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Daily Caller Communications Aide to Reason

The Daily Caller’s former Communications Aide Pat McMahon starts his new job at Reason Magazine this week. As some may be aware, McMahon was replaced by Clark Hennessy, who, in his first few weeks on the job, went viral when he tweeted out that H.N.I.C. lyric about RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

McMahon told us he left The DC on good terms and will miss all his pals there. He looks forward to attending their parties as a guest.

“I’m excited about my new role at Reason, as a communications specialist,” he told FishbowlDC. “Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful during my first week. I’m looking forward to working with an awesome group of people!”

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French Maid Spices Up Daily Caller Book Party

What was initially thought to be a special appearance by David Martosko‘s personal secretary at last night’s Daily Caller book launch party ended up being nothing of the sort.

To the left is a photo of Nandi, who works with Emperor Vodka, which sponsored the soiree. “I’m just here for pictures,” she said, graciously posing for cameras. Nandi, whose arms are reminiscent of Angela Bassett‘s What’s Love Got to Do with It, said this was her first time working with Emperor. Fun first day on the job!

The Daily Caller hosted the party in its Farragut Square newsroom celebrating The Lizard King, an ebook written by their own Jamie Weinstein and Will Rahn.

“I have no good answer,” said Rahn when asked who should read his book. “It’s a transformative book,” he said (“transformational” also works). He compared it to reading the Bible. “Is this off the record?” Rahn asked at the conclusion of our interview.

Weinstein was a little more willing to talk about the book, though we get the impression he thought he was on TV. “Truth-seekers will like it,” Weinstein said. He emphasized that the book is actually a manuscript provided by a White House insider and that he and Rahn are simply the vessels through which the book is being delivered. “Once in a while, history falls upon you and I think it happened to us,” he said, adding that it “may be one of the most important books since [Fox News host] Sean Hannity’s book.”

The Daily Caller‘s bar was stocked with wine, soda, alcohol and a beer tap that poured Pabst Blue Ribbon. Edibles (vegetables and a few hors d’oeurves) were a little on the slim side.

As guests trickled in, a couple faces stood out in the crowd: Politico‘s Byron Tau and Tim Mak. The DC and Politico have been known to publicly quibble in the past. One Daily Caller staffer said the relationship between the two publications “on paper” is often not the case between individual reporters. He said there are several Politico employees he regularly drinks with. Both Tau and Mak chatted with The DC‘s Alex Pappas for a while, as well.

In the crowd we also spotted a distinguished gentleman with a badass eye patch. It turned out to be Will Rahn’s father, ex-husband to WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan.

The DC‘s editor Tucker Carlson was seen talking with RollCall‘s Jonathan Strong, a former Daily Caller reporter. Strong said work for him has been slow and “a little boring,” given he covers Congress, which is currently out of session.

Notables: The Daily Caller‘s Alex Treadway, Sarah Hoffman, Taylor Bigler, Jeff Poor, Caroline May, Brian Danza, Chris Bedford, Neil Munro, Pat McMahon, Nicole Roeberg, and Vince Coglianese; The Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo and CJ Ciaramella; RollCall HOH‘s Neda Semani and Warren Rojas; Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton; WaPo‘s Alexandra Petri; U.S. NewsSteven Nelson; The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake; and Donald Rumsfeld‘s former chief of staff Keith Urbahn. Conspicuously absent were Matthew Boyle and Martosko, who had kid duty. We rode the elevator with him down to the garage. He puffed away on what may have been an illegal cigar the whole way down and said Rahn and Weinstein would know he was there “in spirit.”

Quotable:

  • “He’s a bit of a self promoter.”– Keith Urbahn on his former boss Donald Rumsfeld, who was Defense Secretary under former Prez George W. Bush. Urbahn spilled that Rummy is currently working on a new book. UPDATE: Urbahn writes in to tell us he was talking about his other former boss, The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.
  • Asked about former and recently fired Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields, Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson said, “I haven’t seen her much on TV lately. That ended for some reason.” Fields was not in attendance.
  • “I don’t want to be written about.”– Steven Nelson, after FishbowlDC inquired about his job at U.S. News, which he only recently started.
  • “I’m holding out for the chance that Matthew Boyle shows up.”– FBDC’s Peter Ogburn.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Cleaning lady tells TV reporter not to shower

“Cleaning lady said ‘dont shower.’ I said ‘you already scrubbed it.’ she said ‘yah, but you look better when you dont shower.’ huh?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

Journo slicks back his locks

“Rocking the slicked back hair today, Gordon Gecko-style. However, #IAmNoMichaelDouglas” — The Daily Caller‘s Pat McMahon.

NBC’s Luke Russert has an admirer…

“@LukeRussert saw you on the bridge tonight, hope you had a nice run, my dog’s name is Moose by the way.” — Sara Vargo.

 

Ex-journo confesses to being perfume nerd

“Bulgari’s Black may be my new must have scent. I can’t stop smelling the drydown on the inside of my elbow. #perfume #imaperfumenerd” — Nicole Young, who describes herself as a “recovering journalist.”

