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Nikki’s Prom Dress Contest: THE WINNER

Drumroll, please.

Earlier in the week, we asked for your help in choosing what frock Washington Examiner‘s Gossip Girl Nikki Schwab should wear to the ball next weekend for the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.

The victor was overwhelming: The mint-green Mischka Bagley Aqua Wonder dress. “Let this shimmery drape dress by Badgley Mischka float you away on a whimsical evening of fun,” advises the write-up on renttherunway.com.

That doesn’t mean there weren’t naysayers. Some of you felt strongly she should wear #1, the one-shoulder royal blue number and others felt one of the black strapless dresses was the way to go.

The Commentary…

*I rarely do this and I’m sorry to be wielding my power in such a benevolent manner but I feel as if I have no choice.  According to my gay card, the winner by a hot, steamy mile is number two – 2. Aqua Wonder Dress by Mischka Badgley which is actually Badgley Mischka. — FBDC’s Matt Dornic

*Hands down the Aqua Wonder dress because a) the mix of greens and blues is beautiful and b) it’s spectacularly named the “Aqua Wonder” dress. I loved the royal blue, but wearing a dress that falls at the top of your thigh would be uncomfortable around bosses. — BR

*#4 Strapless black. I like that the color is more conservative. And there’s something about a dress with like material only on one shoulder (I have no idea if I’m describing this right) that’s weird to me. The feathers were my second choice. I guess because I’m stuck on this black dress thing. — Alec Jacobs, FBDC intern

*Totally #1 – navy is so in this spring, a la Kate Middleton’s engagement announcement dress. Pls see if you can also outfit Ms. Schwab with the Lady Di engagement ring replica.

*I vote @NikkiSchwab dons #2- it would be stunning w her hair & eye color, & dif in a sea of black.

*ooo! [referring to the Aqua Wonder dress]

*I vote for 1., because no. 2 looks like she’s being given away as a child bride in Game of Thrones and nos. 3 and 4 look like she just discovered Hot Topic

*I vote number 2 unless number 1 becomes available again.  I am one of her best friends from high school and I know that she would likely pick the style of number 2.  I think the color of number one is best for her, but number 2 will be quit elegant and appropriate for this event!

*Which dress should Nikki wear to the WHCD? That’s easy: the cheapest one (times are hard). And hopefully the cheapest one isn’t the Aqua Wonder dress because I don’t like the color.

*Tell Nikki to wear #1. It will emphasize her most.

*I vote for #3 – Nikki would look best in BLUE! (Dear reader: #3 was the black feathers.)

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QUOTES of the DAY

“I’ve never seen the water this high at Great Falls.” — SBNation’s John Taylor in a weekend tweet.


“Day of beauty with Sara Libby” – Former Roll Call scribe Elizabeth Brotherton in a weekend tweet. Getting pampered above is Politico‘s Deputy Politics Editor Sara Libby.

A TV reporter vents about off-air idiots

“Why do people find it necessary to wave their arms and jump around during reporter live shots?” — ABC7′s Mike Conneen in a series of weekend tweets. More: “And chances are no one who knows you is even watching, just strangers who think you’re a tool.” And this: “I understand if you are trying to get on camera, even though you look ridiculous in the background.” And this: “But if you’re standing off camera and your intention is simply to distract a working reporter, that’s just rude!”

Gossip Girl contemplates feathers for WHCD

“Are feathers really out? The only #WHCD dress I found that I like has black feathers on it. #firstworldproblems.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab in a weekend tweet.

Something to ponder…

“Is wondering if it’s possible to insert white noise into one’s brain?” — Publicist Wendy Gordon in a weekend tweet.

Intern is unraveling

“I MAY HAVE OPTED OUT OF THIS WHOLE COLLEGE THING HAD I KNOWN A THESIS WAS REQUIRED.” — FBDC intern Alec Jacobs at approximately 2 a.m. this morning. We regret his use of all-caps. But we’ll let it slide in this trying time. His thesis topic? “My thesis is on social media in political campaigns, specifically comparing how Republican presidential candidates use it in the upcoming primary compared to the 2008 primaries. Boooring,” he told me this morning. Uh oh…

Madden has turned into his father

“I’ve become my Dad. Find myself sayin stuff like: ‘Stop hearing me and start listening to me.’” — Conservative pundit Kevin Madden, a regular on the Fox News Sundaypanel, in a weekend tweet.

