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Quotes of the Day — The John Edition

PREPPY PELOSI? “Pelosi rockin the popped collar today.”The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack.

Small talk with Morgan Fairchild and John Harwood

Fairchild (actress, once dated now Sec. of State John Kerry): “@JohnJHarwood Enjoyed your TV discussion today on the ongoing leaks!”

Harwood (CNBC, NYT): “@morgfair thank you! In Palm Springs now for Obama meeting with Chinese president. Little warm out here.”

Important Q to Ponder: “Why can’t the NSA do something useful like track every dude that went to Jared?” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton. We were torn between this and his desire Thursday to do a “Three Stooges” head knock with obvious troublemakers Kate Nocera and Evan McMorris-Santoro.

JMart sees the irony

“Always amusing to see members of Congress lean on the ‘it’s classified’ line. Bc, ya know, no leaks of classified stuff come from Hill.” — Politico and soon-t0-be NYT‘s Jonathan Martin, who was spotted hanging out at his once disastrous desk area Thursday and yukking it up with Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei.

Journo in shock over surprise baby story

“Say what now?” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart‘s reaction to an NBC story about a woman who went for a jog and then delivered a surprise baby. The weird part? She hadn’t missed her periods, didn’t have a baby bump and her husband had a vasectomy. Uh oh. Read the story here.

Reporter to Verizon: “We’re finished.”

Politico’s Jonathan Allen had a dust-up with Verizon earlier in the week. Let’s just say this is not ending amicably.

The Observer

“‘I agree with you.’ Weirdest, worst words you could hear from @newtgingrich to @piersmorgan.” — CNN’s Jonathan Wald, who runs Piers Morgan Live.

Fun tricks to play on your coworkers

“@GlennThrush I’m going to call you every day from different numbers & hang up. That will confuse the NSA fer sure!” — Politico‘s John Bresnahan to his colleague Glenn Thrush.

The Matchmaker

“Hey ladies – Vladmir Putin is single.” — The Hill‘s Jonathan Easley.

Journo behind on Game of Thrones

“We are a few episodes behind on Game of Thrones and I feel like I’m perpetually not in on the joke. So, you know, normal.” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

 

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Quotes of the Day


ENGAGED! My beautiful bride to be @augstums, and me, in Aspen.” — Todd Harris, media consultant and GOP political strategist.

The Observer: Did Rich Lowry have a manicure?

“Anyone else disturbed by Rich Lowry’s nails? You think they’re always that done or did he just gussy them up for #MeetThePress?” — Miss Spot.

Self-appointed media critics

“That was the interview? Well, at least Breaking Bad is on tonight.” — WSJ‘s Neil King.

“Takeaway from 60 Minutes interview: Romney and Ryan have a clear rapport with one another. Romney less antsy than during other interviews.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

“The 60 Minutes interview with Romney/Ryan: Bromancing the White House.” — Syndicated op-ed columnist and Editor-in-Chief of Soapblox Tina Dupuy.

“One major problem is that Paul Ryan speaks so f—ing fast, tough to transcribe.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“Just For Men has apparently perfected robotic hair color#Watching60MinutesAds #PiningforTivodelay” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

Coming to his rescue…

“Haha, @RichLowry totally nailed @maddow on her answer. Don’t know why she pretends to be an innocent bystander in politics.” — WMAL Exec. Producer Heather Smith.

But wait, not so fast…

“If Rachel Maddow broke Rich Lowry’s nose right now, that would be the best thing NBC has aired in months.” — Chuck Sudo, a Chicago viewer.

Mom’s verbiage makes editor uncomfortable

“My mother is referring to her flip-flops as ‘thongs.’ This makes me uncomfortable.” — HuffPost Deputy Editor Erin Ruberry.

Journo gets drunk

“Haven’t had this much to drink in a long time. My brain feels fuzzy and that feeling is awesome.” — WaPo page designer Tim Wong.

And another is on his way…

“Vacation cocktail #1″ — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

Hungover Boybander sure loves his band mates

“I’m hungover in coffee shop so you’ll have to Google the links but@ezraklein@daveweigel wrote excellent pieces on politics of Ryan pick.” — Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman.

