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QUOTES of the DAY


Garrett Graff watches ABC’s “The Bachelor?”

“NPR’s MonkeySee blog writing about The Bachelor is like all of my favorite things on Earth in one.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff in a Wednesday tweet. Read here.

Pundit delves into weather talk

“Sunshine! Warm temperatures! I can’t believe how diff it is to nyc where all was icy! Can’t believe I’m tweeting about the weather. Sorry.” — FNC Commentator Dana Perino in a Wednesday tweet. To which Agence France-Presse’s Olivier Knox wrote, “Totally appropriate to chirp on twitter, Dana. Carry on.”

Taking offense to “media whore”

“I take offense to the term “Media Whore.” It is disrespectful to sex workers who deserve our support and advocacy” — West Point infantry officer Dan Choi in a Wednesday tweet. To which Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg, who typically lands in FishbowlDC’s Unnecessary Tweet of the Day feature, wrote, “Word.” The only reason Bugg is not there today is because of Choi’s choice comment.

TIME reporter blames Anderson Cooper

“Anderson Cooper: if your crew is getting beat up in riots in every country you go to-might that suggest UR the 1 doing something wrong?” — TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small in a Wednesday tweet.

TV journo in Egypt

“#egypt. Both sides using slings to launch molotovs.. It seems like ancient war.. Close, fire, stones.” — NBC’s Richard Engle in a Wednesday tweet.

Complimentary commenter

“She is so HOT” — A FishbowlDC commenter in response to item on Washington Examiner‘s Julie Mason moving to Politico.

Major has ‘computer nightmares’

“Dash it all…..computer nightmares…catching up. Senate votes 47-51 against repeal of #HCR. All GOP vote Yes. Needed 60 votes” – NJ‘s Major Garrett in a Wednesday tweet.

BREAKING: Ex-Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue admits her struggle with alcoholism at conservative syndicated columnist Cal Thomas‘s prayer dinner in Washington Thursday evening. We broke the story late last night. If you missed it, read here.

Time Cover Features Palin

This week’s cover of TIME is an exclusive interview with Sarah Palin by Jay Newton-Small.

In the story, Palin says of President Obama: “Two words: Jimmy Carter.” Palin also notes, “In battleground states, he’s polling at 40% or below.  The country is rejecting his agenda.  My vision of America is diametrically opposed to his.  He sees America as the problem.  I see America as the solution.”

An excerpt:

That a politician of Palin’s stature often wrestles with her schedule is a reflection, aides say, of her being a mother of five without a nanny. The Friday before the elections, for example, 2-year-old Trig had a routine operation related to his Down syndrome, and Palin did not want to commit to any events until she was sure that he was recovering.

Whose Shoes: Revealed

The brown sandals do not belong to the following female journos who were among the guesses: Erin McPike (RealClearPolitics), Jay Newton-Small (Time), Helen Thomas (formerly with UPI), Helene Cooper (NYT).

The shoes belong to: The Daily Caller‘s Spokeswoman Becca Glover. They are Cynthia Vincent by Target. She believes the nail polish is Silver Skates by OPI.

No Election for Periodical Correspondents

Why this matters: These reporters elected to the Exec. Committee of Periodical Correspondents can help directors of the galleries in fighting for space and seats at the upcoming Democratic and Republican conventions which the gallery handles for the magazine, blog and newsletter press. Daily press and TV have their own press galleries and committees.

The memo:

Subject: New Executive Committee for the 112th Congress

As of last night’s deadline for nominating petitions for the Executive Committee of Periodical Correspondents, the directors received 7 complete and verified forms.  Since there are seven candidates for seven open positions, there will be no need for a formal ballot election.  If that is to everyone’s satisfaction, Rob and I will add an agenda item to the next meeting to approve the election of the Committee Members.  That meeting should occur sometime in January.

Members of the 112th Executive Committee of Periodical Correspondents
Paul BedardU.S. News & World Report
Richard CohenPolitico
Stephen K. Cooper
Jay Newton-SmallTime
Heather Rothman – BNA
Meg Shreve
Lauren WhittingtonRoll Call

Congratulations!
Ed and Rob

Bagley Reinvented with Rand Paul

Everything old is new again for The Daily Caller’s former Opinion Editor.  Moira Bagley, who disappeared this summer, is back in Washington.  Spotted at a birthday party for TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small over the weekend, mysterious Moira is said to be pursuing a new career path as a Cap Hill comm director.

Apparently after bagging her gig last July, the Roll Call and Daily Caller alum headed home to Kentucky where she stumbled into a temporary position with Tea Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Rand Paul.  Sources tell FishbowlDC that Bagley hit it off with Paul during the campaign and has recently accepted the role of communications director for the Senator-elect’s new office.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day


Royally depressing?

Prince William giving Kate Middleton the Princess Diana engagement ring seems more depressing than endearing to me. Led to divorce…” — Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller in a Tuesday tweet.

Radio reporter engages in TSA pat-down humor

“How nice! Just got flowers from TSA officer, thanking me for wonderful pat-down this weekend.” — NPR Host of “Weekend Edition Saturday” Scott Simon in a Wednesday morning tweet.

Roll Call‘s strange-sounding headline

“Incumbent Bean Concedes Illinois House Race”

Politico reporter observes The Atlantic

The Atlantic‘s James Bennet‘s voice tone is strikingly similar to his brother’s, Sen. Michael Bennet. #intellectualdrawl” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a Wednesday morning tweet.

McClatchy reporter gets hair trim in Cairo

“At the barbershop in Cairo today, realized my last four haircuts have been in four different countries. I need to travel less.” — McClatchy‘s Shashank Bengali in a Facebook update earlier this week.

Journo struggles with gum on roof of mouth

“J. Taylor Rushing is so busy and tired he can’t scrape the gum off the roof of his mouth. And it’s cherry. I HATE cherry” — The Hill‘s Senate scribe J. Taylor Rushing in a Tuesday Facebook update (by far, the absolute best Facebook update we’ve seen in months.)

The Daily Baller mildly fears for his life

“Hot coffee caused a piece of Nicorette to disintegrate in my mouth, so I swallowed it. Will I die?” — The Daily Caller‘s Mike Riggs in a Tuesday tweet.

Critic-at-Large

“Unfortunate @rollcall headline this AM: Rangel Trial Goes Dark. Why not say fades to black?” — Time‘s Jay Newton-Small in a Tuesday tweet.

Author explores female pols and penises

“And yes, let’s get it out of of the way: Penis enlargements do include Pelosi, Palin, Bachman [sic]. Wait until they get body scanned.” — Author Buzz Bissinger in a dizzying array of bodily tweets this morning. He also wrote, “TSA scanner body search policy? We are Americans. Who the fuck wants to look at our naked bodies anyway.”

Your Friend in D.C., the Dog (Part IV)

It’s day four of DogBowl 2010. We have several more spectacularly cute canine contestants to show you from scribes, media types and flacks around town. We know some of your dogs are getting rambunctious about wanting into the contest. Especially some pooch named Alvin. We’ll accommodate them. In the meantime, a long walk in the woods won’t hurt.

Time is running out. We believe that today is the final day of submissions. Send them to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or directly to FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com.

Carolyn McLean Robbins, a luxury lifestyle reporter covering AOL Travel, wrote in to promote her pup, but also to trash talk another contestant bearing the same name as her dog: “I saw the cutest dog post today and had to nominate Deacon. Mostly because he’s wayyy cuter than that OTHER Deacon on the list but also because I don’t think that any of the other dogs on here can say that they write their own blog.” Meet Deacon #2 below.

> Update #1: Time‘s Jay Newton-Small insists she has “THE coolest pooch  in town.” Meet Bella below. Photo credit: Time‘s Deputy Photography Editor Paul Moakley.

> Update #2: Brandon MacGillis, Comm officer for Pew Environment Group, thinks his French Bulldog Samantha is the winner. Meet Samantha below.

