FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives 2012

Today we’re rolling out our nominees for FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives 2012. We can hardly wait to reveal who made the final cut. But before we do, some guidelines. We will run the list of nominees in its entirety below, but no voting will transpire until we run separate polls for each superlative.

So hold your horses, and don’t start flooding us with your “votes.” However, you may have funny or entertaining thoughts on the nominees. If they’re clever enough and not too scathingly mean (and by this we mean potential lawsuit mean) we’ll run them.


1. Biggest Self-Promoter: The Daily Caller’s Michelle Fields, ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, The Daily Beast and CNN’s Howard Kurtz, WaPo’s Chris Cillizza, and Publicist Tammy Haddad (if you’re not on her list, you’re not getting in).

2. Worst temper: Mother Jones’s David Corn (watch out bookshop proprietors!), Politico’s Jim VandeHei (occasional hothead), Politico’s Tim Grieve (perpetual hothead), Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher (another perpetual hothead), and Slate’s Matt Yglesias.

3. Favorite Flack: President Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki, Mitt Romney spokesman Brendan Buck, House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Doug Heye and NRCC’s Brian Walsh (pitched as Drama and Turtle), C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman, House Maj. Whip Kevin McCarthy spokeswoman Erica Elliott (if you don’t follow her candid travel tweets, you must start now at @EricaElliott).

4. Most likely to wind up in jail
: Politico’s Joe Williams, PR Exec. David Bass, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, The Daily Caller’s David Martosko, The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro, Reason‘s Mike Riggs and freelancer Moe Tkacik (who has been known to go off on people on Twitter when you least expect it).

5. Class Clown (Wittiest): Sirius XM’s Julie Mason, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani, Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox, Reuter‘s Sam Youngman, The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, Wonkette and The Guardian‘s Jim Newell and The Drudge Report’s Charlie Hurt.

6. Most likely to end up with a reality show: Mediaites’s Tommy Christopher, ABC7’s Stephen Tschida, TWT‘s Emily Miller, Susanna Quinn (socialite, writer), Publicist Wendy Gordon, Publicist and blogger Janet Donovan, NBC’s Luke Russert (his likes include dragonflies, WaPo interns and Politico’s Jake Sherman), Current TV’s David Shuster (who still has a ton of friends at MSNBC), and CNN’s Roland Martin (who insists that his woman brings a big purse to movies so the fam can sneak in candy and water).

7. Best On-air Personality: ABC’s Jake Tapper, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, CBS’s Bob Schieffer and Nancy Cordes, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson.

8. Best dressed: Politico’s Ken Vogel and Kate Nocerra, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, RCP’s Erin McPike, CNN’s Kate Balduan.

9. Best writer: The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, NJ’s Major Garrett, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, Ashley Parker and Maureen Dowd, WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty, HuffPost’s Eliot Nelson, Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins.

10. Most in need of a salad (i.e. they’ve either porked up or else they eat junk food all day long and could use an intervention from Dr. Oz.): Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Jonathan Martin, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, HuffPost’s Peter Cherukuri and Jason Linkins, FNC’s Bob Beckel and Bret Baier, and author and former TWTer Rich Miniter (don’t sue me!).

11. Sexiest: AP‘s Steve Peoples, Atlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett, Real Housewives of D.C.’s sassy stylist Paul Wharton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, NBC4’s Doug Kammerer and Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince (a.k.a. The Fresh Prince of FishbowlDC).

12. Most in need of a makeover: CQ Roll Call (the entire publication), The Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle, TWT’s Stephen Dinan (Donald Duck ties?), Publicist Wendy Gordon (those French maid ensembles must go), DCRTV’s Dave Hughes (the child molester look went out in the 80s) and Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher.