Commentary on HBO’s ‘Veep’
If you’re turned off by politics and yearning to confirm your worst instincts about what politicians are like, you’ll love HBO’s new series Veep. It’s satire, and British satire at that, and for Americans who basked in the idealism of The West Wing and how it foreshadowed Barack Obama’s election, Veep does the opposite. It looks back, elevating a Sarah Palin–like figure to the vice presidency with a narrative that relies on one-liners that provoke uneasy laughter and expose the smallness of the veep’s vision.
May 15 – Appearance on the Diane Rehm show, which runs on NPR stations across the country – I will be talking about my new book, “Selecting a President,” co-authored with Matthew Spieler, and I will be on with Sam Popkin, author of “The Candidate: What it takes to Win – and Hold – the White House”
May 19 – I will receive an honorary degree from Westfield University in Pittsfield, Mass
May 30 – Keynote Speaker at the Silent Sentinel event for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial
June 5 – Health Policy Roundtable – Detroit Public Television
June 11 – League of Women Voters -- political panel, Washington DC
June 13 – Medical Musical Group evening concert, Baltimore, Md