November 8: Top 8 Moments from Sunday Talk
Joe Lieberman is ready to filibuster, Michael Steele almost gets physical, and Rachel Maddow says a magic troop number won’t placate the GOP. That and more in our Sunday roundup.
Lieberman to Filibuster Public Option as ‘Matter of Conscience’
Here’s one hurdle that the Democrats may have to clear to go forward with health reform. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Joe Lieberman, who could play an integral role in the Senate vote, reaffirmed his previous statements and made it clear that he would not support any bill coming out of the House that includes a public option. He says he’s concerned by the House bill that passed Saturday night, which was pushed for by “people who really want the government to take over all of health insurance.”
Bob Schieffer Goes on the Offensive Over Fort Hood
President Obama may have issued a statement this week asking everyone to wait for all the facts before jumping to conclusions on the Fort Hood incident, but Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer did just that. He criticized the Army for shuffling off problems by transferring Major Nidal Malik Hasan to Fort Hood from Walter Reed, and charged that it does “not take protecting soldiers’ mental health as seriously as it does training them to shoot.”
Lindsey Graham: That House Health-Reform Bill? It’s D.O.A.
The House may have passed a health-care bill Saturday, but Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham isn't exactly interested in seeing it pass the Senate. Appearing also on Face the Nation, Graham tells Bob Schieffer the bill is "dead on arrival.”
Ken Auletta: ‘Old Media’ Model is Dead, Except When It Comes to My Book
Appearing Reliable Sources, Ken Auletta takes a moment to chuckle about newspapers’ use of “expensive paper,” “expensive printing plants” and “pollution-belching trucks that distribute them.” Moments later, Auletta talks about a meeting with Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin, who asked Auletta why he doesn’t just publish his new book online and make it free, as opposed, presumably, to using an expensive printing plant and pollution-belching trucks to get them to bookstores. “I might get a larger audience,” Auletta told Brin. “But who’s going to pay me an advance so I have money to live on?”
Michael Steele and Tim Kaine Get Physical Sparring Over Jobs
It’s on! (Almost.) RNC Chairman Michael Steele and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine got into a heated debate on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, disagreeing (and constantly talking over each other) on job growth and how successful the stimulus has been for the economy. At one point Kaine got a little too close to Steele, and, well, check out the result.
Rachel Maddow: No 'Magic Number' for Obama on Afghanistan
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow isn’t buying what Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is selling, promising that the GOP will back off Obama as long as he commits to sending in more troops to Afghanistan. On Meet the Press, she says there’s no "magic number" that will “insulate him from Republican criticism” on the issue because politicizing national security has been working electorally in their favor.
Gen. Casey Worried About Losing Army Diversity
Army Chief of Staff General George Casey made the rounds Sunday to talk about the Fort Hood shooting, stressing the importance of avoiding speculation on the attack. He tells John King on State of the Union that he’s worried about a backlash against Muslim solders that this could cause, and that on top of the shooting, it would be a tragedy if the Army’s “diversity became a casualty as well.”
Michael Steele Slips Up: ‘Speaker’ Boehner?
RNC Chairman Michael Steele had what George Stephanopoulos called a "Freudian slip" on This Week when he referred to John Boehner as "House Speaker." Steele then later backed up his mistake by predicting that the Minority Leader will make the move if the Democrats don't shape up.
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