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Quotes of the Day

Campaign trail transport: the golf buggy

“Oh my. Have arrived for Gingrich rally at The Villages. It’s a retirement town, main mode of transport: the golf buggy.” — The Times of London‘s Nico Hines with the accompanying photograph.

Ron Paul doesn’t want granny naked at airport

“It’s a bureaucratic monster…prodding and probing without permission. They trap us into it. There’s no way you can travel if you don’t do it. When you look at some of these pictures of probing groin areas and breast areas and old women having to take their clothes off, it doesn’t make us safe, it undermines our liberties. That is totally unacceptable in my viewpoint.” — GOP Presidential hopeful Ron Paul to CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday.

Journo spots dusty child at museum

“Dear @airandspace museum, please vacuum under Skylab. A 3-yr-old got covered in dust crawling underneath.” — The Guardian‘s Richard Anderson.

Scribe inundated by Jon Ward

“Every time my phone blinks with new email, I momentarily think it’s a person before discovering again that it’s just a new @jonward11 story.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner in reference to HuffPost‘s Jon Ward.

Goofy humor

“Gingrich says insinuating he isn’t a true conservative is ‘goofy’ – breaking: Goofy asks Gingrich to apologize #disneyjokesbcweareinorlando.” — USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich.

Hazy has spoken.

“Every time there is an allegation of rape or sexual assault in the press, I am further convinced that the media has no idea how handle it.” — D.C. -turned N.Y. Boybander and MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

Campaign reporter promises to glitter bomb himself

“Some people call you pornbots. I call you my base #nearing5000followers.” — ReutersSam Youngman. And then: “Just passed 5K. Gonna glitter bomb myself. Thanks much, y’all. We’re just getting started.”

From the Road

“There don’t seem to be any chick fil a’s on the Florida Turnpike. #dashedlunchplans” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, who later appeared to be lost when he wrote, “May have taken a wrong turn.” The accompanying picture had the big sparkling sign that read: Disney World. (The aforementioned quote is dedicated to CNN’s Matt Dornic.)

 

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Quotes of the Day


CNN and Former FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic: “New show: Silver Fox Sundays w @bobcusack?” Cusack is Managing Editor of The Hill.

Scribe on strange flight

“Flight attendant just scolded passengers, says boarding process lasted longer than her first marriage. Ouch.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz.

Did journo smoke ashes before writing this?

“When someone Tweets a link without crediting the person it comes from, their ReTweets are ashes in the mouth.” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

The Observer

“Colbert with @georgestephanopolous is brilliant!” — MSNBC Contributor Karen Finney.

And an alternative viewpoint…

“Breaking: Zombie David Brinkley wakes up. ‘F**k this shit, I’m taking the show back.’ #ThisWeek’” — Below the Beltway blogger Dave Mataconis.

Journo savors New Year’s resolution on relationships

“OK, that’s it for my purple-hued career. Now sipping porter and savoring 2012 resolution to stop putting energy into broken relationships.” — Former Yahoo! NewsChris Lehmann, former husband to The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox. “No new gig to speak of — just getting out,” he wrote in response to what he’ll be doing now that he’s no longer with Yahoo! News. He also recently explained to another Chris Lehmann on Twitter that, “Actually, I’m no longer married to Ana Marie Cox.” Lehmann II replied, “Oh dear. Sorry to hear that.”

Scribe grateful for break from GOP primary

“Thank you Tim Tebow and Tom Brady for being interesting enough to cancel out the GOP primary in my timeline for a few hours.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton.

From the Road

“I’m in Dubai. Just enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the Media One Hotel before I head to Kabul on Monday.” — USA Today and ABC Radio’s Carmen Gentile.

And the award for the most ridiculous way to connect an event back to you goes to…

“Farewell, Huntsman! Thanks for meeting w/ the @HarvardIOP students during the campaign.” — PBS’s Christina Bellantoni on hearing that Jon Huntsman was dropping out of the presidential race.

Happy Birthday to…first lady Michelle Obama.

Convo Between Two Types

Today’s conversation is between Big Big Fat Ritchie and Human Events Jason Mattera. Who Big Big Fat Ritchie isn’t really important.

Mattera: “Anthony Weiner saga continues: He’s turned on by other dudes apparently.” (Inexplicably he links to a weeks old Dec. story in the NYP.)

