On a combative Sunday, Newt sounds a warning alarm about North Korea, David Axelrod returns fire at Dick Cheney, and Tim Geithner explains why some bank CEOs are on the chopping block.
'PRESIDENT' GINGRICH WARNS OF ELECTRO-MAGNETIC PULSE
On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asks Newt Gingrich what he would do as president in response to North Korea’s rocket launch. According to the former Speaker of the House, the pen is not mightier than the sword... or an electro-magnetic pulse.
AXELROD DROPS THE GLOVES WITH CHENEY
You know things are bad when Democrats are using George W. Bush as a model of good behavior. Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, David Axelrod fires back at Dick Cheney for the we’re-less-safe-under-Obama comment, saying although President Bush has lately "behaved like a statesman...I just don’t think the memo got passed down to the vice president.”
WILL AND HUFFINGTON CHANNEL HOBBES AND ROUSSEAU
Talk about a clash of civilizations: In the best intra-pundit dustup of the week, George Will and Arianna Huffington, appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, discuss whether nations are inherently in conflict or at peace, and what this implies for grand international strategy.
GEITHNER TO BANK CEOS: BE VERY AFRAID
Watch out, Wall Street. On Face the Nation, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner tells Bob Schieffer that bailed-out bank CEOs may soon face the same fate as GM’s Rick Wagoner.
KATTY TO NORTH KOREA: GROW UP
On Meet the Press, Daily Beast contributor Katty Kay compares North Korea to an attention-hungry three-year-old, an analogy, we assume, with which Newt Gingrich would disagree.
TRAGIC NEWSPAPER SEGMENT OF THE WEEK: BLOGS WON’T SAVE US
There are still a doe-eyed few—quite a few actually—who think the various news blogs popping up here and there will replace the investigative reach and institutional power of big newspapers. That much-criticized power, Carol Marin of the Chicago Sun-Times tells CNN’s Howie Kurtz, is what protects journalists when the government subpoenas them for their sources.
McLAUGHLIN BACK IN FIGHTING FORM WITH BIZARRE PREDICTION
Part of the joy of watching the McLaughlin Group, beyond seeing Pat Buchanan and Eleanor Clift go at it—or, more recently, Clift and Monica Crowley—is a weekly dose of the host’s predictions. This time McLaughlin drops a bombshell about which nation he thinks is next to join NATO. Hint: it isn’t Georgia.