Sally Quinn has written the official Village response to Nancy Brinker, head of the Komen foundation:
[…] Could this possibly be the Nancy Brinker who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Obama in 2009? Could it be the Nancy Brinker who is the Goodwill Ambassador for the World Health Organization, former ambassador to Hungary and former chief of protocol under George W. Bush? […]
Nancy, you have been honored and awarded and feted and celebrated for the work you have done. Just last fall you had your awards dinner at the Kennedy Center partially underwritten by our friend, David Rubenstein, head of the Kennedy Center. It was a major social event in Washington, filled with many of those who are appalled by your recent actions.
These honors could disappear in a flash if people begin to think that your organization can be pressured, influenced or bought by a small group of people who are politically motivated.
After reading this, Brinker sent in a letter of apology, but it’s too little too late. Nancy Brinker will be feted and celebrated no more in the Village. She’s shown her true colors, and if Sally Quinn has anything to do with it, she won’t be long for the Komen foundation.
The Thin Black Duke
Karma is a Harsh Mistress.
Wow. Surprised, I guess, to agree with madame quinn so much in that piece (apart from the village bullshit).
sadly, this is the worst punishment our beloved media could ever imagine.
with no apologies to Sir Scott
Breathes there a man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my Kool Kids Kocktail party!
Uh, are you sure that this means what you think it means? Sally may have been complaining about firing the toad.
Sally did a great job there summarizing the whole mess, and Nancy did say “I made a mistake”, but she needs to say what the mistake was. I don’t think she and I would agree on what that was.
I don’t want Sally Quinn on my side. Those quotes made me want to puke. Anything that validates the power of the Villagers and their idea that ‘DC is *our* house’, is a Bad Thing.
Former Bush Ambassador heads up large organization, installs action plan in the absence of facts or political reality.
Disaster ensues for organization. Denials prove to be lies. Constituency alienated.
Ms Quinn showed the one true way to end the culture wars. Shame. It’s the only thing the Village understands. And after reading the response, shame seems to have worried in this case.
You could of course follow the links and find out for yourself that, yes, it means exactly what is said.
You could, or you could ask an inane question…
Oh, boy. I couldn’t have imagined anything would me feel sympathetic to Brinker, but I guess I lack imagination. Sally Fucking Quinn.
Ha! Her final 2 lines:
Cold. Ice cold.
Maybe they can go to a cocktail party together.
Once there, they can tear each other’s hair out.
Good morning AWSP. And good morning to Lady Smudge.
@Chuck Butcher: Well, I don’t want to be guilty of reading Sally, so…
Belafon (formerly anonevent)
@MattF: Really? Did you read the actual article? I got the impression that Quinn, like a lot of women I have read, felt personally betrayed by SGK turning their health into a political issue.
If the Village view is that Planned Parenthood should be untouchable, then why do they try to assist so much in taking PP down?
Slightly OT, but cue Atlas Juggs’ head exploding in 3….2…1….
I’m shocked, shocked to find there’s gambling going on in here.
The last thing I want to do is go down the whole “waves/generations/whatever the hells” of feminism path and discuss the differences therein, but Sally Quinn was born in 1941 per the wiki. She’s of the generation that watched as the Pill changed the world and saw the entire feminist movement unfold to drag the country kicking and screaming forward with no small degree of success, only to get to 2012 and hear a bunch of idiots try to roll back the clock and listen to a bunch of old men in no particular need of contraception wax rhapsodic about it and women’s health. It’s got to bring out your mama bear, in a big way.
I was enjoying watching Brinker’s fall, but watching Quinn make her a Village Unperson just makes me feel dirty.
@Belafon (formerly anonevent): Yes, I read the article.
It’s fair to say that Quinn is a personal bugbear for me, so feel free to disregard my comment, on the basis that I’m not going to be rational about what she writes.
You may regard this as off-topic, but… Did you know, by the way, that Michael Kelly, the writer/editor/columnist who led the charge in the Village’s Obsessive Clinton Disorder was himself a born-and-bred Villager? His mother, Marguerite, still writes a weekly ‘family advice’ column for the WaPo.
Sitting where they sit … with the reach that they have … wouldn’t it be awesome if the WaPo began a series investigating all sorts of high profile/high dollar charity fundraising organizations, and track down where the money is really going, and what kind of secondary agendas they may be pursuing?
One can dream …
@balconesfault: If they did that, Sally wouldn’t have anyone left to invite to her cocktail parties.
Not. Gonna. Happen.
Wow. I honestly did not expect that. See, when I read something like this, I begin to hope that the Village realizes what they’re doing. That they now understand that in pretending the crazy 27 percent is the true voice of the people they are aligning with people who say things like “We are a proud nation of double flushers!” But then they turn around and disappoint me again every time.
I only take solace in the fact when our country turns into a religious dystopian nightmare right out of Margaret Atwood, and it’s gingham dresses and braids to our knees, Sally Quinn will be right there with us.
