Sunday Talk Shows Open Thread

Way too much focus on the idiotic faux controversy at Notre Dame. The traditional media has let a small, extreme group of fanatics blow this thing up. And, they’re giving the nuts lots of air time today, too. It’s ridiculous. I knew it had really gone way, way overboard a long time ago. But, it was all re-confirmed yesterday when I saw Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council debating a Catholic priest/professor on MSNBC yesterday — and Perkins was trying to school the priest on the Catholic Church.

Now, the smack down between Senators Kyl and Webb should be good. Webb is tough and very smart. Kyl is an idiot. A scary idiot. Same for the debate between Tim Kaine and Michael Steele. Steele should be no match. But, he’ll provide some good fodder for the week. Although, the Kaine-Steele debate is on “Meet the Press” so David Gregory has the capacity to turn it into a boring, non-event.

Interesting pairing of Liz Cheney with Steve Schmidt. She is truly her father’s daughter: paranoid, nasty and ultra-conservative. Schmidt is trying to moderate the GOP. George has to ask about gay marriage. Schmidt supports it. Love to know where Liz stands. After all, her sister is a prominent lesbian with a child. Does Liz think her sister is worthy of marriage equality?

Here’s the lineup:

ABC’s “This Week” — Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Jim Webb, D-Va.; Republican strategist Liz Cheney, daughter to former Vice President Dick Cheney; Steve Schmidt, adviser to John McCain for the 2008 presidential election.
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CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union; Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.
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NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Democratic National Committee chairman; Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
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CNN’s “State of the Union” — White House Budget Director Peter Orszag; Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; actress Mariel Hemingway; director Barry Levinson; Emily Toates, student at Notre Dame and member of “Right to Life” group.

“Fox News Sunday” _ Rev. Richard McBrien, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame; Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

I’m finding these shows less and less relevant by the week.


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