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Gridiron Dinner: Joe Biden, John Kerry and other close encounters

Gridiron Dinner: Joe Biden, John Kerry and other close encounters

On Saturday night, I dined with Vice President Joe Biden (me and about 600 other people, that is) and crossed paths with Secretary of State John Kerry in the men’s room, where I got his take on the 2016 presidential campaign. It’s amazing who you can meet if you and every other man in the room are wearing white tie and tails. Weirdly, it’s a great equalizer.

(David Horsey / Los AngelesTimes)

I was fortunate enough to be attending the fancy-dress Gridiron Dinner in Washington. This year, Doyle McManus, a venerable political columnist at The Times, is president of the Gridiron Club, a select group of inside-the-Beltway journalists who have been putting on an...

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