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UPDATED Human Events Faces Shakeup, Layoffs

Cathy Taylor is barely four months into her gig as the editor of Human Events and the conservative weekly is already facing a massive shakeup under her leadership.

Taylor recently terminated Tony Lee who spearheaded the publication’s election blog and also dropped Brian H. Darling, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a regular columnist for nearly four years. FishbowlDC hears there are more major changes on the horizon and possibly more layoffs.

Sources close to Human Events tell us Taylor is moving the news outlet, known for its hard right conservatism, into a more “big tent” direction with an emphasis on original reporting. There will be a relaunch of the paper product and website in mid April.

Despite not pulling in a profit, Human Events isn’t thought to be in financial trouble. It is funded by its parent company Eagle Publishing.

Dismissing Lee

Lee joined Human Events in late 2010. He was initially hired to report on politics and culture but moved into political analysis with the website’s launch of “The Chase,” an opinion blog on the Republican presidential field.

Lee faced long-term health issues before and during his tenure at Human Events. A source close to the publication told FishbowlDC that this was likely a major factor in his termination, but there was also a series of conflicts between him and Taylor regarding the direction of Human Events into more centrist territory. Multiple sources expressed doubt over Taylor’s bona fides as a conservative.

The New Direction

At the core of Human Event‘s makeover…

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Journos Bid Farewell to Rick Perry

In the past 24 hours we’ve been probing reporters about what they will miss most about Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s Presidential campaign. Most knew within mere seconds. Enjoy!

MSNBC Political Analyst Karen Finney: “Rick Perry gave us some of the best debate moments of the cycle. I will miss his stammering, non-sensical, more bizarre than the thought of Newt in an ‘open’ marriage – moments.”

Politico‘s Roger Simon: “There was a Perry campaign?”

CNN Commentator Hilary Rosen: “I’ll miss the low expectations from the pundits before debates. No one is left to over-perform!”

NJ‘s White House and Congressional correspondent Major Garrett: “I will miss Perry saying ‘Luv you, brother.’ I’d never before heard a presidential campaign sound like the fraternity rush chairman right before the first Friday night keg is tapped.”

Q & A Celeb’s Colin Drummond: “Think I’ll miss his huge entourage who acted as if they were actually guarding the President.”

Informal Herman Cain advisor John Coale: “Being on the edge of my seat waiting to see what he says next.”

ReutersSam Youngman: “His debate performances, his smile and his, uh. His… uh, I’m sorry.”

Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg: “Since I don’t find bumbling incompetence quite as funny as everyone else seems to, not very damn much.”

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: “I will miss Rick Perry, a great retail pol who was a ton of fun to cover.”

TownHall.com and BigGov columnist Derek Hunter: “I would say I will miss 3 things and pretend to not remember the 3rd, but I can’t even think of the first 2 to pretend to forget the 3rd. You can’t miss flying on a plane that never really got off the ground. Perry was a great concept, but a horrible candidate who only seems ready to run when it was too late to matter.”

SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. Channel’s Julie Mason: “I have been unabashedly keening and lamenting this departure all damn day. The presidential campaign just got 65 percent less fun with 85 percent less charisma. I will leave assessments on hair to others.”

Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong: “Waiting for his next spectacular flub in the debates.”

Anonymous Capitol Hill reporter: “The mind numbing WTF moment that occurred every time he dove into the shallow end of foreign policy.”

Roll Call‘s HOH writer Neda Semnani: “I for one will miss his boots, Freedom and Liberty. Warren says he will miss his verbal face plants. I will just miss him in debates generally. But, let be serious, we will all miss his hair — his beautiful, beautiful hair that was obviously sculpted by angels.”

The Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein: “Like everyone I think, I’ll miss his eloquence and erudition. And his hora proficiency.”

RealClearPoliticsErin McPike: “The self-deprecation. And I actually got an old-school back-slap from him when he was hustling into an Iowa event last month. His demeanor made for really good color, and that makes good copy.”

TWT Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller: “I’ll miss Rick Perry scaring the heck out of everyone on Capitol Hill with his push for a part-time Congress.”

TWT‘s Anneke Green: “All we DC insiders are mourning the lost opportunity to be ruled again by the sovereign Republic of Texas. For three long years, we’ve suffered the abolishing of beer pong, cowboy boots-n-tuxes, and … and… What was the third one?”

SHannitysHair: “First and foremost, I will miss his GREAT hair. Seriously though, I will miss his conservative voice in the campaign….even though he tends to get tongue-tied at times. Who among us didn’t chuckle inside at his “oops” moment? There was one other thing I wanted to share. I forget. #oops”

Human EventsTony Lee: “His unpredictable Twitter feed, exclamation marks included. You never knew what he was going to tweet. He tweeted he was not quitting the race, a picture of himself at a shooting range, and even a challenge to CNN’s Peter Hamby to make the Perry running team.”

Yahoo! NewsChris Moody: “His campaign aides were always great about hanging out after events to shoot the breeze with reporters. They’ll be missed at the bar.”

From an unidentified WTOP management type, suit-wearing person: “Three things… the candor, the commercials… and… um, ahh”

Human EventsJason Mattera: “The blank stares and blonde moments.”

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

What Will Journos Miss Most About Huntsman?

Other than Tim Pawlenty, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman was the only one who never got the fleeting surge in poll numbers all of the other contenders received. He wasn’t a particularly exciting candidate even though he did some exciting things. He was a Motocross rider. He liked to play rock music. And he was the other Mormon in the race, which was kind of cool. And then, of course, there were those press darling daughters.

Huntsman suspended his campaign on Monday and immediately endorsed Mitt Romney for the nomination. Though he’s out of the race, his campaign left a (mostly) lasting impression among the Washington press corps. Some opened up to FBDC and shared their favorite memories of his failed candidacy.

ReutersSam Youngman– “The way he smelled like teen spirit.”

The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor– “The easy answer is ‘his daughters.’  But I think I’m going to miss waking up to Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski every morning telling their viewers how wonderful he is and how dumb Republican voters are for not embracing him.”

Guns & PatriotsNeil McCabe– “Making snarky replies to his daughters’ insipid Tweets.” McCabe is referring, of course, to Huntsman’s daughters’ joint Twitter account from which they made a sport out of tweeting about the campaign.

Host of SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S Julie Mason– “Jon Huntsman was campaigning? Totally missed it”


Politico
‘s Patrick Gavin– “The opportunity to have the first Eagle Scout in the Oval Office since Gerald Ford. Policymakers should also have to earn merit badges.”

WaPo‘s Aaron Blake– “He taught me so much about [the late musician] Captain Beefheart and riding motorcycles through the desert. I can never truly repay him.” (Beefheart pictured at right.)

Human EventsTony Lee– “What I will miss: His decency and authenticity. What I won’t miss: His attempts to be hip and snarky. And H-Jams.” For anyone who doesn’t know “H-Jams” were daily songs Huntsman’s press secretary would send out to reporters in email briefings.

RIP Huntsman campaign. I’d say we barely knew you but I think we did.

What Will Journos Remember Most About Michele Bachmann’s Presidential Campaign?

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) ended her presidential campaign Wednesday morning following a dismal finish in the Iowa Caucuses. Countless journalists will miss seeing her throughout the rest of the primary. She was fun, feisty and fabulous, if at times factually challenged — she did confuse John Wayne for John Wayne Gacey — but who cares? It was part of her charm. Still, her memory lives on.

We posed the question to Washington journalists — what will you miss most about covering Bachmann? Here’s what they had to say.

Chris Geidner, Metro Weekly‘s senior political writer, told FBDC in an email he appreciated the national discussion Michele and her husband Marcus raised concerning his work with a Christian clinic, which reportedly practices reparative therapy for gays. As for a report from WaPo Thursday speculating that Michele may retire from the House, Geidner said, “We’ll have to wait and see (her on Fox News).”

