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Radio Reporter’s Middle Finger is Fully Recovered

This weekend, “The Takeaway’s” congressional radio reporter Todd Zwillich got a clean bill of health from his physician father, making him once again free to use a certain finger. “He was impressed,” Zwillich told FBDC. “Gave me clearance to use middle finger at will.”

A week and a half ago, Zwillich had the harrowing experience of dealing with an ingrown fingernail infection. May not sound like much, but it was painful, messy and involved pus. So much so that he would not photograph it for us — damn him. And we weren’t the only ones who begged him to get it together and snap a picture. Other reporters also wanted to see the gore, but Zwillich reasoned, “It’s not who we are as a country” (whatever that means). Still, he did provide amusing competition to HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, who recently bloodied his index finger when he sliced off the tip. Stein live tweeted the incident all the way through the ER and, unlike Zwillich, he bravely photographed the bloody mess and sent it off on Twitter.

A sampling of Zwillich’s finger tweets:

*Middle finger’s not looking good. May well leave this ER in a permanent state of Rahmism. Just left triage.

*Triaged. Now, waiting room. I am a patient boy. I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait. Just hope the middle finger isn’t “fugazi.”

*For those asking, it’s the nastiest ingrown nail infection you’ve seen. Don’t laugh or I’ll tweet a pic & I promise you’ll be sorry.

*Sitting in the ER worrying about a finger = very lucky to just be worrying about a finger.

*Only Lord Rahm can save me now.

*There’s pus involved and something called “cellulitis.”

*Just informed tonite’s anesthesia is a “digital block” lidocaine cocktail. Rahm finger getting sleepy.

Zwillich, meanwhile, is ecstatic that his middle finger is now functioning at full capacity. “Yeah, it was a couple long, difficult weeks without full use of it,” he said.

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A belated but heartfelt Happy Birthday to NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh who, according to Politico’s Playbook, celebrated at Hill Country last night. We’re running a picture of his dog, Rudy, because any excuse in a good excuse to run this pooch sitting pretty in his faux L.L. Bean Shearling jacket. By the way, we understand Walsh was given the trendy Shake Weight as a gift. The free weight works your triceps, shoulders, even your chest. Visit here if you want to know more.

Henneberger freelancing for TIME

“Closing my first piece for TIME. And when is the last time I spent even a DAY working out of an office? (A: I don’t think my kids even remember it!)” — Former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Wednesday Facebook update. She’s writing a few freelance stories for the magazine.

Something unusual in Washington: An all-female roundtable

“It’s a fine collection of women.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist in reaction to TIME‘s Rick Stengel saying he’d prefer to be in Washington this morning with the all-female roundtable of Mika Brzezinski, Norah O’Donnell, BBC’s Katty Kay and WSJ Columnist Peggy Noonan. Brzezinski was in Washington Wednesday night for a speaking engagement for her book, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth.

D.C. Rule of Thumb

“Rule of Washington dinners: where two congressmen speak, one will for a few too long, God bless him.” — National Review Online’s Kathryn Lopez in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo Movie Watching

“Am at the part in “Broadcast News” where Bill Hurt is smiling as he watches himself, fake tears on his cheeks, in his own date rape newscast.” — Politico‘s Maggie Haberman in a Wednesday tweet.

The Critic

“FYI: All marital splits are a ‘long-time coming.’” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a recent tweet.

The Observer

“Nothing makes your day like a Capitol Police officer chastising a cabbie for barreling through the crosswalk.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Wednesday tweet.

What makes Ratigan a New Yorker?

“When the smell of urine on the sidewalk no longer bothers you.” — MSNBC Host Dylan Ratigan, who was in Washington for the WHCD last weekend, in a “21 Questions” feature for New York Magazine. Read the entire interview here.

A quick convo between two journos

Politico Media Coordinator Stefanie Christensen: “Why do female Hill staffers refuse to blowdry their hair?? have you noticed this phenomenon?”

Politico CLICK writer Karin Tanabe: “I certainly have and it is all kinds of wrong. Wet hair = only okay at the beach or during the Nirvana years.”


