The art of politics is not far from Sondheim's art of making art. It is a process of building bit by bit, part by part and trying not to lose your vision or your voice as others chime in. And certainly, right now the focus is on how Barack Obama will bring in those who will execute his vision. Therefore, his newly named Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is all over the morning shows, as are transition team members John Podesta and Valerie Jarrett. Will they reassure us that they are going to be the change they promise?
One interesting non-Obama note: former British prime minister and current Middle East envoy Tony Blair will be on Late Edition. Cernig thinks that Blair is desperate to keep his sinecure, but I'm sure that he has just tons of relevant information for us about Iraq, don't you?
ABC's "This Week" - Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., chief of staff to President-elect Obama.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Emanuel.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Valerie Jarrett, adviser in Obama's transition team; Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla.; Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.; Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian.
CNN's "Late Edition" - Obama transition chief transition chief John Podesta; Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.; Tony Blair, Middle East envoy.
"Fox News Sunday" - Podesta; Reps. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and Eric Cantor, R-Va.
"The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Elisabeth Bumiller, Dan Rather, Cynthia Tucker and David Brooks. Topics: Does Obama's successful campaign predict a successful presidency? McCain called for Republicans to support Obama -- will they? Meter Questions: Will Republicans get behind Obama? YES: 6 NO: 6; Will the high expectations for Obama help him accomplish his agenda? YES: 7 NO: 5