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“Nobody loves a thin man. This is the new Chris Christie’s problem.”WaPo Associate Editor and columnist David Ignatius on the Governor of New Jersey holding a special Senate election a month early, a move that will cost New Jersey some $24 million. Ignatius introduced the entirely new genre of Christie fat jokes this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He has a point. Did anyone really like skinny Oprah?

Just another day on Capitol Hill: WTF?

“A guy outside the Capitol is yelling about neural microchips forcibly inserted thru the nose and it’s kind of amazing.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Daniel Newhauser.

Setting the record straight…“Nope, I wasn’t in Wash DC.” — News Junkie Marty Rudolf in reaction to our Separated at Birth of him in which a Marty lookalike was spotted at the Trader Joe’s in Washington’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

MSNBC host brings big, inflatable ball to work

“Buying an oversized yoga ball for the office now seems like a profoundly bad idea.” — MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, who added, “Contrary to conventional wisdom, deflating an oversized yoga ball is much harder than inflating it.” Note to readers: This is a photoshopped picture of Wagner. It’s her face, but not her body. By Austin Price.

Vomit-worthy Washington power talk

“OH near the Senate chamber: ‘Who in their right mind would ever want to share power?!’” — Gannett‘s Jon Campbell.

Email she won’t open…

“Email subject line makes me curious, but not enough to actually open it: ‘What does the color of your door say about you?’” — The Cook Report‘s Amy Walter.

The perplexing questions Hazy asks himself

“And why the frack is this NJ special election on a Wednesday? Was Thursday morning from 2am to 6am taken?” — MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, once a Boybander always a Boybander, even if he is in Manhattan. Beats us, Hazy? Who the frack knows?

Roland’s Rules on Journalism?

“It cracks me up how media folks don’t mind talking lack of diversity in the GOP, Obama’s Cabinet, but when u point to media, they get scared.” — “Washington Watch” host and Tom Joyner Show regular Roland Martin.

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Quotes of the Day

“Any jackass can talk about bombing Iran.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, post debate late night.

“I think we all love teachers.” — CBS “Face the Nation” host and presidential debate moderator Bob Schieffer. This is how he firmly ended one of the segments as Mitt Romney gushed about teachers.

Important Question to Ponder: “What do I get @twitter for our 4th anniversary together?” — WaPo‘s Ed O’Keefe. Answer: A divorce. (Just kiddng with you, Ed.)

Journo’s heart warmed by Fresh Prince

“Will Smith was a groomsman in Alfonso Ribiero (aka Carlton Banks) wedding. That warms my heart #freshprince.” — ABC News’s Karen Travers.

The Relationship Expert

“Romney and Obama really don’t like each other. Reminds me of the very worse episode of Love Connection.” — “Love Connection” game show host Chuck Woolery.

Blogger declares journos’ “shallow

“Is it too much for reporters who don’t cover and don’t have any knowledge of for policy to refrain from grading a for pol debate? #shallow” — WaPo‘s “Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin.

Mom to the rescue

“My mom fact-checks that Air Force Academy basic cadets trained with bayonets this summer. Source: My sister goes there.” — Politico defense reporter Leigh Munsil.

“1st debate my mother texted she was upset Obama lost. 2nd debate texted she was happy. Now, no text. My focus group says, Viewership down?” — WaPo‘s Tim Craig.

Huh?!

“Last Nicki Minaj quote tweet was meant as a text to a friend. Sorry, at least I didn’t pull a chick from the newsroom and tweet racy pic.” — MSNBC Contributor and Daily Beast Columnist Megan McCain.

Righty writer makes fun of Specter (too soon?)

Q: “Why is the weather so wonderful today?” A: “Oh, that’s right. Arlen Specter is still dead.” — the always classy conservative writer and former TWTer Robert Stacy McCain. Former Sen. Arlen Specter died last week after a lengthy bout of cancer.

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“That was a weirdest thing I have ever seen at a convention in my entire life and it will be the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen if I live to be 100. That was bizarre.” — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow‘s immediate reaction to Clint Eastwood‘s convention speech in which he spoke to an invisible President Obama sitting in an empty chair.

Journos weigh in on Mitt’s big night

“Romney looking like man of the people — so long as the people are kept behind a rope line.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger.

