Best of Sunday Talk
On a Sunday when emotions ran high, John McCain was back in attack mode, Barney Frank took no prisoners and the strongest supporter of Obama was—a famous conservative? A guide to the good stuff.
Least-Boring Conversation About the Stimulus Bill McLaughlin Group. The regulars come at the subject from a novel angle—the $3 billion earmarked for Native Americans—and in just over 60 seconds, sum up the strongest cases for and against the president’s plan.
Sign the Era of Bipartisanship is a Myth, Part One John McCain on Face the Nation. The senator from Arizona appears unwilling to slink into the anonymity most candidates find themselves in after losing an election; he is the most prominent voice in his party (who doesn’t have a talk-radio show), and used it with Bob Schieffer, calling Obama’s plan “generational theft.”
Sign the Era of Bipartisanship is a Myth, Part Two Barney Frank on Meet the Press. Democrats wouldn't have the representative of the 4th District of Massachusetts on MTP unless the fight over this stimulus were just that – a fight. Note how he goes for Republican jugular, arguing that Republicans object to government spending — except when it comes to the military.
Debut Performance of the Week Michael Steele on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. It was Steele's first national Sunday talk-show appearance, but the new chairman of the Republican Party was relaxed and confident, even when defending charges of financial wrongdoing.
Remark that Shocked Democrats and Annoyed Republicans George Will on This Week, who, for probably the first and final time, sounded like he should be wearing a "Yes We Can" pin.
Reason You Get Up Early to Watch These Shows McLaughlin Group’s Predictions. Connoisseurs of this show know John McLaughlin’s are usually the best (Our favorite: “The next man on the moon will be Chinese!”), but all four deliver the goods this week.