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New Year's Resolutions of the Famous-for-DC

Hotline got the resolutions of some pols and journos and they run the gamut from the quaint (Time national political corresp. Karen Tumulty: "To spend more time with my family -- and more time in the gym." ) to the truly disturbing (Americans for Tax Reform pres. Grover Norquist: "I just bought a new shotgun and I am getting married in April, so in 2005 I resolve to fulfill my demographic destiny and become more conservative."). Our favorite, though, has to be this one, from Noted political director Mark Halperin: "To never once look at my BlackBerry at the dinner table if I'm eating with Adam Nagourney or anyone else who objects to that action (unless, of course, there is a REALLY big story happening ...)."


Our New Year's resolution? To not drop the names of the people we're eating with.

All resolutions after the jump.

Hotline asked an assortment of Washington-types, as we're wont to do, to share with us their New Year's resolutions. Following are the responses from the brave souls who went on the record:

      Time national political corresp. Karen Tumulty: "To spend more time with my family -- and more time in the gym."

      PBS's NewsHour senior corresp. Gwen Ifill: "My resolution is not to use the words '2008,' 'McCain,' 'Hillary' or 'Hagel' in the same sentence until at least ... oh ... 2007."

      Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA): "Keep a more consistent workout schedule so I can bench more than Tom Delay in the House gym this year."

      CNN White House corresp. Suzanne Malveaux: "To start shopping for groceries to add to the jar of mustard and bottle of wine in my fridge."

      Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter: "To think less about myself and my own problems and more about my family and whether the Cubs should re-sign Dusty Baker."

      Americans for Tax Reform pres. Grover Norquist: "I just bought a new shotgun and I am getting married in April, so in 2005 I resolve to fulfill my demographic destiny and become more conservative."

      ABC News political dir. Mark Halperin: "To never once look at my BlackBerry at the dinner table if I'm eating with Adam Nagourney or anyone else who objects to that action (unless, of course, there is a REALLY big story happening ...)."

      CNN Capitol Hill corresp. Ed Henry: "To stop watching C-SPAN when I'm on vacation -- a sign of a news junkie who needs to kick the habit."

      Weekly Standard staff writer Steve Hayes: "To remove the moldy Chinese-food boxes in my office and, more generally, to emulate my mentor, Weekly Standard Senior Writer Matt Labash, in all aspects of my life. This will include wearing a $200 pedometer, as Matt does now."

      UVA's Larry Sabato: "I have three resolutions for the new year: To use my Crystal Ball only for good, never for evil; to learn from recent mistakes by avoiding the Mob, nannies, and mistresses; and to change my slogan, 'Politics is a good thing,' to something approximating the truth, such as 'Politics is a necessary evil.'"

      Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE): "I resolve this year to finally get my hair trained to stay in place and to get my name legally changed to 'The Benator' to please Hotline's editors."

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