January 27, 2019

Schoolhouse Rock" "No More Kings"

I spent the larger portion of this week convalescing along with my younger daughter from very bad colds. Poor baby had to suffer through my news addiction as I kept her supplied with chicken soup, orange juice and boxes of tissues. And through the haze of sneezes and wheezes, my little girl watched what passes for news analysis and came up with this devastating diagnosis: "I feel like everyone in the White House needs to watch Schoolhouse Rock so that they understand how government works."

And it occurred to me that it wouldn't actually be a bad idea for Donald Trump, since he is notoriously unable to hold his attention for any length of time, refuses to read and likes to watch television. Maybe what the Democrats can do is produce several three or four minute-long Schoolhouse Rock videos to explain how things work. Stick his face on them to keep him interested. Release them on social media for all the idiots who are screaming that Trump should just build the wall anyway, damn the Democrats. Explain the notion of co-equal branches to these MAGAheads. How bills are written. How walls can be scaled or tunneled under. The possibilities are endless.

ABC's "This Week" — Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif; Former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. Panel: Terry Moran of ABC News; Meghan McCain; Democratic strategist Donna Brazile; and David Bossie, president of Citizens United and former Trump deputy campaign manager.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Panel: Yamiche Alcindor of “PBS NewsHour,” Tom Brokaw and Kristen Welker of NBC and radio host Hugh Hewitt.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney; Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine; Dee Margo, Republican mayor of El Paso, TX; Michael Passero, Democratic mayor of New London, CT. Panel: Molly Ball of Time, Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review, David Sanger of The New York Times and Shawna Thomas of Vice News.

CNN's "State of the Union" — Rubio; Julian Castro, Democratic candidate for president; Jerome Corsi, an associate of Stone; Larry Klayman, Corsi’s lawyer and founder of Freedom Watch. Panel: Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Nina Turner, president of Our Revolution; Paul Begala, Democratic strategist; and Linda Chavez, former Reagan White House official.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" — Ian Bremmer, founder and president of the Eurasia Group; Chrystia Freeland, Canadian minister of foreign affairs; and Jane Goodall, primatologist and anthropologist.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" — Government shutdown panel: Shelby Holliday of The Wall Street Journal; Oliver Darcy of CNN; and Jess McIntosh, former director of communications outreach, Hillary 2016. Olivier Knox of SiriusXM and president of the White House Correspondents Association; Charlotte Alter of Time magazine; Laura Bassett, former HuffPost senior culture and politics reporter; Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Company; Jason Rezaian, author of “Prisoner” and global opinions writer at The Washington Post; Joel Simon, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists; and Howard Schneider, former editor of Newsday.

Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" — Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah; Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.; Rep Devin Nunes, R-Calif.; Mark Penn, Harris Poll chairman.

"Fox News Sunday" — Mulvaney; Manchin; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg; Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. Panel: Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, Julie Pace of The Associated Press and Gillian Turner and Juan Williams of Fox News.

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