Randy Newman - It's Money That I Love
Wouldn't it be refreshing to have Newt Gingrich--currently on his reputation repair tour, enabled by Dancin' Dave Gregory--just be honest about his ill-fated campaign? Or frankly, any of these politicos. Where is the discussion of inequality? Where is the discussion of Mitt Romney's reverse-Robin Hood tax schemes? Where is the discussion of the great food insecurity here in the wealthiest nation in the world? How is it that a man who offers nothing more than the exact same policies that George W. Bush touted can be considered a viable candidate? Well, my friends, it's because this is equally the theme song of all the networks carrying these Sunday shows as well.
ABC's "This Week" - Afghanistan, Defense spending, National Security: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Roundtable: BC News' George Will, former Michigan governor and host of Current TV's "The War Room" Jennifer Granholm, Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman, Washington Post national political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, and National Journal editorial director Ron Brownstein.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Decision 2012: Former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md.; Roundtable: Mayor of Los Angeles and Chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Antonio Villaraigosa; Vice Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and former head of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina; author of the new book "Our Divided Political Heart," the Washington Post's EJ Dionne; and from the New York Times, David Brooks. Advice to Class of 2012: Maria Shriver, author Michael Lewis.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Joe Klein, Time; Helene Cooper, New York Times; Major Garrett, National Journal; Kasie Hunt, AP. Topics: Obama attempts to disqualify Romney's Bain credentials as Rove runs new ad. Do veterans make better Presidential Candidates? Meter Questions: Will TV ads more effectively portray 2012 as a referendum of Obama rather than a choice? YES: 9 NO: 3; If race is politicized, will it hurt Romney's candidacy? YES: 10 No: 2.
MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" - Panelists: Michael Brendan Dougherty, Business Insider; Michelle Goldberg, Newsweek/Daily Beast; John McWhorter, Columbia University; Liliana Segura, The Nation. Guests: Lt. Col. Steve Beck, U.S. Marine Corps casualty assistance officer and Associate Professor of Naval Science at Carnegie Mellon University; Barry Scheck, Co-Founder, The Innocence Project and Co- Author, “Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted”. Topics include: Memorial Day, Gallup’s new morality poll, new report out on exonerations.
MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" - Margaret Cho, comedian; Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Bill Schneider, Distinguished Senior Fellow & Resident Scholar, Third Way. Topics include: 2012 latest political news; Wedging women; Asian-American voters, Sexual abuse at Tutwiler prison in Alabama
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Senatorial politics: Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.; Decision 2012: Ed Gillespie, adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign; Robert Gibbs, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. Roundtable: Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, co-authors, The President's Club, Robert Merry, author of Where They Stand: The American Presidents in The Eyes of Voters and Historians, Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite.
CNN's "State of the Union" - Presidential race, Bain Capital: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; VA backlog: Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash; PTSD and brain injuries in vets: Peter Chiarelli, retired Army vice chief of staff; Struggles of returning vets: Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; Tim Tetz, legislative director of the American Legion.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - China, Russia, Obama v. Romney: Bill Keller, Peggy Noonan, Chrystia Freeland and Ross Douthat. Deficit: Alan Simpson, Erskine Bowles.
CNN's "Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz" - Andy Cohen, Bravo; Cory Booker scandal: Roger Simon, Politico; Anne Kornblut, Washington Post; Changing media landscape: former president of ABC News David Westin
"Fox News Sunday" - Afghanistan, foreign policy: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Contraceptives mandate: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Catholic archbishop of Washington. Panel: Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal; Kirsten Powers, The Daily Beast and Fox News.
What's catching your eye this morning?