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Quotes of the Day

Lizza offers pronunciation advice

“Pro tip: The secret to pronouncing Ahmadinejad is to think ‘I’m a dinner jacket.’ #yourewelcome #cnndebate” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

Daily Caller reporter gets gipped by BuzzFeed

“Interesting. HuffPost links me in their Rand Paul veep story. BuzzFeed does not extend the same courtesy. Something I said?” — The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis. Just speculation, but there is ongoing warfare between The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith.

TPM‘s Marshall razzes CNN’s King

“John King: If you were a form of contraception, which one would you be?” — TPM Editor Josh Marshall. He also promo-ed the one-word debate question with this: “Official John King dingbat question round coming up after the commercial.”

Annoying Tweet of the Night Award

“To those who interpret my tweets as being for or against someone, I’m neutral. I’m just enjoying calling the debate as I see it…” — CNN Contributor Ari Fleischer. Note to Fleischer: SHUT UP ALREADY.

King’s one-word question elicits angry/funny reactions

Coulter weighs in: “Newt: unfaithful Ron Paul: cute Santorum: Satan! Romney: president” — Conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter.

“How would I describe myself? Three words. Hard-working. Alpha male. Jackhammer.” — The Daily Caller‘s Lewis.

“Santorum should’ve just said Santorum. #maturejokes” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.

“BREAKING: Stupid question draws really stupid answers.” — The Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

“Sleepy, grumpy, bashful and … Cheerful” — HuffPost’s Howard Fineman.

“Cheerful? Fact check.” — Media Matters Spokeswoman Jess Levin.

“Santorum sets himself apart by describing himself WITH A NOUN. Someone give the man a grammar book.” — The Guardian‘s LA-based Amy Willis.

Hollywood assumption…

Commentary‘s John Podhoretz thinks he knows insider Hollywood gossip? He writes, “Eva Longoria is a co-chair of the Obama re-election effort. So the Botox community is well-represented.”

Unfortunate gaseous exchange

Below the Beltway’s Doug Mataconis: “I’m hungry. What’s for dinner?”

The Right Sphere Contributor Tom Dougherty: “Enchiladas because I want heartburn and gas during the #GOPDebate/#CNNDebate tonight.”

What’s Driving the Day: “Cat saves his owner’s life just HOURS after being adopted” — HuffPost. Read here.

D.C. journo dreams of Chelsea Handler

“Just remembered dream I had about Chelsea Handler last night. She was a neuroscientist inventing a drug to block feelings. Subconscious=lame.” — D.C.-based freelancer Moe Tkacik.

The Observer

“Media scare tactics: John King says, ‘One of these men could be president 11 months from now.’ #CNNDebate” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Ash Wednesday Faux Pas Prevention Tip

“Note to self: refrain from saying, ‘umm, you have a little something on your forehead’ today. — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Wednesday tweet.

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Quotes of the Day

“The @DCCC is selling shirts with a crying @SpeakerBoehner that say: ‘Weeper of the House’” — USA Today‘s Susan Davis.

Office partying gone awry

“Interesting to come back to one’s office, after entertaining one’s colleagues there for drinks, to discover someone’s belt on your desk.” — The Atlantic‘s Washington Editor James Bennet.

Huntsman daughters give up Politico

“Us girls have decided to give up politico.com for lent.” — Jon2012girls.

From the Dept. of Bad Ideas…

“I wish CPAC were on a cruise ship.” — Keder.

Journo hesitates on ‘vaginal penetration’ politics

“Old rule of politics (I think it was coined by Dirksen): if your bill can be described using words ‘vaginal penetration,’ best not to pursue.”– The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

DCRTV Dave can’t distinguish his ass from his elbow

In this disturbing video, DCRTV’s Dave Hughes (i.e. Washington’s biggest thief of a blogger) gets confused by his own thoughts about FBDC’s recent party. Observes FBDC’s Peter Ogburn: “Seriously.  He can’t even keep up with his bullshit.  In the same breath, he says no one with any credibility went to the party and then talks about how great WaPo‘s Erik Wemple is.  F–k him a million times.” Peter later mumbled something about the way Dave puts on his socks at the beginning of the video. We think we heard this: “Looks like he’s just cleaning up after dismembering an underage prostitute.”

FishPoll: The Results. Was Politico Dave Cantanese‘s middle finger silver ring a hit or a miss at last week’s FishbowlDC party at Lost Society? A resounding 41.33 percent of you declared, “Yes, love it!.” A close second at 40 percent was, “No, rings should only be worn on a ring finger.”

