By now, there’s surely no more need to deconstruct Sally Quinn‘s article about how D.C. parties have become terrible. But it’s hard to ignore a post yesterday on Georgetown Dish that comes to Quinn’s defense. In his windy way, David A. Rothman manages to encapsulate Georgetown’s “Let’s put on a show…and save the world!” ethos.
The first clue that we’re in for a treat is the article’s title: “On Sally Quinn, Money, Power, Bipartisanship and My Inner Veblen.” That’d be American economist and leisure theorist Thorstein Veblen (Rothman helpfully provides a Wikipedia link), who would presumably disapprove of Quinn’s lavishness.
“Sally Quinn-bashers have once again been at work—ridiculing an essay headlined Sally Quinn announces the end of power in Washington,” Rothman writes. “Granted, Ms. Quinn has never delighted my inner Veblen.”
Disapproving Veblen aside, Rothman has another 1,500 words about how, if the Post would just unleash Quinn to throw parties, most of the District’s—-and possibly, the country’s—-crises would be solved.
But would Power People come? Well, surely not every politician is out to ostracize Ms. Quinn; besides, what better way for conservative Republicans from moderate districts to show open-mindedness than to drink and dine with her? Mix those guests with the standard Democratic suspects, and perhaps D.C. can become just a tad less hate-ridden and dysfunctional and save a few jobs in Muskogee.
Problems solved! But will Rothman’s Veblen ever be delighted?