Thursday, April 25, 2013

Veteran DC Columnist Sally Quinn on the KSCO/KOMY Radio Show


Legendary political columnist, Sally Quinn, of the Washington Post, will be my guest on KSCO/KOMY at 1 PM PT. You can click on the streaming audio link to listen.

We'll discuss George W. Bush, (his library was dedicated on Thursday), and his legacy and other Washington politics.

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66 comments:

  1. The continued authorship of something called "On Faith" by Beltway social-climber and Hall of Fame trophy wife Sally Quinn remains the most hilarious thing about The Washington Post, a once-great newspaper now d/b/a an adjunct to the educational testing institute.

    In her dotage, Quinn has become a spiritual explorer, a religious quester, and a thoroughgoing loon. Reading her stuff is like showing up at Lourdes and finding Bernadette Soubirous standing there, dressed in Prada, chilling the champagne and offering the Blessed Mother a couple of seats at the owner's box at the next Redskins game.

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  2. Quinn gets credit for only one thing from me. Her admission of the unabashed liberal bias in Hollywood.

    "Look it’s no surprise that Hollywood is liberal, everybody knows that. I mean that’s where Democratic money comes from."

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  3. I'm probably risking the wrath of the Warlock Guild for telling you this, Rich, but the truth must come out: Washington Post columnist and When Harry Met Sally muse Sally Quinn has the ability to put magical hexes on people, and has done so in the past. Or so she claims!

    "Aunt Ruth was psychic, my aunt Maggie
    was psychic, and I'm psychic.
    We actually put hexes on people and
    they really worked."

    First, a reminder that Quinn is a columnist for a major American newspaper.

    Second, huh?

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  4. Legendary? You say that euphemistically.

    More to the point: Sally Quinn is just plain weird.

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  5. Quinn, a Washington Post writer and wife of Post editor Ben Bradlee, is the reigning queen of Washington dinner party culture.

    This woman would be nothing if she hadn't gotten her big break with Hughes Rudd!

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  6. Sally Quin? your guest list has come along ways from your days at the Gate and arguing with Lenny the blogger..or was it Kenny? I forget.

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  7. As a former journalist, I remember back when Quinn was writing her drivel for the WaPo and the line around the office was: What are the seven most dreaded words in Washington? "First in a series by Sally Quinn." Eckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!

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  8. To really understand Quinn's writings, you have to translate them into the French dialect spoken at Versailles in the late 18th century.

    It comes across as a lot less heart-wrenching and a lot more hilarious.

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  9. Is When Harry Met Sally Based on Sally Quinn?

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  10. Sally Quinn said this about her religious background and family upbringing.

    “What we really believed in and practiced was voodoo, psychic phenomenon, Scottish mysticism, palm reading, astrology, séances, and ghosts.”

    Sounds like the voodoo really took a toll on her.

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  11. WHAT IS SALLY QUINN THINKING HERE?

    "This is a religious country. Part of
    claiming your citizenship is claiming
    a belief in God, even if you are not
    Christian. We’ve got the Creator in
    our Declaration of Independence.
    We’ve got 'In God We Trust' on our
    coins. We’ve got 'one nation under God'
    in our Pledge of Allegiance. And we
    say prayers in the Senate and the
    House of Representatives to God."

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  12. Sally Quinn Wants to Turn Chick-fil-A Into a Gay Hangout.

    Sally Quinn, at it again! The Washington Post religion columnist and hostess extraordinaire has a scheme for gay-rights supporters feeling grouchy about Chick-fil-A, the Christian-values-oriented fast-food chain.

    Instead of protesting Chick-fil-A, gay people should take low-paying jobs at the company, buy its sandwiches, infiltrate, and take over the place.

    This is ludicrous!

    Conservatives are unnerved by Quinn's call for infiltration because it confirms all that they suspected of gay people and their Georgetown-salon fellow travelers. But they should relax, because her plan does not make any sense.

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  13. In the Washington Post Magazine almost a year ago, Sally Quinn—wife of former legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, former religion columnist and social lioness—wrote a jaw-dropping piece about How Washington Has Changed For The Worse. As a friend said, "Every time you think this column can't get more deranged, there's another paragraph." Here's a summary: Crude people like the Kardashians and the Gingriches are getting attention, instead of my husband and me. That's appalling. We important people used to be in charge of getting things done here in Washington. But now people like me are pointless, because Washington is all about money. Important people won't even come to my dinner parties any more. Well, f*** 'em, I'll just have friends instead.

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  14. Quinn conflates herself with the just order of things. It's quite astonishing, really. Let's agree not to do that ourselves, 'k?

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  15. Sally Quinn has dedicated her life to the most petty, self-regarding, insular interpretation of what "Washington" means.

