Say hello to Taegan Goddard, founder of publisher of Political Wire. He owns and operates the site, while advertising is sold by CQ Roll Call. He grew up in Hartford, Conn. and graduated from Vassar with a major in economics followed by a public policy degree from Harvard. “I’m not even sure I’m a journalist now,” Goddard says with a brief chuckle. “I’m not even sure what journalist is. If it’s that I try to figure out what’s going and tell people, then I guess I am.” People tend to get confused by Goddard’s politics in that he has worked for a Democrat, a Republican and an Independent. He likes that he gets accused of being a Republican and a Communist. Goddard’s job doesn’t feel like work. “It’s almost what I’d do anyway,” he said. “I thoroughly love it.” Where does he work? “Absolutely everywhere,” he said. “One of the worst things is that it’s 24/7, but one of the best is you can be anywhere.” Most of the time he’s in his study.
If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? No doubt about it: Coca Cola.
How often do you Google yourself? Constantly, thanks to Google Alerts.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I got in a heated argument with a New York Times editor over online journalism, which ended with me saying I looked forward to reading your newspaper on the bottom of a pet cage.
What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? An old boss once told me to always remember that a monkey can do 95 percent of any job.
Who is your favorite working journalist? Frank Rich is brilliant.
Do you have a favorite word? Absolutely
Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin, even though she called me an idiot a few months ago. (Read here.)
What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Old-fashioned telephone.
What word do you routinely misspell? Reince Priebus
What swear word do you use most often? Fuck, as a noun, verb and adjective.
What word or phrase do you overuse? Fuck
What TV show do you have to watch? With the exception of Red Sox games and C-SPAN, I rarely watch television.
Where do you shop most often for your clothes? There is nothing I enjoy less than shopping for clothes. I try to make them last as long as possible.
Whom do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Ellen, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? None of the above.
Find out who Goddard wants to play him in a movie….(Hint: Saturday Night Fever)