Friend and development dude Al Canata was relieved last week to learn I couldn't make the Competitive Enterprise Institute's annual dinner, held tonight at the JW Marriott a couple of blocks from the White House.
CEI had broken the previous year's million dollars-plus fundraising record, Al said, which created a problem. There are only so many seats to go around. My voluntarily not going -- because of the fallout from the mother of all flus coupled with a catastrophic computer failure -- meant one less person he'd have to disappoint.
Some folks in DC talk about the White House Correspondents Dinner as “nerd prom,” but the real intellectual prommery happens at the CEI dinner. This year the event is so big it demands a subtitle: “Bourbon and BBQ Bash: Liberty Served Smooth and Smokin'.” Reason's Matt Welch will emcee with his hipster glasses. Vice presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina will keynote. Nobel laureate economist Vernon Smith will accept an award named after the late Julian Simon.