Our resident ABC’s “The Bachelor” expert Emily Miller asks, “Did Kacie B lose the Bachelor over the dad who doesn’t drink, mother who wont let her live together before marriage or frizzy hair?” The Huntsman Daughters: “We wish we could tweet about The Bachelor right now. #nowords”

FNC’s Bret Baier lasts 48 hours minus tweeting

“Have a great weekend everyone! I am going to try to NOT tweet this wknd-let’s see if I can do it. Psyched to hang with the fam all wknd!!” — FNC’s Bret Baier, who was back on Monday to retweet moronic followers like this one: “My 4th tweet! Can I get an RT or reply so I can brag to the wife?” Bret obliged.

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Quotes of the Day

Ezzy’s Oops!

FishbowlDC Fan Club Prez and WaPo liberal blogger Ezra Klein set off a firestorm Monday when he declared that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) was sporting facial hair. Okay, so firestorm is a huge exaggeration, but here’s what happened…Tweet 1: Paul Ryan is now sporting facial hair. Tweet 2: The previous facial hair tweet was a false, or at least outdated, alarm. It was from Dec. Ryan is once again clean shaven.

The name of Paul Bedard‘s new column in the Washington Examiner: “Washington Secrets.” His former column at U.S. News & World Report was “Washington Whispers,” a name association that will be tough for Bedard to shake.

Journo succumbs to “The Bachelor” addiction

“I am weak. I’m watching the rest of Bachelor only to find Ben getting schooled on basic kissing skills. It’s about damn time.” — TWT‘s Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller.

The Complimenter

“TALENT OVERBOARD! Lois Romano has escaped from the Voyage of the Damned RMSTitina. #Vortex of Madness.” — The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus on Politico‘s newest hire, Lois Romano, from The Daily Beast.

The important things in life…

“The ongoing slog from 4995 followers to 5000 seems never ending.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman, a.k.a Fastbreak!

Bret Baier to the Gov: Who’s your buddy?

Buddy Romer: “Still available for color commentary, Bret.”

Bret Baier: “Governor I promise I will have you on soon – I am good for it.”

Roland’s nightmarish day

“I’ve been called an ape, gorilla & a N-word today. Not the first time. Won’t be last. I’m sure if I retweeted that person wouldn’t be happy!” — Washington Watch Host and CNN analyst Roland Martin, taking heat Monday for joking about “smacking” a dude who gets hyped about a commercial showing David Beckham in his skivvies. The remark referenced a Super Bowl ad Sunday. Some construed Roland’s remarks as homophobic.

Convo Between Two Journos

The following conversation is between The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith.

Lizza: “Ben r u durnk?”

Smith: “Ryan Lizza, what is this my first ever typo?”

(Smith explained to FishbowlDC, “Can’t quite remember what, but it was a tweet with two typos. Sober.” UPDATE: Smith actually made FOUR typos in one tweet, hence Lizza’s accusation of Ben being on the sauce. The “drunken” tweet reads: Ron Paul’s caucus strategy — for picking up delegates, & for keeping hte media intrested — diddn’t owkr in Nevada.” )

Note of gratitude: We’re ecstatic that the faux @DrJillBiden is now following us, if for no other reason, to find out what U.S. News & World Report‘s “Washington Whispers” will cover next. Tweet from this morning: “Day 1 of arms like Michelle: Noble Peace Prize curls.” We like her already.

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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: The Moon Edition

To the Moon, Newt

“THEY ARE STILL DEBATING GOING TO THE MOON.” — The New Yorker‘s Washington writer Ryan Lizza.

“This portion of the debate is about colonizing the Moon. Just wanted to point that out.” — ReutersSam Youngman. He added, “I’ve been saying for years that the way POTUS is neglecting the Moon is shameful.”

“Shocking amount of #mooncolony talk tonight.” — NBC TODAY Show’s Savannah Guthrie.

Praise for Wolf Blitzer

“That’s right Wolf, get in Newt’s ass. I love this. Wolf is soooooo much better than Jon King.” — NYT‘s Charles Blow. He added, “I knew that I shouldn’t have had that 3rd drink before watching these debates.”

And a critic…“This wife stuff is embarrassing. #cnndebate” — Actress Mia Farrow.

A breath of fresh air: Ron Paul

“Ron Paul is like a palet-clearing sorbet between six courses of mud.” — The Daily Beast‘s Lloyd Grove.

