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Jed Babbin: The FishbowlDC Interview

JLBphoto2.jpgSay hello to Human Events’ Jed Babbin.

What word do you routinely misspell? Synapse. Fortunately, covering politics, that word almost never comes up.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Off we go into the wild blue yonder (Air Force song)

What time did you get up this morning? 0610

When did you last cry and why? 0610 today. Because I had to get up that early for a reason other than to go out and shoot something.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 300

What’s your favorite letter? The Zimmerman Telegram

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What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? James J. Kilpatrick. If he had never written, “The Writer’s Art,” I’d have neither learned how to write nor had the courage to commit acts of journalism. I re-read it every year for the sheer joy of it.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? September 18, 2008, Springfield, VA. I emceed the annual fundraising dinner for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, my favorite military charity. See http://www.specialops.org/, and please donate.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Charles Krauthammer. He’s smarter and a better writer than all the rest of us put together.

What did you have for breakfast? Large coffee and a bran muffin. And then more coffee.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Soap. Razors are a close second for those of us not entering the Taliban ministry.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? To fly like Superman. I have one helluva commute.

Red or white wine? Red, preferably Washington State or Italian.

PG-13 or R? R, for violence, of course. As DiNiro said, “There’s nothing wrong with a little shooting as long as the right people get shot.”

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Jefferson; he’s thinking deeply.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Leg (barbecued, of course)

Friday night or Saturday night? Both. I’m old and need the rest.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Professional losers or a chick flick? Please. How about “Batman Begins” or “Gladiator”???

The Palm or Cafe Milano? The Palm. I’ve been there so often it’s like a second home.

Yankees or Red Sox? Yankees, by birthright. I’m from da Bronx, after all.

Jenna or Barbara? Jenna.

McSteamy or McDreamy? What is this, “Brokeback Fishbowl”? How about McSandra (as in Bullock) or McCameron (as in Diaz)???

Leno or Letterman? Leno. I tole ya I’m from Noo Yawk.

Stewart or Colbert? Both are hilarious. I’ve been on both shows. Stewart is a really smart and charming guy, and Colbert is an amazingly talented character actor: very smart and intense. I’ve never had more fun on tv than being on with Colbert. But Stewart has a better goodie bag.

Boxers or briefs? None of your doggone business.

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