party. Democrats are held together by a belief in active government to solve problems and a commitment to equal rights and opportunities for women and minorities. But questions over foreign policy and trade have long been points of internal debate, and that makes them policy areas where new party members can play a significant role…

So once conservatives free themselves from the Fox News echo chamber, it would be easier to conduct good faith, fact-based negotiations over policy specifics, such as how to tackle climate change through a revenue-neutral carbon tax, which some conservatives already support. Instead of barreling toward single-payer health insurance, conservatives could work with their new Democratic friends on tidying up what was once known as RomneyCare. Pro-life and pro-choice forces could finally team up on sex education and contraception access to reduce unwanted pregnancies.

Translation: Let’s move the country decisively left, but more slowly left by having a rump conservative wing gently pumping the brakes periodically.

Which, again, come to think of it, is pretty much what we have now. Hmmm.

Scher does concede, though, that his pitch isn’t aimed at everyone. He’s looking for a particular type of right-winger here:

If you are a Republican because you oppose abortion in all circumstances and love conservative judges and tax cuts, then becoming a Democrat doesn’t make any sense. But if you are primarily horrified at how Trump is undermining the existing international political and economic order—hugging Russia, lauding strongmen, sparking protectionist trade wars—then becoming a Democrat is your best option.

That’s a fair point. Different people are Republicans for different reasons. If you’re culturally conservative, there’s obviously no home for you in a party that supports abortion on demand, open borders, and gun-grabbing. I mean, really:

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If it’s not cultural affinity that binds you to the GOP, though, but rather traditional Republican support for free trade and McCain-esque interventionism abroad, you could argue that Democrats are more of a natural home for you right now than the GOP is. Various polls over the last decade or so have showed Democratic voters more supportive of free trade than Republicans are; both the liberal base’s turn towards free markets and the GOP base’s turn towards protectionism pre-date Trump. (Both shifts are probably fallout from NAFTA.) The Democratic turn towards hawkishness is less stable — remember the Iraq war? — but their grudge against Russia from 2016 might have legs. The question for Scher and others is why any righty should believe that neoliberals will be able to hold the line against the ascendant socialist wing that’s apt to steer the Democrats in the same direction on trade and isolationist foreign policy as Trump’s headed. You can fantasize all day about a cavalry of conservative Never Trumpers joining the party and anchoring it to the center before the Berniebros take over, but as any Trump fan would eagerly tell you, there just aren’t that many Never Trumpers on the right out there.

And even if there were, and even if Scher’s plan succeeded, would that be a net electoral gain for the Democratic Party? How many socialists, believing their political star was rising after Hillary, would walk away from the party in disgust if an influx of right-wingers suddenly tugged it back to the center? Clinton’s 2016 failure is supposed to be the ashes from which the Democratic-socialist phoenix rises. I doubt there are enough Dem-curious right-wingers in the U.S. to replace all the far-leftists who would bail out if the party turned a bit right. If there were, wouldn’t Hillary herself have made more of an effort to appeal to those voters than she did two years ago? Any Republican Never Trumper would remind him that Team Clinton’s outreach to the center-right was precisely zero.

In the end, this line from Scher might be a useful litmus test: Republicans “wrongly view the Democratic Party as a rotten cauldron of crass identity politics, abortion on demand and government run amok.” Do you believe there’s a chance that he’s right, that that view is wrong? If so, you might consider his invitation. If not then there isn’t much to talk about.

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