Palm Sunday behavior

“Observing Palm Sunday with a ritual bath, guided meditation and massage. Amen.” — Elizabeth Thorp in a weekend Facebook update. Thorp runs Poshbrood.com, the upscale travel website. She also writes travel pieces for HuffPost.

Irritated journo

“So I keep on getting all of these notifications that erinmcpike.com is on the market, and it’s annoying me to death.” — RealClearPoliticsErin McPike in a weekend Facebook update.

Host proposes sex to spice things up

“Well be back next week with more non-scintillating news for you. I think I’ll maybe try to find some more lively friends — a book about sex anyone?” — Syndicated columnist Llewellyn King in his sign off on Sunday morning’s WETA “White House Chronicle” program.

The Traffic Cop

“Lovely seeing @LobstertruckDC braving the rain on Inner Loop of Beltway this morning – obeying speed limit and driving safely.” — C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman in a weekend tweet.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY

U.S. Senator just wants to tweet in peace

“Quit complaining abt my Twitter shorthand I know how to spell But Twitter limit is 120 characters” – Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. (It’s actually 140 characters, senator, but we’ll let you off the hook.)

Bummer

“Looks like im bumped by Clinton on msnbc.” – lover of all things Fishbowl, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. And we were so looking forward to it.

Distaste for Creed somehow matches distaste for James O’Keefe

“In prank journalism, Art Levine is to James O’Keefe what “Exile on Main Street” is to the Creed reunion album: http://bit.ly/fYVlMD” – Foreign Policy‘s Charles Homans.

Intern worships Oprah

“Seriously Arizona, you are my Oprah.” – Daily Caller intern Caitlin Emma. For those not following the NCAA college basketball tournament, the University of Arizona beat Duke, the top team in the country, and sent them packing.

And while we’re on the subject of the Daily Caller

“Leaving Florida with two dozen tattooed, sun-burned, drunk people. D.C., here I come.” – Caller reporter Mike Riggs, who spent the week in his home state. Welcome back.

And while we’re on the subject of returning to D.C.

Betsy Rothstein returns to the Fishbowl on Monday and this is my last day doing the morning quotes (and since the tweets out of D.C. weren’t so great yesterday), I’m giving myself a quote:

“Will we be able to say the word ‘winning’ ever again? Cause that was like an actual word once that I occasionally used” – FishbowlDC’s Alec Jacobs, referring of course to Charlie Sheen.

Still not sure why this was so funny…but it was

“Can’t believe lobsterfest is over.” – Fox News contributor and former press secretary for President George W. Bush, Dana Perino.

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know…)

*Note to Readers: Next week I’m taking off and leaving the site in the trusted hands of my co-editor Matt Dornic and intrepid intern Alec Jacobs. I will be gadget free, so don’t bother writing unless it can wait a week. So even if Ezzy is pregnant, I don’t need to hear about it. But please be sure to tell Matt and Alec. Send your tips and insights to Matt: FishbowlMatt@gmail.com and to Alec: alecsjacobs@gmail.com.

*Q & A Cafe Canceled: New York Social Diary blogger and Q & A Cafe Host Carol Joynt has canceled her Cafe for next week. Read the full details here. “It was to be an interview with the colorful Rhode Island politician, and ex-con, and urban transformer, and author, Vincent “Buddy” Cianci. However, there were not enough reservations for the Ritz Georgetown to justify going forward…”

*VP hires WaPo reporter: VP Biden announced today that Shailagh Murray will be his Communications Director. She starts next month.  She succeeds Jay Carney, who was appointed by the President as White House Press Secretary.  Murray was at WaPo since 2005.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY


Kurtz snubs snarky journos

“When I look at journalists today some younger journalists using snark or attitude in order to kind of make a name for themsleves, I’m not saying that should be illegal, but in a way David Broder was one of the last of a breed. He wasn’t cynical.” — The Daily Beast‘s Washington Bureau Chief and CNN’s Howard Kurtz discussing the late WaPo‘s David Broder on “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. Oh those snarky journalists — gasp! — don’t let them get you down Howie!

Keller sucks joy out of column

Nothing sucks the joy out of a column like explaining it.” — NYT Executive Editor Bill Keller in the first line of a Sunday post on the brand new NYT Magazine blog, The 6th Floor. He’s referring to his aggregation attack against Huffpost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. Since we’re on the subject of Arianna, he writes, “Also, for the record, I like Arianna Huffington. Sorry to disappoint those folks yearning for a Wrestlemania smackdown, but I think she’s a shrewd entrepreneur and a charming woman.” But a sentence later, he insults her, saying, “We won’t dwell on the fact that her new owners at AOL laid off 200 journalists to help pay for the acquisition of The Huffington Post. So, really, I like Arianna.”

