The Sunday Talkies is up at Crooks and Liars

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As always, Nicole Belle has the rundown, and once again her head notes to the post are required reading.

Today Nicole takes on Maddow’s recent claim that “we” were all fooled by the bad intelligence that led us into the Iraq War, etc. But especially she takes on the claim that the media was fooled.

Bravo, and well done Nicole!

The only thing I would add is to carefully look at Face the Nation’s discussion of Ukraine: there is not one single person who is not a hawk or a neocon. It is really shocking that the breadth of opinion is from A to B and back again.

And Grandpa Walnuts will be on Meet the Press to discuss


McCain Least Popular Senator in Country

I read recently that Walnuts prefers the green rooms where they serve cupcakes, and I’m not making that up. Anyway, on to the numbers:

-PPP’s newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country. Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party- he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with independents, suggesting he could be vulnerable to challenges in both the primary and general elections the next time he’s up.

Given that he is perpetually either the most frequent guest or in the top two of all the Sunday Talkies, this leads one to conclude that the more we see of Walnuts, the less we like him. Of course, I also think some of this must be the fall-out (and I mean that as close to literally as I can) from elevating the Narcissus Borealis as his running mate in the 2008 Goat Rodeo.

(Public Policy Polling)

Your Sunday Noonan on Monday


“Can I say one of the problems is that the establishment, if you will, of the Republican Party, including, say, its consulting class nationally and its presidential candidates, what they’re trying to do is hit the target of what they imagine in their imaginations is the feelings and impulses of the base. They’re not good at that anymore. They’re not in touch with — with the ground in America anymore in a way that they used to be. And that’s part of the problem. They’re not aiming at a specific target, they’re aiming at a target they can’t fully see.”

I wonder what Peggington imagines in her imagination when she’s in touch with the ground–At peace with the floor–usually around closing time. Is she aiming at a target she cannot fully see, or a target that only she can see (or sees double)?

Whenever I watch Peggington Noonington…

Death of the Media

…on the Sunday Talkies, I always get the impression that she just woke up from a three-day Mai Tai binge and just starts rambling to the pink elephant:

Now, when it is so obvious that she is contradicting herself within minutes that freakin’ Chuck Todd notices it, how can it be that she will have a dinner invite with all the other pontificating poltroons before the week is out?

It just boggles the mind.

(Also/too: what the hell is up with her hair?)

The Sunday Talkies

Death of the Media

Pictures of these panelists should be on the walls of the local post offices around the country, but to my mind This Week With a Greek Dwarf wins the prize:

  • NBC’s “Meet the Press”:
    • Cardinal Francis George
    • Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
    • Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
    • roundtable with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, former Gov. Frank Keating (R-OK), author and former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D-MD) and Republican strategist Ana Navarro
  • ABC’s “This Week”:
    • Speaker Boehner
    • roundtable with ABC News’ George Will, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), NPR’s Audie Cornish, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina
    • foreign policy roundtable with Will, former Clinton administration Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Bush administration National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright (USMC, Ret.)
    • Sunday spotlight” segment with ABC News’ Bob Woodruff
  • CBS’s “Face the Nation”:
    • Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
    • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
    • RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
    • foreign policy roundtable with Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass, AEI’s Danielle Pletka, The Atlantic’s David Rohde and The New York Times’ David Sanger

This is your free and unfettered press, fellow citizens.