Sunday Talk Shows

Sunday Talk: Courage under fire


Ben Carson, the GOP’s leading contender to become the firstreal black president,” is (literally) a brain surgeon—and a damn good one, unless the National Enquirer is to be believed.

And so, it’s not at all surprising that, when confronted with yet another (and another, and another) mass shooting, Dr. Carson knew exactly how to fight this (growing) epidemic.

Whereas liberals always try to politicize and exploit these tragic eventsblaming the innocent guns and using the senseless deaths as an excuse to argue for more so-called “gun control” (read: gun grabbing) lawsCarson was rightly focused on the root of the problem: the victim mentality of most shooting victims.

Drawing on his own experiences in the operating room, as well as Marvel’s highly successful “Avengersfilms, he prescribed bold action.

Instead of standing around waiting to be shotlike a loser—all would-be victims should “Let’s roll” with the punches, so to speak; or, if a gunman comes for you first, just point him towards the nearest Popeye’s cashier.

What the good doctor’s plan lacks inwell, everything, it more than makes up for with utterly foolish Hitler, Nazi (Germany) and Holocaust analogies.

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA); Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA); Roundtable: Eugene Robinson (Washington Post) and Kathleen Parker(Washington Post). 

Face the Nation: Raging Narcissist Donald Trump (R); “Brain Surgeon” Dr. Ben Carson (R); Rep. Nick Mulvaney (R-SC); Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; David Ignatius (Washington Post); Roundtable: Ruth Marcus (Washington Post), Ron Fournier (National Journal), Ben Domenech (The Federalist) and Robert Costa (Washington Post).

This Week: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Roundtable:Reihan Salam (National Review Online), LZ Granderson (ESPN), Cokie Roberts (ABC News) and Mark Halperin (Bloomberg Politics).

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH); Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich(R-GA); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Susan Page (USA Today), Republican Strategist Karl Rove (The Federalist) and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D); Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK); Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID); DNC Chair/Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with President Obama (preview); and, an interview with former Louisiana prosecutor Marty Shroud, who has admitted his role in the wrongful conviction of a man who spent 30 years on death row (preview).

On the late night shows…

Stephen Colbert discussed the popularity of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders with former President Bill Clinton.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

Monday: Actress Carey Mulligan; Musician Elvis Costello; Singer Darlene Love.
Tuesday: Actress/Comedian Sarah Silverman; Actor Elijah Woods; Concert Group The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.

Wednesday: Actor Jack Black; Founder/CEO of GoPro Nick Woodman; Dancer Michelle Dorance.

Thursday: TV Host/Lifestyle Guru Oprah Winfrey; Authors Jospeh Fink & Jeffrey Cranor; Singer/Songwriter Judith Hill.

Friday: TV Host Jimmy Kimmel; Actress Jessica Chastain; Actor Tom Hiddlesworth; Actress Mia Wasikowska; Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro; Pop Duo Beach House.

And Trevor Noah examined the GOP’s pro-life position vis-à-vis gun control.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:

Monday: Writer Ta-Nehisi Coastes; Tuesday: Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins: Wednesday: Actor Tom Hiddleston; Thursday: Actor Jack Black.


Ohio governor and GOP presidential candidate John Kasich tried (and failed) to connect with some female college students.

On Monday, Kasich held a town hall forum in the Virginia capital, an area described by his campaign’s communications director as “a key part of Virginia, which is an important state during the primaries,” according to Brooke Harty of the school newspaper, The Collegian, and invited a mix of 500 students, faculty and community members. […]
Here is how the The Collegian described Kasich’s exchange with the few students who were able to ask questions:

While calling on sophomore Kayla Solsbak, who was nearly jumping out of her seat to get noticed, Kasich said with a laugh, “I’m sorry, I don’t have any Taylor Swift tickets.”
Kasich also said at one point, “I’m sure you get invited to all of the parties,” to one of the female students sitting in the front row of raised seats.


The head of the Susan B. Anthony List wondered whether Planned Parenthood is a bunch of lesbians … or something.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the influential anti-choice group Susan B. Anthony List, appeared Tuesday on a West Virginia conservative radio program to discuss federal funding for the women’s health care organization, reported Right Wing Watch.
“It’s as if men or other people don’t even matter,” said host Tom Roten on his WVHU-AM program. “It just seems like a way to get to people is to talk about ‘women’s health, women’s health, women’s health.’ What about the females who are being aborted? What about those women and their health?”

“Yeah, equal rights for unborn women,” Dannenfelser agreed. “But, look, I’m with you, Tom. I love men! What about men’s health? I mean, do we have anything to say about men’s health and the particular health problems that men have? Do we ever talk about the ‘men’s gap’ when we’re moving into an election?”