And WaPo‘s Aaron Blake, who hails from Minnesota remarked, “Hearing that lovely Minnesota accent, dontcha know. Now I’ll have to watch ‘Fargo’ or worse, call my relatives, to revisit my roots.”

TWT columnist Emily Miller pointed us to a piece she wrote Wednesday: “It’s certainly a relief that the debate stage will be less crowded,” she wrote, “but it’s worth noting what has been lost: the Tea Party’s highest-profile opponent of Obamacare.”

In late December, Bachmann ran a campaign blitz through Iowa, stopping in each of the state’s 99 counties within 11 days. Human EventsTony Lee told us he’ll miss that energy. “Sometimes, I could not help but wonder if she had more body doubles than children when looking at her schedule of events,” he said.

But Bachmann’s flamboyant doggy sunglasses shopping hubby may be missed just as much as the candidate. “Marcus.” That’s the only word The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas responded with when we asked what he’d miss most about Bachmann’s campaign.

Pappas’ colleague Jeff Poor said he’ll miss watching MSNBC’s Chris Matthews‘ analysis of Bachmann now that she’s out of the race. “It was like a boy pulling a girl’s pigtails, but instead with an overweight aging male,” said Poor.

Sean Bugg, also of Metro Weekly, was hoping Marcus could bring that sense of style to the White House. “What I’ll miss most is Marcus, especially now that we know what his eye for accessorizing would have brought to the White House. It would have been just like another Jackie Kennedy,” he said.

RCP‘s Erin McPike: “Eyelashes?”

Agence France-PressOlivier Knox: “She is truly one of the most impressive ‘retail’ politicians I’ve ever seen, who worked to build a rapport with every voter at her meet-and-greet events in Iowa. Also? The Christmas carols she played from her bus’s loud speakers.”

Townhall.com and BigGov Columnist Derek Hunter: “Her earnest delivery of every line, her Biden-like verbal flubs, and Marcus, sweet, sweet Marcus. But what I will miss most is the staring contest she had with the nation during every debate… Those eyes were hungry, and the only meal that could satiate that hunger was the White House. Now those eyes will be forever hungry, forever yearning.”

The Hill‘s Alex Bolton: “I’ll miss all the traffic she drives to The Hill’s website, which keeps my editors in a good mood.”

American Spectator blogger and New Media Strategies’ J.P Freire: “A candidate that cites (late Austrian economist) Ludwig Von Mises.”
Anonymous D.C. Journo: “I will miss watching her being asked a question NOT about health care (Guantanamo Bay detainees, the U.S.-China relationship, black holes in space) and somehow correlating that to ‘ObamaCare.’”

Anne Schroeder Mullins, media consultant and formerly with Politico: “Won’t we all miss Marcus the most?”

TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro: “Who’s gonna say ‘Anderson’ now?!” (Santoro is referring to the countless times Bachmann tried grabbing the attention of CNN’s Anderson Cooper during a GOP debate back in October.)

Julie Mason, host of SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S: “I will dearly miss her soothing, mellifluous elocutions — like a soft, wet ear-kiss.”

TWT‘s Anneke Green: “The shot at having a First Gentleman.”

RIP for now, Bachmann campaign. Gone but not forgotten.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I’m probably going to drunk dial Wolf Blitzer. It’s going to be a Situation Room.” — Comedian Kathy Griffin on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night, describing what she was going to do while hosting New Year’s Eve on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Incidentally, among her goals is to get Cooper fired.

Shampoo loyalty

“Twitter wants me to follow Pantene. I was born a Pert Plus man, and I’ll die a Pert Plus man.” — Reuters’ Sam Youngman.

Regrets. NBC’s Chuck Todd apologizes for accidentally giving the finger on air Wednesday morning: “The camera is always on. A lesson some of us never learn. My apologies. Am personally embarrassed. Was a joke with someone on other side.”

