Every Sunday, Crooks and Liars lists who will be the Talking Heads du jour for the morning talk circuit. I always read the list of Who’s Who and wait for the end of the day results and commentary, also provided by C&L.
The round-up of Talking Heads is usually somewhat balanced with relatively equal numbers of Democrats to Republicans (Blue Dogs aside), but today’s roundup of moving mouths are almost exclusively Republican.
ABC’s “This Week” – Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain; Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and John Kerry, D-Mass.
CBS’ “Face the Nation” – Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-N.Y.; Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Carly Fiorina, adviser to the McCain campaign.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” – Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn., and Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian.
CNN’s “Late Edition” – Govs. Charlie Crist, R-Fla., Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; former Sens. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., and Tom Daschle, D-S.D.; Reps. John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Eric Cantor, R-Va.; Nancy Pfotenhauer, adviser to McCain; Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.; R. David Paulison, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“Fox News Sunday” – John McCain, Cindy McCain; Mike Miller, director of operations for the Republican National Convention.
“Chris Matthews Show” – Panel: Norah O’Donnell, Clarence Page, Elisabeth Bumiller, Howard Fineman. Topic Questions: As the fall campaign begins, who has the edge: Obama-Biden or McCain-Palin? Will Palin help McCain turn out conservative voters? Meter Questions: Is Gov. Sarah Palin a smart pick for John McCain? YES: 6 NO: 6 Would McCain meet stiff opposition from Democrats in Congress? YES: 11 No: 1
I don’t expect much from Fox, but look at Face The Nation. This is going to be a half-hour campaign stump under the guise of reporting. And while CNN and ABC are the only networks offering a Democrat a say, ABC is offering a 2-1 GOP/Dem discussion while CNN is offering 7-2 in favor of the Republican points of view. Wow. Just wow.
At least 60 Minutes will have Obama and Biden on together for their first joint appearance.