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New York Times Magazine Piece on Mike Allen..of Politco……Because The White House reads his Blog……

From the Politico newsroom in Arlington, Va., Mike Allen makes an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

A Blogger’s dream…and the guy gets the best damn ad…. any of us could dream of……

The nation’s White House ‘looks and access ‘ and a New York Times Magazine section highlighter piece…..

Something the Dog wouldn’t mind…….He, he, he

Note…..While I admire his contacts….and status…I question his independence….. being so close to the White House……

Before he goes to sleep, between 11 and midnight, Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, typically checks in by e-mail with the same reporter: Mike Allen of Politico, who is also the first reporter Pfeiffer corresponds with after he wakes up at 4:20. A hyperactive former Eagle Scout, Allen will have been up for hours, if he ever went to bed. Whether or not he did is one of the many little mysteries that surround him. The abiding certainty about Allen is that sometime between 5:30 and 8:30 a.m., seven days a week, he hits “send” on a mass e-mail newsletter that some of America’s most influential people will read before they say a word to their spouses.

Allen’s e-mail tipsheet, Playbook, has become the principal early-morning document for an elite set of political and news-media thrivers and strivers. Playbook is an insider’s hodgepodge of predawn news, talking-point previews, scooplets, birthday greetings to people you’ve never heard of, random sightings (“spotted”) around town and inside jokes. It is, in essence, Allen’s morning distillation of the Nation’s Business in the form of a summer-camp newsletter.

Like many in Washington, Pfeiffer describes Allen with some variation on “the most powerful” or “important” journalist in the capital. The two men exchange e-mail messages about six or eight times a day. Allen also communes a lot with Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff; Robert Gibbs, the press secretary; David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior adviser; and about two dozen other White House officials. But Pfeiffer is likely Allen’s main point of contact, the one who most often helps him arrive at a “West Wing Mindmeld,” as Playbook calls it, which is essentially a pro-Obama take on that day’s news. (Allen gets a similar fill from Republicans, which he also disseminates in Playbook.)

Pfeiffer tells Allen the message that the Obama administration is trying to “drive” that morning — “drive” being the action verb of choice around the male-dominated culture of Politico, a three-year-old publication, of which the oft-stated goal is to become as central to political addicts as ESPN is to sports junkies. “Drive” is a stand-in for the stodgier verb “influence.” If, say, David S. Broder and R. W. Apple Jr. were said to “influence the political discourse” through The Washington Post and The New York Times in the last decades of the 20th century, Politico wants to “drive the conversation” in the new-media landscape of the 21st. It wants to “win” every news cycle by being first with a morsel of information, whether or not the morsel proves relevant, or even correct, in the long run — and whether the long run proves to be measured in days, hours or minutes.

In Politico parlance, “influence” is less a verb than the root of a noun. Politico’s top editors describe “influentials” (or “compulsives”) as their target audience: elected officials, political operatives, journalists and other political-media functionaries. Since early 2007, Allen’s “data points,” as he calls the items in Playbook, have become the cheat sheet of record for a time-starved city in which the power-and-information hierarchy has been upended. It is also a daily totem for those who deride Washington as a clubby little town where Usual Suspects talk to the same Usual Suspects in a feedback loop of gamesmanship, trivia, conventional wisdom and personality cults.

Allen refers to his readership as “the Playbook community.”

More on the Upcoming Sunday’s Times magazine long piece……

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Politico launches a 2010 Section…..

Here’s the Link people………

We’re sure to be visiting there a lot………

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Answer This…..Soledad O'Brien at Politico…..

The CNN reporter and mother of five…..answers questions for Politico……..

Here’s the first few lines of the  Q & A…..

Tell us your favorite joke.

My boys are into knock-knock jokes, so right now I’m all about that. The ones they like the best make absolutely no sense. “Knock knock. Who’s there? Soledad. Soledad who? Hahaha, mommy you don’t know yourself!”

When’s the last time you used profanity?

Two hours ago. Since then I’ve been napping. I curse all the time, I’m sorry to say.

How many hours of sleep do you get (on average)?

Lately, four hours a night. Or less. Not enough.

Get the rest….. here.………

Note….and she’s from Long Island, N.Y.

January 4, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Media, Politics, Travel, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

Answer This…..Soledad O’Brien at Politico…..

The CNN reporter and mother of five…..answers questions for Politico……..

Here’s the first few lines of the  Q & A…..

Tell us your favorite joke.

My boys are into knock-knock jokes, so right now I’m all about that. The ones they like the best make absolutely no sense. “Knock knock. Who’s there? Soledad. Soledad who? Hahaha, mommy you don’t know yourself!”

When’s the last time you used profanity?

Two hours ago. Since then I’ve been napping. I curse all the time, I’m sorry to say.

How many hours of sleep do you get (on average)?

Lately, four hours a night. Or less. Not enough.

Get the rest….. here.………

Note….and she’s from Long Island, N.Y.

January 4, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Media, Politics, Travel, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Rasmussen Polling outfit gets grief……..

I get the Rasmussen poll everyday here at the Dog…..Merlin our resident magicaian…does also….but it seems that a whole lot of people think the Ras polls are slanted away from the dem’s and Obama in particular because the methods used …….

