Posts Tagged ‘Bill Kristol’
No one can argue that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough has been among the sharpest critics on the shortcomings of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But he isn’t the only conservative member of the media to make this case. And yet, it’s Scarborough’s relentless criticism that has put him on the receiving end of a firing squad from fellow conservatives.
In short, they think he went too far…
The weekend brought numerous media sightings around the city.
Thursday gave way to Bill Kristol, who FBDC saw wander out of the CVS on 17th and P Streets. It struck us as slightly odd to see the conservative editor of The Weekly Standard casually stroll up 17th, given the abundance of gay pride paraphernalia on display. No need to be alarmed, however. Kristol, who is married (to a woman), stopped at the Turkish restaurant Agora, not one of the other establishments on 17th such as JR’s, where bartenders have been known to serve drinks half nude or DIK Bar (exactly how it sounds).
At Eastern Market on Saturday we saw nothing short of an act of heroism by Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor. We spotted Brazile dressed comfortably in sandals, a T-shirt and what looked like sweat pants walking her fluffy black dog. A separate dog that was obviously lost padded over to Brazile, who yelled out to a woman in the crowd, “she’s over here!” The woman, apparently familiar with Brazile, approached and said “Donna, I’ve never lost her before.” A happy ending.
On the same day, also at Eastern Market, we spotted a distinguished gentleman walking alongside his bright red Schwinn bike. Our first guess was Pee Wee Herman, but it turned out to be Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of GOProud, a gay Republican group.
We reported last week that Anne Kristol, daughter of The Weekly Standard‘s Editor-in-Chief Bill Kristol, recently got hitched to Matthew Continetti, who works at — you guessed it — The Weekly Standard. But we also learned of more fertile ground at the magazine.
As it happens, Publisher Terry Eastland‘s daughter, Katie Eastland, who works at Commentary and previously The Weekly Standard as an assistant editor, is dating Robert Messenger, a Books Editor at WSJ who previously wrote for The Weekly Standard.
The pair may be heading toward the chapel themselves — this pis her profile picture on Facebook. Comments include, “It’s about time!” and “Congratulations!! You and Robert look very cute together” and “fiiiiiiiinally!”
Anne, who is studying for her masters in secondary education at George Washington University, is now the wife of Matthew Continetti. Matthew edits The Washington Free Beacon and also contributes to The Weekly Standard.
That must be one hell of a Take Your Daughter to Work Day over at The Weekly Standard. Congratulations to the Continettis.
(A Sprinkling of Things We Think you Ought to Know…)
Come Set Sail on the USS Annoying – All this week, The Weekly Standard Cruise has been out at sea. It’s a chance for people to buy an opportunity to vacation with their favorite Weekly Standard pundits. Because nothing sounds more fun than being in the vast expanse of the ocean with political pundits like FNC’s Juan Williams, who also writes a column for The Hill. Or being around reporters who have sea sickness, as revealed in the Standard‘s own dispatches from the boat that they’re calling “Cruise News.” Could it be Matthew Continetti or Stephen Hayes? This sounds about as much fun as my 5th grade trip to a slaughterhouse. Guests had the opportunity to pass through the Bahamas, Honduras and a few other tropical locales. (HELLOOO Gitmo!) The cruise arrives back in to port this weekend. If you missed out, have no fear. Another Weekly Standard Cruise is in the planning stages for summer of next year. So, if you absolutely must see Bill Kristol in a speedo, visit their website for details. Just make sure you steer clear of Fred Barnes at the midnight buffet. You’re likely to lose an eye.
Newt Should Have the District of Columbia Primary Locked Up -With the Iowa caucuses weeks ago, the GOP candidates have crammed their schedules with as many local appearances as possible. Politico has the lineup of what all the GOP candidates have in store today. Every candidate makes an appearance in Iowa, with some scheduling multiple events throughout the day. With the exception of Newt Gingrich. He’ll be signing copies of his book at Hudson News bookstore at Gate A in Union Station.
No, Blitz – Mediaite brings us the video of a confused and/or out of touch Wolf Blitzer on CNN. When Jack Cafferty reveals that half of American workers have less than 25,000 dollars in saving, Blitzer responds, “Homeless shelters, get ready.” Homeless shelters, get ready?!?! Yeah, Wolf, we’ve all heard those anguished conversations from struggling families:
HUSBAND – “Darling, how’s our savings account looking?”
WIFE – “Only 18,000 dollars.”
HUSBAND – “Oh no! Dog food for dinner again?”
WIFE – “Please call it hobo chili so the kids don’t know!”
HUSBAND – “I’ll make a fire in an oil drum to heat it up”
Check out the video below
We spotted Bill Kristol, founder and Editor of The Weekly Standard, entering Reagan National Airport around 10:20 a.m Monday. He was wearing a dark blue suit with a lighter blue button-up shirt.
He was alone and wheeling one medium-sized piece of luggage. The blank expression on his face as well as his casual stroll indicated he was neither in a rush nor late for his flight.
We did our best to snap a photograph of Kristol to prove we really did see him. But, as fate would have it, he hopped on one of those conveyor belts that sends you speeding across the airport’s long halls, even if you are only walking at a leisurely pace. We were unable to catch up and the chase left us breathless near passenger check in.
– EDDIE SCARRY
It’s time once again to check in on how many one-eyed anacondas will hit the political talk show circuit this weekend. Last week we began our series looking at how many females appear on Sunday morning political talk show panels. Last week was rather dismal, with FNC coming in at a big fat zero and the highest showing, two females, appearing on NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show.” Update: It’s official. This Sunday, ABC’s “This Week” claims the most number of female panel guests.
CBS’s Face the Nation: 1
NBC’s Meet the Press: 1
Donna Shalala, Former Sec. of Health and Human Services
William Bennett, Former Sec. of Education
Tim Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics
Tavis Smiley, PBS
Fox New Sunday: 1
ABC’s “This Week”: 3
CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 2
NBC’s Chris Matthews Show: 2
Do you have a penis? Do you know a little something about politics or can you at least fake it? Then the Sunday morning political talk show circuit is for you. This Sunday features a particular abundance of testosterone on Fox News Sunday and most of the other shows. Each week we’re going to keep tabs on the gender breakdown of the panels and guests and see who regularly invites females on their shows and more importantly, who doesn’t.
Take a look.
Fox News Sunday: 0
NBC “Meet the Press”: 2
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI)
Alex Castellanos, Republican Strategist
Mark Halperin, TIME: “President Obama was a dick yesterday” (Seems relevant)
Helene Cooper, NYT White House Correspondent
ABC’s “This Week”: 1
The Chris Matthews Show: 2
CNN’s Reliable Sources: 1
Paul Carr, TechCrunch
Please excuse the tardiness today. We’ve been tending to news, lunch, questions from readers about ugly footwear on Twitter and garden variety laziness. Enjoy the weekend thoughts from some of your favorite (or least favorite) Washington journos and other random personalities.
QUOTES of the DAY
Love for Giffords
“Those new photos of Gabby Giffords are so heartwarming–the first visual evidence we’ve had of her recovery.” The Daily Beast’s Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz in a weekend tweet.
More hot doggin’ with Weiner
“Anthony Weiner pressured to ‘seek treatment…to make himself WELL’ If that’s where we are then every single dude I know needs to join him.” — Author Bret Easton Ellis weighs in on WeinerGate in a weekend tweet.
“Not a good sign that Weiner asking for a rehab center with good WiFi.” — The handle @Pourmecoffee in a weekend tweet.
“Weinercare” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher in a weekend tweet. Treach also wrote, “I’m reserving judgment on the credibility of this ‘Weiner goes to rehab’ story until I get confirmation from HowardKurtz.” Treach is razzing Howie for waiting so long to get on board with Weiner story coverage. Kurtz previously excused himself from covering WeinerGate, tweeting that sometimes it pays to wait for facts. Treacher is jokingly waiting for Kurtz’s facts.
“Weiner has announced he’s going to twitter rehab and switching to a landline! #weinergate.” — The Howard Stern Show’s writer Benjy Bronk in a weekend tweet.
“I hope Weiner doesn’t reply to Pelosi and Wasserman Shultz via twitter.” — Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer in a weekend tweet.
“There is no such thing as sex addiction!!!!!!! #Weiner” — TWT opinion writer Emily Miller in a weekend tweet.
“Facing more Dem calls for resignation, @RepWeiner takes Congressional leave to seek treatment. He needs it.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a weekend tweet. We love anything Wolf-related in regards to WeinerGate. “Are these your underpants?” is still my absolute favorite on-air question of the past two weeks.
“Ugh. Hate the rehab method of PR.” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence in a weekend tweet.
“@RepWeiner seeking leave of absence to ‘get well.’ Just resign already you arrogant, narcissistic SOB. So sick of hearing your name. — FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic in a weekend tweet.
“Weiner seeking treatment. Medical effort to get better? Or political effort to stall?” — Mediaite‘s Dan Abrams in a weekend tweet.
Memorable Weekend NYP Weiner headline: “PULL OUT”
“So what is Weiner actually seeking treatment *for*? Twitterosis?” – The Atlantic‘s Josh Green in a weekend tweet. To which Atlantic Magazine’s Deputy Editor Scott Stossel replied, “He’s seeking tweatment.” Green’s response: “Ugh.”
“Analyze THIS! (whips out genitals) #weinhab” — TPM’s Brian Beutler in a weekend tweet.
“Does the fact that an occasional pol survives a sex scandal (clinton, vitter, frank) make them think they all can?” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a weekend tweet.
WARNING: Do Not Read If You Are Eating
“Actual Metro announcement: ‘Last car back will not open due to bodily fluids.’” — Walter Alarkon, former reporter for The Hill, in a weekend tweet.
Sunday morning fashion failures?
Gawker has an interesting clinic suggestion for Weiner
The New York Times, citing ‘two senior Democratic officials,’ reports that Weiner is ‘planning to check himself into a treatment center’ (perhaps The Pathways Clinic for Being a Dumbshit) and will request a leave of absence from the House of Representatives. — Gawker’s Max Read in a weekend Weiner story.