> Update #3: AP Producer Lila Ibrahim is the proud mom of Bassets George and Leroy. She says this is the photograph that will “clinch the competition.” We’ll see… Meet George and Leroy below.

> Update #4: Anna Edney with Bloomberg introduces us to her beloved Shaggy, a German Shepherd. “He’s so cute, I figured I’d enter him even though he passed away of a brain tumor at 6 last year. He was the love of my life.”

In Memory of Shaggy…

> Update #5: AP Television Senior Producer Tracy Brown writes in: “Couldn’t  have you thinking that Ibrahim is the only one at AP Television who has dogs (even if what they do should be done behind closed doors …)  Take a peek at my crazy Labradoodle Charlie and I’m sure you’ll find he has a charm of his own.  He does have a tendency to want to look people in the eye.” Meet Charlie below.

> Update #6: Readers, we have a long day ahead of us of pooches. Here comes Tchotchke from D.C. Photog Stacy Viera.  She says we can use the dog picture for the purposes of the contest only. He’s cute and all, but we weren’t going to sell him or anything. Meet Tchotchke below.

> Update #7: Meet Ike. His owner is Tammy Gordon, a food blooger who writes FloridaGirlinDC who lives in Cleveland Park neighborhood of D.C. She insists Ike is the winner of DogBowl 2010.

> Update #8: TBD Community Host Lisa Rowan says her dog is top dog “because I feel that Sgt. Friday here beats everyone in the size category.”

> Update #9: MSNBC Political Analyst and Democratic pundit Karen Finney says, “Let’s end the debate here and now.  My dog Mabel is THE cutest ever.” Meet Mabel.

> Update #10: We’ve made Alvin wait long enough. He’s apparently now angry, and we don’t want him getting rabid on us. His owner, Andy White, a New Media Strategist for Bully Pulpit Interactive/AKPD. White says Alvin (below) is listening to speeches at the recent Rally to Restore Sanity.

> Update #11: Watch out. A fierce competitor is upon us. Meet Abby. She belongs to Laura Cavender, who doesn’t quite fit the FishbowlDC profile but we’re letting it slide. Cavender is Comm. Director at U. Penn. She says Penn’s Prez is Chair of President Obama‘s Bioethics Commission. Fine, close enough.

Journos: Will They Sleep Tonight?

We posed a question to a mass of journalists, many covering the midterms, and most everyone obliged. One reporter, who will remain genderless, wished to be anonymous because of fear of his or her PR department. We thank everyone for participating, especially Mr. Weigel from Slate – no FishbowlDC roundup would be complete without him. And then Politico‘s Mike Allen, who finally sheds light on that perennial ‘Does he sleep?’ question. But there is no pecking order here. You’re all our favorites (except when we fight with you).

Enjoy.

THE QUESTION: Will you sleep tonight and how will you stay awake and alert?

Politico‘s Mike Allen: Vandy has promised I can sleep the first three years when I’m dead.

The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack: I hope to. I have a couple television interviews at 1 am and 7 am so the plan is to catch a power nap in between. But trying to fall asleep on Election night is like trying to fall asleep as a kid on Christmas Eve: very hard.

The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson: Of course not; Nicorette.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren: Coffee and more coffee.

HuffPost‘s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington: Even when I was a little girl in Greece, and had no idea who any of the American candidates were, I’d refuse to go to bed until the last vote was counted.  This year will be no different, which means I’ll probably be up until Veteran’s Day.  I’ll stay awake by practicing saying “Speaker Boehner,” “Senator Angle,” “Senator Rubio,” and “Senator Paul” with a Greek accent.

Slate‘s Dave Weigel: I’m in Nevada, so I’m three hours behind the east coast, allowing me to stay up into the witching hours with no problems. Next election: Fiji.

The Hill‘s White House correspondent Sam Youngman: I plan on sleeping like a NyQuil-drunk baby. I’m far more geeked up for POTUS’s presser tomorrow than tonight’s results. That said, the junkie in me will probably be glued to the TV late into the night with nothing but my nerdiness to keep me awake.

