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Summer Superlatives: Most Cutthroat

I can’t quite decide whether it’s a compliment or insult to be nominated for the Most Cutthroat category of FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives 2011.  Does the label imply that you’d sell your granny into sex slavery for a scoop?  Or just a nod to a particularly aggressive approach to journalism?  Either way, your nominees for Most Cutthroat are Politico’s Jim VandeHei, Washington Times’ Eli Lake, NBC’s David Gregory and Politico’s Mike Allen.

Summer Superlatives: Biggest Drama Queen

From stage-five freak outs and Twitter rants to bizarre YouTube videos and on-air feuds, the finalists for our next category are more theatrical than that gay kid on “Glee.”  But which one of our nominees deserves to wear the cubic zirconia-crusted crown as this year’s Biggest Drama Queen or King?

The nominees are…Emily Miller from the Washington Times, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Human Events’ Jason Mattera and WJLA’s Stephen Tschida for his performance as Amtrak passenger 1 in “Cold and Alone: The Stephen Tschida Story.”

Summer Superlatives: Best On-Air Personality

A whopping 2,000+ votes were cast in day one of FishbowlDC’s 2011 Summer Superlatives contest.  With such an overwhelming reaction to the first three categories, we can only imagine what kind of fierce competition will come out of the race for Best On-Air Personality.

Finalists for this glorious honor include Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, CBS News’ Bob Schieffer, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, NBC/MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell. But it’s up to you to determine the best of 2011. The candidates are strong and the polls are open so get to voting.

SS Exit Polls Show Three Close Races

Early exit polls from day one of our Summer Superlatives contest indicate only one thing: these races are too close to call tonight.  With three sets of rock-solid competitors and a slew of die-hard supporters, FishbowlDC glory is still anyone’s for the taking.

To spice up the competition, we’ve hidden the real-time results of each race (8pm).  But don’t let that dissuade you from casting a vote or campaigning for your favorite candidate.  Each poll will remain open for 24 hours from the time it went live today and final results will be revealed in a very special post honoring the winners next week. Until then, here’s your 10pm exit poll snapshot.

Best Sense of Humor:  Julie Mason must have spent the evening shaking hands and kissing babies because Team Mason has managed to pull ahead Semnani and Labash.

Julie Mason: 32.06% of the vote.

Neda Semnani: 31.76% of the vote.

Matt Labash: 28.09% of the vote.

Gene Weingarten: 3.39% of the vote.

Biggest Self-Promoter: Mackowiak and Bardella have pimped themselves into one fierce competition.

Matt Mackowiak: 36.91%

Kurt Bardella: 33.77%

Howard Kurtz: 19.6%

Carol Joynt: 9.69%

Best Capitol Hill Press Secretary:  Boehner’s Michael Steel, who began losing his daylong lead to Morris and Elshami this afternoon,  has managed to pull ahead tonight.

Michael Steel: 44.39%

Vince Morris: 28.7%

Nadeam Elshami: 23.53%

Charles Chamberlayne: 3.39%

Summer Superlatives: Best Cap Hill Press Secretary

We decided to mix things up a little with this category. But who better than FishbowlDC readers to name 2011′s Best Capitol Hill Press Secretary?  From fielding your calls to feeding you tips, these folks can make or break a journo’s day.  So which one of these fine flacks is the best press secretary (or comm. director) on Capitol Hill?

The nominees are….Michael Steel from Speaker John Boehner’s office, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Nadeam Elshami, Charles Chamberlayne for Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), and Vince Morris from the office of Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).

Summer Superlatives: Biggest Self-Promoter

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From talking to tweeting, these media types never miss an opportunity to plug themselves.  But which one’s acts of self-pimping rise above the rest?  The nominees for  Biggest Self-Promoter of 2011 are Daily Caller’s Kurt Bardella, Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz, Carol Joynt of New York Social Diary and Q&A Cafe and Potomac Flack’s Matt Mackowiak.

Summer Superlatives: Best Sense of Humor

Voting is now open for the first category of FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives 2011: Best Sense of Humor.  With the help of a secret panel of past winners and avid FishbowlDC readers, we narrowed nominations down to four finalists whose witty tweets, status updates and columns never fail to bring the hilarity.

