At this point I think all sentient beings can agree that
A) "Meet the Press" sucks hard enough to bend light,
B) "Meet the Press" is now so routinely godawful week-in-week-out that it virtually defies criticism, and
C) Our national dialogue would be very well served indeed if David Gregory (and the cartel of monied interests who keep goofs like David Gregory in his big chair) wandered off into the woods and ended up making porn or doing a poorly conceived Comedy Central series called "Drunk News" or making drunk porn.
I sometimes get sentimental for the days gone by when one could turn on a teevee and watch Bill Buckley and Noam Chomsky swinging light sabers at each other: our ideals tell us we should be doing so much better, and our history tells us that we are capable of doing so much better. But I also know that when one parts the misty curtains of memory and gets a good look at how things were many years ago, sometimes the degree to which big swaths of our public dialogue have actually not changed one iota is both amazing and depressing.
So as you watch this video from August 15, 1985 of Senator Barry Goldwater talking about deficits and austerity consider -- no matter how bugfuck the GOP might be -- just how much sheer party discipline it has taken for them to stick Hell-or-high-water to these same, terrible talking points almost verbatim for 30 years.