The former assistant to President George W. Bush is still recovering from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s action-packed Annual Political Summit. Matalin co-hosted the fourth annual event along with her husband last week in New Orleans.

The mom and election guru played host to a bevy of political players at the summit, including former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, former Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D), among others. But she was almost late to her own shindig.

As a board member of the Nature Conservancy, Matalin was delayed by a field trip to the largest flood plain reconnection project in the country. Luckily, we hear Carville, her political and life partner, was able to hold court until she arrived.

Matalin says one of her favorite moments from the across-the-aisle summit was a “distinctly partisan” political party lightning-round game. While there is no word on which team dominated, Matalin says, “Even after a whole day of kumbaya, we were instantly ‘ourselves!’ ”