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Morning Chatter

Rocky radio interview

“That moment when your son stumbles into the room during your radio interview. . . #franticgestures #silentscream” — the Washington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering.

A D.C. journo reacts to MSNBC host’s tampon earrings

“Melissa Harris Perry quite literally the most unserious person ever, dons tampon earrings because she’s a ridiculous person” — Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo.

Our AnonymASS tipster stays on the faux David Gregory beat … “Spotted: David Gregory in Safeway carbonated beverage aisle boning up for lead-off question in upcoming FishbowlDC interview”

Other views on the royal birth

“A future king was born today. One day he could grow up and marry a prince!” — Daily Dish writer Andrew Sullivan.

“Could there be anything more delicious than “The Newsroom,” which is a parody of itself, parodying coverage of royal baby? Can’t wait.” — Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston.

Writer unravels her feelings

“ESTOY ENOJADA OK? CONTIGO, CONMIGO, CON TODOS DUDES and oh shit it’s probably just that thing I read on Slate whatever.” — Freelance journo Moe Tkacik. (Loose translation: I am mad, ok? With you. With me. With all dudes.)

Journo Love

“Excited beyond words to see @McCollumAshley tonight!” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green in reference to BuzzFeed Publicist Ashley McCollum. Time he wrote this: 6:07 a.m.

Reminder: Tonight NYT‘s author Mark Leibovich appears at Politics & Prose Book Shop at 7 p.m. to discuss This Town.

Speaking of This Town…

“Reading This Town, finally. The description of the news cycle feels a bit quaint — like it is frozen in time from 2008.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

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Quotes of the Day

Hookerpalooza: So many hookers, so little time 

Monday at 11:36 p.m.: “The Washington Post piece today on Menendez and the Dominican hookers was completely, utterly wrong. Our story coming soon.” — The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson. 11:40 p.m.: “WaPo might have saved itself the embarrassment if they’d bothered to call us before running their stupid piece.” 12:46 a.m.: “Turns out the Washington Post got the wrong hooker: [Read here].” After going mute for 48 hours after WaPo ran a story saying one of the hookers was paid off, Breitbart‘s Matthew Boyle, who likes to brag that he broke the original hooker-Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) story for his former employer, The Daily Caller, finally piped up this morning at 12:49 a.m.: “Washington Post mixes up prostitutes. You got the wrong girl, guys.” Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston sums the whole thing up well: “Seriously, folks, what could go wrong if an “escort” was your main source?”

A journo’s dinner: “Just one of those days where 6pm Cheetos from White House vending machine is first meal of the day.” — AP‘s Josh Lederman.

Gossip columnist or therapist?

“I’m starting to think that people are using the HOH tip line to save time and money on therapy and journals.” — Roll Call HOH writer Neda Semnani.

WANTED: Fact checker: “WWR seeks to hire a researcher/fact checker for a six-month project. Work remotely from anywhere. Send resumes to westwingrpt@gmail.com” — Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports.

Oversharing Sherri

“Leaving house late again – does it ever feel like you try 2B organized but sometimes all goes awry? Where the heck is his backpack & my wig!” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

Pundit urges cold beer

“The city of New Orleans Is under a boil water advisory. Another excuse to drink cold beer.” — Democratic pundit on CNN and ABC Donna Brazile.

Important news nugget of the day…“Brodie Jenner is joining the Kardashians next season. (Remember his reality show “Bromance?”)” — FBDC and TheBlaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

And now a word from BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton: “NO WASHINGTON POST IT CAN’T BE CALLED SNOWQUESTER”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:25 a.m.

Convo Between a Reporter and a Researcher

Politico‘s Steve Friess: “Entertaining twitter debate betw [WaPo's Greg Sargent] & [NJ's Ron Fournier] right now. Summary: GOP bad. No, everyone is. No, just GOP.”

Logan Dobson, research analyst for The Tarrance Group, a GOP Polling firm: “Steve Friess, it’s possible we have different definitions of entertaining.”

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Quotes of the Day  – Herman Cain Edition Part Deux

Holy sh&$ they missed it?

“I’m on a train and haven’t seen the Cain press conf yet. Was it really that terrible as my Twitter stream seems to indicate?” — Human Events‘ infamous ambusher Jason Materra.

“Will be on an underground train during Cain presser. I understand that my entire career is at risk because of this.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

The Atlantic reporter goes on Canadian TV to discuss Mr. C

“Just went on Canadian TV, where I was asked what I think ‘aboot’ Herman Cain.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

And the good news is…

“The one thing that can be said about Romney is no one would ever accused him of making sexual advances…including Mrs. Romney. #Robot” — Townhall.com contributor and periodic radio host Derek Hunter.

