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Irritated journo

“I’m getting sick of the media question why do they luv Marion Barry? Still don’t know? Ask somebody.” — WUSA9 anchor Bruce Johnson.

One scribe’s definition of insanity

“Twenty mins and counting while the TSA examines a glittery blue backpack belonging to my 6 yr old. #insanity.” — The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes.

Writer follows who?

“Wait when did Lauren Conrad get added to my top secret ‘people I actually follow’ list.” — Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik.

DePauw U. milks FNC anchor Bret Baier‘s alumni status…Read here as they basically reprint Politico‘s recent effervescent press release profile on him in its entirety. So much for aggregating.

Congratulations toThomas Burr, senior Washington correspondent for the Salt Lake Tribune, for getting elected to the National Press Club’s Board of Governors.

But more importantly…

A reader following TWT‘s Emily Miller writes in, “I’ve loved following your gun pilgrimage. More importantly…what lip gloss are you wearing?” Her reply: “Wearing @smashbox O-gloss.”

Sniffy Jay Rosen has a thought

“In his restless search for new voices and fresh perspectives, @davidgregory has Ted Koppel on his Meet the Press roundtable today.” — NYU Prof Jay Rosen.

Live-blogging Rudolph?

“My editor tells me Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is on. I’m gonna live-blog that instead of the debate. Cool with you guys?” — Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.

Kurtz gets crabs at White House

“Nice press party at White House, scribes mainly talked about Newt & Iowa. Arianna drew a crowd. Excellent crab claws.” — Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz.

Cab driver lingo

“‘Which way would you like me to go’ is cab driver for ‘I don’t know of any way to get there.’” — New Media Strategies’ and American Spectator blogger J.P. Freire.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things We Think you Ought to Know…)

Come Set Sail on the USS Annoying – All this week, The Weekly Standard Cruise has been out at sea.  It’s a chance for people to buy an opportunity to vacation with their favorite Weekly Standard pundits. Because nothing sounds more fun than being in the vast expanse of the ocean with political pundits like FNC’s Juan Williams, who also writes a column for The Hill. Or being around reporters who have sea sickness, as revealed in the Standard‘s own dispatches from the boat that they’re calling “Cruise News.” Could it be Matthew Continetti or Stephen Hayes? This sounds about as much fun as my 5th grade trip to a slaughterhouse. Guests had the opportunity to pass through the Bahamas, Honduras and a few other tropical locales.  (HELLOOO Gitmo!)  The cruise arrives back in to port this weekend.  If you missed out, have no fear.  Another Weekly Standard Cruise is in the planning stages for summer of next year.  So, if you absolutely must see Bill Kristol in a speedo, visit their website for details.  Just make sure you steer clear of Fred Barnes at the midnight buffet.  You’re likely to lose an eye.

Newt Should Have the District of Columbia Primary Locked Up -With the Iowa caucuses weeks ago, the GOP candidates have crammed their schedules with as many local appearances as possible. Politico has the lineup of what all the GOP candidates have in store today. Every candidate makes an appearance in Iowa, with some scheduling multiple events throughout the day. With the exception of Newt Gingrich.  He’ll be signing copies of his book at Hudson News bookstore at Gate A in Union Station.

No, BlitzMediaite brings us the video of a confused and/or out of touch Wolf Blitzer on CNN.  When Jack Cafferty reveals that half of American workers have less than 25,000 dollars in saving, Blitzer responds, “Homeless shelters, get ready.” Homeless shelters, get ready?!?! Yeah, Wolf, we’ve all heard those anguished conversations from struggling families:

HUSBAND – “Darling, how’s our savings account looking?”

WIFE – “Only 18,000 dollars.”

HUSBAND – “Oh no!  Dog food for dinner again?”

WIFE – “Please call it hobo chili so the kids don’t know!”

HUSBAND – “I’ll make a fire in an oil drum to heat it up”

Check out the video below

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QUOTES of the DAY

Cream-filled Blankley

The Fashion Critic

Tony Blankley‘s suit hurts my eyes.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor in a Sunday tweet on the Executive Veep of Edelman public relations. See Blankley’s creamy Sunday TV ensemble above from his appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” program.

The prognosticator

“Suspect POTUS’s opening statement will go something like this: ‘At least I tried.’” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a Sunday tweet.

Kate inquires about Kate’s waist

“Who’s got the over/under on Kate Middleton‘s waist size?” — Capitol File Magazine Editor Kate Bennett in a weekend tweet.

Journo love

“David Gregory is on his game this morning. Hard-hitting interviews with both Secretary Geithner and @timpawlenty. #meetthepress” — Huffpost Front Page Editor Chris Gentilviso in a Sunday tweet.

Joan Walsh admits lack of Twitter self-discipline

“OK, I have to stay off Twitter today to write. I have to. I wish they’d lock my account for 48 hours…bye!” — Salon’s Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh in a weekend tweet. Walsh is a regular on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

Betty Ford Jokes: Too soon?

