Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

posted at 8:01 am on January 5, 2014 by Allahpundit

Today’s star Sunday show guest: Mitt Romney, of course. Wait — Mitt Romney? He’ll be on “Fox News Sunday” to talk about … ObamaCare, I guess? Or maybe the NSA for some reason? He’s sure to get a question about Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel mocking his family’s racial composition, but the moment for righteous indignation over that has largely passed. She broke into tears yesterday morning in apologizing to him for it on the air. Expect gracious forgiveness, not a harsh counterattack.

Rand Paul, meanwhile, will be on “This Week” to discuss his new class-action suit against the NSA. If you tune in, stick around for former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer. He’s the likeliest candidate right now to launch a primary challenge to Hillary from the left and a vocal proponent of single-payer. The left’s destined to drift that way too once they’re done having to defend ObamaCare before the midterms. Here’s his chance to win a few early votes. The full line-up is at Politico.


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If the Democrats wanted Obamacare to work better, they should have voted for Romney. Think about it: if Romney had won but the Dems retained control of the Senate, Obamacare would still be the law of the land without any way to repeal it. And Romney, unlike our current President, would have paid attention to the clause in the Constitution requiring him to take care that the laws be executed faithfully–all laws, not just the ones he favors. So it would have been up to the Romney Administration to implement Obamacare and since Romney has actually run things in his life and puts competent people in positions of authority, I’ll bet the rollout wouldn’t have been so bad.

radjah shelduck on January 5, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Bishop! looks like a pretty boring sunday morning.

Mini-14 on January 5, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Mitt will be very classy as always….

it was always the dems goal for single payer…they will get their wish methinks *sigh*

cmsinaz on January 5, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Bishop! looks like a pretty boring sunday morning.
Mini-14 on January 5, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Because football.
Or specifically because it’s really cold in Green Bay.

egmont on January 5, 2014 at 8:16 AM

income inequality will be first and foremost from the lefty talking heads…they have their talking points…

cmsinaz on January 5, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Romney… too much of a nice, polite family man for the devisive politics of the Obama era. Not even women want one of those in charge these days, apparently.

MT on January 5, 2014 at 8:31 AM

He’s sure to get a question about Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel mocking his family’s racial composition, but the moment for righteous indignation over that has largely passed. She broke into tears yesterday morning in apologizing to him for it on the air. Expect gracious forgiveness, not a harsh counterattack.

I’m sick and tired of Republicans always taking the high road. Stand up and fight the race hustlers.

MHP mocked and Paula Deen’s tearful apology and praised the food network for firing her.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KZYuF4wTX-Q

Trucorgi on January 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM

I’m sick and tired of Republicans always taking the high road. Stand up and fight the race hustlers.

Trucorgi on January 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Me too. What would Cruz say in Romney’s shoes?

MT on January 5, 2014 at 8:52 AM

As Snowpocalypse draws to a close and The Deep Freeze settles on the upper midwest, the DNC media prepares their weekly propaganda presentation for the pawns.

Let’s have a gander:

“Meet the Press” on NBC
• Liberal dope
• Liberal dope
• Liberal dope
• Moderator: Liberal dope

NBC opens the bidding with a sewer flush.

“Face the Nation” on CBS
• Archduke of the Liberal dopes
• RINO/Populist dope
• Conservative (apparently…don’t know him at all)
• Moderator: Liberal dope

CBS cannot follow suit, but gives it a good shot.

“This Week” on ABC
• Libertarian
• Liberal dope
• Liberal dope
• Moderator: Liberal dope

Hahahahahaha…good luck Rand.

“Fox News Sunday” on Fox
• GOP Presidential candidate – Fail
• Moderator: Neutral

A timely look at what might have been for America.

“State of the Union” on CNN
• Liberal dope
• Conservative
• Moderator: Liberal dope

Standard 2 to 1 pairing.

“Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
• Conservative
• Liberal dope
• Moderator: Liberal dope

Typical.

“Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
• Conservative
(Unmoderated)

A rare win.

“Al Punto” on Univision
• Race RINO
• Law Enforcement Conservative radical

Another rare win.

Final Score: Viewers lose the battle, as always, but we get in some good shots.

Jaibones on January 5, 2014 at 8:57 AM

yup…straight off on MTP…income inequality!!!!!

cmsinaz on January 5, 2014 at 9:03 AM

As Snowpocalypse draws to a close and The Deep Freeze settles on the upper midwest, the DNC media prepares their weekly propaganda presentation for the pawns.

Well Jailbones, Snowpocalypse is not even close to drawing to a close. We here in St Louis have about 7 more hours of snow to fall and a high tomorrow of -2F. Looking at 12 to 15 inches of snow where I live in Jefferson county.