“Mitt’s a little moist in the eyes.” — Asst. Managing Editor for NYT Jim Roberts with perhaps the grossest description of Romney for the evening.

“No prepared remarks much to every reporters annoyance.” — ABC’s Karen Travers.

“This is like Ward Cleaver’s salute to June.” — Rolling Stone National Affairs reporter Tim Dickinson.

“After saying he’s Mormon, he immediately talked about how it doesn’t matter. There’s a man of faith for you.” — HuffPost‘s Dan Froomkin.

“When Mitt tells jokes an angel dies.” — Sports Editor at The Nation Dave Zirin.

“Romney doing what he needs to do here. Not spectacular but very, very solid.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Ana off the Wagon? “MEDICARE LIE. Drink.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

“Yo teleprompter guy, cue Mitt to nix the lip smacking #RNC2012″ — HuffPost‘s Senior Political Economy Reporter Zach Carter. He soon added, “Should you really hug your kids a little longer when gas prices go up?”

“I feel bad for Mitt. He’s everyone’s second choice in the primary, and now he has to follow Clint. The poor bastard.” — Jared Keller, director of Social Media for BloombergLP.

Convention Commentary

“I vote for conventions without politicians.” — WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin.

“1) Eastwood: Whoa!! 2) Rubio: too long, pushed Mitt too late 3) Mitt: just fine, and unlike Ryan mainly true. But enthusiasm in hall???” — The Atlantic‘s James Fallows.

“Dear Republicans, I thought we’d all agreed to not do embarrassing white people dances at#GOP2012” — RedState.com and CNN’s Erick Erickson.

“I’m not sure those dance moves should ever be done. But they should definitely not be done in a grey suit.” — The Atlantic‘s Megan McArdle.

“Fuck some asshole delegate brought a baby to RNC – someone call protective services.” — InTheseTimes.com labor journo Mike Elk.

Speaking of white guys commenting on Taylor Hicks…

“I never regretted my vote for Taylor Hicks and I never will.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

“Quote of the night goes to @Ari_Shapiro: ‘For some reason I thought Taylor Hicks was a woman.’” — ReutersSam Youngman. Shapiro is a White House Correspondent for NPR.

 

Journo takes stab at NBC

“When will Republicans learn and NOT give NBC News press credentials for their convention. NBC News is not the press.” — Real Clear PoliticsIan Schwartz.

And an Esquire writer blasts them all…

“The political media are reminding us all this morning how irrelevant they are becoming.” — Ex-Romney foreign policy spox Richard Grenell.

And a Breitbart.com editor reflexively lashes out at BuzzFeed

“I’d pay real money if @McKayCoppins would give it a rest.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte, later adding, “These #BenSmithers are all professional trolls.” Ben Smith is BuzzFeed‘s Political Editor.

Blah blah who cares?

“The beauty of the restaurant business is we gratefully serve the left, the right, and everyone in between.” — Mr. Norah O’Donnell i.e. Geoff Tracy during Mitt’s speech.

“Folks, we got a Jim Bunning sighting on the floor.” — Politico Senior Reporter Jonathan Martin.

And now…onto Charlotte

“15K overtired, overworked, high maintenance, often hungover journalists are about to descend on Tampa airport. This will go well.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Balloon photograph above by AP’s Phil Elliott.

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ABC7 Stephen Tschida braves Germany and Austria this week: “In Vienna. Aunt Molly suggested today I take bike ride through the park. I’m thinking ‘life insurance.’” Two days prior, Tschida got hit by a car. “Never won lottery. But lucky today. Hit hard by car while biking in Munich! shaken, bruised and dizzy. but think I’m O.K.” Stay off the trains, Stephen, please.

Campaign season realities

“Secret Service removed the mailboxes at Century Village. Man says he walked around retirement community all morning trying to mail letter.” — Nora McAlvanah, Executive Producer of FLDemocracy2012, “FL’s source for campaign news.”

Hilary knocks Michele

“Well maybe some of u think Michele Bachman isn’t irrelevant; but her celebrity IS entirely negative.” — CNN’s Hilary Rosen, who won’t likely be wearing the Queen Bee jewelry line favored by Ann Romney. She can, however, bond with Michele about their one “l” first names.

