SPOTTED: Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Congress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration MORE (R-Ky.) — who was named “The Most Interesting Man in Politics” in an upcoming Time magazine cover story — wearing a tuxedo and quietly standing solo by the dessert buffet at Friday’s 46th annual Meridian Ball.

Some revelers at the black-tie fete in Washington, held each year to promote global leadership, expressed surprise to ITK that the potential 2016 presidential candidate would mix and mingle at the swank fete. “The irony of ‘Mr. Isolationist’ Rand Paul attending such an international event,” one sniffed to ITK. Paul wrote in a Time op-ed last month, “I am not an isolationist.”


Paul wandered to a decked-out courtyard, drink in hand, before making his way back to the sugar-filled dessert room. He didn’t go unrecognized for long though; Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) was later eyed striking up conversation with his colleague in Congress and even hitting the dance floor. Dancing diplomacy in action, perhaps?

Several lawmakers — both real and imaginary — gathered at the ritzy affair at Washington’s Meridian House. The faux politicians included “House of Cards” stars Michel Gill and Jayne Atkinson (who play President Walker and Secretary of State Catherine Durant on the Netflix series). Among the other notable guests: Rep. Jim MoranJames (Jim) Patrick MoranJoe Lieberman says Northam shouldn't resign: Rush to judgment 'is unfair' Former Virginia congressman says Northam shouldn't resign: 'Redemption is a very powerful factor' States are stepping up to end animal testing in cosmetics while federal legislation stalls MORE (D-Va.), Austrian Ambassador Hans Peter Manz (who hosted ITK and other partygoers at an intimate dinner at his residence ahead of the evening’s festivities), Meridian Ball congressional co-chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), CNN’s Jake Tapper, socialite Susanna Quinn and Meridian President and CEO Ambassador Stuart Holliday.