Journo wants death to inspire checkups

“Very sad to hear about the passing of Rick Martin may his death inspire more 50+ men to get heart checkups.” — NBC Capitol Hill Correspondent Luke Russert in a weekend tweet regarding a former Buffalo Sabres hockey player. Want to know more on who Martin was? Read here.

Is Deepak reading Washington minds?

“#EnlightenedLiving Seriousness is a mask for self importance” — Deepak Chopra in a Sunday tweet. Could he have been thinking Washington D.C.?

Shhh…ex-publicist wants a quiet meal

“Owner at Belga yelling up a storm at someone “sneaking in.” Interesting. I really just wanted a meal in peace.” — Former Publicist for The Hill Tricia Barba in a Sunday tweet.

James O’Keefe on the media

“The media isn’t doing the job and if you’re not going to take us seriously we’re not going to take you seriously,” James O’Keefe on Sunday CNN’s “Reliable Sources” program. He calls himself a “citizen journalist,” though he’s otherwise known as a conservative “activist/provacateur.” …”I think the mainstream media is starting to have a little more respect for us.”

Journo disses Bret Easton Ellis

“Newsweek has Bret Easton Ellis on Charlie Sheen. Because nothing says “fresh cultural perspective” like Bret Easton Ellis.” — Commentary Magazine‘s John Podhoretz in a weekend tweet (because nothing says fresh cultural perspective like John Podhoretz). Read Ellis’ piece here. The story appeared on The Daily Beast and in Newsweek.

In Case You Missed It…

“What’s a party without drag queens? Four of them. Their attendance was inexplicable. Photographers loved them so much that Ommanney eventually took a microphone and said, “Well, excuse me, it’s my party…Love you drag queens, but it’s my party.” That sassy, sassy Brit.” — Our intern Alec Jacobs covered the Real Housewives of D.C. party this weekend. Read here if you missed the Sunday post.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY

WaPo’s Dan Zak in Cali: “Cheeky Hollywood hotel thermostat”

Pre-Oscars

“What’re u wearin for Oscar night? I’m sporting Basic Edition by KMART, accessories by 7-Eleven.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Craig Crawford in a Sunday tweet.

“Confession: I love the Oscars. Have watched them every year since I was 10 after successful lobbying campaign to suspend bedtime.” — Politico‘s Kasie Hunt in a Sunday tweet.

“Just so you know, my shirt this evening was designed by Under Armour and my pants by Mr. Carhart.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a weekend tweet.

“Who am I wearing? Thanks for asking, Robin. This is from Ralph’s Big & Tall.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller in a Sunday tweet.

“DVD copy of The King’s Speech keeps skipping and stopping. #irony” — FishbowlDC intern Alec Jacobs in a Sunday tweet.

“Every time I see Ryan Seacrest on TV I say to people “that man is worth more than a quarter of a billion dollars.” nobody believes me.” — MSNBC’s Luke Russert in a Sunday tweet.

“I have only two wishes for Oscar night: 1. To make my deadline. 2. To meet Charlie Sheen.” — WaPo‘s @ReliableSource in a Sunday tweet.

R-Rated Oscar coverage

“I appreciate that whoever designed Cate Blanchette‘s dress accommodated her breasts with that hole in the front. #oscars” — GQ‘s Ana Marie Cox in a Sunday tweet.

“Sorkin’s speech: An oratorical attempt to suck one’s own dick. #Oscars” — WCP‘s Benjamin Freed in a Sunday tweet.

Bold Oscar observers

“Franco really should have skipped the bong tonight.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a Sunday tweet.

“I think Gwyneth‘s husband doesn’t WANT to appear in public with her.” — Former ABC “This Week” production coordinator Courtney Cohen in a Sunday tweet. She now works at the public affairs firm Dewey Square Group.

“Maybe I’m high?” — Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary in a Sunday tweet.

Vital Oscar observations

Aaron Sorkin‘s hair just won best adaptation award.” — Washington Examiner‘s J.P. Freire in a Sunday tweet.

“Feed suggests those who are most hostile to this stilted show from Hollywood are those who put on stilted shows in Washington.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio Correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Sunday tweet.

“It took 25 minutes for a Charlie Sheen joke?” — Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Sunday tweet.