    Update: she still doesn't regret that shit. Vanity Fair reports that after spending some time in, direct quote, "the concrete meditation labyrinth her husband had built for her on their country estate" (not to be confused with her palatial Georgetown mansion) Sally Quinn decided that "I did exactly the right thing."

    Which is a theme of Sally Quinn's life: perfect confidence in the validity of her own vapid judgment.

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    1. That's some pretty strong haterade your sipping on. And if she really cared about this reflecting on herself she wouldn't cry in public. She's be horrified and hardly speak of it at all.

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  16. I get sick of women who married their way into affluence and influence pretending to have something to offer.

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  17. Gotta love you, Rich! But, if ever there were a vivid illustration of the reason the New Media thrives while the old liberal establishment media is dying on the vine, its television ratings anemic and circulation numbers dropping like a stone, it is Ms. Quinn.

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  18. Sally Quinn’s bullshit is why sane Americans hate what the religious right has done To America.

    Sally Quinn’s theocratic, asinine bullshit rhetoric is unacceptable for a regular Washington Post column. That she believes I have to believe in God to be a real American is unacceptable.

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  19. Sally Quinn has spent decades angling, clawing, grifting and conning her way into a Norma Desmond belief in a world where she is some kind of social doyenne and arbitor.

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  20. You should really have someone do an in depth reality check for Quinn.

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    1. Rich --

      As the Boy Scouts say, "Be Prepared" next time. Want the juicy and true stories about Sally Quinn? Contact Moreley Safer at CBS. He's got an oceanful of juicy stories about her -- a few which have made their way to "60 Minutes." With his grace and aplomb, you'll certainly be highly entertained and amused.

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  21. Sally Quinn is legendary, why?

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    1. Her foibles are representative of the class of people who are prominent for one reason, and who mistakenly come to believe that they therefore deserve to be prominent for other, wholly undeserved reasons. Sally Quinn became known to the world only by dint of her own marriage.

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    2. Karma is a bee yo tch.

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    3. She has been no part of any of the important socio-political or civil rights advances born out through her tenure in Washington. The nasty, snarky, holier then thou attitude from such a clear low life is what people resent most. Quinn's reputation is at this point irredeemable.

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    4. Because she had an affair with her married boss, broke up his marriage & family and then married him. She's a real gold digger. It's a regular Cinderella Story, if Cinderella was a streetwalker at least.

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  22. Shes a 68 year old hag now.

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    1. She is a relic from another era. And in this era, where massive budget cuts, layoffs and online only is a sad reality, you just cannot afford to keep someone like this on staff as a favor or for nostalgia.

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    2. She's a glib Georgetown nutball, an incredibly narrow, self-centered Washington socialite.

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  23. Years ago, I went to a local astrologer named Svetlana, who was Russian and mysterious and who also saw Sally Quinn. (Svetlana died in the 80s, but she'd had a column in the WaPo., thanks to Sally.)

    Anyway, Svetlana was kind of a drinker, and we used to go to the bar at the Mayflower. She told me once that Sally had an ideal chart for the perfect life, up until a certain point, and then something would go terribly wrong.

    Svetlana always thought Quinn's disabilities were a punishment for having lured Ben away from Mrs. Bradlee, and she went whole-hog for religion, karma, whatever would absolve her.

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    1. Thanks for bringing up Svetlana, Quinn's astrologer, who had a column in the WaPo in the 80s, as Sally's command. She told Sally that she would have a perfect life, but that her progeny would pay for her bad acts.

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  24. On politico they are comparing Sally Quinn to Elena Ceaucescu, others say Quinn to Magda Goebbels.

    I tend to agree with those who suggest Blanche Dubois (or Devereaux, take your pick) and Norma Desmond.

    Ceaucescu had actual power and Goebbels some class albeit very twisted (until she too, cannibalized her own children).

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    1. Well put, Joe Gillis!

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    2. Those curtains are horrible.

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  25. Hillary Clinton will never have Sally Quinn over for tea.

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    1. Sally Quinn would invite Monica Lewinsky over to talk about "banging heads", however.

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  26. Were Sally Quinn just another rich white lady in Georgetown spouting nonsense about a city she grotesquely mischaracterizes in her own mind, it wouldn't much matter. But instead, she's an OPINION LEADER, whose views must be RESPECTED.

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  27. Claiming a belief in God. Even if you are not Christian. It really shows just how much religion matters to Sally Quinn: enough for her to cite America’s unfortunate habit of plastering pointless professions of piety onto our pledges and currency, but not enough for her to care about whether anyone truly believes in this god. The only thing that’s important to her is that we keep on saying it, even as it’s separated from all meaning by her notion that people’s actual beliefs are irrelevant, and her demand that they say the words anyway.

