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Politico Puts Politics Editor in Cockpit

“In a rational world, it seems obvious…”

This is the promising start to an early morning memo from Politico‘s Editor-in-Chief John Harris to staff. Makes you wonder where he’s going with it. Our minds raced. 1. Mike Allen will attend Arianna Huffington‘s sleep away summer camp for insomniacs. 2. There will be an uprising during the next Politico live show in which Ginger Gibson, Juana Summers and Reid Epstein will all say f&@k on air. Or 3. National Politics Editor Charlie Mahtesian will soon begin writing a new blog called “Charlie Mahtesian on the American Political Landscape.”

Ding. Ding. Ding. If you guessed number three you’re onto something. Mahtesian will be relieved of some of his grueling line-editing duties to write the new blog but will remain Politics Editor. Harris says if anyone deserves more time in the cockpit and less in the control tower, it’s Mahtesian. On another important note, Dave Catanese will be taking “a breather” from his blogging responsibilities. Harris says news from his blog can just as easily be presented through quick news stories. What’s more, he says Catanese “excels on the road.”

See the internal memo…It’s all carefully worded to mitigate any possible bad feelings.

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Stop and check out the chicks: “Look what I passed on the road today. I wonder how old these little guys are” — CNN Contributor and former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. American Urban Radio’s April Ryan remarked, “AWWW! The dad in you made you take the precious shot!”

Drudge whoring at the rental car agency

“Rental car guy: ‘Sorry brah, I get most of my news from Drudge.’ #noproblembrah” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

All in a day’s work

“There are days when I feel like I can’t push this rock up the mountain anymore, days when #TheRaceCardProject feels like a boulder.” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

Senator’s wife wishes hubby a happy anniversary

Connie Schultz: “My only advice for wedded bliss: Marry your hero. Happy anniversary, honey – aka Sherrod Brown.”

George Zimmerman journo humor

  • “I need all Florida helicopters to keep an eye out for any white Broncos. #IJS” — NYT‘s Charles Blow.
  • “If you happen to see Zimmerman in line ahead of you at Wendy’s, remember he still has valid permit to carry concealed weapon. So back off.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Reporter talks to himself on Twitter

“@mboyle1 probably not. was just funny. I wouldn’t go out of your way though” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle. Hey Boyle, maybe lay off the Mountain Dew and Red Bull today? He followed up by adding, “Haha. Kinda funny though. Guess I got caught talking to myself haha. Bet I end up in @fishbowldc for that one.”

Noteworthy: Politico Playbook published at one of the earliest times in recent memory this morning. Time: 4:45 am. Come on, Jim VandeHei, let Mike Allen sleep!

Hey Speechboy, speed matters

“So why do people care if Bloomberg or the Washington Post was the first to report a fact that within 2 minutes of reporting, everyone knew?” — @speechboy71. HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone has this explanation from a WaPo spokeswoman. “The draft story was not intended to be published until we confirmed that Santorum was suspending his campaign. The draft was inadvertently sent to Bloomberg, with whom The Post has a partnership, through an automated feed. It was not published on our Web site until the news had been confirmed.” Read his full story here.

In England, the sweater vest is a tank top

Politico‘s Emily Schultheis: “Best part of BBC radio interview I did just now: host calling Santorum’s sweater vest a ‘tank top’. Daily Mail Online‘s Toby Harnden, Washington’s official tank top expert, replied to Emily, saying, “It’s the only term recognised in UK! Having to wear a ‘tank top’ still a traumatic childhood memory.”

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“My mother prefers I not curse in my gchat status update ‘from now on.’ Apparently ‘the whole world’ sees that.” — DCGOPGirl.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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Quotes of the Day


Overheard at the airport…

“Heard at DCA ‘will the owner of a loose chihuahua please return to the security checkpoint.’” — VP, Bureau Chief, NBC News Washington Bureau Antoine Sanfuentes. We can only hope the pooch was wearing this getup.

A writer and porn

“I bet porn consumption drops a lot during the #superbowl” — Washington freelancer and resident National Press Club troublemaker and crusader Sam Husseini (Husseini, who works for the Institute for Public Accuracy and blogs for washingtonstakeout.com, was briefly suspended from the club late last year for posing questions perceived to be inappropriate at a presser.)

Twitter Shame

“There needs to be a word for when you tweet something you think is really hilarious and nobody retweets it.” — CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary.

Roger gets racy regarding Newt

“Does Newt know how to give good press or what?” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Editor makes predictions on Madonna’s nipples

“SuperBowl prediction. Madonna shows both nipples. She’s too competitive too let Janet Jackson beat her at her own game.” — Washington Life Exec. Editor Michael Clements.

