OK, let's see what America's most respected and longest-running Sunday public interest program has on-offer today...
CHUCK TODD: ...and my pal, radio talk show host, Hugh Hewitt, who, of course, has been the must-do for every presidential contender...
Alrighty then, let's see if the nostalgia stations are running any decent Addam's Family reruns instead:
Later, I combed through the transcribed wreckage of this once-proud American civic institution and found the source of the problem which brought the once-mighty "Meet the Press" to it's knees:
HUGH HEWITT: I think it's kind of helping Chris Christie, because if you see the new movie "Creed," Creed goes at the English fighter again and again, so Rubio and Cruz are killing each other and Chris Christie is standing over there, is the Rocky-- Stallone character who is winning by not being in the fight...
HUGH HEWITT: ...Mark Levin is one of my very closest friends, I read The Liberty Amendments and Ameritopia, but I think he's wrong. Paul Ryan is a new man who is beginning a turnaround, a workout, a difficult situation for the Republican Party. And like Cruz and Rubio, is young, energetic, full of ideas. So this fight can go on a long time, we're winning...
HUGH HEWITT: And they're coming together. I clapped when Donald Trump said he is going to stay--CHUCK TODD: You had no regrets on the clap?HUGH HEWITT: No regrets-- It means that there will not be the third party that the professor referred to that would destroy the Republican Party. No regrets whatsoever--
HUGH HEWITT: ...This is the second time that Hillary has created a video narrative that is a lie and that will become the story through the Christmas dinner debate. So I think Trump can beat her. I think Ted Cruz can beat her. Chris Christie can crush her, I think Marco Rubio--CHUCK TODD: You think Donald Trump can beat Hillary Clinton?HUGH HEWITT: You know, she has a 60 percent untrustworthy numberCHUCK TODD: Did you hear his percentage?HUGH HEWITT: But 60 percent untrustworthy number--CHUCK TODD: And Donald Trump I believe has the same number.JOSE DIAZ-BALART: Seventy-one percent...
In case you were wondering how on earth freaks like Hugh Hewitt get jumped to the front of the Respected Pundit/Chuck Todd BFF queue, Media Matters offers a few clues:
Media Highlight How GOP "Carping" Secured Hugh Hewitt's CNN Debate Moderator Gig
Media outlets have called out CNN for selecting conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt as a moderator of the December 15 Republican primary debate, noting that the inclusion of this "highly [...] partisan" conservative media figure is the result of Republican Party "carping." The Republican National Committee (RNC) has pressured networks to include conservative media figures as debate moderators, a move received with criticism from former debate moderators and network executives.
Meanwhile, just down the dial, Matthew "I'm an Independent except for that time I ran George Bush's 2004 campaign" Dowd was serving up some Sunday Morning Both Siderist stew just the way his Beltway colleagues like it: congealed, tepid and thrown together from 1992 leftovers:
DOWD: I actually don't think he's too far to win the general election. In the course of America today, what we've seen in the course of these debates is there's no conservatives left in the Democratic Party at all, and there's no liberals left in the Republican Party at all. They've both bombed to the polarized ends of the spectrum.
As as extra bonus, as I was rummaging through my holiday ornaments, I came across this shiny little bauble from December of 2010 in which Ross Cardinal Douthat (the New York Times' emergency, auxiliary, mopey Reasonable Conservative) looks confidently to the future now that the GOP has returned to its normal operating parameters:
A Return to Normalcy...The Republican midterm sweep delivered the coup de grâce to the liberal fantasy by dramatically foreshortening what many pundits expected to be an enduring Democratic majority. But it also dropped a lid, at least temporarily, on the conservative freakout. (It’s hard to fret that much about the supposed Kenyan-Marxist radical in the White House when anything he accomplishes has to be co-signed by John Boehner)...This return to normalcy is good news for fans of bipartisan comity and centrism for centrism’s sake. And it might be good news for the country. In the end, some sort of bipartisanship will be required to pull America back from the fiscal precipice, and the productivity of this lame-duck December shows that cooperation between the two parties isn’t as impossible as it seemed just a few months ago.But when it comes to the hard challenges ahead, comity won’t be enough. Real courage is required as well. And this month’s outbreak of bipartisanship was conspicuously yellow-bellied. Republicans and Democrats came together to cut taxes, raise spending, and give free health care to the first responders on 9/11. They indulged, in other words, in the kind of easy, profligate “moderation” that’s done as much damage to the country over the years as the ideologies of either left or right....
Because sometimes you have to look back to realize just how cartoonishly fucked-in-the-head our media has become,
Pre-game list from the Orlando Sentinel:
"Face the Nation" (CBS):
Guests: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla"This Week" (ABC):
Panel: Democratic strategist David Axelrod, Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal, Dan Balz of The Washington Post and Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic.
Guests: Donald Trump, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for Hillary Clinton."Meet the Press" (NBC):
Panel: Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, Republican strategist Ana Navarro and ABC News' Cokie Roberts.
Guests: House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Sen. Bernie Sanders and John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign."Fox News Sunday": Who the hell cares.
Panel: José Díaz-Balart of MSNBC and Telemundo, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Maggie Haberman of The New York Times and radio host Hugh Hewitt.
"State of the Union" (CNN) scored that elusive Rick Perry interview.
"Fareed Zakaria GPS" (CNN) will feature Jon Meacham pimping his biography of Poppy Bush.
"Sunday Morning Futures" (Another Fox News cartoon)
Guests: Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., Microsoft COO Kevin Turner and Marvin Kalb, former diplomatic correspondent at CBS and NBC News."MediaBuzz" (Yet another Fox News cartoon) will have
Panel: GOP strategist Ed Rollins, "journalist" Judith Miller and radio host Alan Colmes.