A date to remember

“Me and my baby boo @THERealLyndaDC enjoying a hot date@FSWashington with each other!” — Paul Wharton Style’s Paul Wharton and ex-Real Housewives of Washington star Lynda Erkletian.

Romney VP news added work for journos

“I know I said I was sleeping in today but how abt a lil Romney veep pick special w/ @wolfblitzer instead?” — CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

Reporter’s aunt was confused

“One of my liberal aunts went to a Ryan town hall last year. Left there wanting Ryan as Obama’s VP.” — The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack.

Enthusiasm is…

“Cannot succinctly explain the adrenaline rush and stress of producing four hours of breaking news coverage. Or maybe I can: Awesome. #CNN” — Jeff Simon, Assoc. Producer for “State of the Union” With Candy Crowley. We don’t want to worry about Simon too much, but later on in the weekend, he added, “Entering delirium. I feel like I was deep in REM and someone called me and asked me to explain quantum mechanics. Need to snap out of it.”

Uh oh.

“And now I hear I am selling iPADS. My account has been hacked. What do I do about this? Anybody?” — Washington Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott.

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Morning Quotes


MSNBC’s Schultz goes fishing

FOn Thursday night’s program, host Ed Schultz discussed jobs, tax breaks, and Rosengate and then concluded his interview with V.P. Biden by asking him a question everyone was waiting for — what does the Veep think of his show? What was Biden going to say, it’s awful?  Schultz had a hint of what the answer might be. Biden began the interview with a chummy compliment. “It’s great to be here,” Biden said. “Yes, I’m a fan.”

SCHULTZ: You like “The Ed Show?”
BIDEN: I like “The Ed Show” a lot. Man, I watch you and I tell you what, we come from, figuratively speaking, the same neighborhood, man.
SCHULTZ: Yes, we do.

Reader calls Llewellyn a ‘white knight’

“Much gratitude to Llewellyn King for taking up our cause. He is the white knight in the black forest of neglect and ignorance.” — A FBDC commenter on “White House Chronicle” host Llewellyn King taking on the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

FNC’s Ed Henry to miss Cartagena

When asked by CNN Special Events’ Jeff Kepne if he’d be going on the President’s trip to Cartagena this weekend, FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry replied, “No, son has a big birthday that weekend. Will miss ya.”

What not to say in the newsroom if you want friends…

“Dreaded segue: ‘I couldn’t help but overhear…’” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich.

Meghan McCain’s ‘grueling’ travel schedule

“Walla Walla to Seattle, 2 hour layover Seattle to Phoenix, 2 hour layover, redeye to JFK – I fear to think what I will look like when I land. This is officially one of the more grueling travel schedules I’ve had in a longgg time! I’m gonna need some Bloody Mary’s… #nomoreairports.” — MSNBC Contributor and The Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain.

Journo’s plane struck by lightening

“Flight canceled. Plane was struck by lightning. I still think we coulda made it.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

ABC’s ‘Scandal’ touches chords

“Watching #ScandalABC brings back memories of the life I used to lead in my 20s and 30s here in DC. Young, lawyer, Capitol Hill, Politics!” — Sophia Nelson, author of Black Woman Redefined and an Opinion Columnist for GRIO, Essence and others, on the new ABC Washington-centric drama, ‘Scandal,’ starring Kerry Washington.

Rob Lowe to D.C.

“Headed to DC to speak at the Horatio Alger Association awards. Scholarships for disadvantaged, best and brightest kids.” — Actor Rob Lowe.

Words of Wisdom?

“If these inane political kerfuffles didn’t exist, the media would have to invent them. Oh wait.” — Reason‘s Peter Suderman.

What I don’t understand: Reporters who think Rosen story is a phony issue, but think Limbaugh’s comments on Fluke were serious & newsworthy.” — The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack.

Dicking Around…“If we all keep having fake wars about wars that aren’t wars at all and calling them wars we’re going to break this thing.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

“Now if two women were to mud-wrestle to settle a dispute over certain comments, would that be considered work?” — New York Daily News Opinion Editor Josh Greenman. (Lovely, Josh. Mud wrestling analogy – really?)