“I mean, real women who truly love what womanhood really is have enough confidence to go ahead and also really love men and truly see that, yeah, really — equal rights,” she continued.

And, finally…

A Republican member of the Texas Board of Education argued that the only people who’d be offended by textbooks that refer to slaves as “workers” are people who want to be offended.

After Roni Dean-Burren noticed a passage in her son’s textbook that called slaves “workers” and placed slaves in the section “Patterns of Immigration,” she took to social media to criticize the publisher. After her social media posts received widespread media attention, the textbook publisher, McGraw-Hill, agreed to publish new textbooks that would accurately describe slavery. Parents were still unhappy, however, and complained that the textbooks are still out there with inaccurate and offensive language. […]
Although McGraw-Hill chose to acknowledge the problem in this case, a member of the Texas Board of Education, which has a significant role in the textbook industry, chose to dismiss the mother’s concerns. According to the Texas Tribune, a Republican education board member, David Bradley, said the publisher went “overboard” in rectifying the issue and said the situation was straight out of a Seinfeld episode.

Bradley added that he thought people were too easily offended by the textbook, saying to the Tribune, “I applaud the publisher for trying to make a fix and something should be done, but I don’t advocate replacing all the textbooks in the world. It’s not fatal … Unfortunately, in our culture, everybody is too easily offended … Something else I’ve learned is people are only offended if they choose to be offended.”


– Trix

Sunday Talk: Head of the class


After playing coy about his intentions for an extended period of time, on Monday, Jeb! (née Bush) formally entered the Republican presidential clown car, much to the surprise of no one.

Unfortunately for Jeb!, less than 24 hours later, the clown car was overturned when DonaldThe DonaldTrumpreality TV’s selfdescribed friend of “the blacks” and really rich person—crashed the party, in his signature style.

Like a golden god, Trump descended from above, and made it rain ($50 bills, y’all).

Speaking without a filter, and using only a one-pagefinancial report” for reference, he delivered a State-of-the-Union-length tour de farce which sent shockwaves all the way down to China.

Suffice it to say, the Mexican rapists and drug dealers got the message.

Now, no doubt, Trump faces some pretty steep barriers to securing the GOP nomination, but he’s beaten the odds before.

I mean, do you know how difficult it is to bankrupt a casinofour times?!

That takes greatness.

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC); Former Arkansas Giv. Mike Huckabee(R); Roundtable: David Brooks (New York Times), Helene Cooper (New York Times),Eugene Robinson (Washington Post) and Gerald Seib (Wall Street Journal).

Face the Nation: NAACP President Cornell William Brooks; Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC); Charleston, SC Mayor Joseph Riley; Former Senior FBI Profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole;Sherrilyn Ifill (NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund); Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA); Roundtable: Gwen Ifill, David Ignatius (Washington Post) , Michael Gerson (Washington Post) and Radio Talk Show Host Hugh Hewitt.

This Week: Charleston, SC Mayor Joseph Riley; Jelani Cobb (The New Yorker); Author Charlayne Hunter-Gault; Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Maria Cardona, Republican Strategist Sara Fagen and Steve Inskeep (NPR).

Fox News Sunday: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R); Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl; Roundtable: Republican Strategist Karl Rove, Peter Baker(New York Times), Kathleen Parker (Washington Post) and Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).

State of the Union: Narcissist Donald Trump; Others TBD.

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with FBI Director James Comey (preview); a report on the astronomical price of cancer drugs (preview); and, a report on efforts to save Italy’s historic ruins and monuments (preview).

Silly Rabbit

Sunday Talk: Not enough circuses

attribution: Silly Rabbit


Faced with the prospect of a GOP presidential field that rivals the Duggar family in size (as well as religiosity and sexual perversity/depravity), the TV networks hosting the primary debates are being forced to make a “Sophie’s choice” (#ThanksObama) about who gets to participate.

Mathematically speaking, fitting everyone in one clown car would be a logistical nightmare.

And so, this week, the Fox News Channel—which will be hosting the first debateannounced that they are limiting participation to the top ten (official) candidates.

Full Disclosure: News Corp., Fox Newsparent company, has made some (allegedly) “charitabledonations to the Clinton Foundation.

Meanwhile, CNN—which will be hosting the second debate—announced that they, too, will be limiting participation to the top ten; but, unlike Fox News, they will also provide a kiddie car for the rest of the clowns.

At this point, it’s unclear who will appear in the big tent, and who will be in the sideshow.

Stay tuned to find out.

