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America's greatest coupleUHH… END OF AN ERA? LET’S GO WITH “END OF AN ERA”: Good heavens, the rumors of usurpation have been confirmed! A man “Broccoli” is eliminating the Washington Post‘s most important writing this side of Dana Priest: “The Washington Post has decided to no longer run Sally Quinn’s ‘The Party’ column in the print edition of the paper, following an uproar after she used it to weigh in on a family spat last Friday.” She will now have to write for the damnable Internet, that dangerous mating ground for woolly-bullies! [Michael Calderone]

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Jim Newell is Wonkette's beloved Capitol Hill Typing Demon. He joined in 2007, left for some other dumb job in 2010, and proudly returned in 2012 as our "Senior Editor at Large." He lives in Washington and also writes for things such as The Guardian, the Manchester paper of liberals.

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  • AbstinenceOnly Ed

    I thought of Sally last night when I had two different porn vids to jack off to, and couldn’t make up my mind. So I jerked off to her column instead.

  • Jim Newell


  • BlueStateLibtard

    Teabaggers go nuts…Cheney has ninth heart attack…Sally Quinn fired…John McCain gets spanked on TV…made a sweet sale today…I am officially in heaven!

  • Zorg

    At last, Nora Ephron can revel in Schadenfreude over losing out to Sally Quinn for some cool job competition back in 1974, or something.

  • edgydrifter

    Since she’s irrelevant now, is it OK for Taibbi to throw a mug of coffee at her?

  • Hooray For Anything

    Here’s hoping Craphammer, Kristol, Cohen, and Will all write a column about the dilemma about which wedding they should go to

  • Sharkey

    At least we still have Kathleen Parker and David Broder.

  • nappyduggs

    Somewhere Liz Smith straps on a dildo and strokes it slowly….slowly….

  • MzNicky

    Choppin’ Brauchli … she’s choppin’ brau-ch-liiii…

  • Tommmcatt

    Good god, that isn’t a leather knapsack, is it?

  • populucious

    The end of an era, or the end of ERA? Let’s go with “the end of an era”.

  • V572625694

    Does she get to keep co-writing her religion column? Only if there is a god.

  • V572625694

    Politico WINS THE AFTERNOON with sentences like this one:

    “Quinn wrote not only about the nuptials of her son with former Post editor Ben Bradlee, but also the daughter of Ben Bradlee Jr. — Bradlee’s son from a previous marriage — and ex-wife Martha Raddatz, an ABC News correspondent.”

    So ex-wife Martha Raddatz, and BB Jr, and BB all married Quinn’s son? Maybe it was newsworthy after all.

  • bitchincamaro

    “…returning to its original focus on faith, family and entertaining…” – the trichotomy is killing me.

  • weejee

    [re=520382]V572625694[/re]: Seems things are getting a bit close, relativity wise. To steal a line from a writer as old as Bradlee, does this mean someone’s brother was an only child?

  • Extemporanus

    Sally Forth, Sally Quint!

  • artpepper

    According to the Politico comments, Quinn’s online “column” exists to spread anti-Christian bigotry and sharia law. How will you like entertaining in a burqa, Sally Quinn???

  • hillarys_left_nut

    Wow, just when you think there’s no worse writer in the world than Sally Quinn, it’s “Once more into the breach!” for those heroes over at Politico…

  • Noonan

    Sally Quinn’s ERA is 2.16 which puts her just ahead of Walter Johnson (Washington Senators) for 8th of all time. Go figure.

  • Sparky McGruff

    [re=520406]Noonan[/re]: Speaking of Noonans, I wonder what Peggy’s thinking right now, with the field of pompous know-nothing asses growing that much smaller.

  • nappyduggs


    If that is the ol’ skool Dana Carvey reference I believe it to be….{squirt}

  • CthuNHu

    Hot damn, now THIS is a comment. Jim, go recruit this guy:

