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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the DayElection Banter

“Holy. Cow. The magic wall… Is ON THE FLOOR” — The Atlantic Associate Editor Brian Fung.

Green Eggs and Ham — why not?

“Mic check guy just read ‘Green Eggs & Ham,’ in its entirety, at Obama election night HQ. Now reading the Constitution.” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

All in a day’s work

“2 stories & 2,600 words already written today, the last 1,000 drunk will be tougher.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.

5:51 p.m. Famous Last Words

“CONFIDENCE: Romney tells the traveling press he FEELS like a win is coming. He’s written only one speech so far: a victory speech.” — NBC News’ Garrett Haake.

Foreshadowing….5:51 p.m.

“Some rare, non spin on twitter –> RT @jmartpolitico: A senior GOPer w close ties to Romneyland emails a single word: ‘worried.’” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

In response to that… “So people in Romney camp sending out nervous messages to liberal reporters? Really? Wonder how big the camp is.” — Commentary‘s PodWhore (a.k.a. John Podhoretz.)

Reporters and Romney staff clap: the end is near

“Applause on Romney plane — from reporters and staff — as we land in Boston. Final flight of Romney 2012 campaign is over.” — AP‘s Steve Peoples.

Oops! Flack gets ahead of herself: 6:03 p.m.

“I’m not saying this to get ahead of myself, but is Obama capable of giving a graceful concession speech? I’m not sure.” — Amanda Carpenter, speechwriter for Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

Channeling Carville

“Carville (paraphrase): If Romney loses Virginia he’s in more trouble than a three-legged, cross-eyed gator on a freeway. #election2012″ — National Journal mag Deputy Editor James Oliphant on Democratic pundit James Carville.

And another thing on Carville…“For god’s sake someone either tighten Carville’s tie or unbutton his top button.” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro. And this…“On CNN, James Carville is so excited he seems to have removed his exoskeleton.” — Vanity Fair.

Unraveling…7:17 p.m.

“It’s 7:20 and my nerves are already shot. #ElectionDay2012 #TeamRomney” — MSNBC and The Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain.

Watch your words around the kiddies, journo warns

“Careful y’all: Your kids are learning a lot about how to win and lose graciously by how you act today.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Attack on Trump minus his name

“Is there anyone who punches further below their weight than rich guys who dabble in politics?” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

From the Road…“AT THIS POINT: crowd at Dem HQ is ready to cheer for nearly anything. Just screamed like Obama being up in Minnesota is 1980 gold. #openbar” — CNN’s Lisa Desjardins.

 ’Saucy’ Meghan Kelly

“Meghan Kelly is serving #curlytopsaucy tonight on Fox.” — Bravo’s Andy Cohen.

Politico reporters: Relax? Forget it!

“To all the road-weary reporters who just want a break: Congrats! You’ll be sitting in the Senate press gallery for the next 9 months.” — Fake Jim VandeHei, faux Twitter account to Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei.

Important, Embarrassing Question to Ponder: “So Megyn Kelly had to get white men in suits to confirm that Obama would go to Ohio. (Because her audience wouldn’t believe her?)” — Reuter‘s Megan McCarthy.

 In praise of Nate Silver’s ass

“I think Nate Silver deserves a ‘tell me how my ass tastes’ moment, right?” — HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins.

Journos react to FNC Karl Rove’s TV breakdown

  • “Karl Rove looks like a kid who just learned there’s no Santa Claus.” — TPM‘s Sahil Kapur.
  • “Fox is gone full bananaspants.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.
  • “Barone explaining to Rove why Obama gonna win OH like watching someone explain to little kid that his dog died.” — Bloomberg‘s Joshua Green, referencing The Washington Examiner‘s Michael Barone.
  •  ”Email from big GOP donor: ‘Karl looks like a fool.’” — Politico‘s Ken Vogel.
  • “Bret Baier is now trying to figure out how to balance Karl Rove’s petulance and the FNC ‘decision desk.’ Train wreck.” — ClearChannel’s Colby Hall.
  • “Rove has basically bullied the Fox hosts into backing off from their call of the election. Amazing TV.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.
  • “Fox thinks it’s up to them who wins. It’s not up to them. It’s over guys. (But please keep this up, this is amazing TV.” — HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim.

And Greta tries to inject a dollop of sanity…

“Fox News says President Obama re-elected.” — FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren at 11:34 p.m.

Speaking of delusional…“I’m neither naive nor optimistic. Just saying I refuse to give up. R some of u telling me ur going to throw in the towel? I don’t think so.” — David Limbaugh, author and brother to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, after Obama won Ohio.