Journo Hate Mail

FishbowlDC’s Peter Ogburn hit a serious nerve Wednesday with this afternoon post on Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields, who  displays cleavage, tweets memes about how beautiful she is, and retweets pictures of her legs — all in the name of journalism. Here’s a sampling of the hate mail Ogburn received. 1. “Guess the jury’s out. Peter, you are a sexist dork. Stop your little whiny articles and do some research and real reporting and maybe someday you’ll make a name for yourself like Michelle already has.” 2. “Yo Peter, fuck your couch.” This is Peter’s day to shine. Congrats to Ogburn for getting a nasty fake Twitter account created about him one week after starting the job.

Abramoff’s 15 minutes continues…

“About to go on MSNBC at 3. Just saw Jack Abramoff, who told me idea that Newt didn’t lobby–eg for 2003 Rx drug benefit– is ‘a joke.’” — Bloomberg View Columnist  Jonathan Alter.

Bret Baier Shizzizzle

@CharmingLegs @therealjdizzle: “Hey I think you look terrific! How is your son doing?” FNC anchor Bret Baier: “Great thank you.”  (Unless you’re severely out of touch, you know that Baier’s son, Paul, recently underwent an angioplasty.)

A journo’s weakness for airport hotdogs

“Guilty pleasure airport food: pretzel dogs. But I just had the will power to pass the kiosk by.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

A classic Tschida dilemma

“Someone I know frequently describes THINGS as having an ASTIGMATISM. Should I tell him astigmatism is a vision problem he means stigma?” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida.

Scribe doesn’t trust perfection

“I dunno why but I just don’t trust anyone whose every tweet is always perfect (grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, etc). #shady.” — Human EventsTony Lee.

Deep thoughts…

“I hate when you have one big known unknown holding up a story.” — Labor journo Mike Elk. Come on, Elk. Where’s the well-placed cuss word?

Gopher goes for Gingrich

“Former Iowa Congressman and LOVEBOAT TV actor who played Gopher, Fred Grandy endorses Newt Gingrich.” — NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell.

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

Hot ‘n Spicy Shuster

“Friday night’s orgasmic surprise.  David Shuster anchoring Current TV in a black suit and gorgeous black/blue tie.  So hot.  More please.” — Anonymous FishbowlDC reader

Herman Cain Sighting

“So I’m waiting by the @houstontexans locker room and guess who comes by on a golf cart? @thehermancain. I told him it’s time for that talk!” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin.

Rubin sees bright side of sniffles

“I’ll be on CSPAN Washington Journal at 830 am ET today..got a nasty cold so I’ll have my Brenda Vaccaro voice.” — WaPo conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin.

Boybander Betrayed

“Awww, crap. Slept thru Up with Chris Hayes!” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler. But clearly, Think Progress‘ blogger Matt Yglesias is the suck-up. He writes, “They need to broadcast @chrislhayes’s show here in Europe, where it would be on at a very civilized hour.”

Journo defends Waffle House to the death

“I also found it offensive Huntsman said Romney was running for President of Waffle House. I ate there twice a day sometimes. #SoGood” — Human EventsTony Lee.

Daylight Savings: The Aftermath

“You know the kind of person who forgets daylight savings despite all the warnings? Well, I am that person every year. Twice.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

“It wouldn’t be Day Light Savings without my mother-in-law waking us up to remind us we can sleep an hour later.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

Journo Baffled by D.C.

“At my hotel bar in DC. I swear I can’t figure this city out. #HELP” — NYT‘s Charles Blow.

Entirely Unnecessary Newsflash of the Day

Maybe Mother Jones Washington Bureau David Corn won’t need a new TV after all. Over the weekend, he wrote: “Not as if I couldn’t watch #CainGrinch. Today the deer hit my car, and my 25-year-old television started working again. Figure that one out.”

