"Just walked into my first WH Correspondents dinner, ever, in between Gov. Mark Warner and Ludacris. Weird night in D.C. Ha," twitters the shining fresh face of the anti-statist party, our own smart-as-a-whip and totally adorable Mary Katharine Ham, known on Twitter as mkhammer. She has the looks of a fancy-free school girl, the "relentless, unflagging optimism" of a Jack Kemp and the ability to articulate the notion of a nation of laws, not of men, in debate with the best of what the other side has to offer on the Number One cable show out there, the unwatchable O'Reilly Factor. When she's on, we always have to mute when O'Reilly or her sparring partner of the day bloviates, but she is always a joy. You ask why we twitter? Mkhammer's news reports and insights alone make it worthwhile.
Now this tweet from WaPo A-list beltway gossip columnist Howard Kurtz, who offers "some pics of the big afternoon pre-party on my Facebook page," noting that it's a "Good day to put out bad news as all journos otherwise engaged":
Sometime in the last few yrs the WH dinner turned into spring prom week for Beltway nerds. And Hollywood decided it was a stop on the tour …
I'm virtually certain MSNBC has never covered the WH dinner live before. Bush loyalists, take note!
Fun stuff. We're delighted to learn that C-SPAN is covering the event live. Will be looking for Mary Katharine. Can't wait to see her dress, her escort, her sparkling presence amongst the jaded and corrupted powers that be.
Update: "'Nerdprom' prompts Twitter buzz" [#nerdprom is the tag given to the event by twittering dinner attendees]:
We've got 115 followers and counting. Where it all may lead, who knows? Annie Gottlieb links to Ad Age's provocative "The Coming End of YouTube, Twitter and Facebook Socialism" with her usual wry wit in 140 characters or less:
Now we hear the folks who brought you Twitter are fixing to release "something new and entirely different" called Squirrel, a "service that allows anyone with an iPhone to become a merchant." The business of America is business. Sounds like a good idea to us.
Update: Talk about fun stuff, Instalanche!
Update III: "Thousand thanks for writing such nice things about me. You're too kind, but I'll try my best to be fresh, shining and ALWAYS anti-statist!" twitters the fresh, shining and ALWAYS anti-statist mkhammer.
Update IV: Once more with feeling from the Professor: "The delightfulness of Mary Katharine Ham.