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The FishbowlDC Interview With Roger Stone

Say hello to Roger Stone, the GOP consultant and strategist who is among the more colorful Twitter handles around these days. He’s also an unpaid contributor to HuffPost and writes TheStoneZone, a blog about whatever the hell is on his mind. He shoots from the hip with just about anyone who can stand it. For example, when CNN Contributor and Washington Watch’s Roland Martin recently called him the Pee Wee Herman of GOP Politics, Stone replied, “And your the Sir Mix-a-lot to TV- fat, ignorant and poorly dressed.” When Martin suggested that Stone douse himself in holy water, Stone had a simple question in return: “Who made you God, Fattass?[sic] Eat some more Popeye’s.” Late last night, he sent us his interview with a preface note. It read, “In your inbox, Warning  — ADULT MATERIAL.” When we phoned him this morning, Stone’s voicemail is a dignified-sounding woman with a British accent telling you to leave a message at the beep. It’s his longtime assistant, D.J. Thorne, who has been with him for more than two decades. Asked about being an unpaid HuffPost Contributor, he says, “Yeah, it would be nice [to get paid], but it’s a great outlet.” Writing there twice a month serves a purpose. “When I write, I would like to get beyond right-wing extremists,” he says. “I’d like to have a broader audience. I’m not your conventional conservative. I’m a Libertarian and a Libertine.” Every Tuesday morning he posts on TheStoneZone: “I post on politics, food, something obnoxious. I have a pretty decent following. I’d like to post everyday, but I can’t do it all the time.” His feelings about Twitter: “I love the format of Twitter. You get in, you get out.” He says he tries to avoid fighting and admits he gets a sizable amount of hate mail that he ignores. He points to BuzzFeed‘s Alex Kaczynski as a proverbial thorn in his side. “He insists that my white dinner jacket is wrong,” Stone says. “He’s wrong. If he engages me, as he occasionally does, then I have to respond with the correct sartorial rules.” Stone says it’s okay to wear the white dinner jacket between Memorial Day and Labor Day. “He doesn’t think it’s right anytime,” Stone says. “He doesn’t get the white dinner jacket thing. He never checked with Sean Connery obviously.” Stone also incites people by introducing political disputes into the zeitgeist. “Hillary Clinton constantly lies,” he says. “She’s lying about Benghazi. If I put that up, you get hundreds of retweets. There are certain heavy retweets. If I write about the fine points of Austrian economics, no one will retweet that. No, I don’t write about that. It’s a little dry.” Stone doesn’t just fight online. Stone, who lives in Miami Beach, says he’s currently in a dispute with  WPLG Channel 10′s Bob Norman because I have helped a couple of young men start a new community blog called The Broward Bugle. “They object. They say this isn’t real. 100,000 readers.  Sorry, welcome to the new media,” says Stone. “You don’t have a monopoly on the new media. They’ve gotten a few scoops. They resent the competition. My attitude is get off your dead ass, report the news or someone else will.”

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?  I would be Pellegrino. I’m half Italian. I’m Italian from the waist down.

How often do you Google yourself? Permanent Google News and Blog alert.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?  Fuck You.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?  Matt Labash, Weekly Standard, no one does it like him.

Do you have a favorite word?  Fuck-it’s so descriptive.

Who are you named after and what are people’s general reaction to your name? Named after my father, a well digger his whole life. It’s a good name. Fits on a bumper-sticker.

Who would you rather have dinner with – NBC’s Brian Williams, CNN’s Roland Martin, ABC’s Sherri Shepherd or Fox News’ Megyn Kelly? Tell us why. Megyn Kelly. She’s hot. Roland Martin? The guy’s a buffoon. I know so many other men, black and white, who are smarter, more articulate and better on TV. Why Roland? Besides – a black man in a fuscia ascot ? No.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Scandal’s Kerry Washington, Homeland’s Claire Danes or any of the women from FNC’s “The Five”. Who will it be? (None is not an option.) Kimberly Guilfoil. No Question. Can I have two? Will also take Krystal Ball (MSNBC) for 3-some action.

What swear word do you use most often?  Fuck . Nixon said it constantly.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) Maggie Haberman Politico, Richard Winger from Independent Political Report, Erroll Louis from NY-1 and Nick Confessore of the New York Times.

On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be? Napoleon. Born in Corsica, he was in fact Italian, which is why he was able to conquer most of the civilized world. No Frenchman could do this.

