December 15, 2013

The Rise of Conservatism -- See all Crash Courses here.

Admittedly, it's not a comprehensive recounting of the rise of conservatism (and really, who would expect that in a fifteen minute YouTube video?). But it does highlight the battle that has been fought since the Fifties: the battle to rise over the success of the New Deal Democratic principles. Conservatives have tried to wedge their way to the top through racism, sexism, planting fear of communism, and now historical revisionism.

The thing that frightens me now in these ongoing battles is that now we're so isolated and segregated in the way we get information that there is an entire generation now that believe completely in these conservative beliefs (that, I might add, have not proven to work) and will never get any kind of information that contradicts it.

Speaking of not contradicting it, we're going to be treated to a whole lot of bipartisan fetishism this morning. But of course, the bipartisanship looks strangely one-sided: Democrats give up extending UI (sweet Republicans, cutting people off three days after Christmas) for the sake of not shutting down government. What do the Republicans give up? Basically, the opportunity to show themselves as American-hating political opportunists. Think David Gregory will bring that up? Neither do I.

ABC's "This Week" - Secretary of State John Kerry. Roundtable: ABC News’ Cokie Roberts, former House speaker and CNN “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich, University of California, Berkeley professor and former Clinton Labor secretary Robert Reich, and Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro. New York Times investigative reporter Andrea Elliott.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis.; Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and National Security Agency. Roundtable: Former New Mexico Gov. and ambassador Bill Richardson, TIME magazine Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker and Nation Public Radio’s Steve Inskeep.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo. Panel: CBS News Foreign Correspondent Clarissa Ward, Tom Friedman of the New York Times, Radhika Jones of TIME, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Bloomberg View Mandela Panel: Deborah Patta of CBS News, South African journalist and CBS consultant Tim Modise, Allen Pizzey of CBS News, and John Carlin, author of “Knowing Mandela” and “Invictus.”

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" - Josh Barro, Business Insider; Mary Brosnahan, Executive Director, Coalition for the Homeless; Rashad Robinson, Executive Director at Color of Change; Mark Green, fmr. NYC Public Advocate, public interest lawyer; Maggie Haberman, Politico; Rachel Sklar, founder,, a web community supporting women in technology; Christine Hefner, fmr. Chairman & CEO, Playboy Enterprises.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" - Nikki Giovanni, Author of “Chasing Utopia” and Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech; Ron Christie, GOP Strategist; Aurora Zepeda, Executive Vice President of Homes for the Homeless; Angela Rye, IMPACT strategies; Stacy Palmer, Editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy; Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; Jennifer Jones Austin, Executive Director & CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies; Igor Volsky, Managing Editor at; Cristina Beltran, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU / Author of “The Trouble with Unity”; Matt Flannery, Co-Founder and CEO of Kiva; Rebecca Ruiz, Reporter.

MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" - Kate Nocera, Buzzfeed; Manu Raju, Politico; John Nicohls, The Nation; Zerlina Maxwell,; Susan Del Percio, GOP Strategist; Irin Carmon,; Jodi Jacobson, RH Reality Check; Penda Hair, Co-Director and Founder, Advancement Project.

CNN's "State of the Union" - McCain, Peter Orszag, former Obama White House budget chief; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office. Time Magazine Assistant Managing Editor Rana Foroohar. Panel: Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, Cook Political Report National Editor Amy Walter and National Review Senior Editor Ramesh Ponnuru.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Tom Friedman of the New York Times, Salman Khan of the Khan Academy, former chancellor of New York City's school system Joel Klein and Wendy Kopp, co-founder of Teach for All. Kurt Campbell, former U.S. Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Associated Press reporter Matt Apuzzo. Aisha Harris, a culture blogger for Slate magazine. CNN’s national political reporter Peter Hamby, Roll Call's new editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni and The Blaze's "Hot List" host Amy Holmes. Adweek's Sam Thielman. Comcast's head of business development, Sam Schwartz.

"Fox News Sunday" - Ryan; Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America; Carlee Soto, whose sister was killed in the Newtown, Conn., shooting; former astronaut Mark Kelly, whose wife, ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in a 2011 attack. Panel: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, White House Correspondent for The Associated Press, Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard, Bob Woodward, Associate Editor of The Washington Post.

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