Big Big Fat Ritchie: “Jason Mattera, Weiner is old news. May he rest in peace. #freaks”

Tragedy Strikes…

“Broke out my yarn bowl. Christmas present from my mom.” — BigGov and CNN Contributor Dana Loesch. Come on Andrew Breitbart. Least you can do is spring for a new yarn bowl.

Jouno laments speeding tickets from Iowa

“Just learned of some speeding tickets I picked up in Iowa. Come on, Hawkeye State. Y’all used to be cool. And where did you catch me?!” — ReutersSam Youngman.

 

Tick Tock: The Bonjean Christmas Party

The annual Christmas party held at the home of private GOP strategist  Ron Bonjean and his wife, Sara, can never be described as a somber affair. There are things you can bank on: a washed up actor, laughter, an ice luge, a smelly elf who makes balloon toys, more laughter, food, drink and good holiday cheer! Hoards of journos and Capitol Hill and K Street types piled into the couple’s home on Saturday night. This year’s actor was looney-eyed activist Gary Busey (a vast difference from last year’s relatively subdued Mr. Belding). Busey was a real hit with the ladies because what woman doesn’t want her bra snapped at a party? There was also an increasingly drunken dirty dancing dude in a pink bunny costume making his way around the tent. You’ll hear more about him later. We warmly bring you a moment by moment guide to the evening.

8 p.m. FishbowlDC dines with former FBDCer Matt Dornic, now at CNN, at Neyla in Georgetown. He asks the bartender what to eat that won’t cause bad breath.

10:15 p.m. FBDC arrives. We pass conservative commentator S.E. Cupp and Rep. Raul Labrador‘s (R-Idaho) Chief of Staff John Goodwin, who were leaving the party.

10:16 p.m. Spotted: House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) Communication’s Director Brad Dayspring. Speak of the devil! We were just saying he’d probably be here.

10:17 p.m. A partygoer remarks: “Gary Busey is holding court somewhere. I’m going to sit on his lap.”

10:18 p.m. Be careful, warns The Hill‘s Emily Goodin. Gary Busey is “grabby.”

10: 19 p.m. NRCC Spokesman Brian Walsh introduces his new blond, shapely girlfriend around the party. He remarks, “Gary Busey is quite a character.” Another partygoer remarks, “This is getting f–king crazy. Busey is crazy.”

10:20 p.m. A male guest on Busey: “People are complaining about the boob grabs.”

10:21 p.m. Guests line up to meet Busey and take their picture with him. One enormous woman in a gray dress poses with him. He wraps his arm around her, reaches for her bra strap, and SNAP!

10:22 p.m. A woman in line laughs at the bra snapping and says, “We still gotta get a photo. What the hell, right?”

10:25 p.m. Female partygoer says, “I think there are hookers here. I don’t know what the f–k is going on.”

10:30 p.m. FBDC gets face time with Busey. He thankfully stays away from my bra strap. “We need to turn this mess into a message,” he says, speaking of the political landscape, explaining that his goal is to be a political motivational speaker (he successfully lobbied for a helmet law after he got into an accident and suffered a head trauma). I ask what side of the political spectrum he’s on and he replies, “I’m on the right side. I’m like a heat seeking missile when it comes to telling the truth.” So who’s he backing? That’d be Newt Gingrich. At this point he says he can’t hear me even though I try leaning into each ear to shout my questions at the top of my lungs above the din of mingling guests. He directs me to his publicist, Michael Conley, who’s standing nearby. “Oh, he’s very charismatic,” Conley says of Busey. “He tells the truth so people relate to him. He says what people are afraid to say. Gary has never been afraid to tell the truth because the truth is the truth.” What else would the truth be besides the truth? Who wrote these talking points? “He’s here to help humanity and be who God wants you to be,” Conley says, explaining that Busey is very into the Golden Rule. So does this mean that I get to snap his briefs?

10:45 p.m. A male Capitol Hill aide wants to discuss our Friday penis picture that accompanies our weekly feature, “Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply.” He wants to know, “Are they wooden, are they candles?”

11 p.m. The big wild hairdo of TWT‘s Charlie Hurt is spotted afar from across the room. Recalling last year’s Bonjean Christmas party, he says this sometimes happens when he washes it. He’s taunting partygoers with a miniature silver gun that doubles as a lighter. Actually, it’s just a lighter but it has a red light on it that he keeps directing at people’s necks. USA Today’s Sue Davis stops by to say hello and make fun of his clothing, which appears to be some sort of barn jacket and khakis.

11:15 p.m. More Busey party chatter. A male partygoer says, “You’re not knocking Gary Busey. He’s at the top of his game. He lost his face and his mind.” A different male guest tells me that Busey told his date the following: “I know what we’re going to do later. We’re going to sweat.” WHAT?