Voting for each category will be open for 24 hours.  But there’s a catch.   At 8pm every evening, the results of the day’s three polls will be hidden.  Think of the cutoff as early exit polling.  Just because your pick is leading the pack all day, doesn’t mean they’re safe.  After the sun goes down, it’s anybody’s title for the taking.  We’ll announce all the winners on Monday.

So rally your supporters, bus in voters, and campaign like you read about because Summer Superlatives 2011 is officially underway with Politico’s Julie Mason, The Weekly Standard/Daily Caller’s Matt Labash, Roll Call’s Neda Semnani and WaPo’s Gene Weingarten for Best Sense of Humor.

Deadline Extended: Summer Superlatives 2011

The nominations for FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives 2011 have just started getting good so we’re extending the deadline from noon to 5pm today. So dig deep, think hard and help us come up with the best nominees for this year’s 12 categories (below). Nominations can be submitted via email to fishbowldc@mediabistro.com or through our anonymous tips box. Just be sure to include the category, nominee’s name, employer and any info that supports your pick (photo, story, examples, etc).

1. Biggest Self-Promoter
2. Most Underrated
3. Best Capitol Hill Press Secretary
4. Most Likely to Feud on Twitter
5. Best Sense of Humor (or Wittiest)
6. Most Trusted
7. Best On-air Personality
8. Most Cutthroat
9. Biggest Drama King/Queen
10. Most Likely to Attend an Open Bar
11. Sexiest
12. Most Scandalous

The Hill’s 50 MB: Lessons Learned

We’re all about education here in the Fishbowl.  That’s why rather than trashing The Hill‘s 2011 “50 Most Beautiful List” or making snide remarks about anyone’s god-given appearance, we decided to make it a learning experience.  So we channeled our inner Rachel Zoe and developed a short guide of style tips and tactics while reviewing this year’s roster.

Whether you’re jonesing for a hot, new Facebook profile pic or find yourself striking a pose for next year’s “50 MB,” FishbowlDC’s guide to style will guarantee a glamour shot worthy of a spot on your granny’s fireplace mantle…

Christine Martin: We love pageant hair as much as the next blog but go full “Toddlers and Tiaras” or go home.  What in the Aquanet hell happened here?  A Bump-It as exquisite as Christine’s should be accompanied by tundrels, teasing, extensions and a cubic zirconia banana clip.

Kate Bolduan: This one hurts a little because we like Kate and rarely take issue with her style.  But Derelicte is not a real clothing line.  So we’re not sure why this CNN reporter selected a Zoolander-inspired Jacobim Mugatu Hefty bag jacket for her photo shoot. 

Tim Torres: Ryan Seacrest is not a style star.  Leave the size schmedium button-downs and skinny ties to the E! Network.  They need them more than we do.

 

 

Jacqueline Ferko: Avoid “Designing Women” marathons before your photo shoot.  Or you too could end up looking like the Executive VP of Sugarbaker Designs.

 

Rep. Adam KinzingerPractice your Blue Steel, Ferrari and Le Tigre in the mirror before you get in front of a camera.  Bedroom eyes and constipated face are two very different looks.  And as our girl Tyra would say, “don’t forget to smize.”

Mandi Critchfield: Don’t schmutz up the pretty with goofy poses and emo clothes. We get it.  You’re an individual…just like everyone else who shops at Hot Topic. But that doesn’t make it okay to sport Star Wars tee shirts and pose like a model for Lens Crafters.

Rep. Hansen Clarke:  Dish out the dough for Invisalign or embrace your brace face.  Never…and by never, we mean never-ever try to hide your chompers with a close-mouthed smile.  It’s creepy and can lead to a terrible case of pedosmile.  The only thing worse than a metal grill is a pedosmile. #neverforget

* Special thanks to the 50 MBers who helped us illustrate these rules.  We’re laughing with you, not at you so please don’t take it personally.  And remember, you’re on the list and we’re not. Congrats on your beauty!  To see The Hill’s full list of honorees, click here.

Charlie Cook: Fat Harry Potter?

Ba ha! Charlie Cook made an unexpected appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show last night. The editor of Cook’s Political Report was featured in Jay Leno‘s segment “Too Fat to Look Like Harry Potter.”  Check it out below.

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