Tag Archives: SUNY Fredonia

Fredonia Podcast

21 Nov

A podcast of the panel discussion on the 2008 election is here, courtesy of Erica Wolfling of WCVF at SUNY Fredonia.


Politics @ SUNY Fredonia Last Night

19 Nov

The Observer put our panel discussion from last night on its front page. I had a great time, and the questions from the audience were very good and insightful. My understanding is that there will be video and audio available shortly, and I’ll post them here when it’s up.

On Sarah Palin:

“She has more then carved out her own persona in the past two weeks to the extent that she has become a superstar in the party, although that can very much change,” McCarthy said. “Don’t forget she reflects everything the Republican party stands for and has some personality to boot. The other part, in four years probably continuing as Governor of Alaska, she will have an record that is enhanced tremendously by that time and she’ll have some stature.”

“I think a good campaign doesn’t cancel on Letterman and say they’re going to Washington when they’re doing an interview in the same building,” Cornell said, referring to how poorly he felt the McCain campaign was organized, even from an entertainment standpoint.

I added that it was up to the Republican Party to decide whether it was going to back to what it had stood for pre-Bush II, or whether it was going to continue down the spending, big government, Christianist, anti-intellectual, anti-thought ways of the present. If they go for the former, then someone like Romney or some other person with conservative credentials will be the standard-bearer. If they pine for Bush II, then Palin will be a lock.

(Photo by the Observer)

What Happened?

18 Nov

Former Buffalo News writer and current SUNY Fredonia Professor Elmer Ploetz (author of the Jour de Fred blog), has invited me to join a panel discussion tonight:

From the description of the program:

There’s little doubt that the 2008 elections signaled some major changes in the American national fabric; the challenge is trying to figure out just what that means. The Communication Department will host a three of Western New York’s pre-eminent political observers Tuesday night (7:30, 101W Thompson Hall) for a forum examining just that.

Participating in the project will be:

  • Bob McCarthy, political reporter, Buffalo News. McCarthy has been a reporter for over 30 years, covering politics for most of that time. McCarthy writes a political column for The News’ Sunday editions.
  • Alan Bedenko, blogger. Bedenko may be best known to many as BuffaloPundit, but he is also an attorney and has been a candidate for political office. He’s vice president of Convergence Media, LLC, parent company of the major aggregator of blogs regarding life and politics in the region.
  • Chuck Cornell, interim director of SUNY Fredonia’s Center for Rural Regional Development and Governance. Cornell is also director of the American Democracy Project at Fredonia, as well as a Chautauqua County legislator. He was also a congressional press secretary, serving in both congressional and senate offices.
  • Congressman Brian Higgins originally committed to attend the forum, but was forced to cancel to return to Washington.
  • So if any of you guys are down in the Dunkirk/Fredonia area, come on down.