While the Ras poll has done pretty good in its election calls in the past….people are still throwing bricks at them…..here’s a comparison of the Ras Polls numbers for President Obama and a few others……link….

As you can see there is a vast difference in the numbers and the lines…….

The Rasmussen people are going to come under increasing pressure to explain their differences to enraged democrats and media types…….

Here’s the original piece ripping them from Politico……

Here’s Nate Silver over at FiveThirtySeven…….

Hummmm?……..I wonder how he gets such different numbers?

January 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, The Economy | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The 2010 House and Senate elections, as they look right now from the Cook Political Report shop….

The Democrats holding the House, and “a wash” to minimal gains in the Senate and Governor races?……

For me…it’s to darn early to write off the Senate or Governor races from the dem’s….but he makes a living doing it…..

Here’s their  current call over at the Cook’s Political Report……..

In an email, Charlie Cook summarizes the Cook Political Report‘s midterm election forecast with just about eleven months to go:

“Our House Editor, David Wasserman, estimates, based on what we know today, that Republicans will make a 20-30 seat net gain in the House. A month or so ago, he judged that it would be a 15-25 seat pickup for the GOP. To hit a 41-seat net gain, which would flip control of the House, would necessitate more Democratic retirements in tough districts. There would need to be perhaps seven to ten more members like John Tanner and Bart Gordon of Tennessee, Dennis Moore of Kansas and Brian Baird of Washington.”

“Our Senate/Governor Editor, Jennifer Duffy, currently estimates that the range of outcomes in the Senate could run from a wash, with neither party gaining a net seat on the other, up to a three seat gain for Republicans. In the gubernatorial races, she sees the same likely outcome, a wash to a GOP gain of three seats.”

This is from Politico……..

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Politico’s top ten quote’s for the week….

Here they are…..

“Just don’t ask me to sing, that’s all I ask.” – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, after being introduced as a “rock star.”

“Only, like, the older people in the room got that joke.” – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, after using the old AT&T phrase, “reach out and touch someone” during a press briefing.

“I saw Boehner drinking egg nog.” – President Barack Obama, joking with the Ohio congressman during the White House’s congressional holiday party.

“Lovable little fuzz ball.” – How Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) described herself during a recent interview.

“Whatever, whatever. Next question.” – RNC Chair Michael Steele, refusing to answer a question from Donny Deutsch about a slavery analogy made by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) (Reid compared opponents of health care reform to those who resisted emancipation).

“I came down from my hotel room and I could see the Russian Embassy.” – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, poking fun at herself at the Gridiron Dinner.

“This is why politics is more interesting on the weekend.” – Donna Brazile, assessing things at the DNC’s meeting on the 2012 presidential calendar.

“I think it demonizes women. Why don’t you just go into the workplace and paint a Scarlet letter on your forehead?” – Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) taking on the Nelson amendment during the health care debate.

“So not only was Senator Reid wrong in his accusations, Senator Reid was also incorrect in who opposed slavery and who supported the Civil Rights Act.” – Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), criticizing Sen. Harry Reid for his slavery/health care analogy.

“I don’t know what you’ve got against Sarah Palin — I thought she was quite funny.” – Gibbs, ducking a question about why the president did not speak at this year’s Gridiron Dinner.

December 13, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Media, Politics | , | Leave a comment

Politico's top ten quote's for the week….

Here they are…..

“Just don’t ask me to sing, that’s all I ask.” – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, after being introduced as a “rock star.”

“Only, like, the older people in the room got that joke.” – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, after using the old AT&T phrase, “reach out and touch someone” during a press briefing.

“I saw Boehner drinking egg nog.” – President Barack Obama, joking with the Ohio congressman during the White House’s congressional holiday party.

“Lovable little fuzz ball.” – How Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) described herself during a recent interview.

“Whatever, whatever. Next question.” – RNC Chair Michael Steele, refusing to answer a question from Donny Deutsch about a slavery analogy made by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) (Reid compared opponents of health care reform to those who resisted emancipation).

“I came down from my hotel room and I could see the Russian Embassy.” – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, poking fun at herself at the Gridiron Dinner.

“This is why politics is more interesting on the weekend.” – Donna Brazile, assessing things at the DNC’s meeting on the 2012 presidential calendar.

“I think it demonizes women. Why don’t you just go into the workplace and paint a Scarlet letter on your forehead?” – Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) taking on the Nelson amendment during the health care debate.

“So not only was Senator Reid wrong in his accusations, Senator Reid was also incorrect in who opposed slavery and who supported the Civil Rights Act.” – Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), criticizing Sen. Harry Reid for his slavery/health care analogy.

“I don’t know what you’ve got against Sarah Palin — I thought she was quite funny.” – Gibbs, ducking a question about why the president did not speak at this year’s Gridiron Dinner.

December 13, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Media, Politics | , | Leave a comment

Politico does political satire…..Let’s go to the video tape!

Here’s Politico’s review of the guys……on video.……

December 11, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Men, Politics | , | Leave a comment

Politico does political satire…..Let's go to the video tape!

Here’s Politico’s review of the guys……on video.……

December 11, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Men, Politics | , | Leave a comment