Cold Cold Heart - Norah Jones
I had the distinct displeasure of listening to the ultra-conservative radio station here in San Francisco (amazingly, we have three conservative stations here to the one remnant of the late Air America) this weekend as my husband and I drove around running errands. I don't do it often, because it makes me question my faith in humanity. But after listening to the weekend host not only rationalize, but agree with Allen West's** offensive "plantation" remarks, I came to some conclusions. In order to be a conservative, you have to either have a cold cold heart or you simply cannot figure out the most basic logical equation. Because as I listened to this host complain mightily about all these welfare queens being created by the existence of "Democratic" programs (as if only Democrats take advantage of these programs) and said that we needed to end them right away to get people to pull themselves up from their bootstraps. No, see, as a liberal, the next logical question for me is, "But what if they can't? What do we do then?" And that's where we see the failure of the conservative dogma. Either they haven't thought it through...or they just don't care. Those people don't stop needing help just because you make it harder for them to receive it. As much as conservatives like to paint the whole by the mythological exception, there are people who simply do need assistance. And here, in the wealthiest country in the world, there is absolutely no excuse for us to let fellow human beings falling through the cracks like that.
I'll leave it to you to decide in which category this Sunday's news show guests fall. Jon Huntsman is the featured guest on This Week. There are times he does appear to be the only adult in the Republican clown car of a primary, so I imagine his time on the campaign trail is not much longer. Not to be overshadowed, Rick Santorum is heading for the far more friendly territory of Fox News Sunday, although between you and me, I think Chris Wallace struggles mightily to find ways to make Santorum not seem crazy. And if it's Sunday, it's time for some more Grampy McSame, this time facing Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation.
ABC's "This Week" - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate; David Axelrod, senior political adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Robert Gibbs, adviser to the Obama campaign; Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Katty Kay, John Heilemann, Rick Stengel, Helene Cooper. Topics: Is Perry Like Reagan, The Westerner Who Can Defeat The Establishment Romney? In Bad Economic Times, Would Perry's Far Right Rhetoric Get Overlooked?
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe; former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie.
CNN's "State of the Union" - Axelrod; Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, head of the Republican Governors Association; Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, head of the Democratic Governors Association; Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Economist Jeffrey Sachs, TIME’s Rana Foroohar, CFR’s Richard Haass, and British historian Andrew Roberts.
"Fox News Sunday" - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate; former Bush political adviser Karl Rove; former Obama White House aide Bill Burton.
So what's catching your eye this morning?
**Corrected to reflect correct attribution