Bob Dylan -- Duquesne Whistle (2012) It's really apropos of nothing and everything, this song. When I first heard it, I didn't realize it was Dylan's newest single. And it transported me to the great bluesy 78s that my grandfather still
October 14, 2012

Bob Dylan -- Duquesne Whistle (2012)

It's really apropos of nothing and everything, this song. When I first heard it, I didn't realize it was Dylan's newest single. And it transported me to the great bluesy 78s that my grandfather still listened to when I was little. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that for as much as things change, so too do some things stay the same, just like this song. My Pop-pop (who died 20 years ago at the age of 85) would not know what to make of the internet and the tea party. But he sure as hell would have recognized the political discussions we're having today, because they're not that dissimilar from ones he heard in the McCarthy era and even before, as the Republicans fought against the New Deal. I'm frustrated by the debates and the state of political discussion, but what I find most frustrating is that we already know so many of these answers already, because they involve issues we've dealt with before. But we keep playing ignorant of history, ignorant of the solutions that have worked for us in the past, ignorant of all the strawmen arguments obstructing us from solutions. And it won't be any better on the Sunday shows. Listen for it. Listen to see if you hear politicians reach desperately around the answers that we know are right there in front of us. The more things change...

ABC's "This Week" - Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden; Panel: former House Speaker and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; former Senator and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd; Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, moderator of this week's vice presidential debate; presidential historian Richard Norton Smith; ABC News' George Will; and Democratic strategist and ABC News Contributor Donna Brazile.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Panel: : Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA); Mayor Kasim Reed (D-Atlanta); Fmr. Gov Jennifer Granholm (D-MI); GOP strategist Alex Castellanos; and NBC’s Tom Brokaw.

NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Liz Marlantes, Christian Science Monitor, Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post; Andrew Sullivan, Daily Beast; John Heilemann, New York.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Panel: Romney campaign advisor Bay Buchanan, Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, Republican pollster Frank Luntz, David Corn of Mother Jones, and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson

MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" - Nate Silver, Founder of fivethirtyeight: Nate Silver’s Political Calculus and author of “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t;” Thomas Sternberg, founder of Staples, Managing General Partner of the Highland Consumer Fund; Sarita Gupta, Executive Director of Jobs with Justice and Executive Director of American Rights at Work; Josh Barro, Lead Writer for Bloomberg View's "The Ticker;" David W. Moore, Senior Fellow at the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, Policy Critic at and Former Managing Editor and Senior Editor of the Gallup Poll; Maya Wiley, Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion; Zephyr Teachout, Professor at the Fordham University School of Law.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" - Joy Reid, Managing Editor of The Grio; Bill Schneider, Distinguished Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar at Third Way; Jason Johnson, Professor of Political Science at Hiram College; Jonathan Metzl, Director at the Program in Medicine, Health and Society; Danielle Belton, Editor-at-Large, Clutch Magazine

CNN's "State of the Union" - Robert Gibbs, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign; Ed Gillespie, adviser to Mitt Romney's campaign; Al Cardenas, former Florida Republican Party chairman, former Florida congressman Robert Wexler. Panel: CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta, USA Today’s Susan Page, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, and Bill Burton of Priorities USA.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, American Enterprise Institute scholar Danielle Pletka, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and commentator Kishore Mahbubani. Harvard historian Drew Faust and filmmaker Ric Burns.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Political correspondent for The Keli Goff, media professor of George Washington University Steve Roberts, and Daily Beast/Newsweek contributor David Frum. CNN’s Candy Crowley. Vanity Fair contributing editor Buzz Bissinger.

"Fox News Sunday" - Gillespie; David Axelrod, adviser to the Obama campaign. Panel: Brit Hume, Fox News; Bob Woodward, Washington Post; Laura Ingraham, radio show host; Jeff Zeleny, New York Times.

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