Meanwhile…WaPo Express Editor discusses sex act

While most Washington reporters were fixated on last night’s debate, WaPo Express’s Clinton Yates was out on the town talking dirty. “At dinner with the gf, her friend and other friends of friends. One is certifiable. What a nightmare,” he wrote. “We’re at a Mexican restaurant btw. Arriba! This woman is trying to impress us with her knowledge. Next term: fisting! She’s so hip.”

Hair and Makeup

“I think each candidate should be given an electric razor and be allowed to cut one opponent’s hair anyway he wants.” — National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg.

“Does Callista’s hair ever move?” — WaPo‘s Right Turn blogger Jennifer Rubin. Chicago Book Editor Beth Renaldi remarked, “Callista Gingrich’s hair never moves. #cnndebate.”

“Callista’s makeup is looking a little more natural tonight. #CNNdebate Kurtz” — The Hill‘s Howeesha Kurtz (a.k.a. Judy Kurtz).

Really Howie?

“Wolf: Why would your wife make the best first lady? All eyes will be on Newt for his Callista answer.” — The Daily Beast/Newsweek‘s Howie Kurtz in the most painfully obvious observation of the night.

Birthweek: Maureen Orth

“Missing the #FLDebate for @LukeRsmom birthday dinner. The only disagreement here is what flavor ice cream to get.” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert referring to his mom, VF’s Maureen Orth. (h/t Luke Russert, h/t Mike Allen for h/t)

A special Happy Birthday to C-SPAN’s Communications Director Howard Mortman. From his colleague Steve Scully: “Howard is an incredibly hard worker…in the league of Chuck Todd and Mike Allen. As he gets another year older…he also looks much older than Todd or Allen. But we still love him. In fact I remember him when he was ‘Extreme’ Mortman. Those were the days. :)

The FishbowlDC Interview With Reason’s Peter Suderman

Say hello to Reason Magazine Associate Editor and TWT movie critic Peter Suderman. Born in Ohio, he and his family moved to North Carolina for a few years, then to the panhandle of Florida – a town called Niceville. Suderman has endured all the “nice” jokes a person can handle and says yes, indeed, it was a “nice” place to come of age, complete with manicured golf courses and palm trees. “It’s very nice,” he says. “Totally nice. You get a lot of Pleasantville references. But sure, it’s a nice place to grow up. It’s near the ocean.” Suderman himself is rather nice, polite — and jumpy. The latter may stem from the large carafe of coffee he consumes daily. He says he couldn’t function without it. On rare occasions that he has tried, he’s consumed by headaches and fatigue. So why try?

We met in Reason‘s gorgeous dimly lit loft-like space off Dupont Circle – we’re on display in a glass enclosed conference room that sits smack in the middle of the office. It’s warm — like an oven. And there are funky aluminum art pieces.

Conversation topics included video games and how he once occupied his time while out of work for three and a half months. Time off involved hours of video games and sometimes sleeping until noon. Favorite movies include Taxi Driver, Fight Club and Blade Runner. Suderman was a pretty serious music geek in high school, he says. Among the instruments he played: Guitar, bass, tuba, flute and baritone.

Prior to Washington, Sudmerman was an editor at the University of North Florida Spinnaker, where he wrote a column and movie reviews and compiled the local entertainment calendar. He spent a couple years writing record reviews for Skyscraper, a music zine for indie-rock obsessives. In 2005 he arrived in Washington — a city it seems he was destined to live — and went to work as Assistant Editorial Director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He began writing movie reviews for National Review Online. Soon he became NRO‘s Managing Editor, which involved briefly relocating to NYC.

He happily returned to Washington and hasn’t looked back. “You may not be rich,” he says of journalism, “but you can make a decent career of waking up everyday and reading and writing. I get paid to watch movies. This is not bad.”

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Ale 8, a difficult-to-find but uniquely tasty Kentucky ginger ale that is the best soda I’ve ever had.

How often do you Google yourself? Google alerts does it continuously for me.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? In general, I’m of the opinion that saying terrible things to bosses isn’t a good idea, so I haven’t done much of it. But during my college years, I briefly worked at a chain clothing store. It was tedious and terrible and they would promise to schedule employees one way—and then totally ignore those promises when the schedule was posted. Eventually, I got tired of it and told one of the assistant managers that I wouldn’t be coming in anymore, even though I was supposed to work several more shifts. The response wasn’t exactly friendly. I’ve given notice before quitting every other job I’ve ever worked. But in this case I recall saying something to effect of, “You guys have no respect for my schedule, so why should I have any respect for yours?”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? It’s impossible to pick one. Obviously, I am a big fan of my wife, Megan McArdle, and all of my colleagues at Reason. But in no particular order, I am also a big fan of: Ross Douthat, Ezra Klein, Philip Klein, Tim Carney, Ryan Lizza, Jonathan Cohn, A.O. Scott, and Anthony Lane. This is an incomplete list, and I’ve surely forgotten to include important people.

