Sting - Brand New Day This weekend, we took out all our Christmas decorations, as I had promised my kids we'd do, because they love the little ritu
December 7, 2008

Sting - Brand New Day

This weekend, we took out all our Christmas decorations, as I had promised my kids we'd do, because they love the little rituals of decorating for Christmas. Specific ornaments must be hung on the tree, the little Christmas village must be set just so. Tchotchkes and their wrappings are strewn all over as well as those annoying pine needles that never can be completely vacuumed up. In short, the house looks like a Yule bomb was set off in it. I got slightly depressed looking at the state of the house, knowing that it would be my job to clean it back up to a reasonable level again. And then I thought about Barack Obama, and how daunting his new job must seem. Can you imagine having to clean up after 8 years of destruction and detritus left by the Bush administration? Oy.

Outgoing GOP flack Tom Brokaw will be asking the President-elect about the sisyphean task before him on Meet the Press. Meanwhile, Condoleezza Rice will tell George Stephanopoulos that no one could ever have anticipated Pakistani terrorism against India on This Week and Chris Matthews is still trying to find an anti-Hillary framing that will stick on The Chris Matthews Show. Some things never change.

ABC's "This Week" - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ron Gettelfinger, president, United Auto Workers.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - President-elect Barack Obama.

CNN's "Late Edition" - Rice; Govs. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn., and Ed Rendell, D-Pa.

CNN's "GPS with Fareed Zakaria" - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

"Fox News Sunday" - Rice, Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Andrea Mitchell, Joe Kernan, John Heilemann, Kathleen Parker. Topics: Does Obama have a blank check to fix the economy? Who will have more influence on Obama: Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton? Meter Questions: Does Obama have a blank check for his economic stimulus plan? YES: 9 NO: 3; Will Hillary Clinton have more influence on Obama's foreign policy than Joe Biden? YES: 10 NO: 2

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