Open thread: Sunday morning — and afternoon — talking heads; Update: Obama interview at 4:30

posted at 8:00 am on February 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

The early hours today look dull — “Meet the Press,” which leads with Gingrich, is probably your best bet — but things will pick up this afternoon when The One sits down with Matt Lauer during NBC’s endless Super Bowl pre-game show for a little class warfare before kickoff. No word yet on the exact time (I’d guess between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., when more people are tuning in), but given O’s track record with these things, it’ll be worth watching. Remember, it was during his last Super Bowl interview with Lauer that he uttered the infamous line about needing to turn things around in three years or else he’d be a one-termer. That was … three years ago.

Here’s the full Sunday morning line-up via Politico.

Update: According to Time, Obama and Lauer will go live from the White House promptly at 4:30 p.m. ET.


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Will this buffoon never go away? He has to ruin football too? Obama opens his mouth, he lies? Why do we have to see that again?

katieanne on February 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Sour, sour grapes from the loony Newties. The guy has demonstrated what a petulant loser he is, and his nomination would guarantee four more years of Obama. Every candidate has his faults– Mitt’s not perfect– but if you fools think a guy who took $1.2 million from Fannie and Freddie, who sat on a couch with Nanny-state Nan and preached global warming, is a conservative, I strongly recommend that you look again.

Tyrone Slothrop on February 5, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Why doesn’t Mr. President just go do a song and dance with Madonna at half-time instead of mucking up the pre-game hype with his solo song and dance?

scalleywag on February 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I hope Michelle is on with him. I wonder what she will wear. I hope she shows some arm.
Anybody but Obama or this nation is fuct.

borntoraisehogs on February 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Can someone enlighten me as to what has to happen to get to a brokered convention, and how that would work for someone else to be the candidate.

silvernana on February 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Can someone enlighten me as to what has to happen to get to a brokered convention, and how that would work for someone else to be the candidate.

silvernana on February 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Each primary or caucus awards delegates to candidates based on vote totals. Those delegates will vote for their pledged candidate on the first vote at the convention. If a candidate gets more than 50% of the delegates before he gets to the convention, he will win on the first vote. If he doesn’t, the vote loyalty disappears and they take another vote. If enough delegates switch from their original pledge to give someone a majority, then that is the winner.

There are superdelegates but I do not know how they fit in.

A brokered convention is where nobody has a majority on the first vote AND not enough delegates switch their votes so as to give one candidate a majority.

Then the horse trading starts, usually behind closed doors. Once there is a compromise candidate, they come out and announce it to the convention and proceed to take a vote. Everybody is expected to vote with their faction’s leader. If he switches, they are expected to do so as well.

If they still can’t get a majority, they will change the rules to allow a candidate to be imposed on the party by its leaders.

platypus on February 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Maybe Obama can do some push-ups like Michelle did on the Ellen degenerate talk show…Show he’s a man like his Wif…. oh

sandee on February 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

sandee on February 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Cute. Beware that there are unwritten ToS on this site. One of them has to do with using Star Wars characters as synonyms for the top female in the WH, no matter how appropriate the usage might be.

We can still use caboose and wideload but who knows for how long.

platypus on February 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

That picture just made me throw up in my mouth! What a waste of a good Cinnabon!

Sasha List on February 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Promptly at 4:30?
Shirley you jest.
Jug ears is never on time.

katy the mean old lady on February 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM

We can still use caboose and wideload but who knows for how long.

platypus on February 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Clydesdale still OK?

katy the mean old lady on February 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM

platypus on February 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Thank you for taking the time. One more question. How does a candidate, for instance Rick Perry, get to be included since he is out of the race?

silvernana on February 5, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Can’t this guy just stay off the airwaves for one day and let us all enjoy SuperBowl without having to hear his “campaign talk” or about his all about “me” BS. Wish he’d just Shut Up For One Frking day and let us Real Americans watch a game without him in it.

sharkman on February 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Dick Armey piles on:

Freedom Works chairman and former Rep. Dick Armey (R-Texas) blasted Newt Gingrich for his continued tough attacks on Mitt Romney saying Gingrich was carrying out a vendetta against the Republican frontrunner.

Much more at the link. How bad did Newt have to be for Armey to speak out like this? This bad.

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I know it’s not on Politico’s list, but the most interesting, by far, of today’s talkers is Mark Steyn on C-SPAN 2′s Book Talk from 12-3p. (Of course this isn’t your normal Sunday morning chatterfest; it’s much more fascinating and worthwhile.)

It would be hard to listen to Steyn and not come out the other side quite a bit more informed.

hillbillyjim on February 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Why doesn’t Mr. President just go do a song and dance with Madonna at half-time…

scalleywag on February 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Ever see that guy “dance”? Remember him with Degeneres? First black man I ever saw who had no rhythm.

Even I felt embarrassed for him.

Cleombrotus on February 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Tyrone Slothrop on February 5, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I suspect it’s not as much a like for Gingrich as much as an even stronger dislike for Romney.

Like Rummy said, you have to go to war with the army you have. Romney gives no indication that he would fight. Or even knows how.

Unless it’s against a Republican. That he seems to be able to handle.

Cleombrotus on February 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Ever see that guy “dance”? Remember him with Degeneres? First black man I ever saw who had no rhythm.

Even I felt embarrassed for him.

Cleombrotus on February 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Special Olympics…thats about his limit.

BobMbx on February 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I suspect it’s not as much a like for Gingrich as much as an even stronger dislike for Romney.

Like Rummy said, you have to go to war with the army you have. Romney gives no indication that he would fight. Or even knows how.

Unless it’s against a Republican. That he seems to be able to handle.

Cleombrotus on February 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Yeah, the Mittbots’ paranoia in seeing “Newties” everywhere is hilarious.

ddrintn on February 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM

who would want to watch Teh One? Yuck…

chai on February 5, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I bought a jar of Tums for my Superbowl guests, as I don’t want them to go through the agony of seeing the One on a large screen TV.

Sticky Wicket on February 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

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