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The Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain poses on the red carpet. Sure she looks good here, but late yesterday she described herself like this as she hung out with her West Hollywood-based hairdresser, Josh Rupley, at Dulles: “The nicest way to describe how @joshrupley and I look like at Dulles right now, is a busted up Britney and KFed – circa 05, Starbucks style.”

Sign that the WHCD is becoming less about the Correspondents? Try ‘Correspondence’

“The president’s comedic chops and Seth Meyers routine must be posted on you tube by now try White House Correspondence Dinner.” — Oprah Radio host and Oprah BFF Gayle King in a weekend tweet.

Krakauer unknowingly outs himself as C-SPAN watcher

“…just realized I revealed I’m sitting at home on a Saturday night watching C-SPAN. #whcd” — CNN “Piers Morgan Tonight” Digital Producer Steve Krakauer in a weekend tweet. Just before, he referenced a Piers Morgan interview from President Obama‘s WHCD speech, writing, “Obama just referenced Matt Damon’s jab at him during his @PiersTonight intvw. Fires back with Adjustment Bureau slam. #WHCD.”

WHCD bonding

NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert brought what he called his “man date” Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Terrell Owens to the WHCD. They apparently bonded. Russert wrote, “So @TerrellOwens and I are trying to figure out best phrase to describe what happened to Trump, we agree on ‘pummeled.’”


Washington Vs. Hollywood Hair

“Hollywood men have very pointy hair.” — Bloomberg TV‘s Lizzie O’Leary in a weekend tweet. To which The Takeaway’s Congressional Radio Correspondent Todd Zwillich remarked, “Washington women have very straightened hair.” These observations rang true if you saw Juke Kartel’s lead singer Toby Rand at the WHCD this weekend. The spiky dark-haired rocker was in town with his band to perform at Lanmark Technology Prez Lani Hay‘s private after party Thursday night. The comments, meanwhile, defied reality for anyone who saw Politico‘s Amie ParnesAmy Winehouse beehive do at Tammy Haddad‘s garden party that shocked and awed fellow partygoers.

No Trump sighting post dinner

“Trump sat stone faced in audience, left quickly after WHCA dinner. No Trump sightings today at after party brunches. Heading home.” — CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux in a weekend tweet. Gayle King suggests why Trump may have fled the scene. She wrote, “Pres Obama and Seth had fun at Donald Trump‘s expense at White House Corrrespon [sic] dinner they were hilaaarious and he was NOT happy.”

The popped collar interview

“I’d like to think she liked my double-popped collars.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a weekend tweet referencing his interview with Sarah Palin at Haddad’s garden party.

Anti-Seth Meyers ranting…

“Tell me if I’m wrong, but I think Seth Meyers was really simple and mean-spirited last night. Such a crappy, pseudo-elitist, hyper-critical style of comedy. I hate it. Really reflects poorly on SNL, too.” — Microsoft’s Director of Innovative Engagement for the U.S. Public Sector Mark Drapeau in a Sunday Facebook update.

Red Carpet Hell

“My feet are going to be bloody stumps for nothing.” — An annoyed female reporter covering the red carpet at Capitol File‘s WHCD after party at the Ronald Reagan Building. Reporters covering the event waited at least two and a half hours for “stars” to show up. They included a variety of unknown models with breasts popping out of their dresses along with decently big names like Jeremy Piven, Patricia Arquette, David Arquette and Alyssa Milano. The same nameless female reporter said earlier as one of the unknown models strode by, “Who the hell is this? Every year it gets worse and worse. I’m sorry, I’m cynical.”



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Scarborough’s birthday breakfast

“Aka “The Metamucil Pack.” Happy bday J!  — NBC’s Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert in a Saturday morning tweet, a remark to MSNBC “Morning Joe” Host Joe Scarborough‘s announcement that he was celebrating his birthday eating breakfast at iHop with Random House Executive Editor and PBS Contributor  John Meacham, TIME‘s Mark Halperin and NY Magazine’s John Heilemann.

“Wish you were here to see Meacham wolfing down the Ihop chicken strips and waffles special. #pulitzerprizewinner” — MNSBC’s Scarborough to FNC anchor Bret Baier in a Saturday morning tweet after Baier wished him a happy birthday.

