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CLOONEY ARRIVES: Washington’s favorite paparazzi journo Colin Drummond captures George Clooney arriving at Union Station last night. See more at ColinDaily.com.

Chuck Todd’s mea culpa

“Look I apologize. Someone was talking in my ear in the middle of your question. I’ll admit that. Hit me one more time.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd to Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC last night. O’Donnell had asked, “What’s in it for Rick Santorum in Mississippi?”

Journo gets accused of being hateful

“So far tonight I have been told that I hate Santorum, I hate Romney, I hate Gingrich and I hate Ron Paul.” — Cox Radio Congressional Correspondent Jamie Dupree.

Reporter witnesses wallet snatching on Metro

“Just witnessed thieve [sic] steal young woman’s wallet in foggy bottom metro station. Cop didn’t show up til too late. #Obamaeconomy #holderdoj” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle.

From CNN Wolf Blitzer’s fan club…

“I love when Wolf Blitzer gives us a ‘Significant major major development’ – it’s so exciting! #elections” –  DC Grrl. She works in WaPo‘s marketing department.

Henry Vomit

“Shep had some fun w/Campaign Carl during a live shot by claiming Mitt Romney — standing behind Carl — was wearing ‘Mom jeans’ — FNC family member and Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry.

Conservative blogger obnoxiously baits the first lady

“I was raised on down home food — meat, greens, beans, yams, biscuits, etc. — and still still skinny. My health secret? MARLBOROS, baby. My skinny kids eat Mickey D’s. Does the First Lady have a problem with that?” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain as classy as ever.

A Clint Eastwood reality show? Ugh

“Say it ain’t so, Clint. Say it ain’t so.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in reaction to Clint Eastwood getting a reality TV show.

Blogger gets migraine

“Ick, migraine’s here. Haven’t had one like this in a really long time. Again, ick.” — DCGOPGirl.

Train ride from hell

“Of course I’m in the @amtrak car with the loudest squeaking chairs ever and the crying babies. and train is sold out. #goodtimes.” — Publicist extraordinaire Dannia Hakki who put on the FBDC party at The Lost Society. ABC7′s Stephen Tschida is having flashbacks just reading this.

Fish Poll Results: Yesterday we asked readers what they thought of “Game Change.” We learned that 32.88 percent of you “loved it,” found it “fair to everyone” and agree that it “accurately portrayed the book.” Interestingly, 26.03 percent “hated it” and thought it inaccurately portrayed the book and another 26.03 percent of you “haven’t read the book” but nonetheless liked the movie.

Lawrence & Tamron

The NYP’s Page Six is reporting news of a budding romance. It may not be so “budding” at this point. Rumors have been swirling for months over these two — it’s MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, 41, and Lawrence O’Donnell, 60. Even network insiders have been hearing heavy chatter about it.

NYP posted the news late last night. They say the pair have been “canoodling at downtown haunts.”

MSNBC declined to weigh in on the matter.

See here.

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Quotes of the Day

Journos ding victory night music

“Did not anticipate I would be in a sweaty ballroom full of Republicans rocking out to ‘Pump Up the Jam’ tonight. Life is full of surprises.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Music at Gingrich party is essentially a Casey Kasem grab bag from 1992 (i.e. atrocious)” — CNN’s Peter Hamby.

“Gingrich event a sauna cum mosh pit Must be 400+ people crammed into this small event room at Hilton #scprimary” –  Mail Online‘s U.S. Exec. Editor Toby Harnden.

Radio host blames dreams on Buffy

“Alarm went off this am, reached over to turn it off, and said calmly, ‘Well, clearly she’s possessed.’ #weirddreams #watchingtoomuchbuffy” — WMAL’s and Daily Caller‘s Mary Katharine Ham.

Whoops!

“With me are two experts, the co authors of Game Change…TIME‘s Mark Halperin and New York Magazine’s John Halperin.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Saturday night. John’s surname is Heilemann.

Reporter calls out the pundits

“Pretty much every pundit + journo in America has said Romney certainly will be nominee. Will the whole lot of ‘em reverse course tomorrow?” — RealClearPolitics’ Erin McPike.

Irony…“Newt, humbled by tonight’s results, is now explaining how stupid everyone in Washington is.” — National Review Online‘s Jim Geraghty.

Bold admission

“Ok, i’m done for the evening RT’ing about things I have no firsthand knowledge of.” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long.