    Earlier post by “Jack Star” =================== As posted to Politics Daily in response to “Is Sally Quinn about to Blink” She may blink, but she won’t spit! “In Washington before there was something known as a “Lewinsky”, there was a Sally Quinn.” That pretty much sums up in a nut shell this narcissist’s reputation. Her only talent being an ability to stifle her gag reflex coupled with a taste for gristle. Those 108 year old social types (cave dwellers in Washington parlance), knew her for what she was if they knew her at all, never accepted her, never allowed their daughters to associate with her or their sons to date her. Its really only since the old guard has passed on (particularly legendary newspaper woman and Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham who tolerated Quinn to placate Ben but who Quinn has desperately attempted to be the second coming of) that Sal has been able to kick her Norma Desmond, Blanche Dubois personalities into high gear. By reinventing her CV to imbue her parents with some stature (who knew?) and herself with some actual work experience of the nature acquired sitting or standing Quinn has leveraged her relationship with Bradlee and her Elena Ceaucescu self into a being a kind of social cudgel in DC. Her father was in the Army and clearly Ol’ Sally knew her way around a barracks but the rest is pure fantasy. Ben Bradlee brought her on board at The Post saying, when it was revealed that even then she couldn’t write, “well nobody is perfect.” Before that her claim to fame had been throwing boozy pajama parties featuring herself, a dozen or so assorted men, a bottle of hootch, a tub of Crisco, and a warm coke. It has been said that Quinn and her “parties” set the benchmarks for the emerging gay bathhouse scene in the 70s. For some reason Ben bought the cow and Mustang Sally stashed the requisite bun in the oven, the hapless Quinn Bradlee. He suffers from velocardiofacial syndrome which may or may not be related to fetal alcohol syndrome or the after effects of syphilis. Needless to say she couldn’t quit drinking along as that was her hold on Ben once the allure of her doing lustily what most wives wouldn’t wore thin. One could only guess that Bradlee, having a family already, only went along to shut Quinn up and no one has ever suggested that there is anything “maternal” about her. Poor Quinn Bradlee is somewhat caught in a wedge between his father’s dotage and Cruella de Ville’s venality, guilt and anger. There are those who say his fiancee, Baby Mama Yoga is “suspect” but who knows her motives. She is much married already and has secured her income stream with the heir apparent. She is also, apparently, Rahm Emanuel’s yoga instructor which has spawned a tremendously funny speculation that the two have come up with a new yoga position, “the marking dog”! Nonetheless, there is some hope the poor guy won’t find himself completely estranged from his father’s other children because he really will need them. 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. She has insulted and high-hatted both the well and low born. 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. Changing one column won’t do anything,(her most recent about “God Punishing Children” – watch out Quinn- is no improvement) to turn around years of revulsion. 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. FYI – My personal favorite Sally Ceaucescu Quinn vignette comes from her own voice and concerns the day she showed up at Grey Gardens (which she and Bradlee subsequently bought) and bamboozled Little Edie Beale into allowing her to purloin what was left of the family heirlooms in the attic. Of course, ever since then, in her own mind Sally has been a Bouvier, oh even better, make that, Sally has been Jacqueline Bouvier! She’s ready for her close up Mr. DeMille. “Big? I’m still Big! Its the pictures that got small!” Posted By: Jack Star | February 25, 2010 at 02:03
    Posted By: scrub assassin | February 25, 2010 at 11:46 AM

  • coolcatdaddy

    Wonkette! I’m disappointed!

    With all the hot news about Sally Quinn, you failed to dig up excerpts of her disastrous tenure as co-host of the “CBS Morning News” in 1973!

    It’s just as embarrassing as anything Michael Steele has done in front of a camera.

    I’d not hesitate to say she was the worst anchor ever on network tv news. She was really that bad.

    Just see for yourself at YouTube

  • Zorg

    [re=520387]weejee[/re]: My sister was an only child. Have you no decency, Sir? Are you going to go after Downs Syndrome babies next, you jackal?

  • smashy smashy

    Countdown to an advice column on Bizarro World Salon in 3….2….

  • 102415

    [re=520427]CthuNHu[/re]: My God! Jack Star what are you saying? I cried tears of joy when I read she was kicked off the paper for that tacky shit. After all the snotty stuff she printed about her betters all those years how sweet. Hills Clinton must be just cracking up and doing that Three Stooges thing she used to do when she was hap hap happy.

  • Sparky McGruff

    [re=520435]coolcatdaddy[/re]: Bravo! I haven’t seen that level of quality in a newscast outside of a junior high “journalism” class.

  • Mr Blifil

    Wemple, who will soon be editing a local news site being launched by POLITICO-parent Allbritton Communications, wrote that Quinn’s “move to online-only counts as a significant demotion.”

    Michael Calderone seems to have written that without the faintest hint of irony.

    As for Sally Queef, I look forward to sticking my comments in her text box.

  • Jukesgrrl

    [re=520382]V572625694[/re]: Wow, was that sentence constructed by Meg Stapleton? Maybe she, of the Misplaced Modifier Hall of Fame, already has a new job. Politico … I can see it.

    It will take me a week to get over, “At two years old, I have missed significant moments in [my daughter’s] life but I look forward with great happiness to celebrating milestones as well as mundane moments with her as I refocus my priorities.” Forget about the mundane moments, Stapletongue, and try refocusing on grammar. You’re an embarrassment to Georgetown University.

