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The Mitt in the Gray Flannel Suit

Matt Cooper gave a couple thousand of the million words he writes a day to this month’s Portfolio, the embarrassing Conde Nast “business” magazine, turning in a neat little profile of Mitt Romney. Here’s what we learned about America’s favorite shiny-haired Mormon: Read more on The Mitt in the Gray Flannel Suit…
 

Rumors On The Internets: Pain Is Hilarious

* Funniest man in Washington steals jokes from least funny man in Washington. [Portfolio] * What the fuck is Carville doing on the “power couples” list again? He doesn’t have a real job. [Washington Monthly (PDF)] * Dennis Hastert dropped seventy grand on lawyers to keep him out of the Foleygate hot seat. [Political Insider] * Replacement players now guarding nation’s nukes. [Passport] * Least likely to vote hate Hillary the most. [Gallup] * Straight Talk Express gets bent. [Think Progress] * Abortion ban decision actually good news for those looking to kill something inside them. [The Coffeehouse] Read more on Rumors On The Internets: Pain Is Hilarious…
 

Wonkette Party Crash: ‘The Week’ Magazine Opinion Awards ’07

This is a very special party crash, because we actually did crash it: despite being on the panel that selected one of the winners, we weren’t actually on the list for The Week’s annual award dog-and-pony show. It all worked out in the end, of course, as we’re consummate complainers. The event, held last night at the Four Seasons, honors people whose opinions a group of rich old people can generally agree are pretty good, or at least entertaining. Oh, and a blogger. We attended, of course, with the lovely Liz Gorman, whose lovely photos are here. Our write-up can be found, as always, after the jump. The Week Opinion Awards Gallery Read more on Wonkette Party Crash: ‘The Week’ Magazine Opinion Awards ’07…
 

Daily Briefing: Paid to Bum

* Some of America’s richest assholes heard President Bush mention “income inequality” for the first time, ever. [WP] * Most farmers missed the speech, however; as they were too busy yelling at the crew of immigrants who act like they’ve never polished a gold toilet seat before. [WP, NYT] * High-living funnyman Matt Cooper confirmed what he knew about Valerie Plame from Scooter on the way back from the Country Club. [WP, LAT] * Joe Biden trips over his sword, impales himself on a blade of blather. [WP, NYT] * Alberto Gonzalez will, grudgingly, share his secret court order toys. [WP, NYT] * At least there’ll be a change of scenery – next war for energy security likely in Brazil, “the Saudi Arabia of ethanol.” [WSJ] * Mary Cheney’s baby is not a propaganda tool — she told an audience of media people gathered for a magazine event in Manhattan. [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Paid to Bum…
 

Wonk’d: Blinged Out Edition

Spotted this week were some damn fine Americans, with a whole lot of shiny metal at home on their mantels. Mia Hamm has her World Cup trophies, Anderson Cooper has his Emmy, Michael Hayden has all that weird military stuff on his shirt, and Jimmy Carter has that thing they call a Nobel. Not everyone can be number one, though, so just enjoy what you can — like Donald Rumsfeld and his juicy steaks, or Antonin Scalia and his fancy car. Feed your need for life envy; there are lots more people richer than you. Check out the sightings, after the jump. Oh, and intern season is here! It sure is great that just as soon as the laminate dries on their cute little “109th Congress Intern” badges, they’re off and sending us tips. Act like an intern and send in your own via email, with “Wonk’d” or “Sighting” in the subject line, and the name of the fancy pants you spotted. We won’t pay you anything, just like real interns! Read more on Wonk’d: Blinged Out Edition…
 

Wonk’d: Before the Bridge Traffic Edition

This week’s pre-Memorial Day edition of Wonk’d has everyone’s favorite White House golden boy, Karl Rove, and original press nightmare, Ari Fleischer, in good seats watching the Nationals. Some of the senior citizens in our government, like Antonin Scalia and Donald Rumsfeld, must think baseball is for kids — they only go to fancy parties. Maybe when Scooter Libby and Matt Cooper learn to dress properly, they’ll get invited out too. If he needs to get somewhere, Matt will probably be on Metro, along with his buddy Andy Card, as opposed to being chauffeured everywhere like carbon-hoarding Barack Obama. It’s three whole days before any more Wonk’d, so get everything you can now, after the jump! So many games, festivals, and parties in Washington these days, and the in-crowd can’t stay away. If you see one of them, let us know by email, with “Wonk’d” or “Sighting” in the subject line, along with the powerbroker’s (or shill’s, or actor’s, of foreign head-of-state’s) name. You send ’em, we print ’em – everybody wins! Read more on Wonk’d: Before the Bridge Traffic Edition…
 