11:20 p.m. Washington D.C.’s resident Cabbage Patch doll has arrived. Hello Matt Mackowiack! He’s spotted talking with Politico‘s Manu Raju and wife, Archana.

11:30 p.m. Three different female journos approach FBDC to complain about the baseball caps worn by Politico founders Jim VandeHei and John Harris. One couldn’t distinguish between the two and referred to VandeHei as the one with the fake Twitter alias (that would be Fake Jim VandeHei or Vandaheeho, a pronunciation coined by SNL late Saturday night). All the women were incensed about the hats. “They look like they’re sixth graders in a gang. It’s almost like they planned it,” said one. Another remarked that it was offensive and tacky to wear baseball caps to a Christmas party.

11: 45 p.m. The elf wanders into the crowd and begins his balloon act for The Hill‘s Goodin. Someone nearby says, “He doesn’t smell right.”

11:50 p.m. Meanwhile, the male pink bunny is randomly dirty dancing with women he passes. In a word: disturbing. The bunny knocks into FBDC. “Love you, love you,” he says.

11:55 p.m. TWT‘s Susan Crabtree walks by on her way to meet Busey. She says, “Gary Busey was in my favorite surfer movie.”

Just after Midnight: Who invited ABC “What Would You Do” host John Quinones? A drunken, crying woman is sitting down on steps with her head in her lap. Her male companion is yanking on her arm. Many in the vicinity begin to stare. She’s obviously had too much to drink. Some say she was puking. Her mascara is running. Female partygoers circle around her, wondering what to do. At one point a guy approaches the clearly hostile male companion and says with disdain, “Take her home, man.” The companion again grabs at the woman. He tries to prop her up and it’s not going smoothly, as he isn’t in such hot shape himself. They finally make it out a side door as a number of guests lament that they should have done something to help.

12:45 a.m. The witching hour is fast approaching. The party begins winding down but is still whirring with that late-night had too much to drink blue-lit aura. Ron says it’s nearly time for him to relax and have a beer. Busey and his publicist are still here. Are they contemplating a sleepover?

12:50 a.m. Goodnight. We’re outta here. Thank you Ron and Sara for your hospitality.

See more names after the jump…Also, UPDATE: Read a partygoer’s recollection about an altercation that was witnessed between Busey and the guy in the pink bunny costume.

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The FishbowlDC Interview With CNN’s Matt Dornic

Whether he’s getting his entire head eaten by actress Gabby Sidibe at a TIME/PEOPLE party at the St. Regis, or hunting down Washington D.C.’s Clark Rockefeller (the Bahamian Ambassador Nelson Lewis), Matt Dornic has been an unforgettable force at FishbowlDC for the past three years. Sadly, we say goodbye as he moves on to a new adventure at CNN. What some may not know is how adept Matt is at smoothing things over, whether it’s alleviating Ed Henry’s overreaction to me making fun of then-CNN staffers helping him into his blazer or dealing with HuffPost’s resident genius Jason Linkins telling us to die in a fire.  He also knows how to stir the pot – take his recent impromptu moment with Jack Abramoff on a couch at Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson’s home when he told the convicted felon that he was dating TWT’s Emily Miller. He explained how rough the past few years have been (Miller served as a witness against ex fiancé Michael Scanlon who was enveloped in the Abramoff scandal.) People often ask, what’s it like in the Fishbowl – do you two get along? We’ve spent many hours brainstorming features – some panned out, some did not. Au De Weigel perfume never made the cut but we spent days crying laughing as we came up with names for perfumes and aftershaves for various journalists around town, describing in excruciating detail what they’d smell like. That isn’t to say we don’t ever disagree — tension escalated during a recent war of words involving the Friday penis picture. In the end we came to a happy, framed conclusion. Dealing with Matt often means the unexpected – he’s sweating at Tammy Haddad’s famous brunch, he’s stuck in an elevator, he’s locked inside QGA, a life size George Bush cutout left leaning outside his door makes him scream like a schoolgirl, and a bird produces a shitstorm on his car. Matt – you will be missed. I speak for many FBDC friends and readers, we wish you well. Enjoy!

The infamous question you created that has tortured many a journalist in this town:  If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?

Ginger ale.  I’m generally sweet with a strong ginger spice flavor* (see: Jackie Kucinich).  A classic, natural beverage with European roots.  And I mix well with bourbon.

