7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk
Colin Powell blasts Rush, Bill Maher weighs in on his feud with Fox News, and an apology is demanded of Newt Gingrich. That and more highlights from our roundup of Sunday’s talk shows.
Republican Powell: Rush Will Not Get His Wish
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell defends himself in the latest GOP feud on Face the Nation, reaffirming his party identity and taking a swipe both at Rush Limbaugh and former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Durbin: If Pelosi Should Apologize, So Should Newt
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin thinks Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is suffering from “political amnesia.” In a heated back-and-forth on Meet the Press, Durbin says Gingrich is quick to attack current Speaker Nancy Pelosi for accusing the CIA of misleading Congress, but fails to mention similar accusations he made in 2007 criticizing the Iran National Intelligence Estimate.
Bill Maher: Sean Hannity Is “Sexually Repressed”
Watch this clip to confirm whether you love or loathe Bill Maher: Asked about his feud with Fox News, the HBO Real Time host offers—or gives back—an ad hominem attack, attributing Sean Hannity’s opposition to him to the Fox News anchor’s love life.
Best Obama-Cheney Post-Mortem: The McLaughlin Group
True Sunday talk junkies cannot live without a week of McLaughlin, and this snippet proves why: You hear arguments (when the regulars aren’t talking all at once, that is), not talking points. Pat Buchanan offers a strong case for why Cheney delivered the superior speech to Obama both in style and substance; Eleanor Clift hits back with a theory about what Cheney may really be up to.
Ridge Blasts “Shrill” Limbaugh
Colin Powell wasn’t the only Bush administration official to attack Rush Limbaugh. On State of the Union, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge takes on the talk-radio pooh-bah, saying the way he presents himself tends to “offend very many.”
Mullen Tiptoes Around “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Just this week the White House emphasized Obama’s determination to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning gays from serving openly in the military, and on This Week, George Stephanopoulos gets his chief military adviser, Admiral Mike Mullen, to chime in on the matter…sort of: He will comply with the law.
Kyl: Gitmo Doesn’t Cause Terrorism
Republican Sen. Jon Kyl tells Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that he refuses to believe that terrorists are emboldened by the prison at Guantánamo, and he criticizes the Obama administration for failing to provide evidence of this “palpably false” claim.