So touching…“Last month, etch a sketch got really popular Here’s hoping that today everyone thanks a stay at home mom like mine for their sacrifices.” — GOP operative and former flack to House Maj. Leader Erik Cantor Brad Dayspring. And look how well Dayspring turned out!

“Cheer up, Democrats. This looks bad, but I’m sure Bill Maher will discuss Ann Romney, her health etc., with class and grace this Friday.” — National Review Online‘s Jim Geraghty.

Age Watch

In the aftermath of Rosengate, the “war on women” deescalated into nasty superficial insults online. But there were compliments in the mix.  “It’s unreal that Ann Romney is 63-years-old. Wow.” — Breitbart.com‘s Dana Loesch. And in another Loesch special, she points out that Mitt Romney “handles” his wife well….”If Mitt Romney could handle the media as well as his wife, I wouldn’t worry about the general as much. Truthfully, I’m impressed.”

The Self-Appointed Copy Editor

“This might also be a good time to gently remind people that it’s “adviser” not “advisor.” #apstyleismylife” — GOP politico Ellen Carmichael.

 

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Quotes of the Day


Media Perks in NH

“No keg stands at the beta house but there are free lobster rolls and top shelf liquor at Hanover inn for media. #wearetheonepercent” — The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack.

Journo sees fancy cupcake discount as bad sign

“Proof the economy stinks. Georgetown Cupcake, normally ringed with cash-in-hand fans, just sent me a 20% off coupon.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Washington Whispers Columnist Paul Bedard.

Rick Perry style child rearing

“Sometimes I get my kids to stop misbehaving by telling them the Rick Perry under their beds will execute them.” — WTBS Talk Show Host Conan O’Brien.

Reader calls BS

“So the story is he just didn’t like the job so he quit? I smell something that is very similar to bullshit.” — A reader reacts to a Tuesday FBDC post on Kevin Glass and the Washington Examiner amicably parting ways last week.

Spotted: NYP Page Six reporter Tara Palmeri in Dupont Circle Tuesday afternoon in a sleeveless black dress on her way to Chipotle.

MSNBC Ed Schultz‘s post debate nicknames for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: “Dude” and “Newtster.” Schultz’s longtime nickname for FNC Fox & Friends Host Steve Doocy also emerged on his program last night in several instances. That would be”Steve Douchey.”

Oh my…

“Traumatized. Saw a doe or fawn get hit by a car at high speed tonight and go flying. I’m sick about it. #moms” — Poshbrood creator, publicist and travel writer Elizabeth Thorp.

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END

“Mr. Morgan’s house is gianormous, with six white columns lit up at the front entrance and a spansive interior. Pool is holding in one of his garages waiting for POTUS’s remarks.” — An evening Pool Report from one of our favorite Pool writers, WSJ‘s Carol Lee from Lake Mary, Fla. A goof: “After an almost half hour motorcade ride to this Atlanta suburb in Seminole County.” She issued a new report five minutes later, saying, “We are obviously in the *Orlando* suburbs, not Atlanta.”

Post GOP debate question to ponder

“Do we really want another Texan (as Prez) who can’t speak English?” — The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel.

 

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Quotes of the Daythe Google/Fox News GOP Debate Version

Journo experiences random act of kindness

“Mom with crying baby on plane just passed out earplugs to all sitting near them. Nice.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody en route to Orlando.

D. Shuster lobs insult at Bret Baier

“Uneven, often silly moderating by @bret_Baier. ie: ‘How are you going to fix the problem? You have 30 seconds to answer.’” — Current TV’s David Shuster.

Newt refrains from attacking Wallace

“Someone gave Newt his happy pills today. He is smiling and not attacking the moderators.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Baier suffers sudden liberal columnist amnesia

“Apparently there’s a ‘liberal columnist’ protection program, or Bret Baier didn’t know the guy’s name. #gopdebate” — WaPo‘s Ed O’Keefe. Slate‘s John Dickerson comes through. It’s Richard Cohen.

The Comedians

“Bachmann is going to put her foster children on the border to secure it.” – Slate‘s Dickerson.

