Leave it to the fun-loving GOP couple of Ron and Sara Bonjean, hosting their annual must-go Christmas party this weekend, to come up with a cocktail that aptly captures today’s Washington. Made with rum and vodka, it’s called “The Swamp,” said the duo, adding, “It’s made to drain.” And floating at the bottom? Gummy alligators and snakes. Dubbed by Washingtonian as "DC's most bitchin' house party," this year's theme is "2017 Get Blitzen'd at Bonjeans."...

* The White House and Senate Judiciary Committee members have been anticipating the retirement of another Supreme Court justice, with most eyes on Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. But insiders said that Kennedy is staying and already interviewing next year’s law clerks. …

* It was either a bad joke or an odd mistake, but during President Trump’s trip to Utah last week, the print pool reporter, Huffington Post’s Shirish Dáte, identified Utah Sen. Mike Lee as R-Short. He later corrected, “Sen. Lee, in fact, represents Utah.” Lee’s office didn’t raise a fuss over the apparent slight, but noted that he stands five-foot-11 “with shoes on.” …

* Pollster David Winston, head of the Winston Group and part of the 1994 Contract with America group, will write a weekly column for Roll Call newspaper. …

* Conservatives flooded into last week’s first Impact Awards event held in the Trump International Hotel’s Lincoln Library. Hosted by Bill Dallas, CEO of United in Purpose, and Ginni Thomas, CEO of Liberty Consulting, it gave awards to 12 conservative leaders starting with Fox personality Sean Hannity. In attendance: Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Barbara Ledeen of the Senate Judiciary Committee, CRC Public Relations chief Greg Mueller, Heritage’s Rob Bluey, and Patrick Henry College founder Michael Farris.

* It turns out that the Islamic State really isn’t much of a computer hacking threat, but it’s genius in the social media world. Lora Shiao, acting director for intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center, said ISIS is big on Twitter but is moving to Telegram Messenger and a new site called Baaz. ...

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com