Waiting in my inbox this morning was today's edition of Politico playbook, from Mike Allen, which, by the way I love, love, love unapologetically because it's like ABC News's "The Note" with the pretentiousness removed and a manic, beat poetry attitude added. On a regular basis, you should be reading it instead of any creation of Mark Halperin's. But today, my email brief contained perhaps the most random Capitol Hill story ever considered for inclusion in the Playbook email's subject line, which reads as follows:
"Politico Playbook, presented by Starbucks: Obama calls Hatch to reassure him on Court pick - Oprah to toast at TIME 100 gala tonight -- Press pans Obama tax plan - Greenspan's new toy -- Quinn Bradley engaged to Rahm's yoga instructor."
Emphasis mine, because HUH, WHAT NOW?
ENGAGED - Quinn Bradlee, 27, son of Ben and Sally, and author of "A Different Life," to Pary Williamson, a yoga instructor he met Jan. 12 on the recommendation of her student Maureen Dowd. Quinn tells us he proposed over the phone at 11:30 p.m. Sunday after they'd been in a fight, and he told her his life wasn't the same when they were apart. Pary's students include: Rahm Emanuel, David Gregory, Maureen Orth and Katharine Weymouth.
Wow. Okay. I had no idea this was the sort of thing to which attention needed to paid. But in the interest of bringing this to the next level of absurdity, I spoke to Washington Times reporter and Bikram yoga studio owner Liz Glover, and asked her what this all meant for Washington, DC's political yoga scene. Glover replied:
"Wow. I'm not sure it will have much of an impact considering most yoga instructors have no idea who any of those people are. Most are more interested in chakras than current events. But now that I know that MoDo, Rahm, and David Gregory practice I'll be all over them. Rahm's turned me down for interviews twice so maybe I should take a different approach and ask him to come take a yoga class. Stephanopoulos is a yogi. Maybe that's why they're so tight."
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