Team Party Crash: The Michael Kelly Award Dinner

Last night, Team Wonkette rubbed elbows with the D.C. media elite, at the third annual presentation of the Michael Kelly Award: The $25,000 award is given annually to a journalist whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Michael Kelly’s own career: the fearless pursuit and expression of truth. Kelly, who was the editor of two Atlantic Media publications, The Atlantic Monthly and National Journal, was killed while covering the war in Iraq in 2003. It was a delightful evening, definitely one of the better parties that we’ve crashed attended lately. As media junkies, our heads were left spinning from all the star-spotting: Peggy Noonan! Adam Nagourney! Howard Fineman! Gwen Ifill! Matt Cooper! (But where was FROOMKIN???) After the jump, additional commentary on the evening — plus fabulous photos, by Liz Gorman. Enjoy! Read more on Team Party Crash: The Michael Kelly Award Dinner…
 

Karl Rove Should Claim He Was Tripping on Ambien When He Talked to Cooper

Karl Rove, BOY GENIUS, has a plan to retain control of Congress: Drag everyone down with his boss. At least, that’s what it reads like. Jim Rutenberg’s Note-baiting must-read runs with a “Rove is done focusing on policy minutia and is running around the country personally winning every single congressional race” narrative, but the most instructive paragraph comes rather late in the game, when we learn this: Read more on Karl Rove Should Claim He Was Tripping on Ambien When He Talked to Cooper…
 

Wonkette Party Crash: The Kennedy Center Presents Court TV

Jackie Kucinich sports a stylish Washington Monument headband. Her cute friend doesn’t want you to know that she’s an intern. Wednesday night, if you can think back that far, was an absolutely gorgeous evening. We spent part of it enjoying the hospitality of Court TV and Capitol File, soaking in the panoramic views from the Kennedy Center’s roof deck — as well as some sweet-but-not-too-sweet, lemon-flavored libation. The occasion for the festivities? The opening of Court TV’s Washington bureau, featuring Savannah Guthrie, Fred Graham, producer Bryan Lavietes, and a dozen other staffers. We said hello to all the usual suspects, hinted to the Court TV folks that we’d love to be on TV — even if it means getting yelled at by Nancy Grace — and loaded up on sushi. After the jump, pictures from the event (amateur shots by one of your editors, not photos by Liz Gorman, that Super-Hot Girl Reporter). Plus, our report card on the proceedings. Check it all out here. Read more on Wonkette Party Crash: The Kennedy Center Presents Court TV…
 

Rich Cohen: Funny?

It’s early yet, but we have a contender for funniest Post column of the year. So Not FunnyRichard CohenThursday, May 4, 2006; Page A25 First, let me state my credentials: I am a funny guy. This is well known in certain circles, which is why, even back in elementary school, I was sometimes asked by the teacher to “say something funny” — as if the deed could be done on demand. This, anyway, is my standing for stating that Stephen Colbert was not funny at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Read more on Rich Cohen: Funny?…
 

No Capitol Steps, No Credibility

You can’t say we didn’t warn you. DC’s Funniest Celebrity benefit went down last night, and while we missed it, our spies are everywhere. Blogger/Journalist/Funnyman/Karaoke aficionado Patrick Gavin, seen here doing his famous “semi-professional bloggers drive like this” routine: wrote up the event, but left out one salient detail: Read more on No Capitol Steps, No Credibility…
 

Wonk’d: This Week With Pretty Pictures

Today’s edition of Wonk’d comes with a pretty picture. First, the sighting: On Wednesday [3/22] I saw Kimora Lee Simmons (Russell Simmons’s wife) in her SUPER GOD DAMN OBNOXIOUS “tour bus” (what the fuck is she touring for??). Her “job” is to make sure Russ gets plenty of BJs, that her breast implants are replaced and upgraded every couple of years, and she gets enough publicity for marrying a rich black dude… But here’s the kicker: an official US govt. black SUV (license plate USSS9) was escorting her from downtown down M street to the Four Seasons Hotel!!! Your tax dollars at work, folks! Is this a great fucking country or what??? And now, the picture: Finally, an addendum from this reader: Turns out she’s on a ‘book-signing’ tour for her new book, ‘Fabulosity.’ (As if she can or even has to read or write!! More brainless bimbos taking up causes they can’t even pronounce. Gotta love it.) After the jump, additional celeb sightings (but sans pictures). Remember: please continue to send us your sightings, with “Wonk’d” or “Sighting” in the subject line. Thanks everyone! Read more on Wonk’d: This Week With Pretty Pictures…
 