Roll Call‘s John McArdle: I brought my sleeping bag and some other camping gear in case I get a chance to grab a bit of sleep. Whether that will actually happen is still up in the air. If I start to get tired I’ve got this cued up on my computer. Watch here. (The color of the sleeping bags? “One I brought for myself is grey and orange. Brought a red one for one of my co-workers. Both from REI.”)

The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green: Yes, I intend to sleep tonight–and prefer to do so the old-fashioned way, not awake and alert, but soundly, with Ambien CR and lots of pillows.

TWT‘s Eli Lake: I am in New Orleans for a conference on geospatial intelligence. I will sleep well with the knowledge that many government agencies and defense contractors are watching.

FamousDC: Some of us are already in bed, the rest are armed with RedBull and champagne.

HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim: I will deviate from my norm and drink light beer. It’s a necessary sacrifice I make for readers.

C-SPAN’s Steve Scully: This is the night we LIVE for.  It’s a Political High, combined with a few
Triple shot venti lattes from Starbucks.

Politico‘s John Harris: I will intend to get at least a few hours sleep but past experience suggests there’s a good chance I won’t be successful. Tonight will be no problem even if I don’t. Ancient experience in college and more recent experience with three kids makes it not that hard for me to go on short sleep rations. But by Wednesday evening I’ll be a wreck.

The Daily Caller‘s Mike Riggs: Funny you should ask. I just completed the final task in my election night pre-game game plan. First, I metro’d home, then I smoked a spliff, took off all my clothes, and did three sets of jumping jacks in front of a full-length mirror. I’m putting myself down for a nap now. Around 11 p.m., I’ll head back to the office and carry on straight through to lunch tomorrow. Cigarettes, diet red bull, and a fear of sped-up dreams will keep me sharp. (Note to readers: A spliff for the uninformed is half weed, have cigarette tobacco, rolled up like a joint.)

Yahoo! News’s Michael Calderone: I’m hoping to get to sleep shortly before the Sun comes up, but we’ll see how things play out. I’m at Yahoo’s election headquarters in New York where coffee and soda are plentiful, so I think that’ll help with staying awake. Also, there’s a Foosball table nearby that may prove crucial for regaining concentration (and preventing insanity) in the early morning hours.

TBD Editor Erik Wemple: Well, primary night was a 2:30 a.m. proposition. I am hoping that general election night works harder and keeps us here much later. There’s nothing quite as fun as updating the site into the wee hours. For alertness, I rely on clean living and push-ups. Perhaps a little caffeine but not much.

The Washington Examiner‘s Julie Mason: I am so hopped up on cold medicine it’s hilarious. My editor is going to have to chug NyQuil to even make sense out of the incoherent mess I will be filing shortly. And then I plan to sleep like the dead.

WaPo‘s Paul Kane: I hope to be in bed around 3 am. I’ve got the House-race beat, so the yes-no on majority status should be known early enough and the rest is just updating the numbers. Caribou Coffee — unofficial sponsor of the late-afternoon break for all Wash Post employees — is doing its job. In ’08 I was up till at least 5 am watching the Coleman-Franken race get closer and closer and closer.

FishbowlDC and QGA’s Matt Dornic: Yes, I will sleep but for journos hoping to go all night, look no further than the supermodel 3C diet- cocaine, cigs and celery.  It’s a great way to stay up and kill a few lbs.

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: Sleep? Sleep?!? Anyone who’s worked around puppy-kicking porn producers knows that sleep is but an unattainable dream…

NYT‘s Brian Stelter: I plan to sleep between 4 and 5am. Coffee, then sugar-free Red Bull, then then coffee, then sugar-free Red Bull.

MSNBC and NBC Producer Andy Gross: I’m playing the role of “co-pilot” for Nightly News in DC tonight…we also call it “Dr. Downstairs” because I will oversee the production process in our video editing area, which happens to be downstairs here at NBC.  Once we are clear and network Specials takes over the election night coverage, I should be heading home to Clarendon by 9:30pm.  I will however, go out for a drink and watch the returns come in.