Wishful Oscar thinking

“A little surprised Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban don’t listen to @cspanradio.” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Sunday tweet. (Kidman and Urban were asked what they listened to on the way to the Oscars.)

Journo honesty

“Trying to pretend I am still interested in a basketball game where my son’s team is losing by 30 points.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a weekend tweet.

Media Matters employee suffers hangover

“Alka Seltzer= best hangover cure in the business.” — Media MattersTyrone Gayle in a weekend tweet. (Is this winning the weekend Tyrone?)

Update/Correction: Cohen recently left DSG. “I’ve created a Jewish girls take on Jersey Shore’s GTL,” she wrote. “I do GLS: gym, lunch, shopping.”

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY


Whose got the ugliest, most loathsome facial/neck/seeping into chest hair in America? Meet America’s non-journalist Ian Murphy, the Buffalo Beast’s prank caller who appeared on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Wednesday night. Please, Murphy, buy a razor, this is terrifying.

Number of days since @DCJourno has tweeted: 9 (His/her last utterance was on FishbowlDC with this interview by intern Alec Jacobs. We don’t think Alec’s interview caused the disappearance, but we hope the anonymous D.C. tweeter will return soon.)

Tapper Block Watch

“This is spamming and if u keep doing it i will block you.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper to a follower named @Chani_11 Wednesday. Tapper is known for his no nonsense Twitter personality.

Prank on a prank

“Just got a call from David Koch. What does he want at this hour?:-)” — Syndicated columnist and Strategic Communications Strategist for Bullfight Strategies Karl Frisch in a Wednesday tweet.

Reporter wins the morning, noon & night

Politico‘s @mollyesque wins the morning/noon/night with Vanity Fair shout-out for her lede about Reid and hookers.” — Politico Deputy Congressional Editor Martin Kady goes all out in a Wednesday tweet “Win the BLANK” analogy about reporter Molly Ball, linking to this.

“Man” panel

“Im the least manly person alive, but what the hell/RT@LetsTalkLiveDC We’re gearing up for a “Man Panel”w/Adrian Loving @Bkownacki & @PWGavin” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet. Fellow man panel members are Brendan Kownacki (“media adviser, strategist, producer, commentator and self-proclaimed futurist”) and Adrian Loving (self-proclaimed DJ, “social stylist” and graphic design professor. In 2009 he told Washingtonian that he dances in front of the mirror daily.)

TBD fallout

“And, the next shoe drops at @tbd: major layoff.” — Former TBD GM Jim Brady in a Wednesday tweet.

TBD has not failed. A venture has to be given a chance to succeed before it can fail.” — Robert Frost? Not really. These are the words of TBD‘s Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry.

“Really disgusted by some Tweeps gloating over what happened @TBD. We all work in the media. Any one of us could get laid off any day #awful” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab in a Wednesday tweet.

Jim Brady reveals true feelings about Mark Judge

“So let me get this right…Your biggest failing is not being the New York Press?” — Community Journalist Jen Connic in a Wednesday tweet to Jim Brady in reference to Mark Judge, who writes opinion pieces for The Daily Caller. Judge trashed TBD in a story Wednesday in which he wrote about applying to TBD for a job. Brady’s response to Connic: “Apparently. And that I didn’t hire him. He’s lucky I don’t publish the e-mails he sent me before I blew him off.” Another line from Brady: “Best is the “he’s an idiot” part followed by his desire for a job under said idiot. I think that technically makes him an idiot.” And this: “Damn, now I see my mistake. I didn’t listen to a guy who wanted a job at TBD despite my apparent hackery: Silly me.”

A scribe’s dishwasher nightmare

“All-day, Kafkaesque nightmare buying a Sears dishwasher today. And still not done installing it.” — Congressional Quarterly‘s John Donnelly in a Wednesday Facebook update.

Bret Baier: hooked on golf

“Watching the replay of the golf. Was trying to go to bed early but I am hooked. Can’t wait for good weather and green fairways.” — FNC anchor Bret Baier in a Wednesday night tweet. (Baier is more than a decent golfer. He lettered on four teams at DePauw University and is a member at Congressional Country Club.)

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“For the record, everything I type after 10 p.m. should be tagged #latenighttweet and considered accordingly.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg in a vital Wednesday night tweet at 11 p.m. (This item was in direct defiance to Metro Weekly writer Chris Geidner‘s request.)

Media assoc. at war with her clothes

“Tried on seven different outfits this am. Bad way to start off the day.” — Rachel Slobodien, senior media associate at Heritage Foundation in a Thursday morning tweet.

