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Quotes of the Day — Happy New Year!

Travel Bitches

“If an airplane itself could have influenza, I’m on it.” — Politico‘s Dave Levinthal.

“Guy behind me on plane whacks me w/ suitcase as putting it in overhead. ‘Oh, sorry, I didn’t see you.’ Cuz I’m REALLY tiny #HappyNewYear.” — Joanne Bamberger, mommy blogger, former news anchor and author of “Mothers of Intention.”

And a travel apology…“Off to Paris for a bit. Nice to see you again, turkish air. Please carry me safely to my destination and sorry for any anxiety exhibited.” — Seyward Darby, freelancer, former online editor at TNR.

Press aide tells everyone to calm down

“Folks out there w/ crazy theories about what’s going on in House. All ridiculous. Just figuring out best path forward. Stay calm, carry on.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor aide Rory Cooper during fiscal cliff negotiations.

For a gay old time…

“Two tickets for @GayPimp‘s #GayestWeekendOfAllTime this March in Florida? Yes, please.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.

Loesch takes a breather from laptop

“I’ve not opened my laptop since December 21st. Rare. Christmas vacation was lovely, but am ready to roll up the sleeves again.” — Ex-Breitbart.com’s Dana Loesch, who is now suing her former employer. Considering the backlash she received after the Sandy Hook shootings, in which she accused President Obama of playing politics with the deaths of children, this may have been a welcome relief.

Breitbart newbie on first-name basis with U.S. leaders

“In case anyone didn’t notice, we have now officially jumped off the fiscal cliff. Thanks John , Barry and Harry!” — Breitbart.com‘s Matthew Boyle, who hopes to one day fill the shoes of the late Andrew Breitbart.

A rare nod to CNN

“CNN is the only big cable news network doing fiscal cliff coverage right now. (I mean, if you’re a geek.)” — The Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis on New Year’s Day.

And now, a New Year’s Eve observation on facial hair: “Back on CNN with the bearded ones–Wolf Blitzer and Robert Reich–at 8:30. All agree. No taxation of facial hair.” — Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist.

The Self-Appointed Media Critic…

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Quotes of the Day

You’ve been warned.

“I swear if Pepco hits us with a rolling brown out I’m marching on Potomac and lighting every rich person I find on fire. Fair warning.” — Soon to be Buzzfeed Washington Editor John Stanton, who, if played by Tom Hanks might look like this.

TV journo in heat

“Have no a.c. and two HOT dogs! and I don’t have a drop of chilled Sauvignon Blanc in the house. THAT IS STRESS!” — ABC7′s ever dramatic Stephen Tschida. That same day he wrote, “In a house built in 1870 with no air conditioning. I truly am a HOT MESS!”

TWTer gets the Rachel

“Just realized why my new haircut seems so familiar. I think my stylist gave me ‘the Rachel.’ gasp.” — TWT‘s Anneke Green.

Priorities.

“Fresh round of accidental unfollows. If I victimized you with one, sorry! Happy Sunday.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“You think you’ve got problems? Just realized forgot to bring yoga clothes to Aspen.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Luke Russert weighs in on impending Tom-Kat divorce

“Katie Holmes to me will forever just be a sweet #Catholic girl from Toledo. I blocked out the last 5 years.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Weather woes

  • “Still no power, but the basement was nice and cool so I sept well. The prospect of not having power for a week is no fun.”– NBC Washington’s Jim Long.

“I won’t say being without power all yesterday was great, but being off the electronic leash wasn’t entirely awful, either.” — Center for American Progress’ Matt Duss.

  • “Filling up at swamped gas station had a Lord of the Flies feeling. Woman got out of her car and screamed at guy who cut in line.” — Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.

“It’s like someone played ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ with power outages in #Alexandria.” — WaPo ExpressSara Schwartz.

  • “Air conditioning is out at the gym. I have always wanted to try hot yoga….here is my chance.” — CNN’s Jen Scoggins.

“Clearing storm debris from my yard has caused a perspiratory event of mythic proportions.” — National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg.

  • “In case yall were wondering, @DailyCaller data center got hit by storm. We’re working as fast as we can to get it back up.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle plays spokesman over the weekend.

“In her book @AliEWentworth says to straight to the Four Seasons during disasters. I have power but I still want room service.” — Publicist Courtney Cohen, former producer for ABC’s “This Week.”

  • “Would not be surprised to come home to find my cat doing the backstroke in the toilet for relief. Poor thing. Come on, power!” — Conservative journo Mary Katharine Ham.

“Why have we lost our electricity in #Bethesda 30 hours AFTER the big storm? (So much ice cream, so little time.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

  • “At 6pm there is a 95% chance of more T-storms in #DTSS #SilverSpring – tie up those tomatoes!” — Kathy Jentz, Editor of Washington Gardener Magazine.

“Big storms in dc! Wow – apparently -80 mph winds clocked. Listening for a freight train sound to grab the kids and head to the basement.” — FNC’s Bret Baier.

  • “Holy shit. Biggest storm I’ve ever seen. Trees down, power out, huddled in the basement. Scary. #Bethesda” — Brett Haber. You lost us at Bethesda, Brett.

(Photo credit above left storm picture: CBSNews.com.)

Luke invites Chuck over for a swim

“Hey @chucktodd go take the guest room at @LukeRsmom house. AC working. Kids welcome. Pool open till 10.” — NBC’s Russert to his colleague Chuck Todd.