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Saturdays seem to be my day for staying off the grid. Except, um, for occasional peeks.” — The Daily Beast‘s/CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz. How many tweets Howie needs to pimp “Reliable Sources” this weekend: 6.

Why Breitbart retweets the haters

“I don’t just RT H8 to show the left is filled with H8ers. I also RT H8 to show how little self-policing of H8 there is within the PC left.” — BigGov founder Andrew Breitbart who was in Washington this weekend starting with a conservative happy hour on Friday night.

The Braggart

“As much fun as the next 4 days in London will be, sad I’ll miss the extra sleep of Daylight Saving Time, since Europe has already switched.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff. Chance that he could just tell Washington that he was traveling to London? Zero.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day


Whose Lips?

Question of the hour…“Is Martin Bashir ever coming back? Or are we just going to have rotating weeks of Ezra Klein and [Jonathan] Capehart at 3 p.m. on MSNBC?” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo sees bloodshed in Syria

“Just once I’d like to get through a day without seeing another dead child in Syria. I think I’ve seen four today. One is too much. Ever.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a Tuesday tweet.

HuffPost Hill snaps at Politico scribe

“No shit,” wrote HuffPost Hill (Editor: Eliot Nelson) in a reactionary RT of Politico‘s Byron Tau‘s message: “Matt Bai says Pawlenty failed to articulate a compelling reason for his candidate.” Read Bai’s piece here.

Buttry is butt of own joke

And now, JRC Employee and former TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry gets a laugh at his own expense… “Who booked a flight this early? Me? Where do I complain about that?” By the way, he’s at Omaha Eppley Airfield, which he embarrassingly checked into on foursquare.

Journos on the run

“Morning run thru beautiful Dubuque–past a giant statue of ‘American Gothic’” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush in a Tuesday tweet.

“Went running this am for the first time in 2 years, forgot how great it makes me feel. Machines at the gym just don’t compare.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Freeman Klopott in a Tuesday tweet.

The Media Critic

“Amazing how people cannot quote properly. Perry didn’t say ‘almost treasonous’ — quote was “almost treacherous … treasonous.” — Human Events’ Tony Lee in a Tuesday tweet. He points out that lefty ThinkProgress got the quote wrong by leaving out treacherous…see here. He adds that CNN’s Peter Hamby was among the few to get it right.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

A question to which there will be no answer this campaign season

“Hey, one thing I’m still unclear on: Would Romney eat Obama’s dog food if Pawlenty mowed one acre of his lawn?” — Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein in a Friday tweet that’s clearly some strange slight on Bo Obama. No, no, not really. It’s a play on a promise now ex-presidential hopeful T-Paw made at the GOP debate last week.

Reporter bummed about flighty woman

“Woke up feeling depressed about a hot n cold woman. After attending a picket line I feel 20x better – pickets lines always pick me up.” — Labor Journalist Mike Elk in a weekend tweet. WaPo Date Lab are you thinking what we’re thinking?

Incest Desk Revisited

Over the weekend Politico‘s Jonathan Martin appeared on NBC’s “MTP” for the roundtable. We’re sure girlfriend Betsy Fischer, the show’s executive producer, cheered on his performance that included this quote: “That’s the central question hanging over the race. Is this your father’s GOP?” Martin asked after host David Gregory flashed a quote on screen on the dichotomy of picking “establishment” candidates such as Mitt Romney and John Huntsman versus someone like Rick Perry. We reported on the incestuous nature of his appearance over the weekend. Somehow this quote didn’t make it into the rush transcript.

A mother boasts about her Washington daughter

“I can finally brag about my daughter @cbellantoni ‘s latest accomplishment. I’m going to visit Harvard!!” — Cassandra Bellantoni, reporter, LAT, HuffPost, AOL’s Patch Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Beverly Hills Times Mag. Producer on her daughter, Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni, getting a fellowship at Harvard.

