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Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History

4/5. What it sounds like. Yeah yeah, I'm a nerd, don't I get enough of this stuff already, blah blah blah.

But let me explain something about John Dickerson, journalist, pundit, historian. He's an extremely successful history nerd who has the air of someone from a different era, and his sense of humor is – I mean, he's a walking dad joke. But here's what I actually like about him.

He quotes women.

Not just about women's suffrage or "women's issues." Not occasionally. But all the time. In every context. Talking about politics. Rendering their political opinions. Being involved in power. He quotes women senators from seventy years ago and women convention floor bosses. He just . . . quotes women. Like they're a part of history. I had no idea how extraordinary this was until I read it, and was astonished.

I could get all psychological here and theorize that it's because of Dickerson's mother, who is a legend in her own right, and who had an extraordinary impact on him. He wrote a book about her, in fact, so clearly he is used to the idea of women being movers in history. But the truth is, I don't care why he does it, I'm just glad he does.

Date: 2017-08-06 01:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
I'd never heard of John Dickerson, but Nancy Dickerson was an early hero of mine. As I read your third paragraph I was starting to wonder if there was a connection.

Given that I'm on a news fast to save my sanity, would this be enjoyable? Is it inside baseball but potus45 free?

Date: 2017-08-06 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for bringing this to my attention! :)

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