Major relieved to be off-air

“RT @RuthAnneAdams: Lookee at Major! Pulling a Congressional all-nighter! But no kliegs and no hairspray and no make-up!!// equals BLISS” — NJ‘s Congressional correspondent Major Garrett in a Friday night tweet expressing how happy he is to be off TV. He’s a former White House correspondent for Fox News.

Scribe gets note from editor

“Email from editor this morning includes ‘Too bad, but thems the breaks.’ I laughed. — News Aggregation Editor Nicole Young in a Saturday morning tweet.

Come on Shutdown, hurry up, booze abounds

House will began debate around midnight. Looks like the govt won’t shut down … but by the time we get outta here, all the DC bars might. — CNN’s Rachel Streitfeld in a Friday night tweet.

“Dear House: please stop. less talkie, more leaving so i can drink jamesons in peace. yours truly #shutdownboy” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton in a Friday night tweet.

The cheerleader

“Go Luke loud, louder, Loudest! The public needs answers.” — Anonymous tipster on Russert.

Where’s the Twitter logic?

“Sadly the dumb people that you block on twitter still show up if someone you follow retweets them.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito in a Friday tweet.

Journo’s fashionable response to potential shutdown

“Today wearing Countdown to Shutdown clock around my neck like Flava Flav” — “The Takeaway’s” Congressional radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Friday tweet.

Karl makes it into Gridiron

“Congrats to @jonkarl who took a break from reporting on #shutdown to be elected to Gridiron Club, DC’s oldest press group.” — USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page in a Friday tweet about ABC News’s Jonathan Karl.

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Radio reporter spots Wang in Capitol

“Pretty sure I spotted Vera Wang in the Senate chamber elevator hallway. I have no clever hashtag for this.” — NPR’s Audie Cornish in a Tuesday tweet. (Although TBD Editor Erik Wemple thought he saw NBC’s Ann Curry last week at the pre-reception for the Radio & TV Association’s Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner. And the woman looked nothing like Curry. So we’re skeptical, but will give Cornish the benefit of the doubt.)

The Observer

“I’m getting reports that Paul Ryan looks less like Eddie Munster today.” — Red State and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson in a Tuesday tweet regarding Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Disturbing Headline of Day

“Dozens Of Dead Cats Found At Herndon Home” (WUSA9)

We hope it’s chocolate ice cream

“I’m in the process of summoning the emotional strength to read The Pale King, which I know is going to take an ice cream scoop to my soul.” — The Nation‘s Washington Bureau Chief Chris Hayes in a Tuesday tweet.

White House blogger or fashion consultant?

“Dung-colored, high-waisted shorts. Anthropologie, why are you still in business?” — Politico‘s Julie Mason in a Tuesday Facebook update.

Journo Praise

“I could watch Brokaw and @Mitchellreports talk foreign policy on TV all day. It’s like your two favorite professors holding court.” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert in a Tuesday tweet.

Sage advice

“BREAKING: when ur up late commentating election results, don’t eat three day old Chinese take out.” — TalkingPointsMemo Editor Josh Marshall in an early Wednesday morning tweet.

Hollywood are you listening?

“Waiting for Boehner. Seriously. That’s not a movie pitch.” — “The Takeaway’s” Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Tuesday tweet.

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David Broder: Sept. 11, 1929 – March 9, 2011

Reporters, politicians and pundits honor the passing of WaPo‘s Broder

“OF ALL THE EPITAPHS that might fit him – journalist, columnist, commentator, author, teacher, student of politics – we think our friend and colleague Dave Broder, who died Wednesday at age 81, would probably be most pleased with the one-word description we offer.” — A WaPo editorial with the headline: “David Broder: Reporter.”

“Like so many here in Washington and across the country, Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of a true giant of journalism, David Broder.  David filed his first story from our nation’s capital before starting as a junior political writer on the 1960 presidential election.  In the decades that followed, he built a well-deserved reputation as the most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation – winning a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Watergate and earning the affectionate title of Dean of the Washington press corps.  Through all his success, David remained an eminently kind and gracious person, and someone we will dearly miss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this difficult time.” — A statement from President Obama.

“What I didn’t realize until I joined The Post in 1972 was that his influence on his colleagues was even greater than his influence on his readers. He saw to it that the newest and rawest members of the national staff, of which I was one, received top assignments that resulted in Page One stories, even if that meant that he took a back seat.” — Former WaPo White House Correspondent Lou Cannon in an op-ed on Broder in WaPo this morning.

