November 22: 8 Best Moments from Sunday Talk
Mitch McConnell throws cold water on heath care reform, Jerry Springer waxes poetic about Oprah, and Liz Cheney wants to look beyond Sarah Palin. That and more in our Sunday roundup.
Mitch McConnell to Dems: Don't Your Hold Breath on Passing Reform Bill
It's the morning after a big win for Democrats on health reform and a chorus of voices in the GOP are already trying to bring them down. Sen. Mitch McConnell's take on CNN’s State of the Union: the bill will only pass if Democrats are "hell bent" on ignoring Americans.
New Mammogram Guidelines? Ignore Them
After all of the confusion over a new study that suggested women should not undergo regular mammograms until they are 50 years old, Dr. Bernadine Healy, the former director of the National Institutes of Health, drops a bombshell on Fox News Sunday. She says if you don’t ignore the guidelines, more women will die.
Liz Cheney: There Are More Important Issues Than Sarah Palin
In the final moments of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, the panel is asked what it makes of Sarah Palin’s book tour. Liz Cheney has the last word, saying “whether we walk away from Afghanistan in defeat matters much more in the long-term than how many books anybody sells.”
Chuck Schumer’s Optimism: Determined or Delusional?
Democrats got the 60 votes that they needed Saturday night to move the health reform bill forward, but is it really time to start thinking “mission accomplished”? While Republicans fanned out on the talk shows Sunday to attack the legislation and some moderates warned of their disapproval of the public option, appearing on Face the Nation Sen. Chuck Schumer says he and other Democrats are seeing blue skies ahead with “the wind” at their “back.”
Jerry Springer Explains Oprah’s Genius, Reminds Us He’s Wasting His Own
Most of what’s been said since Oprah announced her retirement has focused on the obvious: She’s rich, she’s had great guest, she stands to make a fortune with her new venture. Appearing on Reliable Sources, Jerry Springer reminds that Oprah did something else, quite early in her career: She improved a format Phil Donahue created (something Oprah has often acknowledged), by revealing her own struggles, and creating an even greater bond with her audience. Side note: While watching Springer speak—the same man who gave an inspiring commencement speech at Northwestern University in 2008—don’t you want to say, Jerry: You’ve made enough money, now do something decent with your life?
The Republican Case Against Obama in 60 Seconds
Several days ago, President Obama suggested to CNN’s Ed Henry that there is a remote possibility he won’t run for reelection in 2012. Why would he let something like that slip? Is there anything to it? Not really, Pat Buchanan tells John McLaughlin on The McLaughlin Group, but Obama “is in very serious trouble” thanks to soaring unemployment and foreign policy initiatives that have come to naught and no progress with Iran. Interestingly, and unlike certain conservative cable talk hosts, Buchanan doesn’t see this fact—or Obama’s dropping approval ratings—as a sign the public is against the president, only that the public’s hopes for him haven’t been realized.
The New Scary Health Reform Buzzwords: 'Medical Ghetto'
First there were “death panels” then “pulling the plug on grandma,” and now Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has introduced the term “medical ghetto,” or what is more commonly known as Medicaid. On Fox News Sunday, Alexander tells Chris Wallace that his job as a Republican in the Senate is to shine light on what the health-reform bill will do to Americans, including adding 15 million more people to this “ghetto,” and that, in turn, the bill should collapse on its own.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: GOP is Politicizing Breast Cancer
Just in case the mammogram controversy wasn’t confusing enough, there’s more. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) got into a spat with Marsha Blackburn and George Stephanopoulos over it on This Week. Wasserman Schultz, a breast-cancer survivor, argues that the Republicans have politicized breast cancer by incorrectly saying that the reform bill would embrace the new guidelines from the Preventive Services Task Force on when to get a mammogram and would thus be rationing health care. But is she right? George doesn’t seem to think so.
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