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Introducing "Political Theater"

This is Political Theater! Screen shot by Post digital videographer Gaby Bruna.

For a few months now, the Fix and Dana "Money Man" Milbank have been toiling away in a secret undisclosed location (a.k.a. the basement of the Post building) working on something so radical, so revolutionary, so righteous that we weren't sure it would ever see the light of day.

But, its day has come. Today is the beginning of the rest of your life.

Introducing Mouthpiece Theater, our twice weekly -- Tuesdays and Fridays -- gab session about the eccentricities, absurdities and other oddballery in Washington politics. Did we mention the smoking jackets?

Right now, you can get a sneak peek at what we will be doing in Political Theater. The first full episode comes Friday. Make sure to tune in. Seriously. Otherwise we wore caveman costumes for nothing.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
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Like I had said earlier about your banner photo.. try consulting with you wife on some of this 'unusual' stuff.. she will get you grounded a bit...

Posted by: newbeeboy | June 3, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse


I visit The Fix far less often these days, ever since Chris (who can be a very talented writer) focused more on becoming an new-media hotshot and flack for other WaPo writers. I'm not sure I'll even keep The Fix bookmarked.

Posted by: FlownOver | June 3, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

As infotainment, this sure beats angry loudmouths shouting over each other on cable TV -- not to mention even angrier loudmouths preaching to the choir on talk radio. Somebody just might -- (gasp!) -- LEARN something listening to you guys.

BTW, love the smoking jackets. The perfect touch of absurdity to go with discussing politics.

Posted by: WaitingForGodot | June 3, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

you both look like idiots dressed to go to
a Hugh Heffner look alike costume party-
and even Hef looksever more ridiculous in his own getup as he proceeds to his dotage-
ye gods guys! what's the deal? who is it
you are looking to invite to this weirded
out fest?

Posted by: nmsmiami | June 3, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

If you want a gay man you must haunt the places where people who are elected from Wyoming go.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 2, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I love the photo, pipes, smoking jackets and all. It's hard to imagine such humor in mainstream media in China or Russia or (name your favorite over-governed place)....

(General Motors?)

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 2, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

are you sure you are not gay? May need to register at the very least with the EPA as a toxic waste. Find someone to throw a shoe at and fling!!!!! Enough with cutsy hummers.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 2, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Ok you two imposters, just two questions; "Where are the cookies" and "Can you sing C is for cookie?"

Alister COOKE you aren't.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 2, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse


This is PERFECT! So much for gravitas--leave that to the former vice-president! I do wonder how you'll fit all this into your already hyper-Fix-ish schedule. Mrs. Fix and Charlie must be exceptionally patient, or you simply never need more than an hour or two's sleep!

If I may vere towards the slightly serious for a moment, I think this exhuberant, joyful aspect to your personality, coupled with your steel-trap grasp of all the (often vile) aspects of US politics is what all political junkies find so refreshing in your and Dana's reportages. Small wonder your ascent has been so rapid!

That knuckle-dragging (Cro-Magnon?) walk was priceless. You shouldn't, however, have borrowed the former President's bookshelves! Return them to Crawford at once!

My final question: WHEN are you two going to do an SNL episode--you're both obviously natural comedians????????

Posted by: sverigegrabb | June 2, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Does Colbert know about this?

And how do you get comments to enter the "word cloud"? Do I need a computer newer than circa 2000?

Luddites demand an explanation.

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 2, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I shouldn't have said that about Dana Milbank and his handling of the pipe prop. That's the kind of savage, hateful, venom-spewing dreck that passes for opinion these days. You know, if I can't say something nice then I shouldn't say anything at all. All of this putdown, putdown, putdown of people who are different than us, well, that's just destroying the fabric of decent, American, society and ... bblblblah bbablall bblahh.

Posted by: dognabbit | June 2, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Dana looks like he's never held a pipe in his teeth before.

Posted by: dognabbit | June 2, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | June 2, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

As the mighty Cilizza put it (caught you on C-Span last week), those spending their time deriding Chris, Dana, or even St. Broder tend to be the ones popping by here to read his every word. Chris wins.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 2, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I second FlownOver's remark. If we readers want humor, let it be clever stuff with obscure references that the trolls won't get. Broad slapstick stuff is boring

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 2, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm not into props or kink, Jake, I just f*ck men

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 2, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse


If you misplaced that sort of stuff, maybe you should ask "bi-sexual and atheist" chrisfox8 if you can borrow his?

Posted by: JakeD | June 2, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

"Those are not caveman costumes, that is Republican erotica. "

Where's the real R erotica, the leather whips and masks and latex wetsuits and so forth? You want to talk about DC goings on, you can't leave out that stuff.

Posted by: drindl | June 2, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Hef's going to need his props back.. his stock valuations continue to plummet...

Posted by: newbeeboy | June 2, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse


I was afraid you were trying to be the new (yawn) Broder, but this is far worse. Leave the clowning to the experts, like Bozo Milbank.

Posted by: FlownOver | June 2, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Men NOT in Trees.

Posted by: newbeeboy | June 2, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

..I find it amazing that such a prolific newsman.. finds time for chicanery..

Posted by: newbeeboy | June 2, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Those are not caveman costumes, that is Republican erotica. Hope you don't bump into Larry Craig down there.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 2, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Clearly about to surpass Friday Night Lights on the list of must see TV ...

Posted by: stephengatsby | June 2, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse


Are you, or are you not, a Republican?

Posted by: JakeD | June 2, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear.

Posted by: drindl | June 2, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

That's so cool Chris!!!! i know you guys at the Washington Post will be busy this week with all that's going on with Minnesota ruling and the Satomayor stuff.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | June 2, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

The Post basement has fake bookshelves?! BTW: when is your Political "Hall of Fame" coming?

Posted by: JakeD | June 2, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I love it (and you link to YouTube as well?)

Posted by: JakeD | June 2, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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