Meanwhile…Politico‘s Shermanator Jake Sherman spent the weekend — where else? — at a Phish concert near Milwaukee: “Midwest phish. Alpine valley.”

How to Make It All About Me

“This is how I work with no power. This storm is freaking me out.” — The Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields.

“Though I ended keeping from puking reading #FASTANDFURIOUS coverup plan docs, I was screaming through newsroom. Sickening people.” — The Daily Caller‘s Boyle.

Thanks for the memories…

“Remember showing @SavannahGuthrie around DC bureau on one of her 1st days @NBCNews and now she’s a Today Show anchor! BIG congrats!!” — CBS’s Christine Delargy.

Grief porn…“So sad to hear about Nora Ephron. I had a few meals with her and she was as great as I imagined her to be.” — NJ‘s Matt Cooper. Cooper’s not alone. “I sat next to Nora Ephron at dinner just a month ago. She was funny, charming, & full of life. A light went out tonight. RIP, Nora.” — MSNBC’s Willie Geist. And this: “I got to cook for Nora Ephron once. Man, it made me scared.” — NYT National Editor Sam Sifton, who wrote this piece about making meatloaf for Ephron in 2009.

WaPo finally has good excuse for techno difficulties

“Send us your storm photos — we would’ve asked sooner, but storm knocked this feature offline.” — WaPo, which shockingly had online difficulties during the hurricane storm that hit D.C. this weekend. Who would believe WaPo would otherwise have web issues?

Howeesha flees Washington

“Leaving DC’s #stormageddon for the city that never sleeps…and hopefully has power to boot. DC –> NYC” — The Hill‘s gossip columnist Howeesha Kurtz (a.k.a. Judy Kurtz, daughter of you know who.)

Amtrak Complaint Desk

“Y didn’t @Amtrak alert passengers to issues B4 we boarded? Train 99 said all on time when left NYC, but tracks were still closed.” — founder of the political blog PunditMom  Joanne Bamberger, who contributes to Politico‘s Arena section.

“For the record, not traveling this weekend,” wrote avid traveler complainer Steve Buttry, noting that Amtrak declared Philly and D.C. service suspended due to weather. Buttry is the Community Engagement Director for Digital First Media.

A Happy Birthday to WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart. They sung to him during his appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” just before he weighed in on Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise‘s marriage troubles, saying he felt the marriage was a five-year contract. “She decided five years, I have an option to get out, I’m getting out!”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

Writer Uses ‘Mean Girls’ to Teach a Lesson

Joanne Bamberger at Politics Daily‘s “Woman UP” is really bothered by a cartoon of a fat Michelle Obama posted at Andrew Breitbart‘s BigGovernment, which she calls a “playground mockery.”

Bamberger, a new writer for the site, wonders if the cartoon’s artists, James Hudnall and Batton Lash, are attacking FLOTUS’ initiatives or “dismissing her efforts by wrongly suggesting she’s a Fatty McFatterson.” If that’s the case, it’s childish: “Portraying the first lady as an obese glutton is like resorting to a classic elementary school taunt: ‘You’re ugly and your mother dresses you funny.’” (Bamberger obviously hasn’t been in elementary school for some time. Kids are far more likely to make sex jokes about each other’s mothers than to say that their mother dresses them funny.)

Bamberger closes with a lesson from an important, timeless movie which we can all learn a little something from, “Mean Girls:”

“‘Mean Girls’ isn’t a political movie, but it has some advice that today’s politicians might want to keep in mind — “Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier.” And, I’d add, it will never advance your agenda, especially when the person you’re talking about isn’t fat at all.”

CNN’s Kuhn Invites Partygoers to Lunch in LA

CNN’s Eric Kuhn and Peter Hamby at The Mayflower Hotel

Partygoers: CNN’s Ed Hornick and QGA and FBDC’s Matt Dornic

Outgoing CNNer Eric Kuhn turned out a good bunch last night at elegant Mayflower Hotel to send him off  with good vibes for his star quest out to Los Angeles, where he has taken a job with United Talent Agency. CNN’s Eliot Spitzer did not make a cameo at the party — many were deeply saddened as Spitzer has fond memories of the hotel.

Media mogul David All, who played party host along with Maegan Caberry, warmly greeted FishbowlDC upon arrival but quickly yanked my co-writer Matt Dornic aside for a little talking to about an item he had written. I was going to stick around and rough up the former press sec to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) if need be, but I had to get Dornic back because at a previous party my Fishbowl Husband told some guy in a camouflage jacket that my role at the party was to hit on the male guests. (So I left him on his own for that one. He came away from All virtually unscathed.)

Kuhn was in good spirits. He said he had already gone out to LA to find new digs, and accomplished the task in three days — it was the last apartment he viewed, but he said he knew immediately that it was the one. One aspect to the trip he wasn’t anticipating: driving. A native New Yorker, Kuhn – no kidding – doesn’t really know how to drive and hasn’t since he was 16. While in LA, some woman in a neighboring car pointed out that his car was smoking. Kuhn had forgotten about the hand break.

Throughout the evening, Kuhn continuously invited guests to come out to LA to lunch with him — to haunts where movie stars like Matt Damon might convene like the Ivy and such. The Ivy was immediately dismissed as trash.

CNNers who turned out for the party included political producer Peter Hamby, CNN Situation Room producer Eric Weisbrod and CNN.com political reporter Ed Hornick.

Find out who else showed up after the jump…

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