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Freebeacon Does Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook (A La ‘Game of Thrones’)

If kingdoms of the Middle Ages had their own Mike Allen. Or, “Mike Allyn,” as the Free Beacon‘s C.J. Ciaramella puts it in his parody of the popular Politico Playbook.

Ciaramella posted a “Westeros Playbook” early Friday morning, a mock tip sheet in the style of Playbook and based on the popular Medieval fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” on HBO.

In the parody, Playbook’s “little bird” tips come from “a little raven”; the “Behind the Curtain” feature is alternatively “Behind the Veil”; and the sponsored messages in Playbook, usually from some energy or manufacturing company, are instead fake advertisements for a whore house (“At Chataya’s House, our experienced and exotic women provide weary gentlemen with the finest pleasures of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond”).

Non-viewers of “Game of Thrones” are likely to miss most of Ciaramella’s cute references… Read more

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — Home for the Holidays Edition

HOLIDAY JOKESTER: “My favorite 2012 picture of Steve Buttry.” — Mimi Buttry, wife of Steve Buttry. Buttry is the Digital Transformation Editor at Digital First Media. Nice, fancy title, Buttry!

Blogger goes nuts over bourbon balls

“Soaking nuts in Bourbon before I make Bourbon balls and I’m totally going to eat these nuts aren’t I?” — Laurie White, photographer, writer and blogger.

Roll Call researcher gets on wrong Metro car

“Of course I got on the Metro car with the puddle of barf in it.” — Katie Kovach, international affairs and defense researcher for Roll Call.

Important Question to Ponder: “I can’t believe people are tweeting about politics on Christmas Day. Why aren’t you people drunk struggling with electronics?” — InTheseTimes labor reporter Mike Elk.

“Fuckers”: The new way to say Happy Holidays!

“Happy Holidays to you too, fuckers.” — HuffPost‘s Sabrina Siddiqui to BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Politico‘s Kate Nocera and TPM‘s Igor Bobic.

Someone had to say it… “U.S. Senator in Deep ‘Crapo’ After DUI Arrest” — El Sharko blogger of Miami. (The Mormon senator from Idaho, Mike Crapo, got a DUI Sunday night. Nice timing!)

BuzzFeed editor gets weepy over gay weddings

“Watching a bunch of gay wedding videos and slowly getting emotional.” — BuzzFeed senior editor Stacy Lambe.

Uh oh. Scratch the drunken driving jokes

“Drunk driver jokes aren’t funny, folks. Especially if someone you love has been taken from you by one. Not a GOP or Dem. thing.” — Paul Brandus of  WestWingReport.

“People, there is nothing funny about drunk driving. Nothing.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Good thing people sending gleeful tweets re Crapo DUI have never needed compassion after some stupid/hypocritical human failing.” — Harold Pollack, University of Chicago professor.

Not a happy ending for this journo

“Merry Christmas to the TSA agent who touched my junk.” — Free Beacon‘s  CJCiaramella.

Editor copes with new holiday traditions

“My Presbyterian brain can’t process my Catholic wife’s family’s tradition of unwrapping presents on Christmas Eve.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

Peanut Gallery du Jour: “I bet Jesus gets super pissed that his birthday is so close to Christmas.” — FBDC and “Full Court Press” co-host Peter Ogburn.

Real HuffPost Headline: “Not having sex? 7 ways to start again”

Oops! Wrong address.

“Someone sent us five pounds of dry aged steak for Christmas. Sent it to the wrong house. Sat on a porch for a week. #tryingnottocry.” — CNN Contributor and RedState‘s Erick Erickson. As our own Rachel Ray (a.k.a. Ogburn) explained it, “aged meat = good, aged meat outside = not good.” Erickson also doubles as an imbibing Santa. He wrote, “The kids are sound asleep. Santa is about to put together the toys as soon as he finishes his bourbon.”


“Just drove past a car completely engulfed in flames on the Ohio turnpike. Scary stuff.” — National Journal daily production employee Michelle Bloom.

Dicking Around With John Dickerson

“During Christmas service tonight, my 3rd grade daughter: ‘Mom what’s a virgin?’” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

Um, constituents?

“Good morning Twitter constituents! Everyone have a Merry Christmas, a happy holiday and I hope u all experience the joy the season brings.” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of, who transformed himself into a politician as millions of Christians celebrated the birth of Christ.

Holiday gun jokes: too soon?

