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Lawmakers are in love with themselves and their chins


CHINS UP: “My kids aren’t impressed by much, but a shark selfie with @mcuban, that’ll do it.” — Pictured at left, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

Sen. Cruz on The Daily Show? “Oh he’d love this. The way he’s presented in the media is totally different. He’s a great guy, he’s smart and he’s not afraid of the people in Washington.” — former Sen. and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on The Daily Show regarding Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) coming on the show.

BOLD QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t think he has a lot of respect for President Obama. I think that’s fair. And I do think that he has tested, in his mind, President Obama on a number of occasions and did not come away feeling intimidated. Having said that, I think even if we assume for the sake of argument that President Bush was seen as tougher, it didn’t stop President Putin from doing what he did. I think President Putin makes his calculations based on his interests and Russia’s interests as he sees them. And Ukraine is huge, huge to Moscow.” — NYT White House Correspondent Peter Baker to radio host Hugh Hewitt. Listen to the full interview here.

The Observer 

“Sen McCain quite worked up about Putin – had chickens coming home to roost and US paying the piper in same sentence.” — NYT‘s Carl Hulse.

ME ME ME ME ME: “My brain is the perfect marriage of grassroots and establishment. The GOP should simply study me for all of their marketing research.” — RedState contributor and filmmaker Ben Howe.


Male TV reporter asked to search for “invisible bra” 

“Stranded in Miami with 90 year old Aunt Molly. lost her ‘invisible bra.’ Asked if I’ve seen her invisible bra. Then ‘why am I laughing?'”  — ABC7 correspondent Stephen Tschida.

Is MSNBC tone deaf? 

“Russia invades Ukraine, CNN and Fox have extensive coverage from the ground and fallout, MSNBC has long interview w/ Rosie Perez?” — ABC legal analyst and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams

Ralph Nader’s provocative question 

“What’s a question that no one else in the world but you knows the answer to? Exclude personal matters, of course.” — consumer advocate and author Ralph Nader.

CPAC: Who needs it? 

“I don’t go to CPAC because it is boring and covered at length on Twitter.” — freelancer Charles Johnson.

Words of TV punditry wisdom

“Anyone praising Putin’s bellicose ways need to get over it now. He’s hurting his own ppl not to mention Russia’s standing in the world.” — ABC and CNN’s Donna Brazile.

No doubt inspired by Shakespeare: Reporter speaks of Bachmann’s lips 

“Man does not live on bread alone but by every word that drips from Michele Bachmann’s lips.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Oversharing Sherri 

“Helping Jeffrey w his math homework… I’m confused, he’s confused. We’re both frustrated. He sent me to my room to ‘calm’ down  #mommyout” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.