All Politico Does Is Win

John Harris, left, editor in chief of The Politico, and Jim VandeHei, executive editor of The Politico, speak to advertisers in Arlington, Va., Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. The Politico is a new political newspaper in Washington and also has an online edition at
Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

It’s not just the morning anymore: “People who thrive here are highly talented, self-motivated doers who are brimming with passion and a desire to win,” writes CEO Jim VandeHei of the self-described “hot brand” in a company-wide memo. “We have learned the hard way that people who whine, project negativity or are complacent hurt the company, no matter how talented they might be at an individual task. We have made tremendous progress on both the editorial and business sides in wringing that out of the joint. It has been among our proudest achievements this past year.” Losers need not apply.