Media Summer Sizzlers

Luntz leaves, Dozier breathes fire and Press bumps liberal fists (and conservative heads)

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Gimme a break!

Colorful Republican pollster is pulling up stakes and heading west. The announcement came as a surprise to guests attending his seventh annual Baseball All Star Party at his McLean home in July. The explanation was simple: He’s tired. This, of course, was a rather short answer for the noted wordsmith (he is the author of Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say But What People Hear). But that’s what we heard: he’s tired. Even thinking about how he’ll move his massive memorabilia collection – which includes a Big Boy, a Keystone Cop, and a Palm Beach voting machine signed by presidential decider Katherine Harris – is making everyone else tired.

Actor and the Creative Coalition’s Robin Bronk lingered past midnight. Minnesota Sen. and Virginia Rep. , said to be on McCain’s veep short list, chatted about Coleman’s senatorial race against progressive commentator Al Franken. There were enough CNN collectibles sighted: bureau chief , political director , and Pentagon correspondent . Also seen: Rep. , lobbyist , British Ambassador , and . Surprise guest: former White House Press Secretary , currently in the dog house with Barney for his new book What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception.

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