The Media Critic

“CNN has is now broadcasting a live count of votes. It’s as exciting as it sounds.” — Reason Mag and TWT movie reviewer Peter Suderman.

Journos give Newt crap for a change

“Topics Newt needs to avoid to preserve the sanity illusion: himself, mitt, janitors, the moon, ‘historian’” — WaPo‘s “Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin. An observation on Newt…“Anyone else notice how much time Newt seems to have to read the papers?” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

A warning from The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox: “I better warn folks that I may not be able to experience this event ironically. Large groups of people sincerely singing can get to me.” (She attended a Rick Santorum campaign event in which attendees were saving seats with Bibles. Note her accompanying photograph.)

Journo Love

“[Bret Baier] does a great job responding to his Twitter critics, even gave them a voice on the air. Bet a lotta anchors blow ‘em off.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Passionate reactions to Komen segment on Reliable. Regardless of your view, of course the underlying issue in the flap is abortion.” — The Daily Beast’s Washington Bureau Chief and CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz. Really. The underlying flap is abortion?

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day II

“LOL and ZOMG are the only two expressions you need to know to report or understand campaign coverage.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in an observation that could truly, easily be ignored.

 

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Quotes of the Day


A commenter valiantly defends FNC’s Greta Van Susteren from a negative chatter on her Gretawire blog: “You are one rude piece of dirt. Why do [you] roam here if you don’t like Greta? You have a mental problem?”

Politico‘s Sara Libby: “You guys, the @politico Snuggie is a REAL THING!”

An Anonymous reader wrote in yesterday to say… “A little bit of friendly advice, as I read your site very often to catch up on the happenings of all my journo friends in town: You have this males-only Sunday feature, but your morning comments are always dominated by men. Why don’t you quote more women in the morning? Thanks, and keep up the good work.” Memo to reader: Thanks for your note. I hear you — down with so many quotes from ding dongs. Up with vajayjays. Will be more conscious about it. God knows Politico‘s Libby has a lot to say.

Reporter watches interviews in wrong order

“Ugh. should have started w/ Sandusky and ended with Giffords” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein referring to Jerry Sandusky on NBC’s Rock Center and Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.)  on ABC’s special interview with Diane Sawyer last night.

The Media Critic

“Giffords intv on ABC with Sawyer prob got more eyeballs, but netting Sandusky intv was a HUGE get for @NBCNews, especially 4 a new show.” — Politico‘s authority on TV matters Dave Catanese.

A Convo Between Two Journos

Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein: There are times when I say to myself, ‘I’m going to eat Lucky Charms.’

The Takeaway’s Todd Zwillich: They’re tragically malicious.

Journo Love

NBC TODAY Show Correspondent Savannah Guthrie: “Wolf, I adore thee.” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer posted this photograph and remarked, “Honoring Larry King at #Friars dinner. @SavannahGuthrie is so nice and smart.”

 

 

Politico Scribe Wins Coveted Award at Karaoke

Pictured with Politico’s Dave Catanese are the ladies of Russia Television — Krissy Frazao and Alyona Minkovski. Lauren Lyster was a third backup dancer, but is not pictured above.

Politico‘s Dave Catanese won “The Schieffer,” the highest award at Karaoke in the Capital last night at the Rock n’ Roll Hotel. He and the women of Russia TV performed Niki Minaj’s “Superbass.” Catanese praised his backup singers, saying, “The ladies, dressed in hot pink skirts, were wonderful dancers that obviously clinched the victory for us.”

Other performances of the evening included CBS’s Bob Schieffer, NJ‘s Chris Frates, The Hill‘s Sam Youngman, who sang “A Country Boy Can Survive,” and NBC White House Producer Shawna Thomas, who brought down the house with “Before he Cheats,” and a fiddler, Alex Ruiz, who played “Devil Went Down to Georgia” in a duet with TWT‘s Peter Parisi. Both Ruiz and Parisi were dressed in black with Parisi alternating between a black cowboy hat and red devil horns as the song progressed. (This is completely normal, we swear.) Freelancer Stephanie Green promised over Twitter to “make a fool of myself again tonight for Karaoke in the Capital.”

Separated at Birth: Three Male Journos

They might be in different weight classes, but National Review‘s somewhat beefy Robert Costa looks similar to the more svelte Politico‘s Dave Catanese and NBC News Political Director Mark Murray. Our apologies for the sad state of these top tiny photographs — it’s Costa’s fault. He’s got nothing else out there. We’d be remiss if we didn’t show you how Catanese also resembles actor Patrick Duffy, who played J.R. Ewing‘s nicer younger brother, Bobby, on “Dallas.”