Another reason for Newt to hate the media

“Odd delay. Newt announced, then…..nothin” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

“Even in victory, Newt can’t help but be a gigantic dick.” — NYT Magazine Contributing Writer and Men’s Journal Contributing Editor Stephen Rodrick.

NBC’s ‘MTP’ can’t be psyched about this…

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell‘s advice for Newt on the eve of his Sunday “MTP” appearance: “I would cancel Meet the Press immediately.” The Rev. Al Sharpton: “I think he will blow it in the one-on-one interview.”

NOT Harry and Louise

It’s time again for NOT Harry and Louise, the feature that helps Harry Jaffe and his wife, Louise answer questions from their advice column in Washingtonian magazine. Because, hell yes, they need help. So, here’s a recent question they received from Sister’s Safekeeper…

Dear Harry and Louise:

My sister is in a relationship with a married man who has two kids. He keeps promising to propose to her once he divorces the first love of his life. My sister is an accomplished specialist physician, but she is somehow infatuated with this bogus character. He’s a nobody with a rap sheet of killing a man while driving under the influence of alcohol. He never told her all the complications he had in his life until he ensured that she couldn’t do without him. I have tried my very best to talk her out of it, but she seems charmed by him. Bear in mind that his real life is going on normally with his wife and kids, which makes my sister his spare-time mistress.

Please help me find a way to break them up without hurting my sister, for she entrusted me with her heart, and I can’t support her, nor can I think of a way to keep him away.

Am I the only person thinking that they are starting to stage their questions? Has this not been the plot line for hundreds of movies? What’s next? Let me guess…

“Dear Harry and Louise, I am a protagonist loner who longs to find the love of my life. I have met someone who comes from a different way of life and culture than me. Will society ever accept us? Will our love endure the test of time despite those around us not giving us their blessing?”

Before we wade into the murky waters of relationship advice…

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NOT Harry and Louise

It’s time for this week’s installment of NOT Harry and Louise.  Hell, as long as Washingtonian continues to give Harry Jaffe and his wife, Louise, an advice column, we’ll continue to help them answer reader questions. Because if THEY’RE qualified to give relationship advice, WE’RE qualified to give relationship advice. Let’s help them out and answer this week’s dilemma from Brother’s Keeper.

QUESTION – I need advice on what could be an awkward and uncomfortable situation. I am going to a friend’s wedding in a few weeks, and she has recently reconnected with an old high school friend of hers, who will also be at the wedding. Here’s where it gets interesting. I was almost the maid of honor to this old high school friend. She was engaged to my brother, but she had an affair and ended the engagement. I haven’t seen her in four years, and I’m not sure how friendly—or unfriendly—to act.

RESPONSE – OK, so we are going off the rails this week. Instead of giving our advice to Brother’s Keeper, we are going to offer free, unsolicited advice to Harry Jaffe. Because Harry’s response to this question in his advice column is so weird, we couldn’t ignore it. So, please read his advice to the question:

HARRY’S ANSWER – A few years ago, Louise and I attended a swank national book award ceremony and dinner at the Folger Library . . . so haute intellectual. Across the room, I spotted a writer with whom I had once been very close. Though we had become alienated because he thought I’d behaved badly with a woman, he still affected a faux closeness and always greeted me as if we were still tight. This phoniness had been festering for four years. So that evening, I crossed the room, tapped him on the shoulder, and told him he could take his false friendship and shove it.

I felt great—for about an hour. We haven’t spoken since. I regret my impulsive reaction.

Perhaps my short-lived self-satisfaction will help you through your unexpected meeting with the woman who brought your brother low. If you confront her, it might make you feel better for a few minutes, but it won’t last. Best to be cordial, perhaps chilly. She did unto your brother, not unto you. Besides, there’s no need for drama. It’s your friend’s wedding. Do nothing to ruin her day.

OUR ANSWER – Wait, really? THAT’S your great advice? Apparently, we need to try and help Harry, too.

First of all, yes we all caught the  not-so-subtle brag about being part of the “haute intellectual.” Way to crowbar that in. Second, you “behaved badly with a woman??” Details please! You know your wife is the co-author of this advice column, don’t you? Third, we do applaud you on having an aversion to phoniness. But Harry, the point of an advice column is to HELP other people. Not to to try and impress us with the fact that you won’t back down from an altercation, even at hoity toity events around town. Although, we would like to see how long a “haute intellectual” like you would last in a fistfight.

