The Sunday Morning Talk Shows

After a month of listening to, reporting on, and analyzing Bob Shrum and Joe Lockhart on these Sunday shows, we've finally reached a Sunday when I want to hear from them. They're nowhere to be found, perhaps in a cave somewhere.

Then again, in the sagacious words of California's governor: "Why would I listen to losers?"

Meet the Press (NBC): Host Tim Russert will talk to Illinois' incoming Dem Senator Barack Obama, Karl Rove, and – exquisitely forgettable -- Bill Safire and Mo Dowd. (Arnold's question applies when pondering Ms. Mo.)

FOX News Sunday: Host Chris Wallace talks to Speaker Hastert and Rove.

Face the Nation (CBS): Host Bob Schieffer calls up the Senate GOP Mod Squad: Susie Collins of Maine, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, and Snarlin' Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. It's for Bush-bashing purposes, of course. (And to be fair, Hagel's not a Mod Squadder. He's more a McCain-like blatherskite at times.)

This Week (ABC): Host George Stephanopoulos talks to Obama, Senator-elected John Thune (R-South Dakota) – it felt soooo good to type that – and James Dobson of Focus on Family.

Late Edition (CNN): Host Wolfgang Blitzer has Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who is bound to say something annoying; Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Sha'ath; former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman (R); the former White House chief of staff axis of Duberstein-Panetta-Podesta; former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, a Bush Democrat; and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, who ran a losing campaign with a better candidate (Al Gore), so ought to keep her complaints private.

I will review and summarize the shows for Sunday's Rightsided Newsletter, to which you can subscribe for free by visiting the web site at http://rightsided.tripod.com, or by sending a blank e-mail to rsn-subscribe [AT] topica.com.

It will arrive if your inbox shortly after it is completed early Sunday afternoon.


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