Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

posted at 8:01 am on July 7, 2013 by Allahpundit

Whole lotta Egypt this morning, with would-be prime minister Mohamed ElBaradei the star guest on “Meet the Press.” Expect the guest-panel chatterati to offer various iterations of the following points: (1) Morsi overreached; (2) Islamists will learn from this that violence is the only way to power; (3) Of course it’s a coup! But cutting off aid now will further alienate the Egyptian street; and (4) “Leading from behind” isn’t working out so well, is it?

Elsewhere, the Sunday shows continue their fine tradition of tackling immigration reform with a roughly three to one ratio of amnesty fans to amnesty skeptics. Appearing this morning on behalf of reform: Gang of Eighters John McCain and Bob Menendez plus Bob Corker, Jack Reed, Xavier Becerra, and George W. Bush, who’s decided to make an exception for immigration in his otherwise apolitical post-presidency. Appearing on behalf of border security: Mike McCaul and, maybe, Raul Labrador, who started out on the House’s version of the Gang of Eight and then walked away because of Democratic demands for taxpayer-funded health care for illegals. Labrador’s the only one of the eight people just mentioned who might say something remotely unpredictable, so he’s your best bet.

The full line-up is at Politico.


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(Or mebbe a bit jealous?)

davidk on July 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I voted for him and have no regrets, but I don’t know where he’s been over the last five years of this Libtard hell we’ve been living in…and now he comes out to support immigration (I’m guessing it has something to do with Jeb and the Latino vote in upcoming elections).

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I disagree with your last part. The most recent President Bush has always had a soft spot for, if not amnesty, then some sort of “path to citizenship”. You remember. It went nowhere, as the country was not in the mood post 9-11 to discuss “somebody here from someplace else”.

That sentiment seems to have changed after this last election, but I don’t believe for a second that Mr. Boehner has the House votes to “git ‘er done”.

As for the CIC Emeritus’ silence on what’s gone on in Washington since he left, I think it’s because Mr. Bush is a class act. Unlike the bizarre situation of two Popes in the Vatican, he seems to sincerely believe in one President at a time. “Let the Tiger Woods guy handle it,” as Will Farrell said in his best impression of Mr. Bush.

But you know who I’d like to have heard complaining loud and long throughout Barack Obama’s first term? Mitt Romney. Memorable quotes, scathing criticisms, a constant burr under the Administration’s saddle. Then, by 2012, he would have had a briefcase full of well-honed attacks as well as the confidence to fire them off on all the Sunday talk shows he never attended.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

davidk on July 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

You have zero reason to be even a touch jealous, those guys aren’t real. Except Tom Selleck.

Cindy Munford on July 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM

davidk on July 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

You have zero reason to be even a touch jealous, those guys aren’t real. Except Tom Selleck.

Cindy Munford on July 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM

My wife says, “Agreed.”

davidk on July 7, 2013 at 12:25 PM

“We hope and pray that our Republican colleagues will take up the issue, and we can join together, Republicans and Democrats… We are not trying to dictate what the House of Representatives should do, and I believe that if they can come up with a bill, we would be more than eager to negotiate with them. A failure to act is de facto amnesty for 11 million people living in the shadows.” — Senator John McCain of Arizona, speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/352817/mccains-prayer-nro-stafff

davidk on July 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

“Meet the Press” on NBC
• Lib Kook
• Conservative
• Terrorist-sucking Arab

Parity

“Face the Nation” on CBS
• RINO nitwit
• R of unknown quality
• Race-victim liberal

“This Week” on ABC
• RINO
• Arab
• Beltway suckup
• RINO

“Fox News Sunday” on Fox
• Worthless RINO nitwit
• Kook fringe liberal
• Conservative

Parity

Plenty of opportunity for Republicans to voice their positions on the issue of the day in this lineup. The propaganda media have culled almost all conservatives from the lineup, leaving almost exclusively RINOs.

Conspicuously absent — anything even remotely sounding like an opinion out of step with the beltway consensus. Zero voices for a libertarian position on Egypt.

Jaibones on July 7, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Plenty of opportunity for Republicans to voice their positions on the issue of the day. Jaibones on July 7, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Everyone is against plane crashes. /

Cindy Munford on July 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM

If the nomination of GWB by the Republican party was not the worst long-term political decision it has ever made, I’d like to hear what is. He was the first Republican President with a House & Senate of the same party in decades, and the opportunity that presented for transformative conservative reform was thrown in the garbage. His communications skills and persona during his tenure made it possible for the otherwise unthinkable election of a laughably incompetent radical left wing Chicago community organizer and a Democrat Congress to assume power and put us in a national nightmare.

So no, I’m not persuaded by his latest push for amnesty.

Reggie1971 on July 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Well, except for Allison Hayes as the 50-foot woman in her bed sheet bikini.

Liam on July 7, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Thanks for a one-hour diversion from politics, plane crash, and decapitated soccer refs.

Read up on Allison and her amazing battle to solve her own medical mystery as she dies from poisoning. (Also checked out her amazing pics!)

fred5678 on July 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

This tune goes out to McCain and his gal Lindsey:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oSYhNVaHwY

onlineanalyst on July 7, 2013 at 2:55 PM

…and George W. Bush, who’s decided to make an exception for immigration in his otherwise apolitical post-presidency.

Bush 43 earned a 22%~26% favorable rating at the end of his term by alienating a third to almost half of the Republican voters with his “comprehensive amnesty.”

He’d have been much more at home as a liberal Democrat.

RJL on July 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

RJL on July 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

So true. Mr. Bush wore out his welcome with me on Meirs, Bolton, Estrada, and amnesty. Note which of the four he fought hardest for.

arnold ziffel on July 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Reggie1971 on July 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Couldn’t agree more. G W Bush was a disaster for both the Republican Party, and, more importantly, the United States. Demographics alone do not explain the change between 2004 and 2008. People got tired of his incompetence, and the GOP’s for that matter.

It really pisses me off when I read laudatory pieces about the man, putting forward the line the he was uber smart or something but that he had an ability to appear “dumb”. While he probably was not the caricature that was portrayed by the liberal media, he was far from being a competent and a smart executive. Among all the incompetent mistakes of his second term, the Harriet Miers fiasco stands out. Anybody defending it has lost his/her mind.

p_incorrect on July 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

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