Ordinarily I would be disgusted by the language used by Sally Quinn here. However, when we are dealing with one socialite speaking to another socialite we have to expect to hear the language of socialites being used in the dressing-down. Nancy Brinker has been removed from the A-list and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer tool.
I didn’t know they were still letting Quinn write columns for the WaPo.
From Brinker’s letter:
‘Cept for that one time when we tried to do just that …
Ah, mon dieu! The ultimate humiliation for the Ambassador: to be dressed down in public by the Madame de Pompadour of the Village Versailles!
To be sure, she deserved nothing less. The Ambassador had breached one of the cardinal rules of the Potomac aristocracy: her actions had embarrassed members of its most exalted circle such as Miss Quinn and Mrs. Greenspan.
Social disgrace and exile to her hometown of Peoria now await nancy brinker.
Hostesses of Versailles’ most exclusive salons, however, are ever so grateful that all this unpleasantness occurred after the holiday galas and fetes. Imagine how awkward it would have been!
mistermix ... World Peace
@DougJarvus Green-Ellis: Quinn italicized “apolitical” in her response, so no Moore award, obviously.
@kc: Because Ben Bradlee is still alive.
@handsmile: Can’t you just imagine all these ladies dressed in 18th century period costumes complete with powdered wigs and beauty patches? What a cold reception at Court Lady Brinker will now receive.
The Thin Black Duke
Imagine Brinker as the disgraced Glenn Close character in Dangerous Liasons.
Well, evidently you are not invited to their functions, otherwise you would not have to speculate, like a peasant, about proper attire! And I don’t expect Mrs. brinker is now being received in the better homes along the Potomac.
Not only did Quinn kick Brinker off the A-list in D.C., she effectively kicked her of the A-list in Palm Beach, which is full of very rich socialites who get their status from how important their charity work is.
(I had an in-law relative who was a rich Palm Beach socialite that at one time headed (or was 2nd in command) of Planned Parenthood.)
Brinker has just had her real reason for existence cut from under her.
Hell, Brinker already raked in bushels of cash, got medals, and had her Kennedy Center whoop-de-do. This IS probably the worst part of it, for her, getting snobbed by Sally Quinn; freaking 1%, how do they do it?
This needs to find its way into a tag of some kind.
Villago Delenda Est
Cripes, there goes the Schadenfreude meter again.
This past couple of weeks have been very very hard on the old Schadenfreude meter.
Shorter Sally Quinn: Brinker is done in this town.
Can’t believe I missed this in today’s Wash Post. Oh well.
“You offended Andrea Mitchell! ANDREA MITCHELL!”
Wow, Quinn is pretty harsh (deservedly so). She really calls out the inconsistency in Komen’s responses and the clusterfock that was hiring Handel in the first place.
As someone raised in the outer orbits of the Village, here’s my take: the anti-abortion crowd was allowed the fiction of pretending that all they cared about was the babies. The Republican class of 2010 and the candidate debates revealed that they were coming for contraception.
This is the women of the Village letting the loudmouth Catholic blowhards that there will be consequences for this attitude. The career ladder in both journalism and politics calls for long stretches of low/no paying internship internships and free-lancing without insurance. I’m sure most of these women went through a stretch where Planned Parenthood covered their healthcare needs.
What has been missing from coverage of the Komen debate is how many women in their 50s and 60s, either laid-off, free lancing, or divorced are caught in the waiting for Medicare trap. Planned Parenthood is helping this demographic with cancer screening and lady healthcare. Women marry an older husband, but don’t think about what will happen when he retires and goes on Medicare, but the wife isn’t eligible until she’s 65. Let me tell you, that gets ugly. My guess is that all those grandmothers in the Komen walks have friends in that situation.
The Komen v Planned Parenthood spat wasn’t about abortion. It was about birth control and women’s health. And well-off women knowing that they could be poor women very quickly, especially after the housing crash.
It’s great and all that Quinn, the Queen of the Villagers, weighed in on the matter. But let’s be honest. Like Brinker, she too believes that an organization should be
The difference is in scale. Brinker thinks that of Komen. Quinn thinks that of our federally elected officials.
You know, I tried to read the letter that Nancy Brinker sent in reply to Sally Quinn. I really did try to read it, but it was all bullshit and I realized that there’s not a single thing she, or anyone at Komen, could say to make me not see them as a right-wing political organization. I simply loathe her and what the organization has become.
I have to say that this letter from Sally Quinn is so dripping with…uh…Sally Quinn, that I find it almost as puke-worthy as Brinker.
I don’t understand why you believe this is necessarily the case. I’m voting that this is more about personal embarrassment than concern for women’s rights. The Village doesn’t concern itself with politics over social events.
Could Sally Quinn please speak a little louder? I can barely hear her over all these bishops yelling.
@ Mo #41 – you got it!!
Sally Quinn is such a repulsive creature, it makes me wonder if I’ve been completely wrong about the whole Komen issue in the first place.