You can read more Harry and Louise here

Tick Tock: Jack Abramoff Book Party

Today FishbowlMatt and I take you inside last night’s book party at the Northwest Washington home of Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and his wife, Susie, for famed ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The book: Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist. We’ll give you a play-by-play interpretation of what went down — FishbowlDC style. Some of it’s blind quoting, eavesdropping, and prison jokes, for which we make no apologies. Some of it’s petty and juvenile and involves taking advantage of people who have had a few drinks (a la HuffPost‘s Drunken Specialist Sam Stein), for which we also make no apologies. By the way, actor Kevin Spacey and former Washington Mayor Marian Barry both RSVP’d that they’d attend. Neither showed. Who did? Find out after the jump…

Let’s begin.

5:07 p.m. FishbowlMatt texts and wants to know what I’m wearing. I tell him I’m dressing down, that we’re going to a party where there will be an island of misfits and we can wear whatever we want. I assure him my outfit will not incorporate Stephanie Green golf ball-size multi-strand pearl necklaces.

6:40 p.m. We arrive fashionably early Tucker’s house and are greeted by friendly valets.

6:41 p.m. Publicist Janet Donovan arrives by cab with a giant golden handbag.

6:42 p.m. It’s 66 degrees outside. Roaring fire clearly for ambiance. Not function.

6:45 p.m. Tucker is holding court by the fireplace discussing the Politico story about The Daily Caller‘s “growing pains” published earlier in the day. He has a lot of reactions, one of which involves explaining the importance of “pissing up.” All in all, the story didn’t upset him.

6:55 p.m. We go to the more remote bar off the living room where intern Jordan Bloom is dressed in a white shirt and black bow tie and tending bar. Matt writes, “We meet Jordan Bloom, battered intern.”

7 p.m. Daily Caller reporter Matthew Boyle arrives and chats up Tucker about the Politico story. Boyle refuses to talk to any member of the press on the record.

7:10 p.m. We run into communications exec David Bass in a big fat striped suit. The suit has fat blue and white stripes; Bass isn’t plump. We start snapping his picture. He wants a do over, explaining, “I have the same stupid look on my face in every picture. Let me try not to look stupid.”

7:20 p.m. Oh look. It’s The Weekly Standard/Daily Caller‘s Matt Labash. He quickly admires FishbowlMatt’s gray tweed pants and says I’m not allowed to write anything about anything he says or he’ll break both my legs (the first part of this is true). FBDCMatt describes his trousers as a “tweed flannel hybrid.” Labash is clearly impressed.

7:21 p.m. More guests arrive. FishbowlMatt commentary: “There’s a glitterball coming in right now.”

7:22 p.m. Bathroom door locks but doesn’t latch. Not worth taking a chance. (Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett will later say someone walked in on her while she was in the can. She says she was just washing her hands.)

7: 25 p.m. Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and FishbowlMatt begin an in-depth conversation about no-iron shirts. Matt says he’s a “holy hell sweater.” Gavin says he plans to buy a decent wardrobe in the new year. Tonight he has worn a long-sleeved maroon shirt made of waffle material. It’s from the Gap.

7:30 p.m. I place a half-full wine glass on a stack of Jack Abramoff books for a moment and an undisclosed reporter says, “He was in prison for three years and tried not to get rimmed and look what you’re doing with a wine glass on the Abramoff books.”

7:33 p.m. An undisclosed reporter asks, “Who is that fat guy on the couch? I mean, he’s ‘stop-on-the-street’ fat. Isn’t he?”

7:34 p.m.: NYT‘s Mark Leibovich chats with partygoers. He says the book’s slowly coming along but that he must get back to regular newspaper writing soon. Guests tell him they can’t wait to read his book.

7:35 p.m. The living room speeches begin. Tucker says (in part): “I think Jack is a genuinely nice person. I don’t trust anyone who hasn’t been humiliated in public.” He mentions being on “Dancing With the Stars.”

