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Sunday Talking Head Thread


(Geese in an enclosure in Germany.  AFP/DDP/Michael Urban.)

Here's the Sunday Talking Head line-up.  Read it and weep:

C-Span's Washington Journal:  8:30am – Naftali Bendavid, Chicago Tribune, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief; 9am – Phoner From Baghdad: Steven Hurst, Associated Press, Baghdad Bureau Chief; 9:20am – Tom Baldwin, Times of London, Washington Bureau Chief & Salameh Nematt, Al-Hayat, Washington Bureau Chief.

Meet the Press (NBC):  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) & Sen. Joe Lieberman (I/D-CT); Maureen Dowd of the New York Times and David Gregory of NBC News.

This Week (ABC):  Sen. Joe Biden and Sen. Carl Levin; WH Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten; George Will, Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson.

Face the Nation (CBS):  Sen. Harry Reid; WH Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten.

Fox News Sunday:  DNC Chairman Howard Dean and Dan Bartlett, counselor to the president.

Late Edition (CNN):  Josh Bolten: White House Chief of Staff; Sen. Charles Schumer: Judiciary and Finance Committee, D-New York; Sen. Arlen Specter: Judiciary Committee chairman, R-Pennsylvania; Shaukat Aziz: Pakistani prime minister; Army Gen. George Joulwan (retired): Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander; William Cohen: Former defense secretary; Michael Gordon: Chief military correspondent for the New York Times.

Yet another Sunday in a row having to look at the creepy photo of Chris Wallace on the Fox News website.  Could they at least find a better picture in which he is not wearing so much pancake make-up?  That would be swell.

And not-Karl-Rove-but-the-guy-who-moved-him-to-a-windowless-office Joshua Bolten sure is making the rounds this morning, isn't he?

But there are a few bright spots.  Carl Levin should be a very interesting interview, as should Biden, in terms of discussion on what ought to be given serious oversight by the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees.  Howard Dean on Fox News Sunday could be fun  (no, really!), although Dan Bartlett will most likely be his usual insufferable smarmy lying self, so keep the mute button at the ready.

Here's a suggestion for all the booking folks:  more Pat Leahy and more Henry Waxman.  You want to talk oversight — those ought to be your go-to guys.  If you add in Byron Dorgan or John Conyers or Russ Feingold or Jane Harman to that mix, you might actually get a decent show.  Accountability, it's the new black.

I loved this picture of the geese, heads up, checking out the scene.  Kind of a wary look on all of their faces.  Reminded me of how the media looks at the moment, trying to figure out how to operate in an exvironment where sucking up to Karl Rove gets them absolutely nothing beyond an interview with the L4L candidate.  It's going to be an interesting next few months of media evolution, isn't it?

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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