Who would you rather have dinner with – WaPo’s Ezra Klein, Michaele and Tareq Salahi or Nelson Lewis? Tell us why.

Nelson Lewis, without a doubt…especially if I could persuade Kate Michael and Ebong Eka to join us for a very special edition of the District Dish.  Why?  He’s the rarest and most exquisite creature Washington has ever produced.  It’s not every day you get a chance to dine with a congressman turned Rolling Stone writer turned Bahamian ambassador. That kid has lived.

What swear word do you use most often?

F*ck.  But I plan to tone that down for my new job.

You’re walking down a dark alley and you run into DCRTV Dave. What do you do? What do you say? And do you activate your mace?

I’d be relieved.  Dark alleys are dangerous, you know.  And despite his outward hatred for FishbowlDC I’m fairly certain he’s in love with us. So I’d probably ask to see his lower back, where I’ve heard he has my initials tattooed. And then I’d braid his beard.

When you pig out what do you eat?

Rarebit from Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown.  It’s essentially beer-doused Velveeta with white toast but the fancy name makes it okay.

Now for a really serious moment: What will you miss most and least about writing for FishbowlDC?

Fishbowl has served as my personal Prozac for almost three years.  Sure, there have been side effects but the daily dose of laughter and smiles gained through working with some truly incredible sources, co-editors and friends have made it worth the trouble.  And I’ll miss the hilarious and sometimes nonsensical email exchanges between Betsy and me. The anonymASS tipsters who cowardly use the tips box to trash FBDC’s writers will not be missed.

How did you come up with the ingenious phrase, “Sox News?” Any parting words for the glamour gals over in Sox News PR?

“I wish them well.”  They’ll know what I mean.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it.

A pair of brass-studded Fiorentini + Baker motorcycle boots I purchased at Barney’s for an obscene amount of money last year (see attached photo).  I rarely wear them because they make me feel a little “Adam Glambert” but I like the possibilities they represent….plus they keep all my driving loafers in check.

Pick one: Kim, Khloe, or Kourtney?

Despite her Chewbacca-like physique, Khloe is my favorite Kartrashian.  Sense of humor trumps appearance every time.

Have you ever had a tarot card reading?

Yes, the same night Kiki Ryan, Christine Delargy and I ordered a pizza to Martin’s Tavern (the kitchen was closed…).

Favorite item in the TIME/People WHCA Dinner gift bag:

The Bosch Tassimo coffee maker.  I use it every day. But I thought the bizarre baby-teething necklace was a solid addition this year.

On a serious note for a moment, what is your favorite Wendy Gordon photograph?

I studied French in high school and college so I’m a sucker for Wendy’s french maid/baguette photo.  C’est magnifique!

What scares you?

Pleated pants, the dark and pleated pants in the dark.

When and why did you last lose your temper?

The last time (and every time) I was in a cab.

Do you have a me-wall? If so, who’s on it?

No, I don’t really like pictures of “me” so I usually contribute to friends and family members’ me-walls by snapping the photos.

Tell us a secret not many people know about you.

Because I received so many questions after you outed me about Dawson’s, I’ll admit that I used to have acting aspirations.  Throughout college I worked on a number of film and television productions as a day player, extra, and actor – Dawson’s Creek, Summer Catch, Stateside, A Walk to Remember, and Black Knight to name a few.  And I did a national “back to school” ad campaign for American Eagle Outfitters.  It’s funny now but it sure beat slinging lattes at Starbucks. 

Morning Splash From Inside the Fishbowl…

Well, the cat’s out of the bag. Matt Dornic, who has been with FishbowlDC for three years and simultaneously worked at Quinn Gillespie & Associates, is moving to CNN Worldwide where he’ll be senior director of public relations. Dornic accepted the position this week. We’re saddened, but thrilled for him as he swims out of the Fishbowl and makes his way to his next adventure.  That pesky Mike Allen broke the news in Politico Playbook this morning.

A huge congratulations to Matt on a well deserved job move. Don’t think we’re letting him go so easily. Rest assured there will be a lot of razzing and splashing in the days to come. He’ll be with us until the end of the month.

As for FishbowlDC, this leaves a space open for a new fishie or two. We’re quietly talking to prospective writers, but if you’re interested, write me at Betsy@mediabistro.com.

See Allen’s item after the jump…

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Thursday Hilarity: Dornic Gets Stuck in Elevator

If you’ve been looking for FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic this afternoon, he has been stuck in the elevators with his QGA colleague Adam Belmar at 1133 Connecticut Ave. NW. The following is photographic evidence that Matt wasn’t suffering too badly through the ordeal.