When you pig out what do you eat?  Pizza. Pizza is like sex. Even when it’s bad it’s still pretty good ( Stone’s Rules) All pizza is good when it’s 3am and you’re high.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day: The V.P. Debate Edition

“Biden is better than Viagra for senior citizens #vpdebate” — ABC’s “The View” and Current TV’s Joy Behar.

Praise for Martha!

“Martha Raddatz already won this debate.” — lawyer and CNN Contributor Rachel Sklar.

“Can we have Martha do the debates at Hofstra and Boca, too?” — New York magazine’s John Heilemann.

“Hold Ryan’s feet to the fire Martha! That’s right!” — D.C. Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry.

“Asking Martha Raddatz to moderate my Thanksgiving dinner.” — JRC’s Ryan Beckwith.

“Have we mentioned in the past 3 minutes what a great #VPdebate Martha Raddatz is running? Yep.” — Mother Jones.

“Martha Raddatz is doing a great job. Substantive and also maintaining control.” — NBC’s David Gregory.

“Holy smokes does @MarthaRaddatz know her facts or what?” — Photographer Lauren Burke.

Down with Martha!

It seems like whenever @PaulRyanVP is getting on a roll, Martha ‘Obama attended my wedding’ Raddatz cuts him off.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle, who added, “Martha ‘Obama attended my wedding’ Raddatz shouldn’t be allowed to moderate any more debates in future. She’s failed.”

“THE MARTHA AND JOE TAGTEAM INTERRUPTING RYAN.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

“I’m sorry, after tonight I cannot support the Lehrer-Raddatz ticket.” — National Review‘s Jim Geraghty.

A compliment and an insult for Martha

“The thing about @MarthaRaddatz is she’s a reporter, not an anchor.” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

Debate fallout: Top Thoughts 

“Crossfire: VEEP edition.” — NYT‘s Nick Confessore.

“Old guys acting like a jerk ain’t cool. Think Romney’s jeans-wearing is also silly, for what it’s worth.” — Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard.

“Biden translation: I’ve been boys with Bibi since you were in diapers little buddy.” — CBS’s Kaylee Hartung.

“Biden is noticeably more loose. More folksy. Ryan has been solid..and his little interjection just now showed some life.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Robert Costa.

“There is a real hair-product gap between the Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan tickets.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

“Biden is seriously annoying. Shut up dude.” — The Daily Caller‘s Paul Conner.

“Biden basically uncorking every line liberals wanted Obama to use.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

“Fair to say Biden is speaking with details and Ryan in broad platitudes. Reflects their backgrounds on this subject matter.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“This is better than Jerry Springer!” — Reason magazine’s Peter Suderman.

“I think Biden thinks he had his Lloyd Bentsen ‘you’re no Jack Kennedy’ moment with his “you’re kennedy now?” line. He didn’t.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Jonah Goldberg.

“It is frightening right now how much Joe Biden reminds me of my dad (also from Scranton)” — NYT‘s Ashley Parker.

“Amazing Ryan is keeping his cool. I’m not onstage and Biden is starting to piss me off.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Biden is going full-Biden tonight.” — RealClearPolitics reporter Scott Conroy.

“Seriously, Biden is just schooling young Ryan…fun to watch tho” — Media MattersEric Boehlert.

“What’s weird: Biden a little too loose, Ryan a little too tight.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

“Biden fueled up for debate last few days on M&Ms, animal crackers & Gatorade. Sugar high appeared to kick in around 8:59 ET”  — West Wing Report‘s Paul Brandus.

“You have to admit, Biden is on fire.” — UVA Political Science Prof Larry Sabato.

“The Biden smile. its like a thousand snarky hate daggers” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“I think they tightened @JoeBiden’s hair plugs a little too much tonight.” — TownHall‘s Derek Hunter.

“Biden has mastered the art of answering the subject (and not the question), which is very effective in debates.” — The Week.com‘s Marc Ambinder.

“I’m 47 and not rich. I’m going to need Social Security, fuckers.” — WashingtonStakeOut.com  blogger Sam Husseini, who is also Comm. Director for the Institute for Public Accuracy.

“This debate is terrible. It is not a matter of who wins. It is a matter of this is just the kind of politics people hate.” — GOP Pollster Dick Morris.

“How this debate differs from fish: It takes three days for a fish to start stinking.” — Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie.

And now, Chris Cillizza for the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

“The pumpkin spice latte is the Raul Ibanez of coffee drinks. It’s not always around but when it is, it’s very, very good.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Photo Credit: A parade of compliments poured in for the above Reuters photograph of Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.