What’s your dream job? Aqua Teen Hunger Force voice actor, maybe? Or editor at an awesome libertarian magazine.

Do you have a favorite word? Balderdash?

Top three life moments: Getting married. Meeting my wife for the first time. Making the cover of the local paper dressed up as Obi-Wan Kenobi after seeing Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Sec. Janet Napolitano or former AG Janet Reno? Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) If the fate of humanity hangs in the balance based on one’s commitment to a night between the sheets with one of the Janets, maybe we don’t deserve to survive. But if I can’t say “neither,” and we’re really in an end-times scenario, then I suppose I may as well go for both. Makes for a more entertaining story afterwards, and is probably more likely to accomplish the important productivity goals.

What swear word do you use most often? I mutter “Oh, for fuck’s fucking sake” at least a few times everyday.

To borrow from Politico’s “Answer This” (with a FishbowlDC twist): Picture someone in Washington who you’d like to strangle (if such a thing were legal). Without naming him or her, please describe them in the nude. Just kidding. Tell us what you think of them. I think this person is embarrassing [himself or herself], but it’s sure entertaining to watch.

Who is your favorite Boybander and why? (Ezzy, Hazy, Weigel, Attackerman, Beutler) I like all of them because they’re good journalists and decent people. But I suppose if I have to pick one, I’ll go with Weigel, because I’ve known him almost since I moved to D.C.

When you pig out what do you eat? Tyson’s chicken tenders. (I also eat these when I’m not pigging out.)

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. My various clothing allegiances tend to shift quite a bit from year to year, but since moving to D.C., one constant in my life has been a tweed jacket I got from my dad. I have no idea what brand it is, or what it cost him. But it’s amazingly comfortable, and it kind of looks like an old English prof’s coat left over from his grad school days, likely because it is.

Pick one: Kim, Khloe, or Kourtney? It can’t be an accident that those initials spell K.K.K.

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New Yorker Launches New Blog with Huge Pictures

If you love politics but are teetering on edge of legal blindness, the New Yorker has created a new blog for you: The Political Scene.

The blog just launched Monday and functions like a guide to the 2012 presidential election. It has brief analysis of all the Republican candidates, photo galleries and medium-length thought pieces on the primary process from the magazine’s esteemed writers, such as Jeffrey Toobin, Ryan Lizza and Jane Mayer.

There’s a lot of content but it’s got a few setbacks. First, the graphics appear to have been captured using IMAX technology. They’re massive. Of course, gigantic graphics lead to choppy display. Second, a banner with feature stories drops down and covers more than half the screen if you hover your cursor above a certain point. Lastly, scrolling itself is an odd experience. Navigation bars on the left and top of the screen remain stationary as you move up or down, but chunks of the screen run into each other then overlap to display the previous or following story. Readers may experience brief vertigo while browsing.

We’re not huge fans of the layout, but it’s a decent blog. Designers should simply keep in mind that not everyone is running on a double-screen multiprocessor computer system.

Raunchy Santorum Sex Jokes Abound

There are some things that can’t be unlearned. Like the word “santorum.” Ever since GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum clumped homosexuality together with bestiality and polygamy and declared them all deviant, syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage created an alternative meaning for the politician’s surname. There’s no easy way to do this, so hide the children for a moment and don’t let them near the computer… Santorum: That frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex. (Source: Urban Dictionary).

Last night some Washington journalists couldn’t stop themselves from cracking jokes on the Santorum matter, with the former senator surging and all.

The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza remarked on Twitter, “Note to headline writers tonight: be careful with how you juxtapose the words Santorum and caucus.” And Metro Weekly‘s openly gay White House Correspondent Chris Geidner jumped right in, reminding Lizza, “You forgot ‘three-way’ and ‘from behind.’”

Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter made this keen observation: “If Santorum pulls this out, he’ll dog Romney for months.” Democratic strategist and pundit Paul Begala couldn’t resist. “That would be dog-on-man, no?” he replied.