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“I heard about @rolandsmartin’s prowess on the dance floor but seeing it live took it to a whole nuther level!!!” — CNN Contributor and “Washington Watch” host Roland Martin, retweeting a follower named “lockdiva14.”

Amen.

“Reporters today are wimps. If you were to grab a beat reporter in the 40s or 50s, you had an excellent chance of being on the short end of a knuckle sandwich. — commenter.” — FishbowlDC commenter on the Mike Elk story in which he alleges that a Capitol Hill aide grabbed his arm and that Honeywell employees kept him in a side room against his will to prevent him from posing questions to Honeywell CEO Dan Cote. Elk is a labor writer for InTheseTimes Magazine.

Journo in ‘Bachelorette’ coma

“Just watched two hours of Bachelorette but can’t remember any of it. #cottoncandyTV” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller, avid watcher of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” and other reality shows.

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Quotes of the Day


Politico Dylan Byers’ “sexy-ass” beard gets noticed

“@DylanByers Dylan, I saw u this AM on Bill’s show. WOW! U look better than the avatar. Nice hair, a sexy-ass beard. I luv a man w/a beard.” –unknown female named Rhonda. Byers appeared on Current TV’s Bill Press radio program Tuesday morning. Above is Dylan with and without his beard. Just like Fox News, we report, you decide. Tell us what you prefer at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com.

Weather Blues

“Hopefully the rain will stop soon! It can make your day quite depressing.” — The Daily Caller‘s Pat McMahon. (This was yesterday, so hopefully Pat is enjoying the sunshine today.)

Baier trying to drop poundage

“Good morning – long exhausting workout this morning. Trying to drop some lbs – got to keep at it! Thoughts on the day?” — FNC’s Bret Baier.

Stop the Presses!

“@SophiaRedefined urgent call me on my cell phone right now!” –  American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan to Sophia Nelson, a columnist for NBC’s theGrio.com.

Deep Thoughts With Katherine Kennedy

“Having a bad day? I double dog dare you to compliment three people. Guaranteed to turn that frown upside down #giveback #keepinspiring.” — Katherine Kennedy, who describes herself as a “social impact investor” by day and “prevent cancer advocate” by night.

Viewer likes Michelle Fields for her brains, obviously

“My new big time crush from the political genre is @michellefields. She is such a babe.” — a PR intern in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ian Zymarakis referencing The Daily Caller‘s video journo Michelle Fields. This picture is from Michelle’s recent appearance on Fox News.

Whoa! Blogger talks to his wife

“Just spent an entire hour talking to Mrs. Other McCain. #DoesntHappenOftenEnough” — conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…“My two-year-old likes the PBS Newshour. #nerdbrag” — Author Steve Edwards. This was RT by NewsHour.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Turn up the heat Daily Caller! Pat’s freezing.

“Love when the Starbucks coffee cup warms up your freezing hands #chillyoffice” — The Daily Caller‘s Social Media and Outreach Editor Pat McMahon.

Viewer asks really dumb Kate Upton questions

“@BretBaier ill make a deal with you. You help me get to 50 Followers and I will send you an official Alan P Spuzzillo autographed 8×10.” Spuzzillo is a community, social and political activist in Annapolis, Md. And he’s outreaching alright, to Kate Upton, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model. Spuzzillo probes her, asking, “@KateUpton did u volunteer for the swimsuit issue or did u actually get paid?” And this: “I’m confused did @KateUpton win a contest or internship?” For the full authority on Upton, see Politico CLICK — they can’t stop telling us she’s the congressman’s niece.

What’s Driving the Day… “Mars announces new calorie limits for candy bars, which could spell the end of the king-sized Snickers.” — NBC Washington.

TV reporter and dog rapt by Westminster dog show

“Watched Westminster dog show with the pups. When the King Charles English toy pranced by, Scotty stood up and stared at the TV… his breed.” — ABC 7′s Stephen Tschida.

Convo Between Two Journos

“Just finished watching entire series of #FridayNightLights for second time. perhaps this will be an annual ritual. (attn @meredithshiner)” — Former TNR Online Editor Seyward Darby.

“You can never, EVER have too much Tim Riggins. #LawsOfTheUniverse #TexasForever” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

FishbowlDC Party…

Dear Fishbowl Friends, the party is nearly upon us — tonight, in fact, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lost Society, where you’ll be greeted by a big, burly intern manning the invitation only guest list. If you haven’t yet RSVP’d please do so by following the link in the invitation we’ve already sent you. Many standout stars are planning to show up — we don’t want to spoil the surprises. But if you know Slate‘s Dave Weigel, send him a note or a tweet and nudge him to attend. As of our last exchange, he said  he is “considering.” Our lives hang in the balance unless you can get him there. Ezzy, shockingly, hasn’t RSVPd. On a brighter note, I’m told the fare will include chicken waffles, Bourbon S’mores and as much high end vodka as you can stand. — Betsy

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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Quotes of the Day

Journos react to bizarre Cain ad

“Cain ad with chief of staff smoking attempts to make pitch to sullen teenagers.” — The Hill‘s Associate Editor Ian Swanson on Herman Cain‘s weird new smoking ad. He links here.