“What about word scrambles? That would keep us thinking.” — GOP media consultant Ron Bonjean mocking the packs of words Baier kept flashing on screen to show which issues stood out most.

“Bachmann is giving Wallace Newsweek eyes.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

A Quick Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack and Slate’s Dave Weigel.

McCormack: Glad to see media have decided takeaway of this debate will again be reaction of 7 loutish audience members. Weigel: John We haven’t decided yet. The meeting is at 11:05, at Greg’s house. (As in WaPo‘s Plumline writer Greg Sargent.) McCormack: @daveweigel Can I come? Promise not to record meeting and give tapes to Daily Caller. #crossmyheart

More random debate reaction….

“OH MY GOD THERE’S ANOTHER HOUR?” — Vanity Fair blogger Juli Weiner.

“Perry’s upper lip visibly sweaty.” — HuffPost‘s Jon Ward.

“Twitter is moving too fast” — Politico‘s Maggie Haberman.

“Jon Huntsman re-cycles the same hideous yellow necktie. Probably can’t afford another after WEAVER thievery” — GOP Consultant Roger Stone.

“Wallace has a little GTL going on.” — The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry with a “Jersey Shore” reference.

Big John’s Red Lobster prowess

“Ate 4 cheesey biscuits, a ceasar salad, fries, 48 skrimps and drank 2 ice cold buds at Red Lobster. Bold flavor city, you guys.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton. (Not a debate reference but we still thought it worthy of mentioning.)

McRib chatter heard at debate

“Watching internet stream of GOP debate, during commercial break producers seem to be talking about the McRib.” — ThinkProgress Liberal blogger Matt Yglesias. Politico‘s Sara Libby confirmed this fact.

The debate bell…

“By the way, everyone likes the new sound, far more pleasing instead of the bell? I guess they do.” — FNC’s Baier. But not so fast…“I keep thinking I’m getting messaged on Gchat. This is sooo confusing. #DebateTheFix.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake.

Gary Johnson Fan Club

“Gary Johnson, this is your mother f—ing moment!” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“Did Gary Johnson Star in Napoleon Dynomite?” — Mother JonesDavid Corn.

“I would love to have Gary Johnson fix stuff in my home.” — Politico‘s Ben Smith.

The Daily Caller Party: Even a Caveman Can Attend

The cast of characters at Monday night’s Daily Caller second official keg party was nothing short of colorful. For one thing, this wild-haired intern from Reason Magazine, Armin Rosen, showed up and life as we know it will never be the same. For another, even without the original guest of honor, GOP consultant Roger Stone, the celebration of new hire Mary Katharine Ham, turned out a jammed hallway full of journalists and guests and a keg sponsored by Miller-Coors. Stone had to be in New York to coach gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino. “This is how it should be,” remarked Daily Caller V.P. of Sales Alex Treadway, raving that Ham is sure to be a publication star.

The Wild Haired intern, meanwhile, was opening up. “Please don’t ruin my career,” Rosen repeatedly begged FishbowlDC throughout an evening that felt like something between a summer camp outing, a blog convention and a trip to the circus. Before fleeing the party, the intern’s boss, Matt Welch, Reason‘s Editor-in-Chief, asked me to babysit Wild Hair and make sure he didn’t do anything stupid. (Note to Editors: We’ll be glad to babysit your reporters, but a) really? b) it’s questionable FBDC policy, and c) we wouldn’t dream of stopping a journalist from partaking in any form of stupid activity he or she so desires.)

Soon enough, the intern’s clear Doppelganger emerged: the Geico caveman. He explained the simplicity of his hair upkeep. “It’s easy, I don’t comb it – ever,” he said. “All you have to do is get into a sublime state of not caring and you get this hair.”

Party banter ranged from Washington’s uptight nature and the Brett Favre sexting scandal to House GOP leaders and Twitter follower counts. “People in Washington are boring as f—k,” remarked Daily Caller’s Mike Riggs. And yet, those here could hardly be considered boring – Less Government’s Seton Motley, when Wild Hair was pointed out, pulled out a shirtless picture of himself (perhaps from the 80s) with wavy blondish hair cascading to his waist.