“Interviewing them, Broder once said, invariably reminded him “that the American people don’t always have all the information in their hands, but their judgment is just about always sharp. You’ll find that they don’t make a hell of a lot of mistakes.” This was not a cynical reporter.” — WaPo Associate Editor Robert Kaiser in an op-ed on Broder in WaPo this morning.

“He could laugh with us at our mock annoyance in a way that told us he didn’t share this exalted estimate of his own skills. He once told me there were “too many days” when he wasn’t David Broder either.” – Jack Germond in an op-ed for Politico.

WaPo legend David Broder has died. RIP to the man who defined what it meant to be a political journalist.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza in a Wednesday tweet.

“I will never forget the first call from David Broder back in the 1984 Jackson campaign. He went beyond the process stories. Rest in peace!” — Democratic pundit and CNN Contributor Donna Brazile in a Wednesday tweet.

“Broder was on the campaign trail getting scoops and stories to the end. Never rested on his laurels.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Wednesday tweet.

News of the yes, that’s weird

“Male on Metro, approx 25 yrs old, staring at me while sucking his thumb. But that’s cool, it’s not weird.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Wednesday tweet.

Scribe has faraway hots for Walsh

“I like to pretend Joan Walsh was hot once upon a time.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor in a Wednesday tweet regarding Salon‘s Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh who often appears on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews.

Journo wishes scribes luck on frantic Wednesday coverage?

“R.I.P. David Broder – & good luck to media reporters, trying to cover his passing & Schiller resignation at NPR. Busy day on the media beat.” — Politico‘s Ken Vogel in a Wednesday tweet. Thanks Ken!

Washingtonian Editor acknowledges his dorkiness

“As a dork, I recall the 1st time I saw David Broder in person: Press room of the 1995 NGA convention in Vt. I was 14. #rip.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff in a Wednesday tweet.

Note to HariHei: Journo sarcasm

“Because god forbid Outlook go one whole day without crashing.” — Politico Pro Web Producer Alex Guillen in a Thursday morning tweet.

WaPo Book Editor seeks San Fran getaway

“San Francisco friends: I’m looking for a furnished 3 bdrm place for June-Aug. Must be in Santa Clara County. Any leads appreciated.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a Thursday tweet.

Blogger calls Sen. Reid ‘a clot’

“Roses are red, violets are not, but one thing’s for sure: Harry Reid is a clot.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher in a Wednesday tweet. He links to a story about Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) challenging Republicans who are trying to do away with federally funded cowboy poetry festivals.

Journo smacks down Newt for cheating

“So apparently #newtgingrich cheated on women because he loved america so much. #todayinwtf” — TNR‘s Deputy Online Editor Seyward Darby in a Wednesday tweet.

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WaPo’s Dan Zak in Cali: “Cheeky Hollywood hotel thermostat”


“What’re u wearin for Oscar night? I’m sporting Basic Edition by KMART, accessories by 7-Eleven.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Craig Crawford in a Sunday tweet.

“Confession: I love the Oscars. Have watched them every year since I was 10 after successful lobbying campaign to suspend bedtime.” — Politico‘s Kasie Hunt in a Sunday tweet.

“Just so you know, my shirt this evening was designed by Under Armour and my pants by Mr. Carhart.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a weekend tweet.

“Who am I wearing? Thanks for asking, Robin. This is from Ralph’s Big & Tall.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller in a Sunday tweet.

“DVD copy of The King’s Speech keeps skipping and stopping. #irony” — FishbowlDC intern Alec Jacobs in a Sunday tweet.

“Every time I see Ryan Seacrest on TV I say to people “that man is worth more than a quarter of a billion dollars.” nobody believes me.” — MSNBC’s Luke Russert in a Sunday tweet.

“I have only two wishes for Oscar night: 1. To make my deadline. 2. To meet Charlie Sheen.” — WaPo‘s @ReliableSource in a Sunday tweet.

R-Rated Oscar coverage

“I appreciate that whoever designed Cate Blanchette‘s dress accommodated her breasts with that hole in the front. #oscars” — GQ‘s Ana Marie Cox in a Sunday tweet.