  • Jukesgrrl

    [re=520427]CthuNHu[/re]: For all I know, the word “slut” was invented to describe Sally Quinn. But the fact of the matter is, she would be unknown to CBS and ALL the rest of us had Ben Bradlee not pulled her off the party circuit, given her a job she didn’t deserve at the then-esteemed Washington Post, gotten other people to do her work for her, then disposed of wife number two to make Sweet Sal wife number three. But somehow, while Quinn gets nailed to the cross by the doyennes of Georgetown, Ben skates along with his reputation suffering nothing more than a, “You old dog, you.” Such is the state of gender equality still.

  • MzNicky

    [re=520421]nappyduggs[/re]: Yes, that was the intent. I clickied the linky to get the correct spelling.

  • Mr Blifil

    [re=520435]coolcatdaddy[/re]: Fooking brillyant.

  • saggyboobedhag

    [re=520435]coolcatdaddy[/re]: that vid is classic. First of all, Sally. Wow. That haircut was old when Mary Tyler Moore did it 10 years earlier. I guess the huge glasses might have been fashion forward.

    I can’t believe the producers didn’t explain to her that a constant nasal whine, as if speaking to the people who are beneath you, doesn’t play well on tv. Besides that, she can’t seem to spit out a sentence without stumbling, even though she’s reading.

    And half-way through you’ve got your classic crying Indian commercial. Then a suspiciously black-haired Dan Rather asks a sweaty nerdy longish-haired Pat Buchanan why Nixon hasn’t done a press conference on Watergate revelations.

    Then it ends with some classic diss of a small Maryland town where she’d once covered a crab festival. It seems she has never understood to be truly faux popular, you have to pretend to get along with someone somewhere.

  • Sparky McGruff

    [re=520450]Jukesgrrl[/re]: Ben skates along with his reputation suffering nothing more than a, “You old dog, you.”

    While I’m sure that this can be partially explained by the state of gender equality, it can also be said that it appears that Mr. Bradley is good at what he does. He may be a shit, but he’s a reasonably talented shit. Except for the part about getting his wife a column, that is.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=520435]coolcatdaddy[/re]: OMG that was deliciously awful. Is she from the south, or just a harelip? She sounds a lot like my teenage daughter’s friend with a speech impediment. Nice enough girl, but why put her on TV?

    [re=520450]Jukesgrrl[/re]: In re Ben Bradlee promoting her career: I’m thinking that was right around the time cocaine was really starting to make inroads w/the Eastern Seaboard upper class WASPs. I’m told the Bolivian marching powder has an amplifying effect on one’s libido, but not one’s better judgment and decision making skills.

  • zhubajie

    [re=520397]artpepper[/re]: It might improve her looks!

  • knobwurst

    Oh great. we’re on the same level as Sally fricken Quinn… Any bets on how long it takes her to misuse “moran”?

  • rachelv

    [re=520382]V572625694[/re]: you see, you let the gays marry, and then…

  • Traveler

    [re=520397]artpepper[/re]: Yeah, the comments really are the best part – once you clean the froth off them. Thank god they are taking her off the already shrunken print edition – perhaps they could put some actual writing in the space this freed up?

  • Capitol Hillbilly

    [re=520427]CthuNHu[/re]: That about sums it up.

  • rachelv

    Wow – that should be MANDATORY viewing for all wonketeers today.
    As someone else mentioned, it’s really got it all – the crying Indian, Dan Rather’s hair helmet – and that inexplicable story about Saratoga Springs that just ended. It may have been edited, but I like to think they actually ran it that way.

  • rachelv

    and how could I forget – the “last look at the news” – perhaps a charming human interest story, or a tale of wacky weather? No, apparently we accidentally killed 100 Cambodian sailors that day.

  • The Silver Fox

    I think we’re all being a little hard on Ms. Quinn. Who wouldn’t want column space in the Post to write about your drunken exploits across our fair city? We more or less do that anyway, just on the Internets and the weblogs.

  • S.Luggo

    National Socialism began this way.

  • thefrontpage

    Quinn’s new on-line column is titled “Religious Partying!” and is all about how religion and partying mix, and how to throw fun religious parties. About four people will read this, and no one will ever have to worry about Quinn ever again.

    And rumors are that Quinn and Bradlee are going to sell their Grey Cemetery house in D.C. in the summer, she’ll end her “Religious Partying!” column after 10 columns, and then both of them will move to Idaho, where they’re planning to run a potato farm and not have anything to do with journalism, writing, or weddings ever again.

    There’s going to be a going-away party for them at Sesto Senso, which is closing on Feb. 27th. The party was going to be held at Nathan’s, but that closed last summer.

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  • chascates

    As if another reason was needed to nuke DC. Jim Newell will be warned well in advance.