Depression is…

“Gay marriage, pot, an elated media, and Obama… Yeah, I’ve had better nights.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte.

Plouffe Daddy!

“Congrats on a ground game well-played, Plouffe Daddy.” — Freelance video journo for Wonkette and other outlets Liz Glover, referencing Obama campaign advisor David Plouffe.

Uh oh…where’s Romney? 12:11 a.m. 

“Danger for Romney is that if he delays concession too long he’ll look like a sore loser.12:11 still no concession.” — The Daily Mail‘s Toby Harnden, nearly one hour after NBC called the race for Obama.

Outside the White House: 12:33 a.m.

“People are climbing the trees outside of the White House. Total mayhem.” — BuzzFeed’s Rebecca Berg.

Find some inspiration with ex-Love Connection host Chuck Woolery and take notice of a few R’s who handled the loss with maturity…. Read more

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Diction Friction: Hemorrhage Edition

I ruffled some feathers at CQ Roll Call yesterday after referring to the newsgroup’s HR situation as a “staffing hemorrhage.”  One reader wrote in to defend the publications, saying “we’ve had more people come aboard in my last six months than I’ve seen in a while.”  Another pointed at the rag’s several recent hires and a third accused me of an alliance with Politico (insert laugh).  Although I wasn’t convinced, it made me question if I’d been too tough on CQ Roll Call.  Sure, the organization was a disaster after the merger and for a great part of this year but as one staffer claimed, “morale is as high as I’ve ever seen it and there is a sense here that we’re back.”

Wondering if I’d simply developed a subconscious bias against CQ Roll Call, I did a little research.  There is no doubt that the newsgroup has seen unprecedented hires in the last six months. But this is due to the mass exodus over the same time period.  However, the reader who initially combated the use of “hemorrhage,” claimed my take was three months out of date:

“I think there has been a shift these past 3-4 months from a company still reeling from a sale combined with some admittedly poor management decisions to a company that, if not yet fully returned to glory, is rebounding,” the reader charged.

Sticking to a two-month month window, I scanned emails and the blog to find out if I’d missed the publication’s upswing story.  What I found was at least nine resignations in the past 60 days.  Because we rarely focus on the business or ad sales, I have not included them in my tally:

1. Bennett Roth 2. Bob Benenson 3. Pradyot Rai 4. David Rothbard 5. Jamie Baylis 6. Hardian 7. Anna Palmer 8. Andrew Satter 9. Steve Peoples

In short, CQ Roll Call has seen an average of one resignation per week over the past 60 days.  Kind of an insane attrition rate, don’t you think?  Despite the friction caused by my diction, I stand behind “hemorrhage” – a rapid and uncontrollable loss or outflow.  I’m happy to write an upswing story but I’m not sure it’s fully cooked just yet.

*Update: this post was updated to reflect one additional resignation.  The original version excluded Steve Peoples.

Roll Call’s Peoples to AP

Steve Peoples, who joined Roll Call less than a year ago from the Providence Journal, is already moving on.  According to a memo from Scott Montgomery, Peoples has accepted a new post at the Associated Press, where he will be a Northeast regional political reporter and ultimately based out of Boston.

In the note announcing Peoples’ departure, Montgomery said, “Although his time here was short, his name will forever be linked with Santorum’s ‘Google Problem’ and the story he wrote assessing it.”

Congrats and good luck to Steve.

CQ-Roll Call Hires Two Politics Reporters

An internal memo from Scott Montgomery, Director of Consumer Publishing for CQ-Roll Call Group, reveals two new hires for CQ-Roll Call Politics.

The memo reads:

We are thrilled to announce two terrific additions to the CQ-Roll Call politics team.

Steve Peoples will be joining us from the Providence Journal in Rhode Island. Steve is an exceptional government and politics reporter who has proven himself equally adept at source-building and database journalism. Steve knows how to break news, and weÂ’re excited to have him join the politics reporting team as we close in on the mid-term elections. HeÂ’s relocating from Providence and will be with us before monthÂ’s end.

Tricia Miller came to Roll Call two years ago with a single goal in mind. She wanted to be a politics reporter. Tricia had worked as an embed on the John Edwards presidential campaign for NBC and National Journal and before that she was a contributor to the Almanac of American Politics. Now at Roll Call, we’re looking forward to putting TriciaÂ’s natural enthusiasm and commitment to work for the section.

Please join us in welcoming these new members to the team.