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Meg Greenfield —
born on December 27, 1930,
died on May 13, 1999
Mary Ellen Greenfield was a Washington Post and Newsweek editorial writer and a Washington, D.C., insider known for her wit... (wikipedia)
There is such a thing as tempting the gods. Talking too much, too soon and with too much self-satisfaction has always seemed to me a sure way to court disaster. The forces of retribution are always listening. They never sleep.
If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide.
Everybody's for democracy in principle. It's only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections.
Ninety percent of politics is deciding whom to blame.
In Washington it is an honor to be disgraced. you have to have been somebody to fall.