 

Kardashian Splitsville React-Washington Style

Even John Coale didn’t see it coming.

The sudden newsflash of Kim Kardashian splitting up with her husband after 72 days is rocking Hollywood and, of course, Washington as evidenced by the lame posts in WaPo and The Hill. WaPo enlightened us with the fact that FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, who took Kim as her date to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner two years ago, is staying mum on the matter. The Hill reported on it because how is Kim Kardashian not Hill-related?

Coale, Van Susteren’s husband, attended the wedding with his wife. He’s in what can only be described as a state of sudden faux shock. “You bet!!!” he wrote when I asked if he was in a state of shock. “They seemed to really be in love, but what the f#*k do I know?” Coale said he has seen the couple in Manhattan since the wedding and everything seemed “just peachy.”

Here’s what journalists around town are saying amid the obviously more important 2012 presidential campaign coverage.

Townhall.com columnist and radio host Derek Hunter: Kim Kardashian’s marriage is over. I honestly didn’t know it had started. But Vegas odds makers are breathing a sign of relief today because, even though it only lasted 72 days, it still beat the “under” of 60, which most people took.

Matt Dornic, FBDC, QGA: Like Tareq and Michaele, and Parker Spitzer, Kim and whatshisname will forever be remembered as one of the greatest romances of our time. I hope the media provides them the privacy and respect they deserve to film this incredibly difficult and personal time for international broadcast next year.

The Hill‘s Sam Youngman: I really thought those two would make it. She divorced Reggie Bush, right? What? Oh, well…

The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor: Kim Kardashian? I didn’t realize she was married until this week.

TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller: I’m devastated. I thought it was true love. I kid. I don’t know how Kim will find another man who fits into a family of people whose names all oddly start with a “K”, will accept a donated $2 million engagement ring, wants to be on a reality show and is up for making $18 million to be married for two months. Men like Kris Humphries are hard to come by in this day and age.

Trailmix Blogger and political TV contributor Craig Crawford: A couple thoughts. 1. Kim Kardashian got famous with a sex tape. Maybe Cain is onto something. 2. Kardashians burping in each other’s faces is about as appetizing as Rick Perry drooling on himself. And 3. At least the Kardashians got a longer shelf life than Michele Bachmann‘s Iowa straw poll bump.

NJ Spokeswoman Taylor West: If a sham marriage set up entirely to enrich two shameless fame-whores doesn’t end in true love, what hope do the rest of us have? But hey – at least she didn’t run off with a member of Journey.

Anonymous WaPo reporter: Pathetic. Even Weigel’s relationship with us outlasted that sham marriage. [Referring to Slate's Dave Weigel, formerly with WaPo.]

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: This is the best news Doug Heye has heard all week.

RCP Washington Editor Carl Cannon: My first reaction was that Ms. Kardashian is taking the NBA lockout too literally. Then I noticed from news reports that Kris Humphries had expectations of his California-born bride contentedly settling down in Minnesota and making babies. I don’t really know the lady, but that curious expectation strikes me as a powerful advertisement for the wisdom of long engagements.

HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie: I’m pretty sure the whole sad story can be summed up in one poignant tweet, written by a clearly brokenhearted bride on the day she filed for divorce: “Our store #KardashianKhaos is opening tomorrow at 9am at @TheMirageLV We are so excited!! Kardashian Khaos has arrived!”

The Blaze‘s Eddie Scary: I hope they can work through this and keep their marriage intact. I need something to believe in.

Current TV’s David Shuster: I feel kind of badly for Kris Humphries.  I mean, the guy has never been known for his rebounding.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

Schieffer’s crush on Paltrow intensifies

CBS “Face the Nation” Host Bob Schieffer completes Politico‘s “Answer This” interview in which he answers the question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew that you could not fail?” His reply: Gwyneth Paltrow. Read the full interview here. Re-read FBDC’s Matt Dornic‘s FishbowlDC interview with Schieffer from Friday in which he also discusses Paltrow. In that interview he called Paltrow his unfulfilled item from his bucket list. Even journalists like Gawker’s vulgar Jim Newell are starting to talk. “Bob Schieffer seriously wants to bang Gwyneth Paltrow.” Come on Newell, this is Schieffer for God sakes. Show some respect.

National Review campaign correspondent Jim Geraghty (who, in dim lighting, could pass for Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift‘s cousin) remarks, “Oh, Facebook, just stop it.”

