Because I’ll be talking with Susie Madrak on Virtually Speaking tonight.
Tonight, Tuesday, July 5, at 9 EDT, right here on your intertubes. Our topic is set to be What I Learned About Politics From My Father.
Long-time readers of the blog know that Pop Mannion is one of the last great New Deal Democrats. He was the first Democrat ever elected to the town board in my hometown and he served two separate stints as supervisor, the first from 1970-1980 and the second from 1990-1998. In his time he did our town a world of good. The main lesson I learned from watching him was work was that I am totally unsuited to be President of the United States.
I learned a few other more useful things too. Which Susie and I will talk about, but we’ll probably get on to other subjects as well. Paul Simon, for one.
That’s Paul Simon the singer-songwriter not Paul Simon the late, great, bow-tied, big-eared, bespectacled Liberal Senator from Illinois. But who knows? We may get around to talking about him too.
So please tune in. And call in. The number’s (646) 200-3440. Operators will be standing by.
Actually, I think it’s just one operator and I’m pretty sure she/he has a chair.
Here’s the link again.
Update: Thanks very much to Susie for having me on the show. It was fun and made more so because we were joined by Claire of Espirit de l’escalier who talked about her frustrations working in local government in Ohio where the bully-boy Republican governor is telling towns they can’t do anything to fix or improve their communities if it means spending money.
If you missed the show and are curious, here you go---
It’s long. An hour and a half. A lot of time was taking up by me stammering. Once again, I’m forced to face up to the fact that I apparently learned all I know about public speaking from Jimmy Stewart.