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Paul Begala’s Witchcraft Tiger Familiar Spotted At Stetson’s

Man, the inauguration, remember that? All sorts of famous people went to Washington D.C. to see the most famous celebrity of all, Michelle Obama. Wonkette readers spotted such elusive figures as “Paul Bengala,” a rare tiger-pundit hybrid, as well as “Matt Laurer,” a retired wrestler and morning talk show host. You also saw legitimate celebrities such as Tom Brokaw, Kurtis Blow, and Miss France. Most importantly, Kev-O-Tron and SayItWithWookies got to hang out with each other in “real life,” which is just adorable. Details after the jump. Have you left your basement recently and seen somebody sort of famous, preferably a person kind of related to politics? Send your reports to tips@wonkette.com with the subject line “Wonk’d.” Read more on Paul Begala’s Witchcraft Tiger Familiar Spotted At Stetson’s…
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Please, Walnuts, Take A Nap, Take A LONG NAP

“Well Tom Brokaw, heh, I’m disappointed about Colin Powell endorsing that Democrat, but I have FIVE Secretary of States in my pocket too, nyah nyah, and good ones at that — Henry Kissinger, Jim Baker, Larry Eagleburger… Al Haig… heh heh… uhhhhhhhhhhhh… you ever met Al, Tom?… fuck… Tom Brokaw was the fifth… no no no not Brokaw, he’s just some plumber I met in Ohio… fuck… seriously fuck my life… Colin Powell was the fif… oh no he endorsed Bono… was it Bono endorsed me?… who Bono is I have no clue whatsoever… Ah yes, Barack Obama was the fifth Secretary of State to endorse me, to answer your question Mr. Cronkite.” [YouTube/TPM] Read more on Please, Walnuts, Take A Nap, Take A LONG NAP…
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Substantive, Civilized Debate Disappoints

Seriously, what was up with that super boring debate last night? John McCain was supposed to call Barack Obama a terrorist pal, and then Barack Obama was supposed to say “Hey man that is just wrong” and rip off McCain’s testicles and sauté them gently before feeding them to Tom Brokaw with un sauce béarnaise which is precisely how an elitist is supposed to confront a grizzled old war hero in a Town Hall. Instead we got a lot of respectful disagreement, which was dull. Sure, the reaction last night was bad enough. But witness this morning’s sad collection of headlines: Read more on Substantive, Civilized Debate Disappoints…
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Liveblogging Various Poor Bums Yelling At Candidates, Part III

The New Great Depression hobo pictured here is Joe Biden, getting on the hobo train from Washington to Delaware to tend to his adult children. Joe Biden therefore cannot debate tonight, so lil’ old Hopey will have to debate against the old fart in his place. Who can pretend he will fix the economy more to these town hall people? Are any of them hot? No they are fat, and Barack Obama will drop air bombs on them or whatever is it Palin says. (Here are Part I and Part II.) Read more on Liveblogging Various Poor Bums Yelling At Candidates, Part III…
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Tom Brokaw Is Your New Tim Russert!

A week and a half ago NBC newsman and Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert died, and the earth stopped in its orbit and let out a wild yawp of despair for the most wonderful person who ever lived. Speculation quickly ensued about who would replace Russert in a job that he alone among all living humans was uniquely suited to do: sit in a chair and ask politicians questions. And now we know who will host Meet the Press until the “election,” which will be called off at the last minute when we start bombing Iran. It’s Tom Brokaw! Read more on Tom Brokaw Is Your New Tim Russert!…
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Keith Olbermann Once Dated A Terrible Person!