Is Roland Martin game for Dancing With the Stars?

“I say we start a campaign to get @rolandsmartin on #DWTS next season!” — An Orlando-based Roland Martin follower named LaRon Hickman. Looks like the “Washington Watch” host and CNN Contributor doesn’t object — he did proudly retweet the notion.

Washingtonian Editor reads at least three newspapers

“Today’s my 1st day as a 3 newspaper household (NYT, WP, WSJ), which I realize is 3 more than the 17 neighbors in my building get combined.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff. Congratulations?? We hope he doesn’t become a hoarder. A better question: How many of those neighbors read Washingtonian?

Late-night ‘retard’ insensitivity with Dan Riehl

“OK, I know sum [sic] people hate the word, but Barry looks like the class retard in this pic.” — BigGov Contributor and blogger Dan Riehl. See the picture of President Obama here.

This won’t go over well at the office…

“I think it’s funny that @FoxNews’ resident anti-LGBT pseudo-shrink @KeithAblow has the word “blow” in his last name.” — Syndicated columnist and progressive radio personality Karl Frisch.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

Former WH reporter finds his voice

“If this isn’t violating Twitter protocol, fuck the Taliban. #InKabul.” — Former Bloomberg News White House reporter Richard Kell in reaction to the brutal attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul Tuesday.

Misleading Mother Jones Headline

We got all excited (in a journalistic sense) when we came across this headline this morning on the latest dispatch from Mother Jones: “Rick Perry’s Juvie Record.” Perry has a juvie record? No, he doesn’t. It’s actually about cleaning up child rape at Texas detention centers and their charge that he waited six years to address it.

The ugly aftermath

“Guess it’s just us uglies left behind now.” — TWT Metro crime reporter Andrea Noble (pictured at left) in reaction to FBDC’s Matt Dornic‘s post on Kara Rowland leaving TWT to attend grad school at the London School of Economics in which he wrote, “Things just got really ugly at TWT.” Read here.

The Braggart

“I have quite a few followers, and I think people pass it around.” — Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) in Roll Call‘s Kate Tumarello‘s story on “Combating Twitter Parodies and Impersonators.” Long has no impersonator, but he has an unusual handle based on his career as an auctioneer. It’s @auctnr1. His grand following: 1848.

In more urgent media news…ABC News’s Rick Klein continues to look for a venue for his debate watching nachos ritual. At the moment, the nachos are shockingly homemade. Roll Call‘s David Drucker had this suggestion: “After much thought, I’d like to see Rick Klein’s #Debate Night Steak Nachos at The Palm.” Former RNC Spokesman Doug Heye was also in on the nacho discussion. His thought: “What about Henry at La Plaza on the Hill. Top Line Nachos, Tolleson Tacos – we can do it all!”

Biden takes back the night

“If you think you’re a man, God darn it, step up!” — VP Biden in a VPOTUS Pool Report by TIME‘s Katy Steinmetz. Biden said this at a reception in honor of the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act at the Veep’s residence.

A dangerous combo: Coffee, computers and Tkacik

Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik continues to struggle with computer issues after spilling coffee on her gadget. Yesterday on Twitter she remarked: “Update: still off, upside down. Hairdryer?”

Protesting Howiella

Typically I wake up to emails such as Politico Mike Allen‘s Playbook, RealClearPoliticsCarl Cannon‘s morning history lesson and Roll Call Morning Headlines. But this morning, the first email to jar me awake from dreams of WaPo‘s Ezra Klein was from my cohort, FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic. It concerned the nickname “Howiella” that I have been using for The Hill‘s new gossip writer Judy Kurtz, daughter of The Daily Beast‘s Washington Bureau Chief Howie Kurtz.

The tone? Pointed. He doesn’t mess around when protesting. Hopefully he won’t resort to drenching himself in oil like these protesters pictured above, but you never know with Dornic.

Subject line: Judy Kurtz

I don’t like Howiella so please accept this message as my formal motion to reconsider her nickname. In its place I recommend one of the following:

Howlette
Howeesha
Howlynn
Howie-May
Howie Lite
Howina
Howgatha
Howlma
Howdie Doody

In a subsequent email, he added, “Howdie Judy.” We both confessed that our favorite new nickname is Howeesha. My second favorite is Howlma.

Dear Readers: We want to know what is your favorite. Most likely you’ll see all of the above sprinkled into our copy. But we want to know where your tastes lie on this front. Write us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to me directly at FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com.

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