Journo drawn to waffle fries

“The more people hate on Chik-fil-a, the stronger my craving gets for their waffle fries. I feel so guilty.” — HuffPost‘s Laura Bassett, who recently went on that ill fated Date Lab date.

The Media Observer

“Talking to young reporters, there is a new genre emerging: Lotsa folks ‘want to be the@WillieGeist1 of [insert television show here]‘” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Convo Between Two Journos

WaPo‘s Karen Travers: Office debate-how do dressage horses get to the Olympics? Do they fly? Boat? Anyone have experience with this?

ABC’s Amy Walters: Fairy dust?

 

 

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Quotes of the Day

“Pug wearing regal #USA sweater on red carpet. Looking exquisite. #Oscars” — NBC’s Luke Russert with the accompanying picture.

The Lost Washington Weekend

“Sunday mornings in Adams Morgan smell like broken dreams” — Bright Young Thing‘s Steve Place. Photographer Frank Turner replied, “Piss beer, puke waste.”

The Oscar Media Critics

“E! sucking really bad now, with party talk. It’s like NASCAR rain delay talk…boring. Ugh, guess we’ll change to ABC.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard.

“So the journo updates from Rick Santorum‘s townhall combined with Oscar tweets are gonna make for one weird Twitter stream.” — Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.

“There is no comparison. E Red Carpet is SOOOO much better than ABC. #Oscars2012″ — SKDKnickerbocker and CNN Commentator Hilary Rosen.

“My limo is stuck behind Clooney‘s on the way to the red carpet. #annoyingOscartweets” — WSJ‘s Neil King, whose doppelganger is Clooney.

“I love Michelle Williams but seriously, Louis Vuitton, why even make a dress that ugly? Total fail. Thank goodness she a radiant beauty.” — Socialite and philanthropic advocate Katherine Kennedy.

“Why did *E* shoot Tina Fey from her left?! Terrible. Don’t they know about the gash? That’s just mean. Jerks.” — Freelance videographer Liz Glover.

“M in P sucked. And I think the young guy in Moneyball should have won best actor.” — Hollywood on the Potomac’s and D.C. publicist Janet Donovan.

“Glenn Close — love the blazer!!!!!” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji. Kennedy agrees, adding, “Wow! Glenn Close looks absolutely perfect! Stunning and totally age appropriate– ladies take note!”

“You want a good comedy bit? Spill something on a real deal star on the carpet and legit ruin their night. Seacrest is low hanging fruit.” — WaPo Express‘s Clinton Yates.

Ultra-feminist makes fun of fat women

“No one has the balls to criticize fat women on red carpet. #oscars” — GOP communications operative Trey Ditto, clearly the ultimate feminist.

Doocy or Douchey?

“Thanks very much for the nice words…YOU’RE a great guy for sending a compliment out, unprompted!
Thx.” — Fox & Friend’s Steve Doocy. What prompted such dripping gratitude? This nauseating tweet from a follower in Michigan: “Mr. Doocy, we consider you to be one of the nicest, most genuine human beings on the planet. Thanks for your good work!”

Kind of like Washington’s flacks right?

“Best part of watching E! right now, seeing the red carpet handlers trying to look SO important behind the “stars.” #Oscars”  — NBC’s Russert.

Redheaded journo rethinks red attire

Emma Stone -redhead rocking the deep maroon. Making me rethink my no red rule. #Oscar.” — ABC News’s Karen Travers.

Irony is…“Heavy on the Sinatra at this Santorum event. Sinatra who supported Kennedy whose speech almost made Santorum throw up #fullcircle” — Reuter’s campaign reporter Sam Youngman.

Just what we need, more high journos…“Working on a video for a very cool high journalism program here in DC.” — NBC Cameraman Jim Long in today’s WTF tweet.

A Zen Chuck Todd

“To all overworked Washingtonians. Step outside and look up. Amazingly clear night for DC. Tons of stars visible.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

An 8-year-old learns to lie

“Our 8 yr old sees George Clooney & sez, “He looks a little like you.” Allowance goes from $2 a week to AmEx Platinum card.” — NPR‘s Scott Simon.

 

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WaPo‘s heart headline…

In Dana’s love letter to Newt, he says: “We love that, in an age of disciplined pols, you are different: You travel with suit jackets in multiple sizes to keep pace with your yo-yoing waistline. You’re always late — sometimes spectacularly so.” Read the full letter here.

