Prius drivers waited patiently for the parking valets in front of Arianna Huffington‘s Brentwood home last night. Inside the politically aware and semi-socially connected gathered to toast Slate editor Jacob Weisberg‘s new book, The Bush Tragedy. Weisberg and his wife, Deborah Needleman, posed with a bushy-bearded Adrian Grenier as waiters passed hot mini burgers. Author/animal rights activist Matthew Scully, deep in conversation with journalist Andrew Breitbart, politely refused.
Copies of the book were stacked casually on tables. Needleman, the editor of Domino magazine (which also sponsored the event), designed the cover. Condé Nast-ette Clemmy Closson and Domino publisher Beth Brenner were also decoratively arranged. Masses of white flowers, masses of elaborately framed photos, including one of Arianna’s daughter with Senator Barbara Mikulski. One onlooker thought Mikulski looked like a nun.