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Still Space at the Novak Jam

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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GARGAMEL Bob Novak wants to party with you

Valerie Plame-outing Karl Rove tool Robert Novak seems to have lost his luster. Only half of the 70 seats are filled so far for a $595-a-plate, strictly off-the-record April 26 forum with Novak and high-profile politicos. It's a sharp drop-off from past event attendance, a source close to the forum tells Radar.

"For the last two years, it's been full," the source says. Could D.C. insiders be soured by Novak's role in the Plame outing and subsequent Scooter Libby conviction? "If anything, I would think that would attract them," the source says.

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So far, that's not the case. Novak cohort and Human Events president and editor in chief Tom Winter has sent out a letter to "friends" of the conservative columnist, urging their participation. The pitch, titled "Ultimate (Secret) Source," asks, "Have you ever dreamed of spending a few moments with the country's top leaders? Well, now you can. Thanks to a special private Forum organized by my friend Bob Novak, you and a few other lucky Americans can spend several knowledge-packed hours with many of America's leaders."

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