We have read this elitist New Yorker profile of your annoying loudmouth boyfriend Keith Olbermann and, like most profiles of MSNBC personalities, it confirms everything you learned about current MSNBC dynamics during the first five minutes of its Iowa caucus coverage. Read more on Keith Olbermann Once Dated A Terrible Person!…
 

Larry Craig Has Gay Sex With Himself

* Reliable Source: George and Laura Bush get grilled on the tough subjects: Jenna, Jenna’s engagement, etc….Woodbridge native Eunice Omole makes the cut for The Apprentice Africa. [WP] * Yeas and Nays: Roundup of important people’s holiday hot spots and office decor…John Boehner’s got some fashion tips. [Examiner] * Shenanigans: Mike Huckabee is not always a nice guy. [Politico] * The Sleuth: Larry Craig is all that remains of The Singing Senators. [WP] * Page Six: Don Imus thinks Tom Brokaw is a pussy. [NYP] * Rush & Molloy: Bill Clinton stays informed via 24. [NYDN] Read more on Larry Craig Has Gay Sex With Himself…
 

Long-Dead Reporter Writes Gerald Ford’s Obit

As Drudge so cruelly notes, Washington Post obituary writer J.Y. Smith died nearly a year before he reported on Gerald Ford’s tragic death in today’s paper. How did Joe Smith do it? Did he return from Beyond the Grave, possibly to help the ghost of James Brown in killing the 93-year-old ex-prez? Read more on Long-Dead Reporter Writes Gerald Ford’s Obit…
 

Wonk’d: They Are Human, They Need to Eat

Springtime in the city, and everybody is out grubbing. This week in Wonk’d finds Bill Clinton, feasting like a king, er, president; Justice Samuel Alito, chowing like it was his constitutional right; and Michael Chertoff, securing some risotto. Also spotted: Steve Carell, filming a new movie; Tom Brokaw, picking up some workout threads; and Grover Norquist, doing the shimmy-shimmy-shake. All this and more, of course, after the jump. Loyal readers, you have supplied us with a bounty of celebrity sightings this week. Take advantage of the warm season, and go out and spot more people that may or may not want to be spotted. Then send the info to us via email, with “Wonk’d” or “Sighting” in the subject line (along with the name of the spotted celeb). Thanks! Read more on Wonk’d: They Are Human, They Need to Eat…
 

Gossip Roundup: Stephanopoulos’s Nails

* Reliable Source: Bush will divert Air Force One today to vote in the Texas primary. . . David Boies‘ wife chartered two planes to bring 50 of his best friends –including Tom Brokaw, Charlie Rose, Ted Olsen, Walter Isaacson, Tom Friedman, Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn and Margaret Carlson— to Vegas for his surprise 65th birthday party. . . Alan Greenspan turned 80 yesterday; book advance could reach $8m. . . George Stephanopoulos gets manicures. . . Jenna Bush dined at the Capital Grille on Saturday. . . Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) attended the Oscars. . . Martin Sheen seen praying at St. Stephen’s Church. [WP] * Under the Dome: Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) has cast 17,532 roll-call votes. [The Hill] * Lloyd Grove’s Lowdown: Katie Holmes‘ character in “Thank You for Smoking” was inspired by Maureen Dowd. [NYDN] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Stephanopoulos’s Nails…
 

Gossip Roundup: O’Reilly’s ‘Good-Looking Blond’

• Reliable Source: Two lawmakers are injured during charity football game. [WP] • Rush & Molloy: O’Reilly calls for “full-body search” of legal pundit: “You’re a good-looking girl. I mean, if you haven’t seen [Lis Wiehl] on TV, she’s a good-looking blond.”. . . Tom Brokaw: “This is a time when those of us who care about science and Darwin have to take a stand.” [NYDN] • Liz Smith: Lewis Lapham: “I’ve arrived at the point where I would prefer to read Machiavelli than listen to Karl Rove.”. . . Bill Clinton: “I always figure when somebody goes after your motives, they’re on their last leg, because they actually think you’re doing something good that’s gonna have good consequences. Attacking somebody’s motives is the last refuge of somebody who’s on the short end of the stick.” [NYP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: O’Reilly’s ‘Good-Looking Blond’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Dirt From Alito’s Son