“Sorkin’s speech: An oratorical attempt to suck one’s own dick. #Oscars” — WCP‘s Benjamin Freed in a Sunday tweet.

Bold Oscar observers

“Franco really should have skipped the bong tonight.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a Sunday tweet.

“I think Gwyneth‘s husband doesn’t WANT to appear in public with her.” — Former ABC “This Week” production coordinator Courtney Cohen in a Sunday tweet. She now works at the public affairs firm Dewey Square Group.

“Maybe I’m high?” — Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary in a Sunday tweet.

Vital Oscar observations

Aaron Sorkin‘s hair just won best adaptation award.” — Washington Examiner‘s J.P. Freire in a Sunday tweet.

“Feed suggests those who are most hostile to this stilted show from Hollywood are those who put on stilted shows in Washington.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio Correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Sunday tweet.

“It took 25 minutes for a Charlie Sheen joke?” — Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Sunday tweet.

Wishful Oscar thinking

“A little surprised Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban don’t listen to @cspanradio.” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Sunday tweet. (Kidman and Urban were asked what they listened to on the way to the Oscars.)

Journo honesty

“Trying to pretend I am still interested in a basketball game where my son’s team is losing by 30 points.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a weekend tweet.

Media Matters employee suffers hangover

“Alka Seltzer= best hangover cure in the business.” — Media MattersTyrone Gayle in a weekend tweet. (Is this winning the weekend Tyrone?)

Update/Correction: Cohen recently left DSG. “I’ve created a Jewish girls take on Jersey Shore’s GTL,” she wrote. “I do GLS: gym, lunch, shopping.”

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Washington Reacts to Olbermann Exit

“It’s better to fire people on Friday. Studies have statistically shown theres less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week.” — Politics Daily media writer Matt Lewis in a weekend tweet.

“Just got an email saying @KeithOlbermann and MSNBC are no longer. Good luck Keith.” — MSNBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert in a weekend tweet.

“MSNBC sure takes this civility thing seriously — cans Olbermann.” — WaPo’s conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin in a weekend tweet.

“I’m having a drink to remember Olby tonight—tequila chased by cider vinegar. It’s the WORST DRINK IN THE WORLD.” — @Plucid in a weekend tweet. She’s a “political transwoman” (whatever that means) living in Alexandria, Va.

“@keitholbermann since ur free, do u want 2 sit next 2 me at State of the Union? [ ] yes [ ] no [ ] maybe?” — The Takeaway‘s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a weekend tweet.

“Olberman’s salary most shocking part of story. 30 mill for 900K viewers? Snooki shld replace him, she’s a bargain for her 9 mill viewers.” — Lobbyist Jack Quinn‘s wife and writer Susanna Quinn in a weekend tweet. (FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic works for QGA’s Jack Quinn.).

“Bummed about Olbermann news.” — Sen. Chris Coons’s (D-Del.) Comm Director Ian Koski in a weekend tweet.

“By chance I was Olbermann’s last guest last night. He gave no hint of anything except to say as I left the set:”Thanks for everything.” — Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter in a weekend tweet.

“The most interesting thing about the Olbermann story is that TMZ is covering it.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a weekend tweet.

“Ding, Dong, Olbermann is GONE. The Worst Man in the World leaned so far forward, he fell over his multi-million dollar cliff. #fb” — Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller in a weekend tweet.

“Bizarre footnote to Olbermann saga: one of the donations he made — which r @ the heart of this drama — was to… Gabrielle Giffords” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein in a weekend tweet.

Maher says eliminating ‘Worst’ was worst

“Once he started backing off Worst Persons in the World it all went downhill. Stop organizing life around the people who don’t get the joke. Fuck them.” — Showtime’s Bill Maher on “Real Time” Friday night.

Fournier urges hugs

“Daddys, hug your kids today.” — NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier in a weekend tweet.

Reporter gets emotional over Kardashian episode

“Watching Kardashians and crying! Old episode that talks about the death of their father. So sad.” — WUSA9 Digital Reporter Lindsey Mastis in a weekend tweet.

Erickson blocks left

“I’m just blocking people left and . . . well . . . left tonight.” — CNN Contributor to “John King USA” Erick Erickson in a weekend tweet.

