Sunday Shows & Weekend Reads

Here’s the line-up for Sunday’s Political Talk Shows:

  • Meet the Press: Hillary Clinton.
  • Face the Nation: Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.
  • This Week: Sen. John Kerry and a roundtable of Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne, Time’s Jay Carney, ABC’s Claire Shipman, and George Will. 
  • Fox News Sunday: Rudy Giuliani.
  • Late Edition: Romney, Huckabee, Fred Thompson, Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Qadir al-Obeidi, and a roundtable with CNN’s Jessica Yellin and CNN’s Bill Schneider.

That’s some don’t miss TV. Kerry, as our readers know endorsed Barack Obama just a few days ago, and Hillary Clinton has been restructuring in since her win in New Hampshire and become far more available to both the media and voters. Both Meet the Press and This Week should be very interesting.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been vying hard for the Nevada vote in the past couple of days. Todd Beeton has a post on MYDD about the Obama event he attended in Las Vegas and Taylor Marsh has look at Clinton rallying the Hispanic community in Vegas

Finally, here’s some recommended reading for the weekend:

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13 Responses to Sunday Shows & Weekend Reads

  1. I just want it noted for the record that if Kerry threw his hat in the ring today, I’d back him. Watching him on This Week this morning was a real treat. Especially the way he eviscerated George Snuffalufagus on that last question (re Bob Shrum’s book).

  2. Todd

    I missed it – will have to see if I can catch a video online. The hardest thing about this election is that I still think he’s the best qualified and it’s a damn shame he’s not in the race. Thomas Edsall (HuffPo Political Editor) made some interesting observations about JK’s endorsement of Obama the other day:

    Speculation ranged from the view that Kerry has made an impartial assessment of the strengths of Clinton and Obama, to more skeptical analyses arguing that Kerry remains deeply ambitious and is backing the candidate he sees as least likely to win in November, thus increasing his own chances to run in 2012.

    Had to stop and think and say “hmmm…..” about the part that I emphasized in bold.

  3. Darrell Prows says:

    Pamela: A correction – It was Kerry and Gingrich, and Gingrich reinforced my view that Sen. Kerry may be too optmistic in belieing that this country is ready for being brought “together” in the way he feels Obama may be capable of. Gingrich wants Bush to put an agenda of politically acceptable proposals on the table as the centerpiece of the upcoming State of the Union. As his first concrete example of a healing act he proposes legislation mandating english as the official language of government. According to Gingrich, pandering to the fears of extreme nationalists is a way to move a nation of immigrants forward. He says that Republicans can get enough votes from Democrats and Independents to make this happen, but, even if it’s true, how does that help anyone but Republicans.

    He then spent the next couple of minutes bashing the approach of using taxes and government to help people, citing the experience of Detroit as an example. And he managed to get a couple of strong slams in on Unions.

    In short, the right is ready to talk only about a kind of “bipartisanship” that amounts to a surrender to them and their policies. Shades of the last State of the Union.

  4. Darrell, Gingrich, of course, is a buffoon who has been wildly wrong regarding his political “predictions” (for example, in ’06 he predicted Republicans would gain seats for their majorities in Congress). I’m not saying he couldn’t be proven right eventually, but I think most Republicans are tired of the old thinking he represents.

    Pamela, interesting quote about Kerry. My wife asked a similar question as well when I told her of the endorsement, “what, so he can run again in 2012?” It would be a monumental gamble on his part, given that whether it’s Clinton or Obama, the White House will almost certainly return to Democratic hands in the fall (meaning he’d have to run against an incumbent Clinton in ’12). I don’t think Kerry would be that cynical, but in politics, I guess you can never know for sure.

  5. Todd

    I don’t think he would be that cynical either but politics is politics.

  6. leverne says:

    My thoughts …. nope, don’t think Kerry would do that, I think he has to much integrity for that … but the thought crossed my mind that he might be thinking Obama would ask him to be his VP … and he knows Clinton would never ask him.

  7. Darrell Prows says:

    Laverne: I think that after you’ve played for all of the marbles it gets kind of tough to lower your sights.

    Does anyone believe that we will escape a serious recession this year? Does anyone believe that the people will trust any Republican to work us out of a recession started by a Republican? I think that we could run Kucinich and take it running away.

  8. Leverne

    I don’t think Obama would make the offer nor do I think JK would accept it.

  9. Darrell

    To the point on JK.

    As for the recession… I think it will get worse befre itgets better. How much worse, I dunno. And I don’t think the Republcans will do much about. I remember oh so well the mess Bush I left us in. Who got us out? Bill.

  10. Todd

    Finally sat down and watched. Yes, JK didn’t give Snuffy any quarter on the Edwards question. He also evaded answering on Obama’s Senate record on Iraq. Smart move on JK’s part, I guess because if he answered he would have had to affirm Clinton’s point that Obama’s record is the same as hers.

  11. elmercreek says:

    I like Obama , but I don’t see him as a healer, uniter and an agent for change as JK said. Get rid of the lobbyists like Edwards says and you’ll see real change as our elected officials may actually work for us the citizens. If there’s lobbyists in an Obama or Clinton Whitehouse, nothing will change. It’ll be business as usual!

  12. Darrell Prows says:

    Pamela: What I heard Sen. Kerry say is that both Clinton and Obama are first rate candidates, but that Obama better fits the current circumstances. No one can get too upset over that approach.

    (And I have to completely agree that lobbyists equal obscene amounts of money, and obscene amounts of money equals corruption.)

  13. Darrell

    Kerry was very good in the interview. He handled questions about his choice with great diplomacy. I enjoyed watching it.