aka "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," starring Donald Trump
"Maureen Dowd on why politics in 2016 sounds like a ‘primal scream and death rattle'" PBS NewsHour 9/28/2016
SUMMARY: Why does the presidential political landscape look like it's been ripped from the ‘90s? And will Donald Trump inspire more celebrities to run for the highest office? New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd sits down with Gwen Ifill to discuss her new book, "The Year of Voting Dangerously," and what she thinks of politics today.
GWEN IFILL (NewsHour): Now back to the campaign, this time through the eyes of a highly influential columnist who says she's never seen anything like it.
I sat down recently with New York Times writer Maureen Dowd about her new book, “The Year of Voting Dangerously.”
It is the latest addition to our series Political Ink.
You say, after years of covering these people, that President Obama is too cool, Hillary Clinton is too cold, and Donald Trump is way too hot. What's a voter to do?
MAUREEN DOWD, Author, “The Year of Voting Dangerously”: Where were you when I was writing my book blurb? That's perfect.
GWEN IFILL: Huh?
MAUREEN DOWD: Yes.
That's the wild thing about this election year. It's like the revenge of the '90s. All of those characters we started with are back, you know, in different capacities. Bill is back as first lady. Monica Lewinsky is back as a bullying advocate — anti-advocate.
And, you know, Hillary is back. Rudy Giuliani is back. Newt Gingrich is back. Seinfeld back, in the sense that Steve Bannon, who's running Trump's campaign, made all his money from Seinfeld.
GWEN IFILL: Oh, they're all back.
MAUREEN DOWD: They're all back.
GWEN IFILL: Well, as I read this book — and a lot of it is columns of yours I have read, one…
MAUREEN DOWD: And Trump.
GWEN IFILL: And Trump, of course.
MAUREEN DOWD: Sorry.
GWEN IFILL: One at a time. One at a time.
But when I read them again altogether, I come away with the impression you don't like any of these people.