Episode 803 of Seinfeld: "The Bizarro Jerry"
Remember how "hope and change"-y we all felt a year ago?
Brand new president, full of feel-good soaring rhetoric. Nice big majorities in the House and Senate, it was time to feel good about the direction the country was going in again. Doesn't it feel like somewhere along the line in the last year, we've crossed over into Bizarro World?
We're told constantly that the President must stop governing from the left and embrace the center (as Chris Matthews & Co. ask again today) and yet, I'm still waiting for any politician--other than our stalwarts, like Dennis Kucinich or Anthony Weiner--to even acknowledge the left's values much less govern from them.
Meanwhile, the sleaziest person in the Bush White House--and the person acknowledged by the media as the one responsible for all matter of deception and dirty tricks--is feted once again on the Sunday shows. Karl "Turdblossom" Rove gets to offer us yet another round of "is waterboarding torture or not" on Meet the Press and Fox News Sunday, media outlets too disingenuous to remember that we've already had this discussion and decided that yes, in fact, waterboarding IS torture.
And finally, pending the vote for the weakest possible health care reform--one made pathetic by the obstructionism of Republicans and the spineless timidity of Democrats--the noisiest, whiniest, most dishonest Republicans (Graham, Boehner, Cantor) get to go on after WH adviser David Axelrod to keep telling the public that they don't want health care reform. Face the Nation adds insult to injury by also inviting the head of AHIP to complain about what little restrictions remain in the bill. But is there anyone from HCAN on to advocate for the people?
Surely, you jest. Not in Bizarro World.
ABC's "This Week" - White House senior adviser David Axelrod; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs; Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.; Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Axelrod; Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; and Karl Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Dan Rather, Katty Kay, Helene Cooper, Joe Klein. Topics: Obama's Road to Reelection: To the Left or To the Center? Mr. Universe: Why Is Obama's Popularity Abroad A Political Liability At Home? Meter Questions: Should Obama Move To the Center Instead of the Left As A Reelection Strategy? YES: 11 NO: 1;
Will "Repeal Health Care" Be A Winning Slogan For Republicans This Fall? YES: 5 No: 7.
CNN's "State of the Union" - Axelrod; House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"Fox News Sunday" - Gibbs; Rove; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.
So what is catching your eye this morning?