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Mike Allen, Member of the New Establishment

The October 2011 issue of “Vanity Fair” magazine contains its annual list of movers and shakers, “The New Establishment and the Powers that Be: 2011.” At Number 39 in the 50-person list of the New Establishment, right in there with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder; Jeff Bezos, head of Amazon; and J.K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter, is a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1986: Mike Allen, the chief White House correspondent for “Politico.”

While Mike didn’t get a full-page portrait like entertainer Lady Gaga, or even half a page, like satirist Stephen Colbert, he did get a succinct entry mentioning his “considerable digital cred” and “more than 35,000 fellow tweeters.”

“Vanity Fair” has been publishing the list since 1994, focusing at first on what it calls “a fascinating new breed of buccaneering visionaries and entrepreneurs from the entertainment, communications, and computer industries.” Now it examines “their successors, who are, more often than not, engineering prodigies, founders of their companies, and frightfully young.”

We blogged about Mike earlier this year, when he asked Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell about appearing at the 2012 Mock Con. You can read that entry here.