Also unable to resist the heat of the moment was HuffPost‘s political writer Sam Stein who concluded, “This is, undoubtedly, the first three-way Santorum’s been in #hadtomakethejoke.”

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Quotes of the Day — Behind the Curtain in Des Moines


The Rachels: RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy says on Twitter, “What they’re watching at Santorum’s party #iacaucus.” The Rachels tortured us early Wednesday morning with a very special episode of “Up With Chris Hayes” at 1 a.m.

Fishbowl Des Moines (Adios, Mike Allen, we’re taking back the night.)

Luntz’s puffy coat

“Frank Luntz on Fox News has the biggest, puffiest down jacket I have ever seen in my life.” — Zach Wolf, ABC News Political Unit. (Photo credit: Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.)

Confusion on the campaign trail

“Ron Paul staffer gets confused thinks I work ‘the times’ instead of ‘in these times’ asks if I want to speak to the Congressman.” — Labor journo Mike Elk.

Journo loses his belt; disaster averted

“At the lovely Capitol in Des Moines to join @BretBaier. Fortunately we’ll be seated so my lost belt shouldn’t result in YouTube hilarity.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

Birthdays: “Happy 1st birthday to Wee-Bey, the dog. The one year old goldendoodle will be celebrating by licking his balls.” — FBDC’s Peter Ogburn. (h/t Ogburn and h/t Mike Allen for h/t) Asked about presents, Peter remarked, “I did get Wee-Bey a present. The exciting new E-Book from Politico, The Right Fights Back.”

The Beauty Experts

Sarah Palin‘s half-beehive is back!” — Politico media writer Keach Hagey. (Photo credit: Business Insider’s Glynnis MacNicol.)

“Loser or not, Michelle Bachmann looks fabulous.” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie. Wilkie also observed Ron Paul‘s wife, saying, “Carol Paul is rocking a fur collared coat. A big one. Indoors. At a campaign event. Thoughts? #iacaucus.”

“First time a presidential candidate’s on-stage surrogate has EVER has a neck tattoo. #iacaucus” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake.

Lizza lets loose

“Can we all agree the Iowa Straw Paul is f*cking stupid now?” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, who also wrote, “I picked a terrible night to be on deadline for a 10,000 word piece not about GOP politics.” But our favorite Lizza from the night is by far this: “What’s on Marcus’s lips?” (In reference to Michelle Bachmann’s hubby, Marcus.) On another note entirely, what the f$%# was Marcus doing buying their dog, Boomer, sunglasses in Iowa?

Tapper pays Busey a compliment (wink! wink!)

“I cannot understate the importance of the Gary Busey endorsement, then withdrawal of said endorsement, of @NewtGingrich.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Spotted: Journos being  journos

“Spotted in Des Moines, midnight Central: A bunch of reporters who thought they would be drunk and/or in bed right now.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Watch out. Harwood’s caffeinated.

“Modern media life: Up 4 am in Iowa. 19 hours of live shots. Charter flight to NH. Arrive hotel. Now, coffee…then more live shots.” — CNBC’s and NYT‘s John Harwood.

Arianna cracks on CNN’s John King

“Waiting for John King to get sucked into his Touch Screen Map, Poltergeist-style.” — HuffPost/AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington.

And back in Washington…

The weather outside is frightful

“NEVER GOING OUTSIDE AGAIN and also other irrational things because it’s just so so cold.” WaPo‘s Lindsay Apple.

An evening in

“Leftover palak paneer? Check. Bottomless iced tea? Check. Power outlet? Check. Bring it on, Iowa. #caucus” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

The TV Critics

“Fox News discussion hours before the caucuses: Are reporters who tweet full of themselves?” — Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.

Bret Baier back on this ‘guy in a truck’ thing…what the hell? Enough already.” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

“I thought it was odd when Sanford signed off his Fox News interview with, ‘Tienes los ojos más bonitos del mundo.’ — National Review Online‘s Jim Geraghty on former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford‘s punditry appearance on FNC last night.

“Gingrich translated: ‘If the truth hurts, fuck you.’” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg.

Marcus Bachmann would have made a lovely first lady. #iacaucus” — Crooks & Liars’ Tina Dupuy.

“As Ron Paul speaks, Rand is standing behind him looking like he’s at a funeral.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“I think we can all agree that Boomer Bachmann getting new sunglasses was more interesting than this speech.” — FNC Democratic political analyst and Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers.

Teeth brushing or Romney speech? That’s easy.

