No one told me the ‘Arlington Allies’ happy hour Tuesda was at a mall bar. I mean, I know the invite said “Ballston Mall,” but not being a Virginia type, I kind of thought that was just a fanciful name for some section of large identical brick buildings interspersed with strategic grassy knolls like they like to build in that part of town. But no—no, this bar was in the mall, and not just enter from the corner in-the-mall but pass the Claire’s and the Auntie Anne’s Pretzel deep in the belly of the beast in-the-mall. As I was passing the high-school kids making out in front of the water fountain I began thinking to myself that coming out here had been a horrible social mistake. But then I stepped into Bailey’s Pub & Grille and beheld … every young libertarian in the DC metro area! Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration, but it seemed the whole of Kochtopia was in attendance, plus some stray journo and think-tank type folks & at least one old man from the Department of Education (who promptly scurried off after Jason Talley told him he wanted to destroy the government). More photos under the cut.
American Enterprise Institute's Justus Myers & free-market marketing-2.0 maven Ben Parizek
LP campaigner and everyone’s-facebook-friend Bruce P. Majors with Maureen Pratt.
Cato's Juan Carlos Hidalgo
Chad Swarthout & Jonathan Blanks
Mild-mannered patent attorney by day, constitutional-liberties-crusader by night Thomas Huff gives advice to Koch summer intern Christine Frye ("just attend as many IHS seminars as possible... )
Ben Parizek & Libby Barringer
Ben Wyche strikes his best 'happy-to-be-alive' pose.
Behold the Floating Head of Jason Talley! (this reminds me of one of those Olan Mills photos from the 80s with the head superimposed above the main portrait, except there is no main portrait. Why? Because Talley smashed it! .. Oh, what's that? He's no longer at Buereaucrash? He's at Atlas? Oh, um, because he politely researched it away, then.)
Aaron Biterman rallies recruits for the DC Republican Liberty Caucus
Reason's David Weigel & IHS' Amy Phillips
Koch Summer Intern Christine Frye eschews Bailey's $2 pints for more summery fare.
IHS's Laura Schonmuller & Atlas/AFF's Cindy Cerquitella
Cord Blomquist does the Bee Gees.