Stalking journos

“The Hilton hotel chain will not release any information about Herman Cain’s stays or upgrades at their hotel.” See here. — National Review Online‘s Jim Geraghty.

“It is gross that the press is going after Cain’s family. Still the question about his wife’s height is something we gotta check out.” — Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson.

It’s Caining Women

“Dangerous for Cain to say he has no memory of ‘this woman.’ If any connection demonstrated, it will be…inconvenient. #ItsCainingWomen” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.

Cain family pimping? So far, out of the question

“I’m also glad Cain didn’t have his family up there. You can’t say stay away from my family then pimp them for a photo op.” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin.

Where’s Mark Sanford when you need him?

“Fox, please, for the sake of all that is good, bring in contributor Mark Sanford for his analysis.” – Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

Talking jive with Conroy

“Also should be noted that I have weirdly been known to confuse jibe with/jive with.” — RCP‘s Scott Conroy.

Journos poke fun of Cain’s third person usage

“A reporter named Sam Youngman has a lot of unanswered questions #funwiththirdperson” — The Hill‘s (soon to be Reuter‘s) Sam Youngman.

“Ron Fournier finds it a bit sketchy when people talk about themselves in the 3rd person.” — NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.

Premiere Vs. Premier

“Like @RealClearScott, I have many pet grammar peeves and one surfaced in a release today: The use of ‘premiere’ to mean the best. #premier — Las Vegas political TV reporter.” Jon Ralston.

Journo on mend after dental surgery

“Oral Surgery 2 week check up: very good! Return to normal eating habits! I’m so happy!!!” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art.

Bio of the Day: She dined with the Prez. Does Michelle know?

Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni: “Christina Bellantoni has covered Washington, D.C. for Talking Points Memo, The Washington Times, and Roll Call. She has helped TPM and Roll Call expand exponentially, including by securing TPM a place in the White House Correspondents Association and the White House press pool. She has dined with the President, profiled Michelle Bachmann, and has appeared on TV numerous times, including times on Fox, Friends, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. She will also discuss how the media landscape and political journalism has changed thanks to social networking and technological tools.”

UPDATE: Bellantoni wrote in to clarify a couple things. First off, as an Institute of Politics fellow at Harvard this fall,  the blurb above is from one of her undergraduate student liaisons to advertise her weekly study group via Facebook and via internal Harvard list servs.  Secondly, there is a student typo, which she had them correct weeks back – it should read Fox & Friends. Duly noted.

 

Fishbowl5 with Las Vegas Sun’s Jon Ralston

We’re straying from Washington today to talk to Las Vegas Sun politics reporter Jon Ralston for the latest developments on Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.). The tough-talking Ralston spoke with us from Vegas today by phone. Ralston has appeared on MSNBC twice yesterday and will be on again tonight. He’s the first reporter to have interviewed former Ensign Chief of Staff Doug Hampton, the now ex-husband to Cynthia Hampton who had a torrid affair with his boss. Not surprisingly, Ensign no longer speaks to Ralston, who has been off the senator’s press list for quite sometime now.

What are people saying out there in Las Vegas? I think people are just sickened by it. People want it to be over. I think there’s a sense of revulsion at the details and relief that he’s gone.

Was there ever anything in your experience covering him that led you to suspect an affair or the events that followed? There was a situation several years ago when he disappeared. There were rumors of infidelity but nothing concrete. I don’t think anyone was shocked that he had an affair. As the details unraveled…people were shocked at the lengths that he went to and sheer creepiness of the whole thing.

Does it strike you that Cynthia Hampton is also culpable here? News reports are making it seem like she was a victim who succumbed to Ensign’s sexual advances. I don’t know if anyone is not culpable. A lot of people have affairs, a lot of people make mistakes in a marriage. No one thinks she ‘s an innocent. She cut off the affair, he continued to pursue her. I have sympathy for her even though she isn’t innocent. This is about John Ensign. He was accused of abusing the power of his office. That is a much more serious allegation than having an affair. I have sympathy for everybody in all of this except for John Ensign. Ensign is the only elected official, he’s the only one who  had power over other people. He s the one who tried to cover up. He’ the one who I’ve had no sympathy for.

What is your favorite story in all of this? I wouldn’t say any of it was my favorite story. I was consistently astounded that Ensign was in an alternate universe where he thought he could plow through again, run in more elections until reality crashed in on him.

What was it like interviewing Doug Hampton in July of 2009? It was pretty eye-opening and revealing and stunning and shocking and riveting. Everything he said in that interview has now been validated by the Senate Special Ethics Counsel. It was on my television program, [Face to Face with Jon Ralston]. The interview lasted about an hour.