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press:Pre-empted by coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix.Face the Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); Vietnam War Reporting Panel: Reporter Peter Arnett, Photographer David Hume Kennedy, Reporter Laura Palmer and Bill Plante (CBS News); Roundtable: David Rohde (Reuters) and Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Washington Post).

This Week: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, S.E. Cupp (CNN), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard).

Fox News Sunday: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R); Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton; Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News),Susan Page (USA Today), George Will (Washington Post) and Bob Woodward (Washington Post).

State of the Union: Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Julian Castro; Defense Secretary Ash Carter; Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a special broadcast on war stories (preview).


Racist/misogynist Tucker Carson and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones agreed that President Obama is doing all kinds of “Nazi stuff.”

Carlson called into the show by phone and discussed what he described as the administration’s “ethnic politics.” On the video webcast version of the show, [Alex] Jones showed a giant graphic of Obama dressed as Hitler, complete with a mustache, and flanked by the words “DICTATOR” and “SCUM” in bold letters as Carlson spoke.The moment came after Jones asked Carlson what he thought of Obama’s approach to racial issues in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, which Jones said was bringing the country close to civil war.

“The problem with the administration’s position — which is, ‘yeah, you know, violence is bad but I kind of see their point’ — it is in effect making excuses for and therefore encouraging that kind of behavior,” Carlson said. “It’s scary.”

“They categorize people by race in a way that, you know, you can’t even imagine — 30 years ago you would have said, ‘Wait a second, that’s like Nazi stuff,'” Carlson said of the Obama administration and its “ethnic politics.”


“Morning” Joe Scarborough was shocked and dismayed by author Joe Conason’s reference to Winston Churchill.

The moment came, as many tirades do, in the middle of a debate about theClintons. Guest and author JoeConason made the case that [Joe] Scarborough, who has spoken several times at the Clinton Global Initiative, was hypocritical for going after the power couple for shady donations and Hillary Clinton’s email server.”I have a Churchill quote for you,” Conason said,

“Oh great, I love Churchill,” Scarborough said with a smile.

“It’s what he said about the Hun, which is: ‘They’re either at your feet or at your throat,'” Conason said, referencing Churchill’s remarks on Germany’s aggression in the lead up to war and its closeness to Europe afterward.

Scarborough’s smile began to fade.

“So you’re comparing me to Nazis now, that’s great,” he said.

~Silly Rabbit

Sunday Talk: Benghazi on the Hudson

Daily Kos’ Sunday Talk 

Last summer, New Jersey strongmanChris Christie was heavily favored for
re-election (and then some).Thanks to his hard-fought reputationas a straight-shooter, he was feared(if not loved) by most Garden Staters.

Real New Jerseyans know what’s good for them, unlike “this little Serbian” inFort Leehe needed to be schooled.

So, (presumably) incited by YouTube videos, Christie loyalists devised alesson plan (and subsequent cover-up).

He would soon learn that when you mess with the bullyyou get the horns.

It was all pretty brilliant, really; and they would’ve gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those meddling investigators.

This week, in the face of mounting evidence of wrongdoingChristie held a nearly two hour press conference, which ultimately raised more questions than it answered.

When all was said and done, 19,734 words had been spoken—and not a one of them was “terrorism.”


Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus“Bridgegate” Roundtable: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), Kim Strassel (Wall Street Journal), Mark Halperin (TIME) and Chuck Todd (NBC News); Foreign Policy Roundtable: Former Rep.Jane Harman (D-CA), Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Jeffrey Goldberg(Bloomberg News) and Chris Matthews (MSNBC).Face The Nation: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD); New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D); “Miracle on the Hudson” Pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ SullenbergerRoundtableRana Foroohar (TIME), Michael Gerson (Washington Post),John Harris (Politico) and Gerald Seib (Wall Street Journal).

This Week: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (9/11); Crisis Management Expert Judy SmithPolitical Roundtable: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd and Former Obama White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe“Women in the Workplace” Roundtable: Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, U.S. Air Force Col. Jeannie Leavitt, Author Liza Mundy and AuthorReshma Saujani.

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL); Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK); Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD); RoundtableGeorge Will(Washington Post), Bob Woodward (Washington Post), Republican Strategist Karl Roveand Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ);Roundtable: RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer, DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee and Karen Tumulty (Washington Post).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on the MLB’s doping case against Alex Rodriguez (preview); and, a story about people with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (preview).

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Meet The Press: Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Director of the National Economic Council Gene SperlingJim Cramer (CNBC); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Judy Woodruff (PBS) andChuck Todd (NBC News).

Face The Nation: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); RoundtablePeggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), David Sanger (New York Times), David Ignatius(Washington Post) and John Dickerson (CBS News).

