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Journo stops to tweet touching moment

“Sitting on porch with Fix Jr as nice wind blows and temps in 70s. Hard to imagine a better day.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Important Question to Ponder: “Is there an episode of Three’s Company that does NOT revolve around some misunderstanding?” — Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin.

Journo Snobbery

“NYT reporter nxt to me rolls eyes when I say I work for huffpost, then pulls out pen and paper as I pull up Tweetdeck #thisisnewmedia #wsf12.” — HuffPost‘s Rebecca Searles.

Weekend travel woes

“I’m within mere moments of an @ABC7Stephen-style Amtrak breakdown.” — CNN’s Matt Dornic on Friday night Amtrak ride between New York and D.C. referring to ABC 7 Correspondent Stephen Tschida who once had an unforgettable journey between D.C. and Philadelphia.

Speaking of train complaints…

On Sunday night, CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary was aggravated by different things aboard the train: “BRING BACK THE OLD CHEESE PLATE. #Amtrak,” she wrote. And this: “You, bro on the cell phone, are in the Quiet Car. Where I do not mess around.”

Actress was ‘well spoken’

“Talked to actress Gabrielle Union at the Komen kick off. She was well spoken, addressing the Planned Parenthood controversy head on.” — Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab. So what did Union, who lost a friend to cancer, say that was so eloquent? The quote: “Since she passed my sense of urgency has greatly expanded and increased — it just sucks.” Schwab “reported” that Union “didn’t flinch” when asked about the recent Komen/Planned Parenthood controversy. “I can say as a proud Democrat that I don’t bat an eyelash supporting Komen and I don’t bat an eyelash supporting Planned Parenthood because ultimately their goal is the same: saving women’s lives,” she said. That’s a lot of still eyelashes, right, Sticky?

Baier remembers deceased colleague, puts sons in matching outfit

“Happy Birthday to our friend Tony Snow.. he would have been 57 today. We miss him!” — FNC’s Bret Baier on Snow, former White House Press Sec. and Fox News anchor, who died from cancer in 2008. In less touching news from Baier… he dressed his boys in matching outfits over the weekend and then tweeted it out for the world to see. Fortunately, he said, he didn’t have to wear the same outfit. Really, fortunately? We’d have paid good money (well, maybe $10) to see the picture of the whole fam dressed head to toe in matching frocks. Kind of like that horrible Mike Huckabee family photo fiasco.

Reporter enjoys teeny bopper musical influences.

“May have to #WIrecall that ‘Call Me Maybe’ song. Just caught myself starting to car jam to it. Fortunately Waka Flocka intervened.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

Comm Director Has Frustrating Fios Weekend

Heritage Foundation’s Comm Director Rory Cooper can’t say enough against FiOS.
“Going on four weeks of major @FiOSTV fail. 3 wks no on demand. 2 days of reset every 10 mins. Can’t even watch it anymore. Argh.” Cooper added, “We get this screen and then full reset every 15 mins on @FiOSTV Maddening. @VerizonSupport.”

Stanton’s stance on England’s Jubilee

“I’d rather smoke bath salts with Jeffrey Dahmer than watch the queen’s #jubilee.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


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The Stickler: CNN’s Blitzer kicks SNL’s Ass

“I hate to tell #SNL announcer it’s correctly pronounced Ree-Anna not Ree-Ahna. Just ask her to pronounce her name.” — Wolf Blitzer.

Doug Heye turns 40 today: Birthday wishes to House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) new Deputy Chief of Staff. He and a cadre of friends celebrated over the weekend in Manhattan. Names in the crowd: Sam Dealey, journalist/media-consultant, formerly with Qorvis, NRCC Spokesman Brian Walsh, Ron and Sara Bonjean, Dan Ronayne, NBC’s Erika Masonhall, CNN’s Matt Dornic, Sen. John Thune’s Spokesman Kyle Downey. Some 20 friends attended a Yankees home game Saturday afternoon. The evening was spent in the Village. Doug got a custom T-shirt at PJ Clarke’s. It read: “I am turning 40. If I am lost, call 911. Shots appreciated!”

Also in Manhattan this weekend: Politico‘s Jake Sherman attended a Furthur concert at the Beacon Theatre. Colleague Maggie Haberman remarked on Twitter, “Walked by the theater earlier…quite a scent.” Jake replied, “Must be from citarella [sic].” Yeah, riiiight!

Noteworthy: Politico‘s Mike Allen filed at some of the latest times we’ve seen in recent Playbook history. Saturday: 11:35 a.m. Sunday: 12:25 p.m.