“How captivated was I by Romney’s stump/victory speech? Half-way through, I ran to brush my teeth.” – Roll Call’s Shira Toeplitz.

Why Santorum? Well, for one thing…

“I am rooting for Santorum to win because, as far as I am aware, he has not strapped a dog to his car while driving long distances.” — Activist and former DCist writer Dave Stroup.

Hawaiian Pool Duty comes to a close

“Just checked out of my room in Hawaii. The president’s vacation is over for him and now for me too. I’m relieved.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Makeup lady on Roland Martin

“Doing @rolandsmartin makeup. He’s bringing some soul to the makeup room!” –  Stevie Martin.

Boybander pledges quality

“My pledge to you: writing on a short deadline does not give me license to mix metaphors. Danger Room: Where Quality Is Job #1.” — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman.

Tracy gets racy

“No, I will not be CAUCUSING tonight. Sounds a bit perverse.” — Cheoff Geoff Tracy, husband to CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Holy S#%t! Tschida’s got rats

“So exterminator confirms I have very SMART rats. They dodge the traps and gorge on bananas. Just realized… I’d prefer ghosts.” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida.

Convo Between Two Journos

The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox: “Fox News turning out to be a really good source for news about the bottom four candidates.” Lizza: “Future on-air talent.”

MUST CREDIT BUZZFEED. Or else!

“I won’t do a ‘Must Credit BuzzFeed.’ But please do credit BuzzFeed. We’re a fragile young thing.” — BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith on their exclusive that Sen. McCain plans to endorse Romney today.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I hate politicians who say they aren’t politicians. Even if they’re wearing a super-cute blue blazer.” — Metro Weekly‘s Mr. Bugg. Congrats Bugg! You’ve won back your crown.

 

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Quotes of the Day

Newsroom tension

“You know you’ve written a good editorial if it makes your boss uncomfortable. @BrettMDecker” — TWT‘s Anneke Green.

Is WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten Constipated?

“@fishbowlDC is so negative, petty & argumentative, & so wanting to start fights, they’ll probably try to make something out of this tweet.” — WaPo‘s humor columnist Gene Weingarten lost his sense of humor Wednesday after we dared to make a few observations about Washingtonian’s profile of him in its December issue. Weingarten, whose Twitter avatar is a classic pile of poop, was particularly incensed that FBDC Contributor Eddie Scarry asked about his Hepatitis C diagnosis after he admittedly told a big fat fib about his sister dying in a swimming pool that appeared in the profile. Despite all the drama (and maybe because of it), the profile is actually interesting and worth a read.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Could I eat an entire box of Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars in one sitting? I believe strongly that I could.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

A day in the life…

“Dear universe, I’d rather be waterboarded. Fuck all of you, you’re all so fucking insipid I am literally out of vomit.” — Washington-based freelancer Moe Tkacik. We also personally enjoyed this one: “Hi person I don’t know. GO TO FUCKING HELL. And this one: The New York Observer, Ezra Fucking Klein, Mattafuckingthias, and everyone else can fucking eat shit.

RT’s are not endorsements

The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza: RTs DO NOT EQUAL ENDORSEMENTS RT @bazecraze: The Republican primary is like angry sex. It’s down to the d— versus the p—y.

Erickson is no fan of Toddlers & Tiaras

“Very upset with @AC360 subjecting me to clips from Toddlers & Tiaras. Glad no one could see my face during that. Wow.” — RedState Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson. This was also upsetting for him: “Leave @AC360 and have a car wreck happen right in front of me. So close glass got on my car. Still shaking.”

Quote Taken Out of Context

“@MichelleFields Ask @Jamie_Weinstein about the unicorn he claims he saw while having lunch.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas. (The context: Weinstein is vacationing in South Africa and Zambia and apparently said he saw a unicorn. He quickly corrected himself and said he meant to say Zebra.)

Katrina can’t take any more Trump

“Piers Morgan –Do you really need to give Donald Trump more time to air his BS?” — The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuval.

Scribe gets q about her height

“A punk on the street last night asked me, how tall are you? My answer? Tall enough to overlook your impertinence!” — HuffPost fashion contributor Stephanie Green.

Journo needs Zzzzz’s

“Thought I lost my BlackBerry. It was in my hand. #tired #goodnight.” — Former Washington Examiner scribe Freeman Klopott, who now works for Bloomberg in Albany.

Boybander saves day?

“Just corrected the Senate Majority Leader, BAM!”  TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

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