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Summer Superlatives: Sexiest Male


It’s the fourth and final day of FishbowlDC’s 2011 Summer Superlatives.  Though the results are under lock and key, the winners from our first nine categories are already locked-in. By this time tomorrow, the entire Class of 2011 will have been decided and each unknowing honoree will be a mere 48 hours from FishbowlDC glory (winners and results will be announced Monday).

But before we get going today – a tiny twist.  Due to an overwhelming tally of Twitter Feud nominations for one Ms. Betsy Rothstein and an underwhelming number for anyone else, we scrapped the category.  Instead we’re bringing sexy back like you read about and splitting the Sexiest category by gender.  Up first, the dudes…

This motley crew of spicy stallions proves “sexy” is in the eye of the anonymous tipster.  Like your studs surly and British?  Got it.  Devastatingly handsome? Yepper. Youthful?  Conservative?  Quirky?  Liberal?  Beefy?  Lean?  Check.  Check.  Check.  We’ve got something for everyone but only your vote will determine which one of these sultry sex gods will take home the title (and coordinating Speedo) of FishbowlDC’s Sexiest Male of 2011. Will it be MSNBC and The Grio’s Jeff Johnson, Politico’s Patrick Reis, The Hill’s Hugo Gurdon, Washington’s own George Clooney Kevin Madden or Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson?

Summer Superlatives: Open Bar Fly

Some of the candidates for today’s final poll cover after-hours events as part of their beat.  Others have no obligation but still troll the city’s open bars like it’s their full-time job.  Either way, if you hit an event after work, you’re bound to bump into one of these open bar flies:  Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, APCO’s Gideon Lett, NBC 4′s Janet Donovan aka J. Do, and Brendan Kownacki from Merge Creative Media.  But which one do you think put away the most petite quiche and free pinot grigio this year?

Summer Superlatives: Most Scandalous

From sleeping with sources and mile-long rap sheets to open drug abuse and domestic violence charges, we think you’ll agree that all of the nominees for Most Scandalous deserve special recognition for their shady behavior.  But it’s up to you to decide which one will be marked with a scarlet letter ‘S’ for the next year.  Your candidates are… Forbes columnist and former TWT editor Richard Miniter, Daily Caller’s David Martosko, GQ’s Ana Marie Cox and Reason’s Mike Riggs.  Throw a stone and cast your vote now!

Summer Superlatives: Most Trusted

We’re only halfway through our 12 categories of Summer Superlatives and already this competition’s shown more twists and turns than Anthony Weiner on a webcam. More about that later but right now it’s time to turn your attention to today’s first race:  Most Trusted Journalist.  Your candidates are ABC News’ Jake Tapper, CNN’s Candy Crowley, Politico’s Roger Simon, CBS News’ Mark Knoller and Chris Cillizza from the Washington Post…and go!

Summer Superlatives: Most Cutthroat

I can’t quite decide whether it’s a compliment or insult to be nominated for the Most Cutthroat category of FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives 2011.  Does the label imply that you’d sell your granny into sex slavery for a scoop?  Or just a nod to a particularly aggressive approach to journalism?  Either way, your nominees for Most Cutthroat are Politico’s Jim VandeHei, Washington Times’ Eli Lake, NBC’s David Gregory and Politico’s Mike Allen.

Summer Superlatives: Biggest Drama Queen

From stage-five freak outs and Twitter rants to bizarre YouTube videos and on-air feuds, the finalists for our next category are more theatrical than that gay kid on “Glee.”  But which one of our nominees deserves to wear the cubic zirconia-crusted crown as this year’s Biggest Drama Queen or King?

The nominees are…Emily Miller from the Washington Times, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Human Events’ Jason Mattera and WJLA’s Stephen Tschida for his performance as Amtrak passenger 1 in “Cold and Alone: The Stephen Tschida Story.”

Summer Superlatives: Best On-Air Personality

A whopping 2,000+ votes were cast in day one of FishbowlDC’s 2011 Summer Superlatives contest.  With such an overwhelming reaction to the first three categories, we can only imagine what kind of fierce competition will come out of the race for Best On-Air Personality.

Finalists for this glorious honor include Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, CBS News’ Bob Schieffer, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, NBC/MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell. But it’s up to you to determine the best of 2011. The candidates are strong and the polls are open so get to voting.

SS Exit Polls Show Three Close Races

Early exit polls from day one of our Summer Superlatives contest indicate only one thing: these races are too close to call tonight.  With three sets of rock-solid competitors and a slew of die-hard supporters, FishbowlDC glory is still anyone’s for the taking.

To spice up the competition, we’ve hidden the real-time results of each race (8pm).  But don’t let that dissuade you from casting a vote or campaigning for your favorite candidate.  Each poll will remain open for 24 hours from the time it went live today and final results will be revealed in a very special post honoring the winners next week. Until then, here’s your 10pm exit poll snapshot.

Best Sense of Humor:  Julie Mason must have spent the evening shaking hands and kissing babies because Team Mason has managed to pull ahead Semnani and Labash.

Julie Mason: 32.06% of the vote.

Neda Semnani: 31.76% of the vote.

Matt Labash: 28.09% of the vote.

Gene Weingarten: 3.39% of the vote.

Biggest Self-Promoter: Mackowiak and Bardella have pimped themselves into one fierce competition.

Matt Mackowiak: 36.91%

Kurt Bardella: 33.77%

Howard Kurtz: 19.6%

Carol Joynt: 9.69%

Best Capitol Hill Press Secretary:  Boehner’s Michael Steel, who began losing his daylong lead to Morris and Elshami this afternoon,  has managed to pull ahead tonight.

Michael Steel: 44.39%

Vince Morris: 28.7%

Nadeam Elshami: 23.53%

Charles Chamberlayne: 3.39%

Summer Superlatives: Best Cap Hill Press Secretary

We decided to mix things up a little with this category. But who better than FishbowlDC readers to name 2011′s Best Capitol Hill Press Secretary?  From fielding your calls to feeding you tips, these folks can make or break a journo’s day.  So which one of these fine flacks is the best press secretary (or comm. director) on Capitol Hill?

The nominees are….Michael Steel from Speaker John Boehner’s office, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Nadeam Elshami, Charles Chamberlayne for Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), and Vince Morris from the office of Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).

Summer Superlatives: Biggest Self-Promoter

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From talking to tweeting, these media types never miss an opportunity to plug themselves.  But which one’s acts of self-pimping rise above the rest?  The nominees for  Biggest Self-Promoter of 2011 are Daily Caller’s Kurt Bardella, Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz, Carol Joynt of New York Social Diary and Q&A Cafe and Potomac Flack’s Matt Mackowiak.

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