Queen and David Bowie - Under Pressure
Well, well, well. It only took one election for the bookers of the bobblehead shows to forsake the Democratic Party almost entirely, despite the fact that we still retain the majority in the Senate and occupy the White House. Look at the lineup, all but two of the guests are Republicans. Gotta love that "liberal media".
So we get newly elected rock star of the tea parties, Rand Paul, on This Week; the hyper-partisan Mitch "Screw the country; Obama will only have one term" McConnell on Face the Nation; Sen Jim "All you tea partiers belong to me" DeMint on Meet the Press; Sen-elect Pat "I want less government, except in women's wombs" Toomey on State of the Union; and Rep. Eric "How can I block Boehner and grab the speakership for myself" Cantor and Darrell "I got a hard on for subpoenas" Issa on Fox News Sunday.
And actually, the bookings, in and of themselves, are not the problem. The problem lies in the weakness and non-journalism of the programs themselves. I want to hear these jokers say how they're going to run the country better than the Democrats did over the last few years, because I know they don't have any ideas, or any real interest in doing so. But you'll never learn that watching these shows. They'll never once ask Pat Toomey what he thinks the long term impact will be of forcing women to have babies they don't want will be. They'll never ask Mitch McConnell why he thinks the very wealthiest people should have their tax cuts, even if that means billions more to the deficit. They'll never ask Rand Paul to think through his ridiculous libertarian stances--what if the only grocery store in a 20 mile radius decided to not serve black people? While we wait for market forces to punish the store, how are those black people supposed to get food to eat? And will any of those deficit concern trolls actually ever look at how much money we're throwing away in the Middle East and think to make cuts in defense spending? Of course those questions won't be asked, the hosts will merely bobble their heads as these Republicans give their Frank Luntz-patented talking points and never once help their audience understand how truly destructive Republican policies are.
ABC's "This Week" - Sen.-elect Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Andrea Mitchell, Bob Woodward, Joe Klein, Katty Kay. Topics: Will President Obama Change? George W. Bush's New Memoir
CNN's "State of the Union" - Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; Sen.-elect Pat Toomey, R-Pa.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - The American electorate has spoken. And quite clearly. America's fears about the state of the economy brought Republicans back to power in the House of Representatives. But how long they hold onto their newfound power is another matter. See why Fareed says that if this "Republican Revolution" doesn't manage to cut the deficit, the American people will be saying "Fool me three times, shame on me". Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman thinks the outlook for the next two years -- with a power split in Washington -- is "terrible". In an exclusive interview, Krugman goes head-to-head with the former chief economist of the IMF, the right-leaning Raghuram Rajan on what can be done to fix the U.S. economy
"Fox News Sunday" - GOP Reps. Eric Cantor of Virginia, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Darrell Issa of California.
So, what's catching your eye this morning?