SPOTTED: Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 I'm furious about Democrats taking the blame — it's time to fight back Rand Paul cancels DirecTV subscription after it drops OAN 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 MoranThe Hill's Top Lobbyists 2021 The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2020 Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show 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.