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Election Analysis + Drinking = HuffPost Live at 6pm Tonight

What trumps the typical Election Night coverage on broadcast and cable networks (a full rundown here via TVNewser) and live streams by online news outlets? Coverage complete with libations, that’s what!

At 6 pm, HuffPost Live will present a special live edition of its popular “Drinking & Talking” series, complete with a table spread of wine, beer, and Maker’s Mark. HuffPost White House correspondent Sam Stein will moderate a conversation with TalkingPointMemo’s Brian Beutler; EMILY’s List comms director Jess McIntosh; The Free Beacon’s Alana Goodman; and Purple Strategies’ Rory Cooper.

Topics of conversation: the “most humiliating” and “most memorable” moments of this election cycle and “if you’re the President, do you go see a shrink after this.”

So sit back come 6 pm, and watch the latest installment of HuffPost’s “Drinking & Talking,” election-style. And stay tuned throughout the night for HuffPost Live’s all night election coverage.

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Jay Carney Toasts Brendan Buck’s Move from Boehner’s Office to AHIP

brendan-buckIn celebration of his move as press secretary for Speaker Boehner to America’s Health Insurance Plans, Brendan Buck joined with friends Monday evening to toast to his new gig. We hear White House press secretary Jay Carney even stopped by, which is pretty funny given their past Twitter feuds.

The night was hosted by Michael Steel – also of Boehner’s staff. In attendance: Washington Examiner’s Rebecca Berg, POLITICO’s Mike Allen and Christine Delargy, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Jeff Zeleny, RNC’s Sean SpicerKevin Smith, Doug Heye, Rory Cooper, CBR’s Brent Swander, Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Erin McPike, Kevin Sheridan, WaPo’s Paul Kane, Roll Call’s Tom Williams, Crossfire’s David Chalian, NBC News’ Frank Thorp and Shawna Thomas, CBS’s Walt Cronkite, Sue Davis, Scott Mulhauser, Kirsten Kukowski, Brad Dayspring, Laena Fallon, Juleanna Glover, and Becca Glover.

Heritage’s Cooper to Cantor’s Office

Rory Cooper, Communications Director at The Heritage Foundation, is leaving to go to work for House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). “It’s an honor to go work for Majority Leader Cantor and join his stellar team promoting the Republican pro-growth agenda to create jobs and prosperity for all Americans,” he told FishbowlDC in a positively patriotic, spokesman-like quote.

Question to ask yourselves: Will Cooper stylistically be a hothead like former adorable Cantor flak and Deputy Chief of Staff Brad Dayspring? Cooper replaces Laena Fallon as Communications Director. She left to be VP for Communications for The Financial Services Forum.

At Heritage, Cooper was also executive editor for The Foundry, Heritage’s blog of public policy news and commentary. Among its features is Morning Bell.

Cooper’s post at Heritage won’t be replaced as much as the department will be reorganized. Rob Bluey will now take charge of the digital media department as well as continuing his role as Director of the Center for Media and Public Policy.

Cooper lives in Hyattsville with his wife, Emily, daughter, Lillian and dog, Harold.

HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ Gets Dim Reviews in D.C.

By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein

HBO’s drama Newsroom debuted Sunday night. The series tells the story of an easily agitated cable news anchor played by Jeff Daniels who has a public meltdown at Northwestern University resulting in a mass exodus of his staff. What’s a newsroom without a resident alcoholic, a wonk and a love triangle? Sam Waterston plays the drunken president of ACN who tells Daniels privately that he loved the meltdown. Dev Patel plays a perfect wonk. Who wouldn’t love to have him on their news team? A former love interest played by Emily Mortimer takes over his program as executive producer with plans to shake up the newscast for better or worse. And the love triangle: Daniels’ assistant played by Alison Pill is seeing an arrogant ass of a reporter (Thomas Sadoski) in the newsroom who doesn’t want to get too serious. Will she shack up with the new guy played by John Gallagher (check him out below)? Stay tuned…

Gawker published a favorable review by broadcasting legend Dan Rather. If subsequent episodes are as good as the first, he wrote, “then [Newsroom creator] Aaron Sorkin has a winner.”

ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper was less kind. In TNR, he called the show “sadly disappointing.” Similarly negative reviews were published in the NYT, WaPo and The New Yorker magazine.

We asked around to see what Washington’s media thought about the show. Sadly the viewing community, minus Slate‘s Dave Weigel, wasn’t large. And among those who watched, most abhorred it while a small minority of journalists are on the fence and plan to keep watching.

“Didn’t watch… don’t plan to… why do I want to spend my down time watching a fictionalized account of what I supposedly do for a living?” — NBC’s Chuck Todd

“So badly do I but I don’t get HBO despite trying to get it specifically so I could watch this show. I need someone to rent me a living room with HBO next weekend so I can check it out.” — RCP’s Erin McPike

“Going into the show I was highly skeptical, but you know I was entertained. Was it the west wing? No.  True to life? no (I’ve never seen a bottle of whiskey in my newsroom) but a quality first outing. I think it got the energy of a newsroom right. I’ll watch next week.One knock, but its kind of part of the Sorkin playbook…it got a touch preachy. I do wish the newsroom had a breaking news siren or something. — ABC7′s Kris Van Cleave

“Not sure I feel one way or another about it yet. I did identify with some of the situations, the environment and some of the characters, but I wasn’t fully convinced. Plus, the best part was the on-stage meltdown. It slowed considerably after that. Enjoyable but not addictive – at least not yet.” — CNN’s Matt Dornic

“I got rid of cable when I was watching too many “real” housewives. When I found myself wasting my time watching Kimmie’s wig pulled off on the streets of Atlanta – and my kids glued to Cartoon Network – cable had to go … Leaves me more time to read Fishbowl.” — ABC7′s Rebecca Cooper

“If the point of The Newsroom was to leave West Wing fans feeling a bit embarrassed, Sorkin succeeded. However, I am excited to share this experience with Twitter until the show ends.” — The Heritage Foundation’s Director of Communications Rory Cooper

“Didn’t watch. Think I’ll wait then tackle three or four episodes in one sitting.”– Politico‘s Dylan Byers

“Didn’t watch, though did enjoy Sorkin’s A Few Good Men on (I think) TNT Saturday”– Politico‘s Alex Burns

“I did, largely because 1) the negative reviews/profiles were so succulent and 2) I needed to procrastinate. Maybe Dan Rather is right, and people in print media just don’t understand whether or not this feels REAL. (When I do MSNBC, I’m sort of an in-and-out guest in the newsrooms and studios, so I have not seen a newsroom burst into action to chase down BP statements.) That said… seriously, they broke the BP story wide open because they ran with the new guy’s two sources? Isn’t that how the Paris correspondent gets in trouble in “The Imperfectionists”?”– Slate’s Weigel.

“I am probably the only person in D.C. whose job it is to write about entertainment and did not tune in. I’ll watch it when I get home tonight, but from all of the scathing reviews I have pretty low expectations, which is disappointing because I love a good walk and talk. I have “Sports Night” queued up on Netflix in case I need to cleanse my palette afterward.”– The Daily Caller‘s Taylor Bigler

“I turned off HBO after True Blood, the Newsroom’s plot just seemed too dark and twisted.” — USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich

“Tedious.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV Reporter Jeff Poor

“No, didn’t watch watch it and won’t watch it.. I work in a newsroom. Why in god’s name would I then go home and watch a show about working in a newsroom? Give me an episode of Game of Thrones!” — NBC’s Andy Gross

“I thought it was mostly fun, albeit pretty melodramatic with the various speeches, especially the ones delivered by the Brit woman. Plenty of news organizations are “popular” without pandering to one audience or another. Thought Jeff Daniels was great as a cynical, beaten-down new sguy who could have been a print or digital person as well as a TV one.” — BusinessWeek‘s Bryan Gruley

“I didn’t watch. I’m lame.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich

“Sorry, In ATL this week for a conference. Didn’t see it.” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie

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Quotes of the Day

“Do I exfoliate? I’ll punch you for asking me that.” — MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist on becoming “mansome” in a morning documentary on male grooming. Geist said his Germanic roots prevent him from getting unwanted back hair or the dreaded unibrow.


Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s convo is between The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox and writer Lisa De Pasquale, who lives in Alexandria, Va. and writes The Lotus Blog.

Ana Marie Cox: “Today is the day I bought a pair of white skinny jeans.”

Lisa De Pasquale: “Ana Marie Cox, Congrats. I adore white pants and don’t care if they make me look like I’m on my way to mahjong.”

“BREAKING: Obama appears to be growing a mustache.” — Yahoo! News‘s Chris Moody.

Comforting Thoughts

“My Thursday column topic: dealing w the TSA. Or how I took a pocket knife through 3 airports by accident, until I notified chagrined TSA.” — Dick Hughes, Editorial Page Editor for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore.

Current TV’s star, Eliot Spitzer, loses his Twitter virginity with this: “This is Eliot Spitzer – Viewpoint host- Frmr Ag and Gov — hope you will follow national and world events with me over election season ahead.” Sadly, as of 11:02 p.m. he had three tweets, has 120 followers and is follow no one. His handle is @EliotSpitzer.

Loesch morphs into Rachel Ray

“Nothing says ‘sorry’ like a good dog casserole. Just an FYI to Booker.” — Breitbart.com Editor Dana Loesch in reference to Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

President Obama’s Chicago-centric interview

“Media doesn’t get many opportunities to question President. Thankfully we got a question in on how much Obama loves Chicago.” — Heritage Foundation Communications Director Rory Cooper.

President Obama’s Chicago-centric interview

“Media doesn’t get many opportunities to question President. Thankfully we got a question in on how much Obama loves Chicago.” — Heritage Foundation Communications Director Rory Cooper.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

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Quotes of the Day

Duffy Buttry in shades. (The pooch belongs to JRC Employee and former TBDer Steve Buttry and wife, Mimi.)

TBD reporter longs for longer hair

“Sometimes I miss having long hair.” — TBD‘s Jeremy Binckes in a Tuesday tweet.

A WaPo columnist’s sure fire solution to nation’s problems

“Maybe divine intervention is the realistic solution to this problem,” — WaPo Columnist E.J. Dionne on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow program Tuesday night.

The Observer

“The way Jay Carney just attacked Chuck Todd for asking a very legitimate question was very Robert Gibbs-like.” — Rory Cooper, Communications Director for Heritage Foundation, in a Tuesday tweet.

The Observer II

“Wow. A really … odd guy with a megaphone outside the WH. Even weirder than the norm.” — TWT White House reporter Kara Rowland in a Tuesday tweet.

WaPo blogger critiques the critics

“The economy is about to crater, but reporters are spending time trying to discredit each other’s reporting.” — WaPo‘s Greg Sargent who writes “The Plum Line” in a Tuesday tweet.

Bio of the Day

Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein: “Her senior thesis, ‘Slaves and Slavery at Princeton’ was the first extended examination of the university’s ties to slavery and won the C.O. Joline Prize for American History.”

Journo Hate

“Aww, thin-skinned @DavidShuster blocked me, just like his boss @KeithOlbermann. The shit doesn’t fall far from the asshole, or something.” — Conservative writer and radio host Derek Hunter in a Tuesday tweet. Hunter helped found The Daily Caller.

Former WHCA dinner guest weighs in on underground acne

“#IHateItWhen You can feel a zit coming on but can’t see it yet so you don’t know where to put the acne medicine.” — The lovely Alyssa Milano in a Tuesday tweet. She attended the White House Correspondent Assoc. Dinner in late April and many of the red carpet events that went along with it.

Journo has amnesia?

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Now that TWO Democrats participated in lewd sexual behavior forcing resignations, how many other dems do?” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle in a Tuesday tweet. Of course he fails to mention the litany of R’s who’ve also been involved in sex scandals including former Sen. Larry Craig, former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, former Sen. John Ensign, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Rep. Mark Foley and the shirtless former Rep. Chris Lee, to name more than a few.