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  28. It's almost shocking, in a way, that a magazine like Vanity Fair would write a story that paints Sally Quinn — among the last of a dying society breed that fills their pages — as a status- and image-obsessed social climber. The woman is incredibly self-centered.

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  29. Sally Q. has always been this annoying social climber who just put on too many airs for me. Sleeping with Bradlee while knowing his wife was just a classless act of feminine destruction. Quinn likes to act as if she is so above Hillary and Michelle because she is the assumed gatekeeper to DC society. I hope FLOTUS stays the eff away from this hypocrite.

    Nonetheless, it is a heartbreaking story of a parent but her child will prosper in other ways.

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  30. She must have really pissed somebody of to have set off this kind of backlash.

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  31. It has been said that Quinn and her "parties" set the benchmarks for the emerging gay bathhouse scene in the 70s.

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  32. Sally is Norma Desmond! She's ready for her close up Mr. DeMille. "Big? I'm still Big! Its the pictures that got small!"

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  33. These are terribly ugly personal comments. Regardless of one's opinion of her, I do not think it acceptable to disparage Sally Quinn as a person. There was a day when the ad hominem attack was, by definition, beyond the pale. It still should be.

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    1. Welcome to 2013, where is isn't filled with rose colored glass anymore, Piedmont Pete. Quinn was a vaunted socialite homewrecker, a tramp, a horrible writer and a plaything for Ben Bradley who was always too busy counting his WaPo bucks. The parties Sally threw were nice, though.

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    2. Fair and BalancedApril 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      "These are terribly ugly personal comments"

      Yes they are and richly deserved too. Wake up and smell the coffee Pete, welcome to the internet!

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  34. New in town, Rich? Get real, dude! Sally Q. has said terrible things about just about everyone she's ever met, including, but not limited to, Katharine Graham, Janet Auchincloss, Woodward, Bernstein, the respective spouses of both, Mark Felt -- need I go on?

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  35. Sally Quinn never could write. It has long been accepted that anything appearing under her name has been ghost written by Post staffers. Bleeding out from between the lines of her bilge is a kind of elitist, fascist, rascist nostalgia for an Old Southern order wherein Miss Sally is sitting on the veranda sipping her mint juleps awaitin' her beau while the darkies are lowin' in the field.

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  36. The only thing is for Quinn to essentially leave town, there is no coming back from this for her. When Ben Bradlee dies it will get even nastier. Who knows though, a woman who has so degraded herself in so many ways, over such a long run will probably get off on it.

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  37. Isn't there a statute of limitations for the WaPo to indulge the aging Trophy Wife of their ancient ex-editor? Please, spare us, Rich.

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  38. Her Party column was a weekly train wreck wherein she embarrassed herself and the WaPo -- it also made her the laughing stock of Washington. Increasingly it read like a desperate cry for help-- "Pay attention to MEEEEE-- I used to be someone 40 years ago when I slept with my rich boss and destroyed his marriage."

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  39. I'm No Syncophant!April 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    OMG! RICH!

    You know I love your blog and your talk show. You are the GREAT ONE!!!

    But .... puh-leeeeze ... Don't pander to the grotesque narcissm of this self absorbed old woman and her delusions of grandeur. Enuf already.

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  40. Helen in North BeachApril 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Please explain what this is all about.

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  41. The queen of cattiness, self-appointed arbiter of Washington society,
    Sally Quinn, lives in a ramshackle East Hampton estate that smells like cat pee. Now that's appropriate.

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  42. Sally really hit pay dirt when she married old Ben Bradlee.

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  43. Rich--For the most part, your commenters have gone seriously downhill. I guess they don't have enough to mumble about over at sfgate.

    Folks--you are getting *boring* here! Do us a favor. Please cut back on the inane posts. Thank you.

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    1. Frankly, Autie, I'd rather hear local talk with local issues and topic. I can get this stuff from CNN, with Rich's extended, embelleshed replay.

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  44. Wow. Who knew that when Kennedy declared "the dream shall never die," he was referring to the dream that one day Sally Quinn would once again rub elbows with presidents?

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  45. Sally Quinn doesn't know she's old, and irrelevant--and Rich didn't have the balls to tell her so as he was fawning all over. This is "shtick" Mr. Lieberman.

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    1. No, just an interesting woman writer I asked to be on my show and you listened. I think you have a complex. I also think you're jealous.

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  46. Her age has nothing whatsoever to do with anything. What should be noted about her is that she is a shallow, self-aggrandizing snob who assigned herself the role of Arbiter-in-Chief of Washington, DC society. A classless bimbo and a famous "other woman," Ms. Quinn has little to be recommended.

    But have fun, Rich.

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  47. Never heard of or read the woman before but she certainly sounds interesting, judging from the reaction you got here Rich!

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