Sunday Talk Shows Open Thread

The shows are teeming with surrogates for the Democratic candidates. And, John McCain speaks for himself. He loves appearing on the Sunday shows. But, the hosts are going to have to be tougher on McCain now that he is the GOP front runner and the heir to Bush’s legacy. Lots of discussion in the media about McCain’s volatile temper. Will any of the talk show hosts push McCain’s buttons enough that we see one of his legendary explosions?

It’s going to be a weekend full of spin. I understand that Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer are going to discuss their respective colleagues. However, I’d really rather see Chuck Schumer worrying about getting more Democratic Senators elected. That’s should be his primary focus — and Durbin should be helping in him in that quest.

Also, John Aravosis will be on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning. The show airs from 10 – 11 a.m. Eastern, and John’s segment should be on around 10:30.

The full line up is after the break.

Can McCain keep his cool for the next nine months through the all the heat and pressure of the campaign? That’s the question:

ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

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CBS’ “Face the Nation” — David Axelrod, strategist for Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign; Howard Wolfson, communications director for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign; Richmond Mayor and former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

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CNN’s “Late Edition” — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; former presidential candidate Bill Bradley; Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Lanny Davis, former special counsel to President Clinton.

“Fox News Sunday” _ Mike McConnell, director of national intelligence; Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle; Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

If you’re watching, provide the commentary.


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