Anonymous reporter: I’m forcing myself to take a power nap at midnight and then wake up around 3:45 a.m., drink a  sugar free Red Bull/ diet Sprite combo and do some speed reading of the latest results.

Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni: I am not counting on sleep tonight, but packed an overnight bag just in case, and there’s plenty of room in our newsroom to curl up in a corner with a blanket.  I’m on the early shift tomorrow so if I am able to get home for a few hours, I have to be back here at 7:30 a.m.

Al Jazeera‘s Avi Lewis: A nice Argentinean maté if things get desperate. But generally – actually, genetically – adrenaline kicks in on election night, and I never have any problem staying up. Getting to sleep, well, that’s another story. At a certain point in the evening, you just have to realize that you cannot affect the results by watching every minute of the coverage! If you can remember that and drag yourself to bed, you can read all about it as soon as you wake up.

NJ The Hotline’s Amanda Munoz-Temple: A: What is sleep? B: staying awake tonight by consuming as much caffeine as my body will allow me. On top of candy, diet coke, chips… Basically the diet of a 13 year old, to keep me happy and sane.

The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio reporter Todd Zwillich: Three hours if I’m lucky. I’ll stay awake by hosting The Takeaway’s live online election coverage at www.thetakeaway.org with with guests and analysts from all around the country, including Jay Newton Small and Studio 360′s Kurt Andersen. Otherwise I’ll exist on coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper. I may dip into my stash of Four Loko as the night goes on. Just sent the intern out for Four Loko by the way.

Human Events Editor Jason Mattera: No, I’m not sleeping tonight. I’ll stay up thanks to four locos, anything with the nickname liquid cocaine will keep me wired. Then again, its other nickname is “blackout in a can” so I may not remember the midterm election even took place.”

Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller: Mattera needs his locos, but I’ll be wide awake on adrenaline waiting to see Harry Reid weeping like a little girl and Nancy Pelosi sneaking her gavel past Capitol Police in the dead of night.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein: Only time will tell.

The Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor Megan Mulligan: The real question is: Am I awake now? I’m pinching myself to make sure I didn’t dream this whole thing up. When Christine O’Donnell, Jimmy McMillan and Alvin Greene go down, I’ll rest.

The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong: I do plan to sleep tonight, though not much. My wife helpfully gave me a “5-hour Energy” drink to take to work this morning, so that should help.

CBS News’s Nancy Cordes: Sleep is for the weak…we wrap up our live coverage at 2 a.m. and then I start preparing for the Early Show at 7 a.m. They’ll have to prop open my eyeballs for tomorrow night’s Evening News.

Roll Call‘s Andrew Satter: Will I sleep? Depends on how much grief Final Cut Pro wants to give me tonight (2008 wasn’t pretty). How will I stay awake and alert? Well I don’t drink coffee or much caffeine, but I did live in New Orleans which is pretty much like getting a Master’s in Watching the Sun Rise.

The Disenchanted Journo‘s Christian Bourge: My plans are to start drinking around 4:30pm then go to bed early before waking to watch who is on television pontificating around 2 AM. By then the needed twists to the already established Election Day narrative should be figured out. I can then write the real story Wednesday and talk about it on my show, The Capitol Hill Blues. Either that or I will end up arrested by Joe Miller’s campaign staff.

CBS News’s Christine Delargy: “We’ll be on the web practically all night with special coverage so I’ve conditioned by actually not going to a cocktail party with Matt Dornic and Kiki Ryan last night.”

WhiteHouseDossier.com‘s Keith Koffler: I will not be going to sleep tonight. I’ve trained my border collie sit by the TV and bark every time he hears the words, “we are now projecting.”

HuffPost‘s Eliot Nelson: I’m just high on the peaceful transition of power.