“Personally, I think the revelation that @stephenfhayes offered Betty Ford a Maker’s Mark should be trending on twitter.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a weekend tweet after news of Betty Ford’s death broke. The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes remarked on Twitter previously, “It was at the 1996 GOP convention, shortly before Pres Ford spoke. I offered her Maker’s Mark. #idiot”

Media consultant prefers drugs to airport monotony

“This is brain. This is your brain on drugs. This is your brain after six hours waiting at an airport. I prefer drugs.” — Digital media consultant for JRC and former TBD GM Jim Brady in a weekend tweet.

 

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QUOTES of the DAY

We knew CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry wouldn’t be able to resist a beautiful spring sunset. He writes on Twitter Wednesday evening, “Spring has arrived in DC.”

When life imitates art

“As they say in ‘The American President,’ avoid Dupont Circle” — CBS’s Christine Delargy in a Wednesday tweet.

Hayes is the Warrior

“Headed out on training ride for the Warrior 100k next week w/GW Bush & wounded vets. Learn more here.” — The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes in a Wednesday tweet. about a three-day mountain bike ride in the Big Bend to honor those who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is part of former President George W. Bush‘s Social Enterprise Initiative.

Freshman Lawmakers: ‘In Vogue?’

“Freshmen are usually low on the totem pole. But the 85 first-term Republicans in the House of Representatives find themselves awash in invitations for meetings and morning coffees with the creme de la creme of Washington and Wall Street. Reuters reporters Tim Reid and Rachelle Younglai report today that the freshmen are in vogue because their fiscally conservative views could determine the outcome of the upcoming vote to raise America’s debt ceiling.” — An excerpt from the Wednesday edition of Reuters‘ Washington Extra.

The Critic

“If Obama’s answer to this question were a Facebook post I would have stopped reading by now. Too long.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein in a Wednesday tweet.

A journo relaxes

“Beautiful evening for a long walk.” — TWT‘s Kara Rowland in a Wednesday tweet.

Journalists are Human too

WaPo‘s “Right Turn” columnist Jennifer Rubin has a cute feature every Thursday where she asks famous conservative political figures a question that doesn’t have to do with politics. To humanize them, maybe.

Yesterday, she asked about most memorable trips. Among the responses were former White House Press Secretary and Fox News contributor Dana Perino‘s trip to South Africa and The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes‘ semester studying abroad in Germany.

Other things we’ve learned this month:

  • Ricochet.com founder Peter Robinson‘s favorite gadget is The “Echo” smartpen, which “captures written material and sound.”
  • Hayes’ favorite desert: Dogfish Head Midas Touch. If that doesn’t sound to you like a dessert, you’re right. “It’s a beer; I don’t eat dessert,” he told Rubin.
  • Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson‘s favorite sport both to play and watch is squash: “Mock me if you will, but nothing gets you sweatier faster.”

What’s Next in U.S. Politics?

Seems we’re having an avalanche of panel events.

Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi is hosting a panel discussion called “What’s Next In U.S. Politics?” The discussion also includes a “book presentation” by MSNBC Commentator Richard Wolffe, author of  Revival: The Struggle For Survival Inside the Obama White House. On the panel will be NYT‘s Helene Cooper , CNN International Contributor Bill Schneider and The Weekly Standard’s/Fox News’s Stephen Hayes. The moderator will be Gerardo Greco. A reception is scheduled to follow the panel discussion.

The event is Tuesday Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. See further details below.

Cocktails and Conversation With Google & Politico

On Monday, Google and Politico are teaming up for a midterm election preview.  The cast of characters is worth a look.

WhoDavid Axelrod (senior adviser to President Obama), Ed Gillespie (GOP strategist), Mike Allen (Politico), Arianna Huffington (HuffPost), Jonathan Capehart (WaPo), Stephen Hayes (The Weekly Standard), Nate Silver (NYT), Amy Walter (ABC), and Becki Donatelli (Founder of Campaign Solutions; more importantly, she was the first person to raise money on the Internet for a campaign).

When: Monday, September 27th, 2010
3:00 – 5:30pm
Followed by cocktails

Where: Newseum

Not invited? Watch the event live on YouTube or Politico.

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Quote(s) of the Day

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Strange development: Reporter finds Bristol, Tripp in dreams

“Had a dream about Bristol Palin last night. She lived in my closet with baby Tripp and asked me to get her a rum and coke.” She adds, “This is when you know your job has consumed your life…”
- The Washington Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays gossip writer Nikki Schwab on Twitter Monday.

Colbert cracks on Hayes

“Oh reeeally. If ESP is fake, how does he know what all those people are thinking?” – Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert on The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes‘s remark on another program that 30 percent of the country believes in ESP and UFO’s.)

Mitchell finds her reality TV niche

“This is a train wreck for Blago: Stewart “you’re either victim …or a sociopath” Now THIS is reality TV.”
- NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in reaction tweet to Rod Blagojevich’s appearance on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” Monday night.

