It was a packed SUNY-Albany Page Hall last night.SUNY-Albany’s writers institute founder,Pulitizer prize winner William Kennedy, attended.
The Albany Times Union’s Casey Seiler asked the audience to give it up for newspapers…which we all did.
He then introduced Maureen Dowd. She read two of her opinion columns, and then went directly to Q & A.
She was articulate, funny, and candid in her views of politicos.
Of all the Bushes, she admires G.W. (41) the most. It’s a positive feeling I don’t share, but then I haven’t met the man.
She at least twice mentioned Jerry Brown, whom she recently interviewed and opined about.
Her take on Brown is that he, along with Andrew Cuomo, offers a “middle” way between the traditional blue liberalism and the GOP scorched earth bomb throwers.
Again, I’m rather skeptical about Brown. Her column on Brown’s interview (linked above) conveyed the feeling that he was playing with her..using cryptic Buddhist,new-agey rhetoric. Brown was very elusive…like attempting to pin jello to the wall.
The DC scripe cognescenti, and the political class like Dowd, with most of them reading her first over morning coffee.
She writes well, and is now at the peak of her influence.
It was an enjoyable evening.
Addendum: she believes the repealing of Obamacare by the GOP House is really dumb. I concure