Journo poses important sexual q

“I don’t get why more men don’t stand up for Planned Parenthood – have you ever had sex with a condom?” Labor journo Mike Elk.

Ouch!

“The Al Sharpton #MSNBC commercials make me wish that blueberry pie was poisoned.” — Publicist and Former ABC “This Week” Producer Courtney Cohen.

Disturbing WTOP headline: “30 cats infected in herpes outbreak at Virginia shelter” Read here.

From the Road

“Working below lovely waterfront restaurant in Tampa – & they’ve been playing 80s music for last 26 hrs. Now up: W Houston “How Will I Know”" — ABC News Correspondent Karen Travers.

Callista Gingrich on 7 am flight out of Orlando to DC. Not a hair out of place. Just sayin. #flprimary #awesomehair” — WaPo‘s Nia-Malika Henderson.

Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) tells The Hill she’s most at peace when… “I’m sitting on a hill overlooking Lake Erie, watching the sunset and enjoying a hot dog and iced tea.” Read more about her here.

Something one should never imagine: Gingrich clubbing

“Based on the music in Gingrich HQ, the campaign is going clubbing later. #flprimary” — CNN’s Jim Costa.

Bret Baier bloopers

“Bret Baier on Fox just pronounced ‘conspicuously’ as ‘conspishusly’ after a first failed attempt to say it right.” — The Blaze‘s and FBDC’s Eddie Scarry.

 

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I completely thought we were done with actress Gabby Sidibe until this anonymous submission came in last night. This one is called “Precious Planking” and it’s FishbowlDC Matt in Georgetown with Gabby dancing all over him. We hope he survives the ordeal.

The Casual Observer

“The Kardashian family is genius at rolling out new products to change the storyline & get new media attention. Even better than Apple.” — ABC News Correspondent Karen Travers.

Where’s ‘Ambush Makeover’ when you need it?

“Despite heroic makeup room efforts, I still look like an unmade bed. On FNC in a few minutes.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg.

Now this is unsettling. “Hinckley Wants More Time Out Of Mental Hospital.” — WUSA9. You’ve got to read this.

Irked reporter wants Cantor to hold regular pen-and-pad

“Aother week without Cantor pen and pad. I suppose we should ask Leslie Stahl to come to DC with a camera crew every week and then we’d get access to the Majority Leader. Worth noting, Dem Whip Steny Hoyer had his pen and pad yesterday and has never missed a week.” — Anonymous Capitol Hill journo.

Readers respond to Politico Mike Allen and Humblebrag

Yesterday we wrote on Mike Allen being the King of Humblebrag after two days of watching him peddle his eBook in a way some might construe as part humble and part bragging. Our internal mailbox revealed two schools of thought: One, the problem is me and my petty water-cooler mentality and alliances with journos who hate themselves and one another. Two, it’s high time someone broached the subject.

1. “Betsy needs a filter. seriously. today’s case in point: Mike Allen’s humblebrag post = mildly interesting water-cooler chatter among bitter, unhappy journalists who like to bitch about each other. it’s not a four-paragraph FBDC post. It’s not worth a one-paragraph post. This is important. Without a Betsy filter, FB will continue to be a source of whiney, meaningless (boring) drivel – the modern equivalent of cranky letters to the editor, wrriten by frustrated old men who yell at trees. Thanks.”

2. “Thank god u r taking on Mike Allen and his circle jerk.”

Headline award goes to a recent column by WaPo column by Jonathan Capehart: “Herman Cain in a Pickle With Ginger

Deep thoughts about pistachios

“Sometimes, when eating pistachios, I wonder if cracking open the shell of an unopened one means it’s not ready. Like mussels.” — American Spectator blogger and New Media Strategies employee J.P. Freire.

A small request

“I don’t suppose we could all agree to do away with the ‘SHOT! CHASER!’ model of press releases?” — Agence France-Presse’s Olivier Knox.

Pundit trash talk

“Battling @RolandSMartin1 on @CNN at 1:30pm. Ascot vs pocket square!” — Former RNC Spokesman Doug Heye referencing “Washington Watch’s” Roland Martin.

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QUOTES of the DAY


The Murdoch Hearings

“If you’re tired of Murdoch Michael Vick testifying to Congress on bill making it crime for adult to bring child to dogfight or be spectator.” — NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in a Tuesday tweet.