Sign of the times

“Back to reality: at DCA and half the plane is on Blackberries.”
- Burson-Marsteller’s Neil Grace, who had been surfing in California, on Monday on Twitter.

Summer bliss

“We’re so deep into summer I’m forgetting who I’m supposed to hate.”
- Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall in a tweet Monday.

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Patriotism with a flare

“The national anthem is not about who sings it. Pisses me off. Just sing the damn song.” –The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes in a Thursday tweet. (And who doesn’t love being angrily ordered to sing the anthem?)

A slice of WH journo life

“Egocentric, eccentric Lester Kinsolving greets Biden with applause, fights with Ann Compton, who tells him shuddup.”
Politico’s White House correspondent Glenn Thrush in a Thursday tweet.

TV editor enjoys frozen nougat candybar

“I just had a frozen Charleston Chew, but it wasn’t cold.”
–CNN’s senior political editor Mark Preston in a Thursday tweet that is encouragingly non-wonky.

Freddoso Disses Matthews

“Tea Party documentary: When was the last time Chris Matthews did anything worthwhile?” (His story, here, discusses what he calls Matthews’s shoddy journalism.) –Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso tweets Thursday on MSNBC’s Matthews, who hosted a documentary show earlier this week.

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Labash Blowout Book Party: Marion Barry Has Arrived!

IMG_0217.jpgThe Weekly Standard/Daily Caller Matt Labash’s book, Fly Fishing With Darth Vader: And Other Adventures With Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, And Jewish Cowboys came to life Thursday night as characters from his anthology filed in one by one to the beautiful home of Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and his wife, Susie. The evening was one of fun, frolic and, of course, drinking, as the Distilled Spirits Council sponsored the party with a well-stocked Scotch-filled bar.

Characters from the book who showed up to the festivities included Democratic political strategist and former campaign aide to Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) David “Mudcat” Saunders, Vanity Fair’s Christopher Hitchens and GOP consultant Roger Stone, who famously taught Labash how to properly tie a tie (he claims Labash still needs help). Stone (in photograph above with Labash) explained that he was leaving later to catch a train to Manhattan – his policy is to never stay overnight in D.C. as the town is too awful a place to remain too long. “I hate it,” he said. “People are phony.” (Stone splits his time between New York City and Miami.)

Soon the party turned into a roast.

“Nice house, not waspy enough,” Stone cracked. “I appreciate the enormous role I have played in making Matt Labash.” Stone joked that people always ask of Labash: ‘What’s with all the Hitler memorabilia?’

Saunders, to whom Labash devoted an entire chapter, said the author was much more than a writer but a life confidant whom he still phones for advice. “He knows enough about me to get me arrested,” he said. Initially, Saunders said, he feared a story about him appearing in The Weekly Standard: “I’m a Democrat. The Weekly Standard ain’t a damn Democrat publication.”

The party was the scene of scenes for D.C. journalists. Faces in the crowd included conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes and Andy Ferguson, Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins, Patrick Gavin, Kiki Ryan, Michael Calderone and Pia Catton. Politico’s Jonathan Martin and NBC “Meet the Press” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer arrived simultaneously. The Daily Caller was represented well with opinion editor Moira Bagley, publisher Neil Patel, V.P. of sales Alex Treadway and congressional reporter Gautham Nagesh as well as Sean “Jim Treacher” Medlock on crutches. Others in attendance: The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard, the New York Post’s Charlie Hurt, Reason’s Michael Moynihan, Edelman’s Exec. V.P. Tony Blankley, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, D.C. media consultant David Bass, former Time scribe Tim Burger and Slate’s Editor David Plotz. The Atlantic’s Josh Green was there and spoke of the story he has been living as of late – that of Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) and the old Navy buddies who told him, among other sordid details, about the ex-congressman’s infamous Massa massage and now compelling “snorkeling”. Green joked, “I feel dirty talking about it.” More seriously, he called Massa the “Andy Dick of Congress.”

Lightening struck when former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry arrived. Late and decked out in a suit and cherry-colored tie, Barry stole the show. And for a good while, it was all guests could do but stare and snap cell phone pictures.

“It took me an hour to find this place,” Barry told the awed crowd, explaining his tardiness. “I wandered here and there and everywhere.”

Initially Labash had no idea that Barry that arrived. “No, no, I don’t publicly speak!” the author was imploring guests, unaware that his most striking character was about to weigh in.

Carlson explained to guests that The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol was sorry he couldn’t attend – he was in Manhattan hanging out with former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Massa (everyone laughed). Carlson read a note from Kristol that said, in part, “When we hired Labash, we had hoped he’d become a star – we’re still hoping.”

Carlson, who wrote the introduction to Labash’s book, had solemn praise for Labash with a twist. “Matt doesn’t simply write about people,” said Carlson. “He takes them as lifelong friends – almost in a proctological way.” He said when subjects first read the stories Labash has written about them their first response is “horror.”

Then they realize that what Labash has written is true, that the author has maybe captured them more deeply than anyone ever has.

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