Riggs swore he wasn’t “on anything” Monday night except beer. We believed him (mostly) until he knelt down on one knee and bestowed solemn praise to another partygoer, The Exiled’s Mark Ames, while chanting, “Oh my f—king God. Oh my f—king God.” Washington City Paper’s Moe Tkacik, who came to the party with Ames, suggested that some in Washington might have Asperberger’s Syndrome. She’s a recent transplant to Washington and hire to WCP. (If you haven’t seen her work, it’s a must).

Others in the crowd: Daily Caller spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins, Publisher Neil Patel, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, the Washington Examiner’s J.P. Freire, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie and Wonkette’s Elizabeth Glover. Also from Wonkette was the newly hired Morning Editor, Riley Waggaman, who looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie with blond hair, glasses and a bright turquoise button-down. Already partied and gone were The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack and TWT’s Eli Lake. McCormack, referring to Riggs’s recent shrooming escapade, tweeted about the party, saying he “felt a little funny after eating some Halloween candy but a purple monkey just flew in the room and told me candy is not laced.”

Many Daily Caller reporters were on hand to kick the keg. The included Alex Pappas, Jeff Winkler, Jonathan Strong, Chris Moody, Matthew Boyle, a part-timer, and a mystery staffer from a Democratic lawmaker’s office who didn’t want to be identified. (An office rule forbids office staffers from being Google-able alongside the boss’s name.) More in the crowd: TWT’s Ben Birnbaum, CNS’s Nicholas Ballasy, The Atlantic’s Chris Good and Daily Caller’s new blog consultant Klaus Marre.

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QUOTES of the DAY


Reporter praises boss

“A @duke friend emails to let me know @politico‘s John Harris is one of many great journo speakers traveling to my alma mater this fall.” — Politico reporter Meredith Shiner lays it on thick in a Monday tweet about her Editor-in-Chief.

Honoring Tim Russert

“America’s Promise Alliance journalism prize honoring Tim Russert to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for uncovering deaths of foster care children.” — NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in a Monday tweet.

Evening admission

“At a Daily Caller party. I am not on drugs.” — The Weekly Standard‘s Online Editor John McCormack in a Monday night tweet. He’s referencing Daily Caller reporter Mike Riggs, who recently admitted to shrooming in his off hours.

Politico reporter mistaken for Asian

“People actually ask me if I’m Asian all the time. it’s not just a Sharron Angle thing.” — Politico‘s new tech reporter Jen Martinez in a Monday tweet. Angle is running for Senate against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada. She told some Hispanic students last week that she sometimes sees them as Asian. In further explanation, Martinez added, “I’m not saying what she did was wrong/right, but was pointing out that in my personal life people always guess that I’m Asian.”

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I recommend the seasonal pumpkin milkshake at @the_tombs, although not as good as the vanilla I selected in July as one of DC’s best.” — From Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff on Oct. 15.  (Pumpkin Vs. Vanilla — anyone have any opinions on this dilemma? Write us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com).

Partygoer to Obama: ‘Show us Your Tits!’

It was a Mardi Gras-themed party to be sure. Partygoers at The Daily Caller’s second big soiree got a bit raucous last night during the new publication’s SOTU watch party held at George in Georgetown.

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Most of the publication’s journos were on hand wearing beads around their necks. Big star Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson arrived after 9 p.m. due to a previous speaking engagement at the Metropolitan Club. Co-creator and publisher Neil Patel was there mingling along with opinion editor Moira Bagley and spokeswoman and booker Becca Glover Watkins.

Things got dicey when Carlson arrived with his wife, Susie. Carlson told FishbowlDC that Susie initially couldn’t get in because she didn’t have ID to prove her age – which is 41. So how’d she get in? “I finally said, come on guys, knock it off,” Carlson said.

By that point, the party was in full swing and packed with a decisively beer-drinking crowd. All five TV’s were turned to Fox News. Partygoers booed Obama on several occasions, with one male yelling out, “Show us your tits!” Daily Caller journos shuddered in response to the remark. Another shouted, “Boring!” When FNC contributor Sarah Palin came on to speak, the crowd whooped with joy. “Thishh ishh a right-leaning crowd,” said one attendee who’d obviously had more than a few beers.