“Herman Cain’s smoking gum: the dumbest ad in the history of politics.” — The Guardian’s Richard Adams.

“I still say @TheHermanCain’s smile was the most entertaining part of the smoking ad.” — Roll Call‘s David Drucker.

Best of Lululemon murder trial tweets

From WTOP’s Neal Augenstein: “Books being read in courtroom during #Lululemon jury selection: 4 Blondes by Candace Bushnell, and Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning.” And this…”Topics of discussion between potential #Lululemon jurors — the size of a dog’s paws, and the political future of Md Atty Genl Doug Gansler.” Follow Neal at @AugensteinWTOP.

One of our readers writes in on Twitter: “In the middle of a conference call, still, and I see the “tweets and tits” story. Thanks for causing me to choke on Cheez Its.” The story he’s referring to is this one. Another reader writes in from Napa Valley… “I’m in wine country in northern California. Sometimes, I come across, read items like this one and just wish that the whole bunch of em on the Hill could just chill out for a week (or much more) in the Napa Valley. Say, Calistoga, where they could all jump into a hot mud bath and splash mud at one another to vent all those pent-up aggressions and emotions. Please be sure to let the Calistoga resort owner know when Congress is coming. I’m sure they’ll want to be sure they have enough mud on hand!”

Ifill tries to one up Booker

“Lovely day today in Newark. (there, beat you to it @corybooker)” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Uh oh.

“What goes around, comes around….That is my philosophy at the moment.” — The Daily Caller‘s Pat McMahon.

Journo hears beatings for greetings

“Voicemail says ‘to administer personal greetings press 3,’ but it sounds like ‘beatings’ which I suppose is what was on Qaddafi’s voicemail” — Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson.

Daily Caller’s Ham Spoofs Maddow

At The Daily Caller, making fun of an anchor on MSNBC is a daily national pastime. Today we have Mary Katharine Ham in a bright blue hard hat (you know where this is going) doing a dramatic dog park depiction of Rachel Maddow‘s Lean Forward ad. Please, Daily Caller, spoof the Chris Matthews ad too when you get a chance. We think Tucker Carlson or else Pat McMahon could play a mean Matthews talking about the 2012 election and what political candidates ought to say.

Watch here.

Daily Caller Piles Into Top of the Hill

Daily Caller staffers and about a trillion (exaggerating slightly) other people piled into Top of the Hill last night at the Pour House on Capitol Hill. The reason for the party (as if the Daily Caller really ever needs a reason) was to welcome new members of Congress and their aides to Washington. Topics of conversation included how crowded the room was, Congress stuff and political musings, the fantastic open bar, and Daily Caller spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins‘ birthday (which, as FBDC noted earlier, is today).

As is the case with any good party, people got fairly drunk. A pleasant, fun kind of drunk. Editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson took notice, and also addressed how crowded the Top of the Hill had become. “I’m not try to encourage people to drink, but there’s a lot of alcohol downstairs as well,” he said.

A number of congressmen were in attendance, but we spotted one  freshmen for sure: Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.).

Also at the party: Publisher Neil Patel, executive editor Megan Mulligan, Mary Katharine Ham, reporters Jon Ward, Chris Moody, Jonathan Strong, Jeff Winkler, and Mike Riggs (the “Daily Baller” wasn’t doing anything too crazy though), and online editors Julia McClatchy, Chad Brady, and Pat McMahon (who demanded to be mentioned “or else”); Fox News’ Shannon Bream and her husband Sheldon; ABC News’ Ann Compton, her husband, Dr. Bill Hughes, and her daughter, the Atlantic‘s Annie Hughes; Chris Bodenner, also of the Atlantic; WaPo‘s Katherine Zaleski; Washington City Paper‘s Mike Madden; Chris McGreal of The Guardian; C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman; Dan Hirschhorn of Politico; CNN’s Brianna Keilar; Washington Examiner “Yeas and Nays” columnist Nikki Schwab; Christina Wilkie and A.B. Stoddard of The Hill; Moe Tkacik; Kurt Bardella, spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa and the bain of Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz‘s existence; Speaker of the House John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael SteelTony Blankley, Executive Vice President at Edelman; and NYP‘s Charlie Hurt.

Lots of love among Daily Caller staffers. Reporter Jeff Winkler goes in for a kiss with online editor Pat McMahon. Spokeswoman Becca Glover seems to enjoy it.

WCP‘s Mike Madden, however, didn’t enjoy it. (We don’t know that he was watching the kiss, but it’s entirely possible.)

Photos courtesy of Wonkette‘s Elizabeth Glover.