"Jim Nelson is very politically oriented, and he's moving the magazine in a direction that devotes a large section to political stories, Washington stories," says longtime Washington newspaper and magazine writer Chuck Conconi, who is now senior counselor of Qorvis Communications. "He understands this is the power base for the country, and he wants to have a greater presence here.
As for the 50 most powerful Washingtonians, saluted in spirit if not in person at Cafe Milano, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on the top of GQ's list, which includes the usual political suspects like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. Interestingly enough, the late Ronald Reagan also is found on the list of the 50 most influential people, given the continued popularity of his guiding principles.
Now, Alexandria-based public relations executive Craig Shirley calls our attention to his upcoming book on Mr. Reagan's 1980 campaign, titled "Rendezvous With Destiny."
In January 1980, or so Mr. Shirley recalls, the Des Moines Register newspaper sponsored a similar debate featuring each of the Republican candidates, save one who derided it as a "cattle show." Speaking for the group, then-Kansas Sen. Bob Dole said, "Ronald Reagan, wherever you are, I hope you are having fun."
John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .
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