This Week: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); RoundtableCokie Roberts (ABC News), Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Republican Strategist Ana Navarro, Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) and Ben Smith (BuzzFeed).

Fox News Sunday: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R); RoundtableBrit Hume (Fox News), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report), George Will (Washington Post) and Charles Lane (Washington Post).

State of the Union: Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

Sunday Talk – You’ve Got To Hand It To Them

Daily Kos

This was the week the Tea Party finally secured its place in American history books (pending approval from the Texas Board of Education).

Whereas, until now, teabaggers had been content with nominating fringe lunatics like Rand Paul and Sharron Angle for Senate seats, this time around they chose someone well within the mainstream of lunacy.

What Christine O’Donnell lacks in experience, she more than makes up for with her vast knowledge of crime scene forensics, suntan lotion marketing, satanic rituals, dorm room living, STD prevention, radiocarbon dating, human-animal hybridisation, and the collected works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

She truly epitomizes outside the box thinking.

Morning Lineup:

Meet the Press: Former President Bill Clinton; Former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Face the Nation: Former President Bill Clinton; US Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-DE); Republican Strategist Ed Rollins; Michael Gerson (Washington Post).

This Week: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Roundtable: Delaware State Republican Chairman Tom Ross, George Will (Washington Post), David Sanger (New York Times) and Peter Beinart (Daily Beast).

Fox News Sunday: US Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-DE); US Senate Candidate Joe Miller (R-AK); Republican Operative Karl Rove; Roundtable: Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Nina Easton (Fortune), Sociopath Liz Cheney and Juan Williams (NPR/FNC).

State of the Union: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC); DNC Chairman Tim Kaine; Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA); Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn; Reliable Sources: John Avion (CNN); Craig Crawford (Congressional Quarterly); Debra Sanders (San Francisco Chronicle); Tina Brown (Daily Beast).

The Chris Matthews Show: Gloria Borger (CNN); Chuck Todd (NBC News); Clarence Page (Chicago Tribune); Kelly O’Donnell (NBC News).

Fareed Zakaria GPS: Former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group Leader Noman Benotman; Chrystia Freeland (Reuters); Author Bernard-Henri Lévy; Kathleen Parker (Washington Post); Dan Senor(Council on Foreign Relations).

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Here’s what you may have missed from this week’s Sunday political talks shows:  

THE VIEW FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: Goolsbee offers a less-than-rosy take on the jobless rate, and warily notes Boehner’s choice of words. Axelrod eyes Voinovich’s promise to break a Republican filibuster on tax breaks for small businesses, and maintains hope that the public will come around on health care reform. Napolitano casts the DHS in evolutionary terms.

JUST OUTSIDE: Orszag argues that his column on the tax cuts was misinterpreted and dismisses the idea that Obama is socialist. Hoyer remains optimistic that Democrats will hold the House.

ON THE RIGHT: Boehner grudgingly concedes that he’d vote for a partial extension of the Bush tax cuts, while Gingrich urges all Republicans to do the same.

Newt thinks the GOP’s midterm gains could exceed those made in 1994. Armey and Lott disagree on the proper insurgent-establishment dynamic. 

NEAR GROUND ZERO: Rauf regrets causing controversy, but worries moving the proposed Islamic center would strengthen radicals.

FROM NOWHERE: Pointing to tobacco ties and health risks, Schieffer pushes Boehner to quit smoking.

The Sunday Roundup


On the Sunday shows: THE WAR — The U.S. isn’t in Afghanistan for nation building, says Gates. Kerry sees common U.S.-Iranian interests in Afghanistan, while Graham warns on an ‘unholy’ left-right domestic alliance to end the war,  and he praises Obama on Pakistan.  And Levin sees an Afghanistan nightmare in the making — for the Taliban.  

WIKILEAKS FALLOUT — Info trumps secrecy, says Gates. Mullen rips the leakers. Kerry shrugs off Pentagon Papers parallels. And Graham asks: who the hell is watching?  

THE SPEAKER — Pelosi and Gates offer very different expectations for next year’s drawdown. Plus: The speaker signals her unhappiness with the Afghan war, says she’s “sad” about Rangel, and dismisses the prediction of “that gentleman” Gibbs, but doesn’t deign to name him. THE REST  Boehner: GOP agenda coming in August. will offer its agenda this month. Kyl says it’s time for Congress to step up on immigration.  Greenspan sounds glum. Levin says Obama’s still in demand on the trail. Rangel’s situation is “not good for New York,” says Bloomberg,  who again rules out a 2010 presidential run. Palin blames the press for her low numbers, calls the Obama plan to roll back the Bush tax cuts “idiotic.” And Amanpour’s Sunday morning debut.


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