GAIL COLLINS - As Texas Goes
Speaking and Signing
As Texas Goes.
The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public.
Not until she visited Texas, that proud state of big oil and bigger ambitions, did Gail Collins, the best-selling author and columnist for the New York Times, realize that she had missed the one place that mattered most in America 's political landscape. Raised in Ohio, Collins had previously seen the American fundamental divide as a war between the Republican heartland and its two liberal coasts. But the real story, she came to see, was in Texas, where Bush, Cheney, Rove, & Perry had created a conservative political agenda that is now sweeping the country and defining our national identity. Through its vigorous support of banking deregulation, lax environmental standards, and draconian tax cuts, through its fierce championing of states rights, gun ownership, and, of course, sexual abstinence, Texas, with Governor Rick Perry 's presidential ambitions, has become the bellwether of a far-reaching national movement that continues to have profound social and economic consequences for us all. Like it or not, as Texas goes, so goes the nation.
Gail Collins is The New York Times first female Editorial Page Editor, a position she held for six years. She is also the author of the much praised When Everything Changed, The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to Present, and The Millennium Book which she co-authored with her husband, CBS News producer, Dan Collins. Gail Collins currently writes a semi-weekly column for The New York Times.
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