Moving to the subject on the minds of all those who pay too much attention to the Washington Post, Brauchli e-mailed City Desk a statement saying the following about Quinn’s execrable column, “The Party”: “Sally and I have agreed that the column will return to what had been its original focus on faith, family and entertaining and will appear online at “On Faith,” a section of washingtonpost.com that Sally guides.
Count me as sorry to see it go. If there is one document that explains contemporary American politics, it is this Quinn classic on Clinton’s impeachment. Nearly every word of the thing is a treasure, so I’ll just select a paragraph at random:
Muffie Cabot, who as Muffie Brandon served as social secretary to President and Nancy Reagan, regards the scene with despair. “This is a demoralized little village,” she says. “People have come from all over the country to serve a higher calling and look what happened. They’re so disillusioned. The emperor has no clothes. Watergate was pretty scary, but it wasn’t quite as sordid as this.”
Stick it in a time capsule, send it into outerspace. It will tell other civilizations more about us than Glenn Gould or Blind Wille Johnson ever could.