The week in birthday wishes…

The Hill‘s Molly Hooper and TWT‘s Ben Birnbaum. Happy Birthday!

Breitbart’s Big Gay CPAC Party

Sophie B. Hawkins performs for Breitbart and friends...

Andrew Breitbart and gay conservative group, GOProud, kicked off CPAC last night with a wild production at Eighteenth Street Lounge in Dupont Circle. The event, which boasted a performance by Sophie B. Hawkins, drew a slew of media types and one Michael Steele, former chairman of the RNC.  Like Steele, FishbowlDC was lucky enough to be ushered to the front of a long, winding line down 18th St. NW.

Once inside the party, we caught the former RNC  Chairman grooving to “Damn, Wish I was Your Lover,”  Hawkins’ hit song from the early 90s.  The songbird wooed the room with a thirty minute set before expressing her adoration of Sarah Palin.  “I’m proud of Sarah Palin.  She had me at hello,” the lesbian singer told the crowd who wore stickers with nifty slogans like “Our Gays ARE MORE MACHO Than Their Straights.”

Hawkins went on to say, “I’m liberal in bed but conservative in the head.”

On the other side of the venue, Andrew Breitbart jammed out with an entourage of admirers.  The conservative icon was cool and classy as starstruck party guests followed him around the bar and journalists approached for interviews.  Chatting  up A.B. were Slate’s David Weigel (who was nothing but nice), RCP’s Erin McPike and Drudge Report’s Joe Curl.  Also spotted:  Big Journalism’s Dana Loesch, Fox News contributors Margaret Hoover and Steven Crowder, James O’Keefe, The Daily Caller’s Chris Moody and Jeff Winkler, TWT’s Eli Lake, Wonkette’s Riley Waggaman, TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro, Michael Moynihan of Reason magazine and FishbowlDC intern Alec Jacobs.

L: Pass to Breitbart’s Big Party R: Breitbart being interviewed by Reason.tv

L: Breitbart’s Chucks R: “Our Gays are more macho than their straights” GOProud sticker.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY


Editor has blueberry fever

“Blueberries inexplicably on massive sale at grocery store. I’m so excited about breakfast, I’ll never get to sleep tonight. #easilythrilled” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a Wednesday tweet.

Journos want Zzz’s

“Just took two Tylenol PMs and feeling very #isthisreallife right now.” — WaPo Express News Editor Sara Schwartz in a Wednesday tweet.

“Can’t sleep. Trying to write but so bored with these same old thoughts.” — WaPo Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a Wednesday tweet.

Birthday shout-out to our intern: He’s legal

He’s only five days in and today is the intern’s birthday.  Alec Jacobs turns 21 and apparently he’s ready for his first beer. So far so good. He has written about hair and bras. For those stories alone he already holds a special place in my heart. We wish him a very Happy Birthday and hope you enjoy covering that Daily Caller new members party tonight at Top of the Hill. Please Daily Caller scribes, do what you will with him tonight but please return him to us in one piece. Or else.

A misguided WCP’s Freed tells Politico scribe what to delete

Benjamin, I say this in the best possible spirit of our budding journo friendship. If you want tips, I’ll give them to you free of charge but stop thinking you know what “Betsy fodder” is. Politico’s Dan Hirschhorn’s tweet about updating his Wikipedia page is not “pure Betsy fodder.” No offense to Dan, and no need to advise him on what to delete. We wouldn’t have chosen that. Now, yours about Kim Kardashian’s ass? That’s a keeper. If you know the site, you know we’ve written extensively about Kardashian ass issues. For another example of what would catch my eye, read below. The author should sound familiar.

Journo won’t boob talk with his mom

“Sorry, but I’m not going to tell my mom a story involving a blog post about someone’s boobs.” – WCP Contributor Benjamin Freed in a Wednesday tweet in reaction to this story that wasn’t about “boobs” per say. It was about WaPo editorial staff reaction to a new online feature. Yes, “boobs” do arise in the story.

White House state dinner attire

“Vera Wang’s dress is amazing, dreamy and appropriate.” — Susanna Quinn in a Wednesday tweet. She’s the wife of lobbyist Jack Quinn.

Meet the FishbowlDC Intern: The Reveal

Today we formally introduce you to…

Alec Jacobs. He’s a student at GW and formerly an intern with The Daily Caller and comes with largely glowing recommendations. Today we officially release him into the Fishbowl. Beware.

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