Conservative radio show host G. Gordon Liddy has retired. His final show was in July but the party celebrating his two-decade career at Radio America was held last night in a small room at Capitol Hill Club.
The Liddy you probably have in your head is an older, bald gentleman with a distinguished black mustache; the guy in the Rosland Capital commercials. But he’ll be 82 in November and now, he looks like a bald gentleman with a distinguished white mustache.
When Liddy showed up to his party (thinly catered; food was largely limited to vegetables, pigs in a blanket and steak quesadilla slices), he was immediately greeted and handed a glass of red wine. “Thank you,” he said. “You deserve it,” one of his fans replied.
After Liddy had taken a few photos with people who knew him (whether he knew them in return is another story), FishbowlDC asked what he’ll miss about his radio program. “Callers,” he said, barely audible over the crowd. “I’ve heard me speak before but I don’t know what all of the callers are thinking, saying. I found that very stimulating.”
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) made a five-minute stop to the party. She was in and out before the guest of honor even arrived. But before she could leave we asked for her thoughts on Liddy’s retirement. “When I’ve been on his show, I’ve just enjoyed the interviewer that he is,” she said. Blackburn said Liddy often asks questions “you really wouldn’t expect.” She said she’s going to “miss that spontaneity.” Side note: Our interview with Blackburn flew by so fast we didn’t have time to give her a heads up that she had lipstick smudged on her teeth.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get the same spontaneity from Liddy that Blackburn has come to know and love. When asked if he had any parting advice for the news media, he did what conservatives in the business do: talk about the liberal bias. “There’s a liberal media which are totally in the tank for Obama and can’t be trusted to report fairly and accurately,” he said. “Then you’ve got the Washington Times, which is good; the Washington Examiner, which is good; Fox News which is good and you’ve got talk radio helping to balance the scales.” Liddy then took a moment to kiss a conservative journo’s ass: He described WaPo‘s Charles Krauthammer as someone “very worthwhile to listen to.”
The party, co-sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, was attended by roughly 50 people. It lasted for two hours between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. We assume Liddy has an early bedtime.
Notables: Roll Call HOH‘s Warren Rojas, the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard and The Hill’s Colby Hochmuth.
Spotted in the crowd: These pairs of shoes side by side. No, neither of them belong to conservative pollster Frank Luntz.