The Gist

Maureen Dowd Wants a Candidate Like H.W. Again

The New York Times columnist on her new book, The Year of Voting Dangerously, and what we’re missing about Donald Trump

Maureen Dowd.

Robert Drammich/Getty Images

Listen to Episode 581 of Slate’s The Gist:

Subscribe in iTunes RSS feed ∙ DownloadPlay in another tab
Slate Plus
members: Get your ad-free podcast feed.


Maureen Dowd has covered every president since the early ’90s. The second President Bush even gave her a nickname: “The Cobra.” In her new book, Dowd examines what it takes to lead the country and what the press is missing about the current Republican nominee.

On the Spiel, Mike laments a bygone age of TV advertising.

Today’s sponsors:

The Gist is brought to you by Betterment, the largest automated investing service. Get up to six months of investing FREE when you go to

And by ABC’s new series Designated Survivor. Kiefer Sutherland stars as a Cabinet member who is thrust into the presidency after a devastating attack on the government. Designated Survivor premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21 on ABC.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at

Join the discussion of this episode on Facebook.

Twitter: @slategist