Acoustic version of Won't Get Fooled Again by Pete Townsend
I'm going to share with you fine people something that apparently has escaped the notice of the producers and bookers of the Sunday news shows: The Democratic Party won last election day. Not just a little--but decisively. Democrats now hold the White House and a (theoretically) filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and House. A whopping percentage of Americans not only support our (say it with me now, Democratic) president, but think the country is going in the right direction.
Pretty decisive, wouldn't you say? I'd call that a mandate...some actual political capital, if you will. So who would be the natural choices for Sunday's shows? Why, Newt Gingrich, John McCain and Dick Cheney! That's right, the old faces that have been thoroughly rejected by citizens will be on to talk about the new face of the GOP.
Stunning. Here we sit, with crisis after crisis: economy, banking, auto industry, health care, climate change, Iraq, Afghanistan, (need I continue?) and what the bobbleheads think we should care about is the health of the GOP? There's a big WTF for you.
ABC's "This Week" — Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones, the president's national security adviser; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
CBS'"Face the Nation" — Former Vice President Dick Cheney.
NBC's "Meet the Press" — Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai; Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Bob Woodward, Katty Kay, Andrea Mitchell and Rick Stengel; Topics: Will Afghanistan and Pakistan become a death trap for President Obama? Should sex, race and sexual orientation matter for the Supreme Court pick? Meter Questions: Can Obama keep Pakistan's government in power? YES: 2 NO: 10; Will Republicans genuinely reevaluate? YES: 4 NO: 8
CNN's "State of the Union" — Gen. David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command; Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Bob Casey, D-Pa.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Fareed sits down with the Dalai Lama. His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso speaks out about his struggle with China for the freedom of the Tibetan people. He talks to Fareed about oppression in the region and maintains that brutality is not engrained in humanity. The Dalai Lama also discusses his own succession and whether or not this spiritual institution will continue after his death.
"Fox News Sunday" — Petraeus; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.
Okay, while I run back into bed, so my kids can serve me breakfast, tell us what's catching your eye this morning.
Oh yeah, and Happy Mother's Day to all my fellow mommies. Hope you are getting your fill of sticky pancake kisses and crayoned and glittered cards. I know I am.