May 20, 2017

Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach--God Give Me Strength

We are an instant gratification society. We saw the craziness of Donald Trump on the campaign trail, the lies, the pandering, the busting of norms and we're impatient for the rest of the media (and country) to catch up to us. If I had a dime for every post on social media wondering why we haven't impeached the Orange One yet, I could retire now very comfortably.

But the truth is, you gotta be patient. Impeachment is not an overnight event. The investigation is still fairly young. And my fear is that we are so focused on the instant gratification of an unlikely impeachment that we're missing the forest for the trees. Let us not stop going to town halls to demand to keep our health care. Let us not stop advocating for women's rights, and LGBT rights, and civil rights. Let's fight for clean water and clean air. Let's fight to not privatize our schools and prisons. Let us not focus on the 2020 presidential elections and instead, focus on the 2017 gubernatorial races and the 2018 congressional mid-terms where we can flip the majority back to the Dems. In fact, let's focus on obstructing Trump's policies by getting as many Democrats at the municipal, state, and congressional levels that we can.

I get the yearning for the satisfaction of having Trump perp walked out of the White House. I want it too. But please, give us the strength to see what's important and what's a shiny distraction on the Sunday shows.

ABC's "This Week" - President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster; Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. Panel: Stephanie Cutter, Matthew Dowd, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Christopher Ruddy.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Pre-empted by English Premier League soccer coverage

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Anthony Salvanto, CBS News elections director; Jan Crawford and Jeff Pegues Panel: Ed O’Keefe, David Ignatius, Molly Ball, and Ramesh Ponnuru.

CNN's "State of the Union" - Rubio; Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Panel: former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Jennifer Psaki; Farah Pandith; Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.; Bakari Sellers.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Elliott Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations; Vali Nasr, dean of the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Robin Wright, writer, The New Yorker; Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times; David Frum of The Atlantic; Ronald Kessler, author of “The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI”; Bret Stephens of The New York Times.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Bob Schieffer of CBS; Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard; Salena Zito of the New York Post and Washington Examiner; David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun; Nicole Hemmer, author of "Messengers of the Right"; Scott Wilson of The Washington Post; Brad Bauman, spokesperson for family of Seth Rich, slain DNC staffer.

"Fox News Sunday" - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; singer-songwriter Judy Collins. Panel: Juan Williams, Brit Hume, Kimberley Strassel, and former Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.

So what's catching your eye this morning?

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