Anyway, why did I think it was awful? For starters, the hotel is under renovation, so the traditional pre-dinner reception in the courtyard was gone this year. This meant that everyone had to congregate indoors which turned the place into a steam bath. Also, neither The Weekly Standard nor NR had a reception this year, which was too bad.
You know you're in rough times when the free drinks dry up.
Poor Jonah Goldberg, forced to watch the Left at play while sober. It must have been hell.