Before I go into my normal bobblehead schtick, let me send my good and dry thoughts to those of you on the East Coast, like our own Susie Madrak, in the pathway of Hurricane Sandy. I hope you to stay safe and with power.
As you watch our punditry bobble their heads, I want you to consider the curious case of Lance Armstrong. As far as I'm aware, Armstrong has never tested positive for doping, yet we know...know...that he is the embodiment of athletic malfeasance. Stories have come bubbling up to confirm his guilt: accusations of fraud, bribery, bullying, perjury, etc. Swift and severe consequences must be applied, so Armstrong has been stripped of his titles, banned from cycling (not just as a sport but as part of other events as well), stepped down from his cancer foundation and if that's not enough, now there's a campaign to demand back his millions in winnings. After all, Armstrong must be made a lesson to others that we will not tolerate someone compromising the integrity of this sport.
I'm actually agnostic on Armstrong. I don't know if he's guilty, but frankly, I don't care. What strikes me is how unevenly this outrage and the demand for integrity and justice is applied. Sure, let Armstrong be a lesson to others. But where is the outrage and the swift and severe consequences for those who have done damage to more than themselves? Where's the punishment for Jamie Dimon and his buddies at Bank of America/Countrywide? Who will hold the Congressional Republicans responsible for their record number of filibusters, putting partisan benefit ahead of the country? Yes, by all means, let us stand for integrity and fairness. But if we're going to do that, let's make it matter. Not in the cycling world, but for the whole country.
ABC's "This Week" - Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Panel: ABC News' George Will; PBS' "Washington Week" moderator and managing editor Gwen Ifill; Andrew Sullivan, editor of "The Dish" at The Daily Beast; former Obama economic adviser and ABC News consultant Austan Goolsbee; and Republican strategist and ABC News political analyst and contributor Nicolle Wallace.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Govs. John Kasich, R-Ohio; John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.; Scott Walker, R-Wis. Panel: Vice Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Carly Fiorina; Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne; NY Times columnist David Brooks; MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow; and NBC’s Chuck Todd.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Katty Kay, BBC; Joe Klein, Time; David Ignatius, Washington Post; Kelly Evans, CNBC
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Panel: National Review's John Fund, the Daily Beast's Bob Shrum, New York Times Magazine's Mark Leibovich, The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.
MSNBC's "UP with Chris Hayes" - Heather McGhee, Vice President of the progressive think tank Demos; Ari Berman, Contributor to The Nation magazine and author of “Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics;” Bertha Lewis, Former CEO of ACORN and Founder and President of The Black Institute; Hedrik Hertzberg, Senior Editor and Staff Writer at The New Yorker; Ilyse Hogue, Co-Director of Friends of Democracy (a 2012 initiative to build political power around the issue of money in politics), former Senior Adviser to Media Matters for America and former Director of Political Advocacy and Communications for MoveOn.org; Avik Roy, Member of Mitt Romney's Health Care Policy Advisory Group, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and author of “The Apothecary,” the Forbes blog on health care and entitlement reform; Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Author of “America's Constitution: A Biography;” Jane Meyer, Staff writer at The New Yorker.\
MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" - Ari Melber, Correspondent for The Nation, MSNBC Contributor and Former National Staffer for Kerry for President Campaign; Dorian Warren, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Public Affairs, Columbia University; John Rowley, Democratic Strategist and President of Fletcher, Rowley Media; Tara Dowdell, Business and Political Strategist; Greg Palast, Author of “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits,” author of the new piece in The Nation titled “Romney’s Bailout Bonanza;” Craig Melvin, MSNBC Anchor; Shelby Knox, Feminist Organizer; Jacob Soboroff, Host and Producer of HuffPost Live and Board Member of Why Tuesday, a non-partisan group working to increase American voter participation; Joy Reid, Managing Editor of TheGrio.com
CNN's "State of the Union" - David Axelrod, adviser to the Obama campaign; Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman; Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., and former Gov. Ted Strickland, D-Ohio. Panel: pollsters Bill McInturff, Anna Greenberg and Time Magazine’s Michael Duffy.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Columnist Joe Klein, economist Ken Rogoff and commentators Amity Shlaes and Chrystia Freeland.
CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Michael Shear of The New York Times, Lauren Ashburn of the Daily-Download.com, and political blogger Craig Crawford; Matt Lewis of The Daily Caller, and John Aravosis of AmericaBlog; media critic for The Baltimore Sun David Zurawik.
"Fox News Sunday" - Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Mark Udall, D-Colo.; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. Panel: Brit Hume, Joe Trippi, Karl Rove, Juan Williams.
So what's catching your eye this morning?