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A sure sign that it’s summer is our invitation to what is now political pollster Frank Luntz’s sixth annual baseball All-Star party at his sprawling Virginia estate, dubbed “the Smithsonian McLean branch” because of its vast collection of history, politics and sports memorabilia.
Under Mr. Luntz’s expansive roof, one finds perhaps the most valuable private newspaper collection in Washington, a ticket from every day of BillClinton’s impeachment trial, the Playboy interview with Jimmy Carter, and the original electric chair from “The Addams Family.”
Then there’s the baseball Mr. Luntz calls “New York’s Finest,” signed by former New York Mayor RudolphW. Giuliani, newly independent New York Mayor Michael R.Bloomberg, former baseball great Yogi Berra and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre — signatures gathered by the pollster at one of Mr. Giuliani’s weddings.
Items to debut this year include a blackjack table signed by every actor who has played James Bond, a personal letter written by Winston Churchill, a handwritten note from a John F. Kennedy suitor (seriously) and the infamous “Kerry picks Gephardt” newspaper banner, compliments of the New York Post.
Each year, Mr. Luntz entices guests with a top-10 list of reasons to attend his party. Our favorites this year: RosieO’Donnell and Donald Trump Jell-O wrestling, a Nancy Pelosi kissing booth with a “no-line” guarantee, and Colorado congressman and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo rebuilding the pool fence to keep out illegal attendees.
John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin @washington times.com.
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