7:37 p.m. Jack: “I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he tells a packed room of guests. “This is my first book and may be my last if no one reads it.” He explains that his publicist Janet “is working me to the ground. I had 17 interviews today. I don’t have a tail and horns.” He says his wife, Pam, doesn’t read newspapers or watch TV. He also says she kept removing herself from the book until he explained that he had to explain where their children came from. Jack on prison life: “It’s a horrific place.” Jack on the kindness of others: “I’m not sure we deserve it, but I hope we keep meriting your friendship.” He recounts being on FNC’s Sean Hannity‘s program last week. He told Hannity he was going to appear on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell‘s show. Hannity tried to talk him out of it, telling him it was a waste of time. Jack appeared on O’Donnell’s “Last Word” anyhow and grew frightened as he spotted Michael Moore. He thought to himself, ‘We better hide.’ Soon he hears Moore inquiring, “Where’s Jack?” Moore approached and said, “God bless you. Keep up the great work. It’s fantastic.” Jack’s reaction: “Am I dreaming?” He calls the evening at Carlson’s home “the finest night of our lives in the last eight years. This tops them all.”

8:30 p.m. (roughly): A guest is ready to leave. He remarks, “I think I’ve done my time here, so to speak.” Reporters in the vicinity laugh.

Find out which reporter with a liberal agenda crashed the party…

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Caption This

Today we’re asking you to come up with a caption for this sinister photograph of MSNBC’s Chris Hayes of “Up With Chris Hayes.” This was Hayes’ look as he subbed for Lawrence O’Donnell last night. We know he looks a little frightening, and as one reader put it, like he’s “looking down on the unwashed masses.” But humor us with this and we’ll run the best captions.

We start off with this caption from an anonymous journalist. We’ll add more as the day wears on. Send to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com. All entries are anonymous unless you instruct otherwise. As always, keep it clean (relatively).

“Look into my eyes.”

Hayes, seen here in the reflection of a girls locker room window, is wanted for questioning.

Moments later this sinister look turned to turned to disappointment when the realization set in that even if he had “The Force,” he was on MSNBC, so there was no one watching to control.

It puts the lotion in the basket [a repeat, yes, but reader assures it still fits]

Welcome To Another Edition of ‘To Catch A Predator, Boyband Edition’

“Hmm — I wonder what Ezzy and Annie are doing while I’m on their television screen.”

Hayes, 11, Demonstrating His Patented ‘Nerd Steel’ Gaze

“Does my mean face make me look less Rachel Maddow-ish?”

“Can you believe my wife gets turned on by this? Me neither.”

“Seriously! I’m not Rachel Maddow.”


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Quotes of the Day


Morning Attire

“@morningmika LOVE your dress today. Where is it from?” — Monica Trauzzi, Managing Editor and anchor, E&ETV. Mika’s dress is pictured above.

A new one: D.C. women and taxicabs?

“Cabs in DC are just like girls in DC: They always look available, but they never are.” — Bright Young Thing‘s Steve Place.

Professor Ezzy grades Obama’s speech

“On policy a very Solid B+. He would have needed something bigger and completely impassable to fill the hole we’re in.” — WaPo liberal blogger and lead Boybander Ezra Klein on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell program last night.

Bio of the Day

The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor: “Professional jerk, non-denominational Christian & media reporter (sounds redundant, I know) for The Daily Caller. Oh yeah, and War Eagle.”

That tiger Rep. Wu

“Former Rep. David Wu, who was there tonight, responds to Obama’s speech: ‘IT’S GRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT!’ (Hat Tip @OKnox)” — Yahoo! NewsChris Moody.

Column moves journo to tears

Peggy Noonan legit has me in tears with her column: ‘We’ll never forget. Nor should we.’ — Politicizer Editor Conor Rogers. Read here.

Opinion writer employs first daughter humor

“White House Press Office says Malia and Sasha support Obama’s jobs plan.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein. He was mocking a slew of “BLANK supports President Obama’s jobs plan” statements that rolled in last night after the speech.

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Quotes of the Day


HuffPost White House and Congressional Reporter Jennifer Bendery: “Hill reporters using their greatest weapon against mean Capitol Hill officer telling us to leave!” She posted the above photograph of Capitol Hill reporters from last night.

‘Steamed Greta

A commenter from our story yesterday, “Steamed Greta Comes to Ed Henry’s Rescue” wrote, “‘Steamed Greta is also a Swedish breakfast dish.’” We had no idea.

Assessing Ezra’s shiny TV lips

“Umm, is @ezraklein wearing a diamond shine pink lipgloss?” A popular follower of Washington media types @emokidsloveme in a Thursday night tweet after watching our Ezzy on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell‘s “The Last Word.” She said Klein is likely wearing Mac Lusterglass and explained, “It’s a type of lipgloss, it’s got micro glitter flecks in it for that diamond shine when you’re talking to Lawrence O’Donnell.” This is not preposterous. Back in January, Mediaite‘s Editor-at-Large Rachel Sklar also suggested Ezra might wear lipgloss on TV.

