Joined lots of women friends this evening to hear Rachel Maddow as a guest of The Progressive Forum at the Wortham Theater. Maddow spoke about her book "Drift, The Unmooring of American Military Power" which has been described thusly: "Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails."
After reading from her book, she joined Progressive Forum's founder Randall Morton for questions and conversation into which she dove with high energy and nuanced facts. He called her demeanor buoyant. She responded that she does indeed have hope for our country. After all, she said, "We have an African American president, twice elected. Even if you didn't vote for him or like him, the fact is our country put him in office."
When asked about political winds, she offered, "When someone gives us a stupid argument, we can tell when it's stupid."
Morton asked her about growing up gay in the Bay Area. Her response was thoughtful, honest. Better to come out than live a secret life. Takes courage to tell your family and the hope is they will recognize that courage and by raising you, they formed that courage. Ethically, it is important to live your life openly because by coming out, you broaden the community and others can see its dimensions and diversity. (I am paraphrasing here). Coming out makes it easier for the next generation, all those who will follow by your example.
She told us how her show is put together each day with two dozen very smart people. She says she is disorganized and certainly no role model. The show airs live and staff rushes to fill interview spots hours and minutes before the program airs.
You have to love the Rachel Maddow Show. I watch day-after clips on-line and am amazed at her agility in pulling together disparate facts concisely with clarity and wit. Maddow is as a book reviewer described, "Bracing."