November 16, 2008

Howard Jones - No One Is To Blame

Okay, here we go. I pull myself from my sickbed to look at the Sunday line up and you know what it looks like to me? A bunch of Republican jokers lining up their rationalizations and justifications and figuring out the best way to divest themselves of any and all responsibility and to pin all failures on the yet-to-even-start Obama presidency. We got Ahnuld on This Week, as well as the reliably partisan Newt Gingrich and Bobby Jindahl on Face the Nation, Marsha Blackburn on Late Edition, Tim Pawlenty and wannabe RNC head Michael Steele on Fox News. But the major "tell" is good ol' Tweety himself. What kind of framing is this? Who is in charge while the economy tanks -- Bush or Obama? and When Obama takes office, will he postpone much of his ambitious agenda? Really? So the poor man hasn't even taken the Oath of Office and we're already looking at blaming him for the economy and assuming that he'll flake out on his platform?

ABC's "This Week" - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.; Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Shelby; T. Boone Pickens, chairman of the energy investment fund BP Capital.

CNN's "Late Edition" - Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez; Reps. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; Ted Turner, CNN founder and author of a new memoir.

"Fox News Sunday" - Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.; Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, R-Md.

"The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Howard Fineman, Erin Burnett, Michelle Norris and Michael Duffy. Topics: Who is in charge while the economy tanks -- Bush or Obama? Will Republican leaders try to stop Palin from becoming their 2012 nominee? Meter Questions: When Obama takes office, will he postpone much of his ambitious agenda? YES: 4 NO: 8 Will the GOP pick a young rising star instead of an older "heir apparent" in 2012? YES: 12 No: 0

Sigh. So what's catching your eye this morning?

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