Weingarten angry at Twitter

“I am pissed that Twitter hasn’t found it necessary to Verify My Account.” –WaPo columnist Gene Weingarten in a weekend tweet.

Obama borrows a Politico phrase

“Is it just me or is Obama sounding like a @Politico editor? // Winning the future | Barack Obama For President – 2012″ — The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta in a weekend tweet. She links to Obama-Biden blog here.

Journo samples artichoke liquor

“Having my first cocktail w Cynar-an italian artichoke based liquor at the Fender Music Lounge.” — Former Politico reporter Kiki Ryan in a weekend tweet. She now freelances for

The Critic

“Fox should bring George Will over for their roundtables. Or let Tapper host #ThisWeek again. Either option would get me to watch Will more.” — Sen. Jim DeMint‘s (R-S.C.) Senior Comm Advisor and Speechwriter Amanda Carpenter in a weekend tweet.

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QUOTES of the DAY – (In Part, The New Year’s Edition)

Note to readers: After taking a few days of R&R, we’re diving head first back into the Fishbowl. We’re catching up on what happened over the New Year’s holiday and will proceed from there.

Important news: We did not see ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in Miami — and that’s tragic. But, we did catch up with him to ask how his New Year’s Eve went. He told FishbowlDC last night: “My BlackBerry screen went haywire, so it made communicating tuff [sic] and tweeting impossible.” Of course, we believe him. Tschida had intended to spend the evening at the opulent AltaMare, but wound up at Barton G‘s cabaret show where the new star of Fox’s “Glee”, Cheyenne Jackson, performed. “It was great food and an incredible show,” he said. “Very intimate.”

Weird journo-political comparison

“My God, Jim Moran is looking more and more like my father every day.” — Bloomberg TV‘s Lizzie O’Leary in a Monday tweet regarding the Virginia Democratic congressman.

Whisper vs. limited whisper

“Is there a difference between a ‘whisper’ and a ‘limited whisper’? #marcconductorisms” — The Hill‘s Erika Niedowksi in a Monday tweet.

Reporter’s first time at IHOP

“At nameless fmr employer, top boss used to write staff memos in Comic Sans. I now know why. @reidwilson” — Politico Ben Smith‘s assistant Byron Tau in a Monday tweet. More importantly, in other Tau news, he had his virgin IHOP experience over the weekend: “This is my first time ever in an IHOP. #awe” > Update: Asked what he ate, Tau replied, “I ate the steak tips and eggs combination — because if that isn’t enough food it also comes with two pancakes.”

Gibbs expresses gratitude for ‘joinging’

“Happy New Year everyone – thanks for joinging [sic] – trying to get my typing faster! See you all again soon!” — White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in a Monday tweet.

Dickerson’s got wild Wanda on his hands

“Digging out from email during vacation. Many are from a woman named Wanda. I do not believe she has my best interests at heart.” — Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson in a potentially unusually precarious Monday tweet.

Washingtonian‘s technical difficulties

“Sorry about the problems with the new health blog, folks. We’ve got our developers working on this.” — Washingtonian in a Monday tweet.

Off to a good meta start

“Happy New Year! My New Year’s Resolution is to talk about myself less.” — HuffPost Hill‘s Eliot Nelson in a Monday tweet. Shortly thereafter, he added, “I’m bored.”

Scribe stuffed into dresses

“Spending my day off being stuffed into bridesmaids dresses in New Jersey.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab in a weekend tweet.

Palmeri’s version of ‘My Cousin Vinny’

“My cousin Vinnie is driving me back to New York after a big Italian dinner.” Ex-Washington Examiner gossip scribe and NYP‘s Page Six Tara Palmeri in a Jan. 2 tweet.

Chris Hayes and Brokeback Mountain Tacos

Finally, a quote from the oh so eloquent The Nation‘s Chris Hayes that actually sounds like English. In a weekend tweet he writes, “Back from beautiful wedding in Oaxaca. A magical city w some of the best food I’ve ever had. Duck tacos w mole, I wish I knew how to quit u.”

Weingarten praises the female species

“Women do not know how wonderful they are. It is one of the reasons they are so wonderful.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten in a Jan. 2 tweet.

