Lena Horne -- Stormy Weather, 1943 It's the eve of the Republican National Convention. Well, sort of. For a party who claims that they are the best suited to run the country, they've been remarkably dunder-headed about simply running their
August 26, 2012

Lena Horne -- Stormy Weather, 1943

It's the eve of the Republican National Convention. Well, sort of. For a party who claims that they are the best suited to run the country, they've been remarkably dunder-headed about simply running their own damn nominating convention. Now I'm not willing to go as far as to say that Hurricane Isaac is God's little way of expressing his disapproval with the GOP (although I have no doubt that Pat Robertson or Ralph Reed would absolutely claim that had this been the Democratic convention). But I do find it highly symbolic that a crowd so eager to dismiss global climate change is facing the very effects of which they've tried to deny.

All talk with be on the RNC's messed up convention. Will anyone point out that Todd Akin's "extremist" views on abortion have just been ratified into the party's official platform? And that Mitt Romney, as the titular head of this party, must now own those extreme views? Will anyone point out that Republicans can't even run a convention without screwing it up, how can they run this country? Or will anyone point out the ever-growing number of shootings taking place in this country and ask the Republican Party if they won't even discuss sensible gun control, could they just moderate their eliminationist rhetoric?

Of course they won't.

ABC's "This Week" – Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Platform Committee; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the Democratic National Convention. Round table: ABC News' George Will; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, host of Current TV's "The War Room"; Republican strategist Mary Matalin; and FOX News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

NBC's "Meet the Press" – Republican former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Round table: DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz; The Republican Governor from Arizona, Jan Brewer; Republican Strategist Mike Murphy and NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent, Chuck Todd.

CBS' "Face the Nation" – Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; Republican former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Round table: The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan, TIME's Rich Lowry, The Washington Post's Dan Balz, CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell and CBS News political director John Dickerson.

MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" -- Joan Walsh, MSNBC Political Analyst, Author of “What’s the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was” and Salon’s Editor-at-Large; Avik Roy, member of Mitt Romney's Health Care Policy Advisory Group, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and author of The Apothecary, the Forbes blog on health care and entitlement reform; Elise Jordan, Former speechwriter to Condoleezza Rice and Former national Security Council; Michael Bell, Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and Principal at Visible Weather Architecture; Sophia Nelson, Contributor to TheGrio.com and Author of “Black Woman Redefined;” Michael Steele, Fmr. RNC Chairman, MSNBC Political Analyst; Corey Robin, Author of “The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin” and Political Science Professor at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" -- Karen Finney, fmr. DNC Communications Director and MSNBC Contributor; Buddy Roemer, Chairman of TheReformProject.org and former Louisiana Governor; Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University; Joe Watkins, Republican strategist and former White House aide; Cornell Belcher, Democratic pollster; Robert Traynham, MSNBC Contributor and fmr. Communications Director for Sen. Rick Santorum; Amy Holmes, The Blaze and fmr. speechwriter for Sen. Bill Frist.

CNN's "State of the Union" – Priebus; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis.; Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla. Round table: CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein and The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Caro.

CNN's "Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz" -- Keli Goff, TheRoot.com; Hugh Hewitt, radio host; Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post; Roger Simon, Politico; Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times; Lauren Ashburn, Daily-Download.com; Eric Deggans, Tampa Bay Times; Rachel Sklar, media critic; Wolf Blitzer, CNN.

"Fox News Sunday" – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann.

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