The Bloomberg party was indeed a scene. I managed to slip in without an invitation because of my dear friend and MSNBC colleague Alison Stewart (and she didn’t have an invite either). On a dare, the two of us went to the VIP entrance (bypassing the legitimate ticket holders’ line) and waited as the frenzied Bloomberg PR folks tried to accomodate the arrivals in front of us of Paul Wolfowitz, actor Richard Schiff, and Senator Ben Nelson. After a few minutes, a particularly tired-looking Bloomberg PR type looked at us and said, “May I help you?”
Alison smiled and said, “I’m Alison Stewart of MSNBC and this is David Shuster of MSNBC.” The woman smiled at Allison and waved us through without even checking the list. As Alison noted, “See, it helps to be nice.” Point taken.
Ms. Stewart and I then walked along the red carpet until I stopped her in front of the 25 waiting photographers and loudly declared, “Ladies and gentlemen, Alison Stewart.” The flash bulbs went off like crazy. There were also shouts of, “Over here Alison… Alison can you look to the right… can the two of you look left? How about a shot for me?”