Politico‘s Dave Catanese: I imagine I’ll sleep at some point. Probably sometime after the cable chatter goes dark. I’m addicted to the blabber. Like potato chips after a night out, can’t put the bag down. But with all the wacky reports out of Alaska, it’s gonna be hard for me to stop reclicking on the returns from the Last Frontier. I will power through on pure adrenaline. This is it right? I can sleep Saturday, oh wait, forgot about Alaska.

NYP Page Six Reporter Tara Palmeri: I’m going to Cuomo’s election party but staying up isn’t that hard for someone who has to be out every night for their job.

Politico‘s Ben Smith: Hmm. Yes, surely, the Courtyard Rosslyn awaits. And they’ve actually added extra oxygen to the air here at POLITICO, so it won’t be hard.


Journos Spend an Evening with Poe

DC media types kick started their Halloween weekend by attending three sold out performances of “An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe”  in the garden and ballroom of Dumbarton House.  Following on this summer’s sold out performances of Moliere’s “The Hypochondriac”, the DC-based Picnic Theatre Company staged a Halloween party production of Poe stories — Cask of Amontillado, Fall of the House of Usher, and the Telltale Heart, with DJ intermission, wine and crepes.  Ensemble cast:  Washington Life‘s Michael ClementsChristina Sevilla of Suspicious Package,  Napoleon restaurant’s Omar Popal, Picnic Theatre co-founders Bruce MacPhail and Oli Robinson.  Attendees included Tim Burger, Kiki Ryan, Christine Delargy, Wash Life‘s Kevin Chaffee, TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small, WaPo‘s Nancy TrejosWaPo‘s Annie Gowen, NYT‘s Eric Lipton and Elham Dehbozorgi, NBC Washington’s Kate Michael.  Proceeds benefited Dumbarton House historical preservation and Clowns Without Borders.

Dal’s Swinging Book Party

Dal LaMagna having a swinging good time at Comet Ping Pong.

Last night’s book party for Dal LaMagna (a.k.a. Tweezerman) was something to see. As shown above, there’s Dal swinging from a light fixture at Comet Ping Pong. The book is Raising Eyebrows, A Failed Entrepreneur Finally Gets it Right. “I can’t believe what a cross section of friends I have,” Dal told the crowd while standing atop a chair. “It’s quite remarkable.”

Remarkable indeed. Take a lesson Michaele and Tareq. No fete is complete without party crashers. And this one had crashers of the leopard and zebra variety. It wasn’t even pre-Halloween weirdness. They work at National Geographic (he works in editorial as a coordinator; she’s an intern. They say it’s consensual.)

The animal couple, Willie Schubert and Laura Newcomer, are partaking in a social experiment that will debut Monday on a blog detailing their travails. The point is simple (well, sort of). They don skin tight animal onesies and go out amidst the rest of the human population and see what happens. They go to museums, liquor stores, on the Metro – and apparently to book parties to which they haven’t been invited. “You wear a suit like this and you make your way into the party,” Schubert says, explaining that reaction to them has been largely positive. “People hand me their children.” (Security guards, however, bristle. One in the Metro ordered them to remove their hoods.) Coincidentally, Newcomer admitted to owning LaMagna’s famous tweezers.

Spotted in the crowd imbibing and eating delectable pizza: NJ‘s Matt Cooper, FishbowlDC and QGA’s Matt Dornic (among the hosts), Juleanna Glover (lobbyist and fellow host), Daily Caller Spokeswoman Becca Glover, FD’s Mary Kathryn Covert, Media Consultant Anne Schroeder Mullins, Wahington Life’s Kevin Chaffee and John Arundel, CNN’s Edie Emery, TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, Michael Steel, press sec to House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Host Committee member Glenn Ballard, Washington Life photog Kyle Samperton, American Morning News radio host Amy Holmes, CBS’s Christine Delargy, Tim Burger (former Time scribe), Heather Podesta, a lobbyist, and Code Pink Founder Medea Benjamin.

Glenn Ballard gets kissed by the Social Experiment

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