Get those tumbrils out of storage

Saturday May 5, 2007 08:18 EST
A glimpse at Versailles
(updated below)

The real fun for debate host Chris Matthews — it was his first ever presidential debate, by the way — came afterward. He and his “Hardball” gang, including MSNBC Vice President Tammy Haddad and a few national political reporters, went to dinner at a restaurant called Tuscany in Westlake Village, Calif., where they bumped into the hunk of the ’80s, actor Tom Selleck.

Selleck was on his way out, but he stopped and chatted with Matthews. After he left, Selleck called the restaurant and bought a nice bottle of Meritage for Matthews’s table, which included Washington Post political correspondent Dan Balz, Politico columnist Roger Simon and Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, among others.

The hunk of the debate, however, was James Denton, the actor who plays the sexy plumber/handyman on “Desperate Housewives.” Denton was there as Haddad’s guest. She invited him after hearing that he had told folks at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington a few weeks ago that “Hardball” was his favorite show.

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