Paul Kane: The FishbowlDC Interview

pkpress.jpgThis week, we sit down with Roll Call’s Paul Kane.

How many suits do you own? Five or six. I’m not great at throwing things away, there may be one or two really old ones in my closet.

What word do you routinely misspell? The. No joke. I’m a dyslexic typer and always accidentally type t-e-h.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? No.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? No, my mother would kill me.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? The Vibrate Function — if I ever formed a punk band, I think that would be the band name.

What time did you get up this morning? 7:45.

When did you last cry and why? Early January, after Jill Carroll got taken hostage in Iraq. We had sat next to each other for a year in the States News Service office 7 years ago. I was saying a prayer for her at St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill. I lost it, didn’t think she was gonna make it home. Thank god I was wrong.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz)

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Must be gluttony. I do too many things to excess.

Beach, city or country? City.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? I hate answering a question like this. Can I defer and let Anne Schroeder and her friends answer for me? She loves Luke, but has taken an unofficial role as my Ari Gold.

    From Anne: “I would say PK is e. All of the above! He’s fit, he’s fun, he’s smart, helluva writer, award-winning reporter, big heart, loves beer, in short: he’s a girl’s dream.

What color is your bathroom? White.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Now that the Phillies have traded Bobby Abreu and I don’t send emails to John Bresnahan all night complaining about Abreu, I’m probably down to 150. (Before the trade, 200, and if Abreu stinks in the playoffs, I’ll be back up to 200 because of Bres’ ranting emails about Bobby.)

What’s your opinion of New York City? Greatest city on earth, the capital of the world. A 5-mile run in Central Park around the reservoir on an early fall Saturday morning can’t be topped. (Still hate their sports teams, however. All of them.)

What’s your favorite letter? Never thought of that question, I’d be lying if I gave an answer.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Robert Guitano Torricelli. His singularly corrupt persona was an inspiration to me. I miss him. Dearly.

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? Never, not once. But please don’t tell David All, he’ll be so angry at me.

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? Ruben, I guess. Never watch the show, but that dude belted out a mean national anthem before the Eagles-Panthers NFC title game in January ’04,
capping off an unbelievable 15-minute pregame show for us fans in the Linc. The best I’ve ever felt as a fan at the start of a game. Let’s not talk about what actually happened after Ruben finished the anthem. Bad night.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? I have no idea. [Yes, I’m going to hell, I’ve known for a long time.]

Who is your favorite active journalist? Mark Preston, CNN. Maybe Mike Allen works harder than Mark, maybe, but that’s it, no one else.

What did you have for breakfast? Starbucks, grande coffee and a muffin.

What’s your favorite item of clothing? Sweaters. Wearing them means the fall has arrived, football’s back, baseball playoffs started and elections are right around the corner.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Toothbrush.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Tough choice — either to hit a drive 325 yards off every tee with complete
precision, or the superhuman ability to never miss a putt inside of 5 feet. Because no human can do that, right, Eldrick?

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie? Joe.

Each FishbowlDC Interview subject is asked to contribute a word to this ongoing thread. Thus far we have…”Leprechaun suits shimmer Sensenbrennerly. Never regurgitate, orginate! Ideally, chutzpah feathers one’s soul melodically. Rhythmically, supergalifragilistic sounds baroque indeed nefarious but…” Springsteen…