“20-year-old twins Bob and Jim give Christmas gifts to 14-year-old Jefferson and 12-year-old Emerson: GUNS!” — Conservative blogger and ex-TWTer Robert Stacy McCain.

“I’m told a bearded guy may break into my house tonight. Should I greet him w/ AK-47 or Glock?” — Current’s David Shuster.

“Idea: arm every air traveler.” — Wired senior reporter and third tier Boybander Spencer Ackerman.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Hostess told me I just booked the last available reservation tonight at our local Chinese restaurant. #christmasmiracle.” — Howeesha Kurtz (a.k.a The Hill‘s gossip columnist Judy Kurtz.)

Down and out journalists… Read more

Two Scribes to Depart The Daily Caller

Two reporters at The Daily Caller are flying the coop for jobs outside the profession. CJ Ciaramella will be reporting for a non-profit. Caroline May will be moving to Rep. Virginia Foxx‘s (R-N.C.) office to become her press secretary.

In a statement to FishbowlDC, Ciaramella, who is known for being among the more talented writers at the publication, wrote, “I will be moving to a new, soon-to-be-named non-profit journalism outfit in Washington, D.C. I love The Daily Caller, and it was nothing but a pleasure and learning experience to work among such talented reporters and editors. I will miss dominating my former colleagues at table tennis. But I’m a sucker for new projects, and this will give me the opportunity to work with a lot of soon-to-be-named friends and
fellow journalists I highly respect. I still plan on contributing articles, bar tabs and table tennis victories to The Caller as often as I can.”

May, too, express gratitude for working at The Daily Caller. She wrote, “It was a pleasure to work at The Daily Caller and it definitely will be tough to leave. The decision to accept a new job was less about leaving The DC and more about the amazing opportunity to work for Rep. Foxx and my home state of North Carolina. As I mentioned, it will be difficult to say goodbye to all the great folks at The DC but we’ll remain friends and I am thrilled to be starting with Rep. Foxx’s team next week.”

Congratulations to both Ciaramella and May.

Morning Chatter

INCONSIDERATE CELL PHONE MAN: Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and his big buttocks captured in the Delta Crown lounge at Reagan National Airport Wednesday afternoon. The congressman chats away on his cell phone, talking about first lady Michelle Obama‘s “large exterior.” If you missed it, see the post here.

Simon gets behind the story

“Why is U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner criticizing the posteriors of others when he gets paid $174,000 a year for sitting on his?” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Hide the children for this one…

“From the hate mail: ‘That makes [Obama] a first class ass. And it makes you, the tongue deep up inside it.’ — Gawker Political Editor Jim Newell.

Some q’s are better left unanswered

“Inbox: ‘What do Mickey Mouse and Adolph Hitler have in Common?’ — The Takeaway’s Congressional radio reporter Todd Zwillich.

Editor: Come on Fournier, send me to Hawaii!

“New York Times sent Adam Nagourney to Honolulu to report on the HI SEN race. Hey @Ron_Fournier, when are you sending me?!? #HotlineSort” — NJ “The Hotline” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Eating a @sundevich sandwich, sitting on the couch in yoga pants, watching old episodes of Friday Night Lights. #mydayoff.” — Catherine Andrews, senior digital media manager for Home Front Communications.

D.C. journo tries Axe body spray

“Back home for Xmas. Used my little brother’s Axe body wash. Now to sit back and let the ladies flock. So far … no ladies.” — The Daily Caller‘s C.J. Ciaramella.

The first’s lady’s derriere. In French.

“Pour un représentant républicain, Michelle Obama a un ‘gros derrière’… via @fishbowldc — Amaury Brelet, in what is our absolute favorite Wednesday tweet. Can’t speak Francais, but I’m sure you’ll get the gist.

A girl’s gotta have her pearls

“Thanks, as always, to my buds at @WTJewelry for my festive fresh-water pearls! I’ve been wearing them to all my Christmas parties!” — WMAL’s Mary Katharine Ham.

Blitz gets to bottom of insult

“I didn’t exactly hear what that guy in the grocery story said, but paraphrase a little what he said.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asks Jim Acosta to describe the phrase a voter used Wednesday in an Iowa grocery store when he got in Newt’s face to tell him what he thought of him. Psst…that would be “fucking asshole.” Acosta got a little tongue tied and said it involved the f-word, but he didn’t even want to try to rhyme it on a “family program”. Thankfully WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten wasn’t afraid to test his rhyming skills: “Voter tells Gingrich to his face that he is (something that rhymes with ‘clucking glass bowl.’)” Watch here.