Nevertheless, Patel said he has received no complaints that the Daily Caller sways right. Instead, he said, people remark on the “breadth” of stories they have.

Jim Treacher, the Daily Caller’s blogger, more often known as “Treach”, live-blogged the evening, which was a sight to see. “I’m blogging like a mother f-ker,” he said.

The emcee for the evening was Mark Stern (aka “Nigel” of the Tony Kornheiser show), who happens to be Carlson’s old high school roommate at the boarding school, St. George’s. “I remember the first time he wore a bow tie,” Stern told the crowd. “It was at Chippendales. No one can shake their ass like Tucker Carlson.” Later Stern asked rhetorically, “Who said Washington has no balls? Give it up for Daily Caller!”

Sadly, advice columnist Matt Labash was unable to make it – he’s in Haiti. “No parties for me,” he wrote by e-mail. “Just dead people and malaria.”

Guests in attendance: Politics Daily’s Helena Andrews, GOP commentator Doug Heye (who was interviewed there by a German TV station), GOP lobbyist Juleanna Glover, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Washingtonian publisher Cathy Merrill Williams, Pundit Amy Holmes, Reason magazine editor Michael Moynihan, TNR’s James Kirchick, The Atlantic’s Chris Bodenner, The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie, former Bush speechwriter John McConnell, and Roll Call’s Elizabeth Brotherton. Neshan Naltchayan, a freelance photographer who worked as a photographer in the Bush White House, was there to snap pictures.

See party pictures after the jump…

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Fishbowl5 With John McCormack : the Victim of Coakley Campaign Warfare

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The Weekly Standard’s Deputy Online Editor John McCormack has had a wild couple of days after getting pushed to the ground Tuesday night by Massachusetts Democratic Senate hopeful Martha Coakley’s crisis communications specialist Michael Meehan of the DSCC. McCormack asked Coakley about her comment that there are no terrorists left in Afghanistan. She refused to answer. Then Meehan came after him. To be fair, Meehan has apologized. But McCormack has ripped trousers and a bruised thigh. We chatted with him by phone late last night. He has been on a whirlwind media tour – Fox News’s Neil Kavuto and “Hannity” Wednesday night, “Fox & Friends” at 6:45 a.m. Thursday morning and “every radio show in Massachusetts.”

1. What were you trying to do? I was trying to ask a question. I was trying to be a reporter. She’s been avoiding press and the only chance to ask her a question is when you know she’s going to be at some public event. She’s not going to return phone calls to The Weekly Standard. She wasn’t mean here. She just didn’t want to talk to me.

2. Were you startled when Meehan came after you? I thought at best I’d ask her my question and she’d ignore it. Oh yeah, you’re startled whenever anyone is that stupid. I was startled by the act that a guy who gets paid six figures for crisis management creates a campaign crisis. Yes, that was surprising.

3. Do you often get in fights with people? I do not. I do not get in physical fights. Despite my ethnic proclivity toward being a fighting Irishman, I am a man of peace.

4. When was your last fight? My most famous fight was in third grade and it was over football. I don’t think any punches landed on any faces, but it was a pretty good wrestling match. I think I was eight years old when I got in my actual fight.

5. Were you at any point afraid? Afraid? No, I was worried that this thing didn’t get taped. Fox News and CNN had gotten their questions in. Nobody was there to back up my side of the story. I was never afraid. He ripped my suit pants that my brother handed down to me that he wore for three or four years. It’s basically my only intact dark gray suit. It’s like a huge tear. I didn’t notice it for three hours. I didn’t want to say anything. It just sounded like someone who was crazy and lying. If you do the forensic examination you can see it [the tear]. I have a small bruise on the back of my thigh.

Read McCormack’s blog post ["We Report, We Get Pushed"] and watch the video here.

Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Are we in grade school?

MSNBC’s “First Read” tipped us off to this ridiculous squabble between The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack and Michael Meehan, an adviser to Senate hopeful Martha Coakley sent to her as a gift from the DSCC. You half expect the two men to start slapping each other.

And whatever happened to big boys not picking on little boys?

Check out the story and video here.