Yes, there are dumb questions

“Dumb question of the evening: What’s the mood on Capitol Hill tonight?” — CBS White House Radio Correspondent Mark Knoller in a Thursday night tweet.

Double the fun with Sean Hannity

“Double-dipping w/ @seanhannity today – radio show this afternoon, TV show in mere moments. #thencanigohome #doubtful” — Sen. Rand Paul‘s (R-Ky.) Spokeswoman Moira Bagley in a Thursday tweet.

A desperate plea

“ATTENTION UNNAMED SOURCES: Return My Freaking Phone Calls, Please.” — Conservative blogger and former TWT Editor Robert Stacy McCain in a Thursday tweet.

The Observer

“This is by far the most insane situation I’ve ever seen folks in all my years on Capitol Hill. #debt” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton in a Thursday tweet.

Interns come bearing cupcakes

“Interns in the office finish up today… and just brought in sweets from Georgetown Cupcake. Well played, interns. Well played.” — Military TimesDan Lamothe in a Thursday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Baking in apartment sans AC = not fun. (And yes, I think this is a completely necessary tweet. It’s hot.)” — Roll Call feature writer Jessica Estepa in a Thursday tweet. Previous tweets about her lack of a pantry and an iPad being referred to as a “mobile device” earned her the award in recent days. How hot her apartment is still unnecessary, but a note to Metro Weekly‘s Sean Bugg: She’s gaining on you!

Reporter closes down House Gallery

“Last person in my House gallery for #debtmageddon, so CSPAN volume down, @parksandrecnbc volume up.” — Politico congressional reporter Marin Cogan in a Thursday night tweet.

Scribe reacts to Christie fat jokes and remarks

“What I learned in doing a Twitter search on Chris Christie: People are cold.” — Jen Connic, Social Media Producer for the Star Ledger in Newark, NJ, in a Thursday tweet. Unfortunately we thought NJ meant National Journal. We regret the error.

Gym time: ruined

“Grrr. Gym experience ruined by two gossipy, cackly queens. Not even cute, either.” — The Guardian’s Matthew Wells in a Thursday tweet.

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QUOTES of the DAY


Journo wants to lose those last galling three pounds

“3 pounds from my goal! Almost back to fighting weight but I CAN’T get there. Living on tuna and lettuce. What does it take to lose 3lbs?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a Thursday tweet.

Can Weiner teach Lawrence O. a thing or two on Twitter?

“I still don’t know how to attach photographs to tweets. Maybe Anthony Weiner can teach me that next time he’s on the show.” — MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on his program, “The Last Word,” last night.

Author wants to capitalize on Weinergate

“Need to find a way to get new readers out of this #weinergate thing. Um. Let’s see. I’m pretty sure it’s not a picture of me, either?” — Chick Lit Author Jennifer Weiner in a Thursday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Enjoyed a toasted marshmallow #milkshake at the Georgetown Ritz tonight. Recommend a stop the next hot day….” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff in a Thursday night tweet. Oh boy, Graff really likes milkshakes. In July of 2010 he wrote a whole piece about where to find the best milkshakes in the Washington area in which he included a different toasted marshmallow variety that he muckraked at Good Stuff Eatery. He called it the “most adventurous” of the region’s milkshakes because who doesn’t find “adventure” in a milkshake? He opined, “While many ice-cream stands have good shakes, having one alongside a burger is a hot-weather treat.” But you know what would be a real treat? To never have to read that demented phrase, hot-weather treat, ever again.

On a good note…

“Our politicians may not know how to agree on a budget, but their sexting skills are the envy of the world.” — Comedian and satirist Andy Borowitz in a Thursday tweet.

WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson delves into Weinergate

“In politics, it’s pretty much an immutable rule that if they’re talking about your underwear, you have a problem.” — WaPo columnist and MSNBC Political Analyst Eugene Robinson in a Friday morning op-ed on Weinergate. It’s worth a look. Read here. He also says, “I have never taken a beefcake picture of my crotch.”

NPR’s Carvin reveals greatest hardship of his job

“In some ways the real-time RTing of fighting is the worst, because I get to experience the panic/fear of my sources as it happens. #spjchat” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a chat with Society of Professional Journalists Thursday night.

 

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