When it came time to plan a party for the release of his new book, This Town, Mark Leibovich struggled with how to throw a party for a book about the senselessness of Washington parties without it being a huge display of irony.
So to make sure everything was kosher, as The Atlantic’s Molly Ball reports, Leibovich invited “everyone” and served hors d’oeuvres from a table in the back of an under-air-conditioned room. Ball writes a cleverly detailed first-person account of the party, including Washington figures she spotted there, conversations she had and a review of Carl Hulse’s maraca-playing skill (spoiler alert: it was “pretty awful”).
Ball noticed that “Bob (Barnett) or Mikey (Allen) or Tammy (Haddad)” were not present. This probably has something to do with the fact that Leibo paints an especially unflattering portrait them in the book, which was released last week.
Ball also recalls how her conversation with WaPo’s Karen Tumulty was hijacked by Tumulty’s colleague Sally Quinn. Ball writes that she tried to contribute to the conversation the two began to have about Anthony Weiner, “but Quinn does not turn toward me even once, and continues to converse with Tumulty as though I were not there.”
In response to this, many journalists took to Twitter to share their stories of also being ignored by Quinn.
Politico’s Ben White tweeted, “I’ve been #SallyQuinned this way too. So pathetic,” to which Ball replied, “That’s the difference between me & you. I found it totally amusing.”
Dylan Beyers, also of Politico, tweeted, “I recall giving her a very dirty look.”
NPR freelancer Lizzie O’Leary recalled her interaction (or lack of) with Quinn, as well.
“I, too, have been ignored by Sally Quinn. One of my prouder moments,” O’Leary tweeted.
Perhaps Ball summed it up best in a tweet to AP‘s Adam Goldman.
“I mean, she is Sally Fucking Quinn. She doesn’t need to pay attention to folks like me.”
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