Daily Briefing: The New Caliphate

• Time reporter Viveca Novak says Karl Rove was the likely source of a July 2003 article about Valerie Plame. Novak: “I remember [Rove‘s lawyer] looking at me and saying something to the effect of ‘Karl doesn’t have a [Matt Cooper] problem. He was not a source for Matt.’ I responded instinctively, thinking he was trying to spin me, and said something like, ‘Are you sure about that? That’s not what I hear around Time.’ He looked surprised and very serious.” [Time, NYT, WSJ] • Sen. Frist threatens to use the “nuclear option” to save Samuel Alito from a filibuster. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): “We’re not close to a deal.” [WP, NYT, LAT] • White House flack Trent Duffy: “What you will see more of next year is the president going back to the basics — winning the war and growing the economy and creating jobs.” [WT] • Sen. Clinton‘s quiet, centrist approach to Iraq “is drawing increasing scorn from liberal activists.” [WP] • Ronald Brownstein on Alito‘s abortion memos: “It’s still not clear these disclosures will seriously threaten Alito’s confirmation. And if they do not, both sides might need to rethink basic assumptions about the politics of the Supreme Court.” [LAT] • Gov. Mark Warner (D-Va.) tours battleground states for a head-start on ’08. Warner: “As Democrats, what we have to do is put forward ideas and candidates that can win in places like Florida, that can win in places like Virginia.” [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: The New Caliphate…
 

Gossip Roundup: ‘Take a Deep Breath’

• Reliable Source: Matt Cooper: “It’s a good time to remember that rumors are not the same as indictments, and indictments are not the same as convictions,” he said. “So we should all just take a deep breath.” [WP] • Under the Dome: Allen (R-Va.) is a fan of both the White Sox and the Astros. . . Madeleine Albright had guest spot on “Gilmore Girls.” [The Hill] • Lloyd Grove’s Lowdown: Jim Moore and Wayne Slater, authors of “Bush‘s Brain,” are rushing out a fresh book on Rove. [NYDN] • Page Six: New book alleges Michael Moore is a “corporate criminal, environmental menace and racist union-buster.”. . . Clinton receives “custom-blended Chari-Tea from blonde tea maven” at a fundraiser. [NYP, NYP] • Cindy Adams: Geena Davis is on the cover of the next “Capitol File” magazine. . . Time is “readying stuff” on Bill Clinton in case Hillary runs in ’08. [NYP] • Rush & Molloy: Clinton might be a shopaholic. [NYDN] Read more on Gossip Roundup: ‘Take a Deep Breath’…
 

Judy Miller, Prison Bitch No More

Judy Miller’s sprung and word is that it is because Dick Cheney aide “Scooter” Libby gave her the okay to testify, finally. The thing is: As with Karl Rove and would-be journalist martyr Matt Cooper, Libby signed a blanket waiver letting Miller release his name long ago. Journalist types differentiate between the blanket waiver of confidentiality and a specific one, but, uhm, you sign the first and maybe you’ll sign the second? Especially when your boss has already done that? What gives with the hanging out in the pokey and not watching CNN and not eating? Too cheap to spring for Canyon Ranch? We were all so First Amendment about you and shit. Read more on Judy Miller, Prison Bitch No More…
 

Gossip Roundup: Angelina and Ari

• Reliable Source: Angelina Jolie proves a distraction at Capitol Hill conference on HIV/AIDS. Richard Branson also testifies: “If this were the U.S., there would be a war room set up.”. . . Lynne Cheney visits and revisits Pottery Barn. . . Connie Mack (R-Fl.) is divorcing. [WP] • Under the Dome: Five Hall of Fame baseball players dragged out to talk about steroid legislation. . . Letter from two Democrat lawmakers regarding Plan B may have influenced FDA commissioner to resign. . . John Dingell (D-Mich.), Mark Foley (R-Fla.), Pat Roberts, ABC’s John Cochran, Howard Fineman, Matt Cooper, and Ben Bradlee attend screening of “Flightplan” hosted by Dan Glickman. [The Hill] • Inside the Beltway: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents found themselves hounded for ice by confused hurricane victims. [WT] • Lloyd Grove’s Lowdown: Gloria Steinem says ’08 is too soon for Hillary. [NYDN] • Rush & Molloy: Ari Fleischer is working for Bud Selig. [NYDN] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Angelina and Ari…