• Reliable Source: Nancy Reagan, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Tom Brokaw will attend tomorrow’s White House dinner for Prince Charles and Camilla. . . Patrick Fitzgerald is a “confirmed bachelor”. . . John Roberts was Groucho Marx for Halloween. [WP] • Inside the Beltway: White House pool report: “In what has become something of a custom on Monday mornings in October, President Bush today announced a Supreme Court nominee.” [WT] • Under the Dome: Interest in Scooter Libby‘s 1996 novel spikes. . . Joe Biden‘s not so-secret for fundraising: “Find enough beautiful women and enough guys will show up.”. . . Robert Byrd is a product of the Spanish flu of 1917-1918. . . Jane Harman, 60, runs 26-mile Marine Corps Marathon in five hours and 23 minutes. [The Hill] • Ben Widdicombe’s Gatecrasher: Alito‘s son: “I became interested in politics and got involved with Gary Condit (not like that). I served as a parking aide to Nancy Pelosi (I won’t even start on her), but was fired when Barbara Boxer came onto me.” Widdicombe responds, “Since when did college kids get so picky about sleeping with senators? No wonder the country’s going to hell.” [NYDN] • Page Six: McCain and Giuliani dined together recently. . . Charlie Rangel asks that Cheney be tested for mental illness. . . Tucker Carlson and Moby will attempt comedy with Triumph the Insult Dog. [NYP, NYP, NYP] • Cindy Adams: Jon Corzine‘s ex-wife tells-all. . . George H.W. Bush is planning another parachute jump. [NYP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Dirt From Alito’s Son…
 

Blowing George Out of Proportion

Belatedly, we learn that today Tom Brokaw is moderating a forum commemorating the 10th anniversary of “George.” We didn’t notice the magazine itself when it happened, either, but apparently it had a wide-ranging, permeating influence on popular culture — without the culture knowing it. According to Richard Bradley (who was an editor at the magazine under the decidedly more appealing moniker “Rich Blow”), “George” is the Kevin Bacon of today’s pop-politics nexus and its celebrity-fucking DNA is present in everything from “The West Wing” to “Air America” to Ann Coulter to (gulp) Wonkette. Of course. We wondered where we got the idea to dress up like George Washington. Most meaningfully, Bradley/Blow credits “George” with helping pave the way for “The Daily Show,” saying the program “owes a creative debt” to the magazine. Hey, what’s the interest for also being in English? — WONKETTE Read more on Blowing George Out of Proportion…
 

Judy Miller’s Velvet Rope, Arianna’s Gold Star, My Red Face

In an odd turn of events, it turns out that by going to prison, Judy Miller has made other people her bitches. The WaPo reports today that the jailed journo has a waiting list for visiting hours and more famous-for-DC visitors than the Palm at happy hour. Among them: Tom Brokaw, Bob Dole and, er, John Bolton. What, no Chalabi? She has so many A-listers wanting to make the scene that non-bold-face friends have been shoved to the back of the line. That sounds snotty, but we’re just impressed that Miller has friends. Read more on Judy Miller’s Velvet Rope, Arianna’s Gold Star, My Red Face…
 

Remembering Peter Jennings and Also One’s Own Lonely Adolescence

Feel the need to weigh in on Peter Jennings but have nothing to say? Follow the example NJ Star-Ledger’s Matt Zoller Seitz and write what you know: He was Mr. Spock to Brokaw’s folksy Bones McCoy and Rather’s impetuous Captain Kirk — an alien intelligence from the planet Canada, offering not a hug or even a reassuring pat on the shoulder, but a poker face that was accented, on rare occasions, by a faintly raised eyebrow. Guess that would mean Bernie Shaw is Lt. Uhura. But mostly it means Mr. Seitz is in the wrong line of work should get out more.* Read more on Remembering Peter Jennings and Also One’s Own Lonely Adolescence…