Rothenberg Demeans Young Journo

Stu Rothenberg is a serious seasoned writer and political observer of Washington politics. But wasn’t the editor of the Rothenberg Political Report once in his 20s? In a Roll Call column on Thursday, Rothenberg, 62, snidely attacks a TalkingPointsMemo journalist for his youth and resume. The topic du jour was how the unpopularity of GOP governors might damage a Republican presidential candidate’s chances in 2012. He ridiculed a Politico story he called “dubious” followed by WaPo‘s “The Fix” blog written by Chris Cillizza. He complimented his “more serious” friend, fellow old fogey, Norman Orstein (incidentally, a fellow Roll Call columnist).

A question to ponder: Who hasn’t been an “intern-turned-writer?” His column, by the way, published at midnight on Thursday. So either he stayed up that late to hit the publish key or some intern-turned-writer-blogger type did it for him.

An excerpt:

“The next day, on the website TPM, intern-turned-writer Jon Terbush (bachelor’s degree in writing, literature and publishing, Emerson College, 2009) instructed us that not only Scott but “several newly minted Republican governors” may help improve “President Obama’s re-election odds.”

The column incited Politico‘s Dave Catanese to link to Rothernberg’s column and quip over Twitter, “Stu Rothenberg: You kids get off my damn lawn!”

But like most prognosticators, no one is perfect. Including Rothenberg (B.A., Colby College, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, former political science professor, Bucknell, house with yard in Potomac, Md.). We learned that his record as a pundit can be pretty dubious too. In April, 2009, he wrote about the GOP’s potential of winning back the House. KEY LINE: “But there are no signs of a dramatic rebound for the party, and the chance of Republicans winning control of either chamber in the 2010 midterm elections is zero.” He later changed his mind.

 

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An Ed Henry special. The CNN Senior White House Correspondent snapped the above picture on his approach into Dublin.

End of the World Journo Fantasies

“Wonder how many people tonite are in bed, shouting ‘oh my God/oh my God!’ believing they’re doing it for the last time.” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn in a weekend tweet.

“Not even the threat of the #rapture can halt my feverish pocket-dialing.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a weekend tweet.

“Wow, we’re really talking about end of days. That in and of itself is weird. In any case, I’m good to go. I went to Baylor.” — Albuquerque Journal D.C. Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a weekend tweet.

“Doing dishes and cleaning my place. Would really suck if the rapture came and this were my last hours on Earth.” — Washington Examiner op-ed writer Philip Klein in a weekend tweet.

ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper: “Morning dove and baby in tree near ABC News WH N Lawn position.”

Staying on ‘massage’ vs. ‘message’

“At Hamilton commencement. Al Gore is speaking. I’m looking forward to his massage. Oops, I mean message.” — Borowitz Report founder and comedian Andy Borowitz in a weekend tweet referencing Gore’s alleged massage scandal in Portland, Ore. in which a woman said the former Veep groped her and made unwanted sexual advances during a massage. Police never pursued the allegations citing insufficient evidence.

Incest Desk

“@jmartpolitico: RT @BetsyMTP: Paul Ryan tells #MTP that Mitch Daniels called him last night to tell him the news that he was not going to run.” — A couple known for retweeting each other: Politico‘s Jonathan Martin and “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer.

Reporter duo pulls near all-nighter

“Now, finally, it’s time to go to sleep. glad this didn’t happen on a weeknight, then I’d have to be up in another hour and 45 minutes.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a really early Sunday morning tweet.  Epstein and colleague Maggie Haberman stayed up into the wee hours working on the Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels isn’t running for prez story.

A baiting Chuck Todd?

“Who will Bushies turn their lonely eyes to now with Daniels out? Christie? Ryan? Jeb? Or will they finally choose between Mitt and Pawlenty?” — NBC News’s Chuck Todd in a Sunday morning tweet.

ABC7′s Tschida takes action with troubling hairdo

“This high hair has me taking drastic measures. Getting the chemical treatment NOW!” — ABC7 Reporter Stephen Tschida in a weekend tweet. We reported last week that Tschida was stressing out about his locks that were apparently behaving badly in the humidity.

Why Schwarzenegger wasn’t on WaPo‘s front page

“I think there’s a squeamishness about being considered a serious paper when you do have a story that does have a tabloid feel about it.” — WaPo Reliable Source co-author Amy Argetsinger on her Sunday appearance on CNN “Reliable Sources” discussing why WaPo didn’t put the Arnold Schwarzenegger love child story on the front page. Had it been her call, Argetsinger said the story would have gone on the front page instead of inside in her column.

Overreacting journo

“To whomever made the decision to turn the Guitar Shop in Dupont Circle into a bar: Go f@ck yourself.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a weekend tweet.

Editor has a headache

“Yet another half a day of tribute paid to the migraine gods.” — Reason Magazine Associate Editor Peter Suderman in a weekend tweet.

