Before the Democratic primary vote on Tuesday in Massachusetts to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy, a chance to catch up with how just before Thanksgiving, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin -- a Bay State resident and a favorite of NBC News where she regularly pops up to deliver conventional liberal wisdom in the guise of historic insights -- crossed into partisan politics to campaign for one of the four liberal candidates.
On Sunday, November 22, Kearns was the star at a “Women at Work” event for Steve Pagliuca, the co-owner of the Boston Celtics who is third in the polls. “Steve Pagliuca woos female support,” declared the headline in the next day's Boston Herald, “Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin backs ‘pro-choice' candidate.”
Goodwin's Web page touts NBC's affinity for her observations: “Presidential historian and political news analyst, appearing frequently on NBC, MSNBC, The Charlie Rose Show and Meet the Press.”
The invitation (jpg of larger image) for the event held at the Hard Rock Cafe featured a picture of Goodwin and promised remarks from her on “Eleanor Roosevelt and working women of the last hundred years.”