A self-described ‘fishy-smelly’ media scribe

“I am back and fishless, but very tan. And fishy-smelly, because I did catch a few little ones. Then I am leaving again.” — Mediaite‘s Frances Martel in a fishy tweet we had to print because it’s just that fishy.

A compliment and an insult all rolled into one

“Why hasn’t Team T-Paw used his wife more? She’s dynamic on stump. She kinda seems to want it more than he does. She’s fantastic.” — Human EventsTony Lee in a weekend tweet.

Weekend musings from Ames, Iowa

“Running thru a cow barn trying to find Palin … It’s like Where’s Waldo only with more livestock.” — USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich in a weekend tweet from Ames, Iowa.

Hey Plumline: You’re just so ‘excellent excellent’

“Thanks!” — WaPo‘s Greg Sargent in a weekend response to props he received and re-tweeted from a reader because that’s such a classy thing to do these days. Just ask The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz. The compliment: “@sethdmichaels This is an excellent, excellent post by @theplumlineGS on the ‘weird’ issue.” Read Sargent’s “excellent, excellent” story here.

The Observer

“On the way to the Palin mob, ran into a furious Fox crew who hadn’t been given a heads up.” — Politico‘s Ben Smith in a weekend tweet from Ames, Iowa.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“@CQRC_Photo department is holding out on me. They bought a bubble gun from the man on First Street NE, but I’m not allowed to play w/ it.” — Roll Call‘s Jessica Estepa in a Friday tweet. Jessica, you’ve done it once again. Congratulations, or like WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza writes, or something like that.

Frustrated journo

“Whoever invented pdfs you can’t copy from obviously hates journalists.” — The Hill‘s Keith Laing in a weekend tweet.

 

So What’s in Your Satan Sandwich?

After Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) described the debt bill as a “Satan Sandwich” we wondered what Washington journos (and the husband of one) would put in their own satanic sandwiches. No, it’s not a pick-up line but say it enough times and it starts to sound like one. Some reporters claimed their brains were fried from the debt deal and couldn’t think up a clever response. Others shot back quick, clear and strange replies. We don’t even want to contemplate the deeper meaning behind the fact that Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher has his own “dry rub.”

NYT Carl Hulse: “Mine would have to be stuffed with brussels sprouts. It is practically the only food I wont eat. Probably covered in some sort of nasty vinegar.”

The Weekly Standard/Daily Caller‘s Matt Labash: “Satan Sandwich Ingredients: Bottom piece of bread: Monica Cruz; Top piece of bread: Penelope Cruz; Lunch meat: Me; Toppings:  marshmallow fluff, apple butter, and taramasalata. Just to make sure we all stick together. You can also sprinkle some tax cuts for the rich on there  – the Cruz sisters are very wealthy. We will use the spoils to buy ourselves more sticky sandwich spreads. Or perhaps something hotter and spicier. Like  pico de gallo with Red Savino habaneros – which burn our searching tongues like the fires of hell, where Tea Partiers dance, their faces painted red with with the blood of freshly slaughtered Democratic babies. (Is Barney Frank going to eat that pickle?)”

Anonymous reporter: “Steamed Brauchli.” As in WaPo Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli.

Politico White House reporter Julie Mason: “Mortadella, fingernails and a centipede. I will eat it watching the first season of ‘The Bachelor.’”

Roll Call feature writer Emily Heil: “I’m pretty sure someone otherworldly has to be behind the G-man sub at Mangialardo and Son’s over on Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s got like five kinds of meat and this bread that they bake fresh daily–possibly in the fires of hell. I dream of it sometimes.”

The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman: “Any sandwich with hair.”

Qorvis’ partner and former TWT Editor Sam Dealey: “[NRSC Spokesman] Brian Walsh’s dog Rudy, American cheese product, and a side of Freedom Fries. Pretty much what I was served on my United Airlines flight today from San Antonio.”

Geoff Tracy (hubby to CBS’s Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell): “Catchy albeit scary name. Spicy hot perhaps.”