Pooler burns calories during Pool Duty

“Your pooler was able to cover the family photo after all and is hoping the huge amount of running involved burnt off last night’s dinner.” — WSJ White House Correspondent Laura Meckler in a weekend Pool Report.

Spotted at the Nationals game Sunday: NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert, Current TV’s Bill Press and WaPo‘s Tim Carman. A beleaguered Peter Ogburn, producer for the Bill Press Show and FBDC Contributor, begging with his gorilla children to stop kicking the seat of the man in front of them. When Ogburn left the children unattended for 5 minutes to get a beer, an old woman said that he should be “more careful” about leaving children alone in public. He asked her if she was a cop. She replied no and he asked her to please mind her own business.

Is Paul Wharton off his rocker?

Paul Wharton, whose new show “Paul Wharton Style” debuted on the CW Sunday. As many know, he was the wardrobe stylist/image expert on the Real Housewives of D.C. More on the first episode later, but meanwhile, read the crazy sh-t he has been tweeting as of late…Correction — we previously referred to him as a hairdresser. Sorry about that Paul!

From April 11: “Accidentally popped my Ambien, 10 mins before I got a call from my producer to send in a bunch of voiceovers! Omg, this can’t be good!”

From April 12: “My 6:30 hair appointment is on and poppin! Gotta get it in early and look like I woke up this way :-) @salonlynne is a round brush genius!”

What’s Roland Tweeting?

“Fam, it’s a gorgeous day in DC. But prayers for the loss of life in Oklahoma due to the tornadoes.” — CNN Contributor and “Washington Watch” host Roland Martin over the weekend.

Unnecessary Tweets of the Day

“Watching 6 yr old nephew’s soccer game in rain. Think this phone may not last mugch llongffgfhjlnffc.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep.

“Successfully made over easy eggs this morning.” — Greenwire’s Jessica Estepa.

An Evening Swim in the Fishbowl

On Thursday night we welcomed upwards of 160 guests to Lost Society on U Street for a party so full of waves that some may never forget it. Journos climbed two super steep flights of stairs to reach the rooftop, which was filled with candles and drenched in rose petals. Notable guests in the crowd: Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson, The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, NJ‘s Major Garrett, GOP Consultant Ron Bonjean, TWT‘s Charlie Hurt, The Weekly Standard‘s Matt Labash, ABC7′s Stephen Tschida, WaPo‘s Erik Wemple, Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett, The Hill‘s Editor-at-Large Al Eisele and Managing Editor Bob Cusack, and CNN and former FishbowlDC Editor Matt Dornic. There are too many names to mention, but reporters, editors and publicists from the following news outlets showed up to down Belvedere Vodka cocktails and eat fish and chips, chicken waffles and bourbon s’mores: TPM, Politico, The Daily Caller, The Hill, Washington Examiner, ABC7, CNN, USA Today, HuffPost, Roll Call, NJ, Bloomberg, WaPo, TWT, Townhall.com, Thrillist, Breitbart’s Big Journalism, Yahoo! News, Washingtonian, UrbanDaddy.com, RCP, Q&A Celebrity, DCist, WaPo Express, Metro Weekly and The Times of London. FBDC favorite, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, unfortunately didn’t show — he was home with a cold. Conversation topics swung wildly from NYT Mark Leibovich‘s upcoming book on incestuous Washington, a mini-debate on male facial hair, journos doing stories on bras, stupid intern behavior, thin skinned journalists, a newsroom recently instructed to not site a publication that never sites them, The Drudge Report, The Daily Caller’s Media Matters series , the two speeds of The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz, a hypothetical weed sale and whether “getting f–ked” is a good thing or an insult. No party is complete without Raptor Strategies’ David Bass. FBDC’s newest writers Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry were on hand to say hello to journos — well, most of them, anyhow. Peter spent the evening avoiding a certain editor whose name rhymes with Rucker Rarlson. He wasn’t the only one who feared coming face to face with Rarlson. Eddie, meanwhile, plotted his way into free vodka shots. Publicist Dannia Hakki, of Moki Media, organized the event. She has the patience of a saint.

Hollywood on the Potomac blogger and publicist Janet Donovan, who unfortunately didn’t make it into the party because she forgot her ID and the big, burly bouncer wasn’t taking chances, has a funny take on the evening here. Photo Credit: Dave Phillipich.

The Fishbowl trio: Peter, Betsy and Eddie.

Meghan, Nick, Dornic, Ballard

Carlson and Company…

Margaret Carlson and Stephen Smith

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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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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.

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