Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard
My kids will tell you I have a very low tolerance level for drama. Not the sweeping Out of Africa-type drama on the silver screen, but your garden-variety angst blown way out of proportion in that never-ending quest to prove Queritoro, ergo sum ("I whine, therefore I am"). My kids know that temper tantrums are usually not met with a lot of sympathy. But temper tantrums in adults are far more egregious in my eyes and are met with utter contempt. It is with that caveat that we face this morning's line-up. I see a bunch of Republicans booked and I fully anticipate the wailing and gnashing that will take place over the passage of the stimulus bill. The problem with these Norma Desmond-wannabes is that if you carry the analogy further, I'm not sure that it isn't us collectively as Joe Gilles, floating face down in the pool, while John McCain and Lindsey Graham preen for the camera, hoping desperately that someone is buying their act.
ABC's "This Week" - Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Reps. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Peter King, R-N.Y.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - White House spokesman Robert Gibbs; Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - David Axelrod, senior White House adviser.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Howard Fineman, Savannah Guthrie, Katty Kay and Andrew Sullivan. Topics: Can Obama keep big Democratic support for the rest of his agenda? Do we face a lower standard of living for years to come? Meter Questions: Will Obama keep big Democratic support for the rest of his agenda? YES: 10 NO: 2; Can Obama bring confidence to the economy before enacting a stimulus package? YES: 2 No: 10
CNN's "State of the Union" - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Gibbs.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Fareed sits down for an exclusive interview with Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan to discuss this week's attacks, allegations of corruption, and the new Obama administration. Also, Fareed hosts a contentious panel of Palestinian and Israeli pundits examining the implications of this week's elections in Israel for the peace process.
"Fox News Sunday" - Axelrod; Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google; Mark Zandi, Moody's Economy.com
So while I try to contain my disdain, tell us what is catching your eye this morning.