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Keith Koffler: The FishbowlDC Interview

snipshot_koffler2.jpg Say hello to CongressDaily’s Keith Koffler.

What word do you routinely misspell? Administraiton

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Flight of the Bumble Bee. Maximum annoyance.

What time did you get up this morning? 6:15 am

When did you last cry and why? When I found out there would be no bathroom in the basement section of the new White House workspace, where my desk is.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 150

What’s your favorite letter? Lincoln to Grant, July 13, 1863. It ends, “you were right, and I was wrong.” When was the last time you heard a politician say that? Or a journalist on talk show, for that matter? And he said it just over a year before the election. And only weeks before the Ames Straw poll.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Edward Hallowell, high school English teacher. Gave me the unfortunate news that I’d be better at writing than making money.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris)

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When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Yes, I think that’s right.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Christopher Hitchens. Don’t agree with everything he writes. But he unapologetically seeks truth, letting the chips fall where they may. He’s congenitally recalcitrant, writes prolifically, and abuses legal substances. The soul of journalism lives.

What did you have for breakfast? Starbucks egg, sausage and cheddar sandwich with top discarded for calorie control

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Hairbrush, clearly.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Ability to open CD wrappers.

Red or white wine? Mai Tai with umbrella stabbed through an orange, cherry and, if possible, a pineapple.

PG-13 or R? RPG

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Lincoln

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Leg. Chicken and other birds.

Friday night or Saturday night? I live in the suburbs. I went to the Giant last Saturday night. Friday and Saturday night are over.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Not seem them.

The Palm or Cafe Milano? The Palm

Yankees or Red Sox? The Red Sox must be stopped.

Jenna or Barbara? Um, Barbara.

McSteamy or McDreamy? McDreamy

Leno or Letterman? Letterman

Stewart or Colbert? Don’t watch ‘em

Boxers or briefs? Loincloth

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