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QUOTES of the DAY


“Pink Lily of the Valley in my garden #gardendc #gardening” — Washington Gardener magazine Editor Kathy Jentz in a weekend tweet accompanied by the above photograph.

The emotional and hungry twists of  Easter and Passover

“Judge not lest ye be judged.” Matthew 7:1 — MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Co-host Joe Scarborough in a weekend tweet.

“So after not eating meat for 40 days, my first meal back was a Big Boog’s BBQ at Camden Yards. Downed it in 1:30min” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert in a weekend tweet.

“It’s a gorgeous and great here in our nation’s capitol. The kind of day that makes me nervous…..too perfect. hmmm it must be God.” — GOProud Co-founder and Exec. Dir. Jimmy LaSalvia in a Sunday tweet.

“Back on the bike shortly. Gonna earn that Virginia honey-glazed ham today! Happy Easter, Passover & Spring! Buh-bye Winter. #Easter #Spring” — Former NY Daily News White House reporter Ken Bazinet in a weekend tweet.

“The Good Friday service always makes me cry. Yes, Easter comes, but the re-enactment of walking the cross slowly to the altar just breaks my heart…and gratitude for His taking up the cross for us.” — Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller in an emotional weekend tweet.

Fake Jim V. is very religious

“He Is Risen: New tracking polls show “resurrection bump” for Christ #EasterPolitico” — Fake Jim VandeHei in a series of Easter-themed tweets. Another we liked: “J-Mart on why Christ is now frontrunner for 36 AD #EasterPolitico.”

Italian men and washing machines

“Best random stat of the week from Newsweek: 95% of Italian men have never used a washing machine! Probably call their dishwashers Mamma.” — VF‘s Maureen Orth in a weekend tweet.

Anticipatory anger about the Royal Wedding

“Who the fuck is Kate Middleton?” — Gawker Politics Editor Jim Newell in a weekend tweet.

In a rare all-caps tweet from Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: “WHY IS ROBIN LEACH NOT NARRATING A WEEK’S WORTH OF ROYAL WEDDING COVERAGE?”

Is Candy the ‘Wonder Woman’ of CNN?

“@crowleyCNN has anchored 6 days in a row for 3 different #CNN programs: @CNNSOTU, @CNNSitRoom & @JohnKingUSA #wonderwoman.” — CNN Publicist Jennifer Scoggins in a weekend tweet on colleague Candy Crowley.

The sharp questioner

“I start to question people when they clearly lack a sense of humor, or a personality for that matter.” — Politico‘s Amie Parnes in a weekend tweet.

A note to Weingarten on his shitty avatar

“Have I mentioned I really hate your avatar?” — WaPo National Political Correspondent Karen Tumulty to colleague Gene Weingarten, whose avatar, as many know, is a pile of poop.

TV reporter shocked over plant thieves

“Did story on people who steal plants from yards. Really, who sees a bush and says, ‘I want it, think I’ll dig it up.’ Who are they?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a weekend tweet.

Ez looks down on WaPo‘s WHCD dinner guest

“The Washington Post invited Donald Trump as our guest to the correspondent’s dinner? That’s embarrassing.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein in a weekend tweet. Come on WaPo. Klein has spoken. Trump needs to be uninvited immediately.

Journo eyes pretty people elsewhere

“People are just better looking in #Chicago.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a weekend tweet.

Morning Slap: Rep. Quayle Insults Politico, Reporters Fire Back at Freshman Congressman

There was a collective gasp amongst Politico reporters at last night’s Radio & TV Correspondents’ Association Congressional Dinner last night as freshman Rep. Ben Quayle took to the stage and skewered them.

While they laughed about it at the after party, the chuckles weren’t without irritation. “He sucked,” said one Politico reporter on condition of anonymity.

Quayle, a Republican from Arizona, had sharp words for Politico: He called the publication simply the “worst” media outlet in history. “It’s a little weird for me to be speaking at an event that’s sponsored by the media,” Quayle told the crowd in the Convention Center ballroom. “Although I come from a newspaper family, we seem to have a strained relationship with press. Strained is a polite word for troubled. And the press is a generous term for Politico. You know, it took everything I had not to refer to Politico as the worst media outlet in history. It’s not that I don’t believe in that assertion, but I don’t want to get into hyperbole.”

Another Politico reporter, Dave Catanese, went on record saying he thought Quayle’s performance left something to be desired after Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s (D-N.Y.) speech, but said, “We respect Quayle’s continued clicks on Politico.com and welcome them in the foreseeable future. You can’t have a big Washington event without a [joke at the expense of] Politico.”

Even @FakeJimVandeHei (the real Executive Editor of Politico was not in attendance) had a barb for Quayle: “Did he spell it POLITICOE? #burn” he wrote in response to our reporting of Quayle’s jab.

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