The Hill‘s Alex Bolton: Extra-strength Cholula sauce.

HuffPost-AOL Spokesman Mario Ruiz: “A public option, sliced by fear, w a heaping of revisionism.”

NJ Spokeswoman Taylor West: “Parking tickets. I’ve had to eat far too many of those recently. Oh, and sauerkraut. Because whenever I hear about the smell of brimstone, that’s what I imagine it smells like.”

Publicist Janet Donovan: “A Big Mac smothered in raw onions.”

WaPo‘s Aaron Blake: “Olives, brussels sprouts, Limburger cheese and Vegemite. Also, fire.”

Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher: “Oh, that’s easy. Cold Capicola (pronounced “GabbaGHOUL”), fresh mozzarella, a good Genoa salami, prosciutto, imported ham, mayo, and pesto on a saloio roll. Hot chunks of filet mignon, my own dry rub, salt, pepper, sauteed for two minutes, with mozzarella and mayo on a fresh sub roll. For dessert, lots of nitro in the ambulance.”

Conservative writer who helped found The Daily Caller Derek Hunter: “Liverwurst with cream cheese, Dijon mustard and some bacon thrown in to make you think it might not suck, on pumpernickel with a side of having to eat it with Nancy Pelosi. If you’re going to be forced to eat a Satan Sandwich it’s safe to assume you’d be eating it in your own personal Hell.”

Labor journalist Mike Elk: “Right now I am on vacation in San Francisco and they sell all these ‘incredible edibles’ at these medical clinics. Put some of those edibles in a Satan sandwich, you can make any sandwich a really good time. Go to a reggae concert after eating that Satan sandwich and you’ll have a real gooooood time. I mean real good.”

The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle: “Fresh cape cod haddock battered with beer from The Daily Caller kegerator. I’d drizzle The DC beer-battered haddock with hot sauce. What would make it “Satanic” is how I’d get the hot sauce – I’d steal it from whoever in our office happened to have some.” (People actually bring hot sauce to the office?)

CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller: “What else. Deviled eggs.”

HuffPost Hill writer Eliot Nelson: “Tempeh, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sprouts, chipotle mayo and worthless T-Notes.”

Human EventsTony Lee: “Lol– honey ham, deviled eggs, ABSOLUTELY NO CHEESE. Let’s say on Rye Bread, slightly burnt.”

Unnecessary Answer of the Lineup: “Um, deviled ham, goat cheese and arugula? Eh, but that’s not very good. This would all be a lot funnier if the deal had been referred to as ‘Satan’s Taco.’ That I could work with.” — MetroWeekly‘s C0-Publisher Sean Bugg (Oh, Bugg, we joke. We love your answer. Who else would say “deviled ham?”)

NBC Goofs Up Christie Breathing Problems

Photo Credit: TIME

Could have been worse.

NBC Nightly News apologized for the following message on Twitter regarding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie being taken to the hospital for breathing problems related to asthma. They initially wrote, “NJ Governor Chris Christie taken to hospital for breaking problems.” Minutes later, they offered, “Apologies for typo it is breathing problems. Thanks to all who corrected.”

But not before the peanut gallery came roaring in. “Nice typo,” snarked Crooks and Liars Managing Editor and former FishbowlLA’s Tina Dupuy.

We don’t think this is a joke, but Potomac Flacks blogger Matt Mackowiak retweeted the news, with one word: “Praying.” Human EventsTony Lee, meanwhile, wrote this note of hope: “In all forseriousness, I wish Chris Christie well — no one should have to go thru breathing probs — here’s to no medical f–kups.” And we knew this was coming. One woman on Twitter wrote, “For what, inhaling a sandwich?” This just in from another: “Maybe Chris Christie had trouble breathing considering he’s 400 pounds.” And finally, there was this relevant Washington-directed message: “Chris Matthews is going to feel awkward for saying on Monday that none of the heavy-set GOPers were running for president.”

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