Gossip girl likes her caffeine

“Back to work after two weeks away. Gonna need a lot of coffee and about 10 diet cokes today…” — Roll Call HOH Writer Elizabeth Brotherton in a Monday tweet.

Grand Oprah admission

OK I’ll admit it – I watched a little #OWN this weekend. The Behind-the-Scenes show is kind of cool, and the Lisa Ling thing looks decent. – Chris Reed, copyright lawyer, photog and “general media guy.”

Journo has ‘sexy’ new look

“Bearded and tanned, I’m back in dc.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman in a Sunday tweet. To which Capitol Hill radio correspondent for The Takeaway Todd Zwillich remarked, “#sexytweets.”

Only in Washington…

“Most excited about three DVR’d episodes of The McLaughlin Group awaiting me on home DVR.” — GOP Consultant Matt Mackowiak in a Jan. 2 tweet.

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Last night…Fox News contributor and President George Bush’s Press Secretary Dana Perino filled in for FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, who said she was going  over to PR maven Tammy Haddad’s place to celebrate her birthday.

When life gets in the way of good journalism

“Now my wife’s vacuuming. So much for attempting to transcribe audio.” — Conservative blogger and former TWT’s Robert Stacy McCain in a Monday tweet.

C.S. Lewis causes Monday stir with D.C. journos

The saga concerning author C.S. Lewis started like this: Politico‘s Ben Smith: “5 yr old devastated by ending of The Silver Chair. #cslewis.” Then deep thinker extraordinaire, The Nation’s D.C. Bureau Chief Chris Hayes, jumped in, saying, “@benpolitico those books changed my life at exactly that age.” (Changed his life? Of course at five-years-old, the age when most people really try to find themselves.) The Daily Caller‘s Mike Riggs, however, jumped into the conversation in a Monday tweet to second the sadness of the books, saying, “@chrislhayes @benpolitico That series serves as a dry run for life’s more epic disappointments. Rem. asking mom if all of them were sad.”

Journo confronts the unexpected

“I have mashed potatoes in my hair. What a day.” — Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a Monday tweet. We love this, of course, but earlier in the day, she wrote, “Scared to leave the building.” She told FishbowlDC she was referring to the wind. She thought she left it behind when she moved here from Chicago.

Moe Tkacik and Lindsay Lohan

“I am about as rehabilitated as Lohan, and less “employable.” I keep a lower overhead, at least.” — Former WCP‘s Das Krapital writer Moe Tkacik wrote Monday when asked if she’d been rehabilitated (not in the alcoholic/drug sense, but on Robert Stacy McCain featured above).

Ezra Klein, the movie buff

“I feel like Natalie Portman did not take the lessons of Black Swan to heart.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein on news that the actress is engaged and pregnant.

Washington Speak in Fort Lauderdale

“The Fort Lauderdale airport terminal 4 needs an earmark.” — MSNBC Capitol Hill Correspondent Luke Russert in a geek-filled Monday tweet.

Measuring dorkiness

“Am I dork or do all people turn off a new album to catch @NPR @Wamu885news ?” — asked freelance journo Matt Laslo. To which The Takeaway’s radio scribe Todd Zwillich assured him, “That first thing.”

Speaking of, um, dorky decisions…

“I’m finally going to get serious about Google Reader. Not a New Year’s resolution though; it would never happen that way.” — WCP‘s Benjamin Freed in a Monday tweet. > Update: A sassy Freed got snappy and declared, “I don’t mind you calling me a dork, Betsy, but I wrote that tweet last Thursday.” (Fine, Freed, you wrote the tweet last Thursday. We humbly stand corrected. We didn’t, however, call you a dork. We called your decision “dorky.”)

Cream puffs or push-ups: You decide

“Roommate Ryan just did 50 straight push-ups. I watched from the couch while eating cream puffs and drinking beer.” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Monday tweet.

F–k you Facebook for fat friend

“Old high school peer now so large I’d never be able recognize that person now. It’s only been 5 years! #FuckYouFacebook” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Winkler in a Monday tweet.

The critic

“Disappointed tonight’s HuffPostHill included no animal pictures. For shame!” — Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni on HuffPost Hill, which usually has animals sneezing, dancing and doing other oddities.