Lisa De Pasquale

Recently FishbowlDC, a website about DC reporters and writers, included’s John Nolte (@NolteNC) in its list of “10 Journos You Don’t Want to Fight with on Twitter.” I have to say I was pretty pleased to see the list included several De Pasquale’s Dozen interviewees, including Dana Loesch and Richard Grenell.

Nolte regularly skewers the media as editor of Breitbart’s Big Hollywood and on The Conversation, a blog of various Breitbart contributors that I also contribute to (almost) every day. Nolte has had his eyes on Hollywood for many years. In 2008, he wrote and directed a film called Beautiful Loser that received accolades from several film festivals. He then began writing for a conservative film website, eventually being recruited by Andrew Breitbart to be the editor of Big Hollywood,’s first breakout site.

Author Andrew Klaven wrote on PJ Media, “[Nolte’s] takedowns of the mainstream media throughout this political season have been brilliant, devastating — Breitbartian is the only word I can think of to describe them.”

The De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. What one thing would you do as President "just because you could"?

Easy, I would pinpoint the 20 worst public schools districts in America -- places that probably wouldn't even come close to voting for me -- and for the first month of my presidency, go to each and hold massive townhall meetings with local residents. There I would make the moral, political, economic, and educational case for local school choice.

School choice is the civil rights issue of our time, and the GOP's reluctance to make it a high-profile crusade, in part, helps to explain the shape they/we are in.

School choice should be OUR immigration reform and gay marriage -- a cultural issue we can win. But I guess the Republican party would prefer to stay on defense and commit political suicide.

2. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.

I would have to say that this was my priest in Los Angeles; the man who baptized me into the Catholic Church back in 2009.

He was one of the most decent men I have ever known; a complicated guy who left the priesthood a couple of years ago after three decades. But I spent three years in his RCIA class -- one year as a student and the next two helping out. These sessions were made up of six-plus months of study for adults wishing to be baptized into the church.

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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