“James saying ‘I think it’s a really good question and an important question’ is like the chorus to the verses of his testimony. — Politico media writer Keach Hagey in a Tuesday tweet in regards to James Murdoch‘s testimony before Parliament.

“If you’re waiting for ‘you can’t handle the truth’ level drama from the Murdoch hearings, you haven’t watched enough CSPAN.- Politifact developer Matt Waite in a Tuesday tweet.

“Cameron going before Parliament and being shown on MoJo and American Morning is like political candy to me.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo Lazar in a Wednesday tweet referring to British Prime Minister David Cameron.

“I’m loving Parliament’s reaction to PM Cameron. ‘Yeaaaaaaaaaah’ — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart in a Wednesday morning tweet.

“Watching House of Commons. If the gallery in the House/Senate behaved the way MPs do in Britain they would be thrown out. Can we import?” — CNN White House reporter Brianna Keilar in a Wednesday morning tweet.

Local TV reporter hates to floss

“Um ok I’m lying. I hate to floss.. and I’m married to a dentist so imagine how those night time conversations go.” — WUSA9′s Angie Goff in a Wednesday morning blog post on the importance of flossing.

TV journo hails benefits of green tea

“2:52am…and the two cups of green tea are kicking in. #bouncingoffwalls” — ABC News Correspondent Karen Travers in a middle of the night tweet Wednesday. This morning she wrote, “We have officially reached PB&J time on overnight shift.”

Bio of the Day

Roger Simon: “Chief Political Columnist for Politico: Sometimes in error, but never in doubt.”

The Observer

“In the Bachmann household gayness is ‘curable’ but all the praying in the world won’t stop a determined migraine.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a Tuesday tweet. He’s referencing this story by The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong on presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s reportedly debilitating migraine headaches.

Bachmann statement ‘not enough’

“A two-paragraph statement where she says she’s OK is not going to fly. It’s not enough,” GOP consultant Ron Bonjean told Politico in an early morning follow-up story on Bachmann’s headaches. The story cites The Daily Caller in paragraph four for breaking the story. More Bonjean: “This is an issue that is neurological in nature, that affects consciousness and the ability to think clearly.”

 

 

ABC News’ Travers Moves to NewsOne

Karen Travers has joined ABC’s NewsOne, the network’s affiliate news service, which services more than 200 stations and clients around the globe.  In her new role Karen will report on the White House, Congress, and ABC News’ Vote 2012 coverage in addition to other national news stories.

Since joining ABC News in 2000, Travers has covered Washington and national politics, including two presidential campaigns and both the Obama and Bush Administrations.  In her most recent role as a digital reporter covering the Obama White House, Karen traveled across the United States and to nearly 20 foreign countries with the President, including both of his secret trips to Afghanistan in 2010.

Congrats to Karen!

D.C. Royal Fever: The Morning Edition

A mild obsession has arisen amongst Washington journalists over the Royal Wedding this morning. This is a best in show of commentary.

So wrong…

“So ‘QILF’ is now a thing, huh?” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Friday morning tweet.

Reluctant journo gives in and watches anyway

“OK, fine. I’m watching…and I kind of like it.” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy in a Friday morning tweet.

Anti-Royal Wedding

Is it safe to turn the TV on? So glad of the time difference w/England. Don’t give a flip about royal wedding. Glad I slept right through it. — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a Friday morning tweet.

“Disappointed in myself for getting up for this.” — The Daily Caller‘s Media scribe Jeff Poor in a Friday morning tweet.

In awe…

“Kate looks outstanding.” — NBC’s Luke Russert in a Friday morning tweet.

“Woke up at 5:58. Prepared to work out. Saw Kate Middleton. Stopped in my tracks. Beautiful.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart in a Friday morning tweet.

Lip reading

“Woke up at 5:58. Prepared to work out. Saw Kate Middleton. Stopped in my tracks. Beautiful.” — ABC News White House Repoter Karen Travers in a Friday morning tweet.

“We need a lip reader! Did William say ‘you look beautiful?’” — TWT‘s Emily Miller in a Friday morning tweet.

Fit for Weiner TV

“Just catching up here. So she wore a Steve McQeen dress? #TheOneHeWoreInBullitt” — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) in a Friday morning tweet.

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