Vince on January 5, 2014 at 9:31 AM

You know, we’ll never solve the “problem” of income inequality until we address some of the underlying causes — such as talent inequality, effort inequality, perseverance inequality, etc.

AZCoyote on January 5, 2014 at 9:32 AM

yup…straight off on MTP…income inequality!!!!!

cmsinaz on January 5, 2014 at 9:03 AM

I’m all in favor of solving the problem of income inequality …

… too much of the national income is going to Washington DC.

PackerBronco on January 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM

You know, we’ll never solve the “problem” of income inequality until we address some of the underlying causes — such as talent inequality, effort inequality, perseverance inequality, etc.
AZCoyote on January 5, 2014 at 9:32 AM

It’s not fair that some are less talented, and some people are just unlucky to be born into unmotivating circumstances.

MT on January 5, 2014 at 9:47 AM

What is the difference between romneycare and obamacare?

tomas on January 5, 2014 at 9:54 AM

In the first couple of minutes on his Fox News interview, Romney has hit Obama harder than he did during his entire campaign.

It’s a shame the idiots in his political team were too cowardly to attack Obama for what he is, and made Mitt into a milquetoast punching-bag.

novaculus on January 5, 2014 at 10:07 AM

O/T Just real quick in case this wasn’t posted. This was posted on Mark Levin’s Facebook page.

Don’t forget – this Sunday (January 5th) at noon eastern time, I’ll be interviewed on CSPAN’s “In Depth” program! It’s Live.
http://www.booktv.org/Program/15236/In+Depth+Mark+Levin.aspx

http://www.booktv.org/schedule.aspx

P.S. Looks like a replay at 12AM ET on Mon Jan 6

bluefox on January 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Romney… too much of a nice, polite family man for the devisive politics of the Obama era. Not even women want one of those in charge these days, apparently.

MT on January 5, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Yup. I’m watching him use words like ‘dishonest’ about Obama, but the way he says it sounds like it’s just a misunderstanding. So instead of a family man, we got a girly man.

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Avi Green on January 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Expect Twitter to erupt with anti-Mitt comments — I think Mitt just alluded to Hitler being present at the “Munich Olympics.”

J.S.K. on January 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

You know, we’ll never solve the “problem” of income inequality until we address some of the underlying causes — such as talent inequality, effort inequality, perseverance inequality, etc.

AZCoyote on January 5, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Don’t forget marriage inequality. That is, many succeeding kids have a mom and a dad at home, while many struggling kids have only one parent at home, because the parents were too callous and careless to marry before conceiving them.

BuckeyeSam on January 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM

J.S.K. on January 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

As if either the Berlin games (1936) or the Munich games (1972) were events mankind should look back on with fondness.

BuckeyeSam on January 5, 2014 at 10:25 AM

How about some humor equality… some people don’t have any.

MT on January 5, 2014 at 10:41 AM

So it would have been up to the Romney Administration to implement Obamacare and since Romney has actually run things in his life and puts competent people in positions of authority, I’ll bet the rollout wouldn’t have been so bad.

Yeah no. The law is crap. While it is likely that the website would have a better chance, the results wold be the same.

Bad law is bad law.

Sponge on January 5, 2014 at 10:46 AM

What is the difference between romneycare and obamacare?

tomas on January 5, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Many small things, but a couple of gigantic differences are:

1) Romneycare was only for the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts. Obamacare is getting crammed down the whole country’s throat all at once. Federalism matters. To see the right way to do things, look to Colorado’s experiment with pot. I think legalization is dicey, but, hey, we can see what happens there before we muck up the whole country with it.

2) The voters of the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts wanted something even more extreme than Romneycare. The American people never liked the idea of Obamacare at all. That is a huge, planet sized difference.

fadetogray on January 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM

For those of you who have forgotten, Romney was going to waiver everyone in the country from Obamacare on day one of his Presidency.

The People would have then had four or eight years to elect congresscritters to overturn it.

fadetogray on January 5, 2014 at 11:01 AM

What is the difference between romneycare and obamacare?

tomas on January 5, 2014 at 9:54 AM

RomneyCare is a state law/policy in a leftist-controlled state that demanded a government run, taxpayer funded health insurance policy. It was widely accepted by the voters and Democrat politicians and granted them by a Governor elected by those people. It is functioning, of course, exactly as we critics of socialism knew it would – wildly more expensive than promised and with lots of adverse, unintended consequences. Health care costs are higher as a result, and you wait months to find a physician, if you don’t already have one.

ObamaCare is the opposite: a national law/policy in a largely conservative country which didn’t want it and has never approved of it. Implementation has been a disaster, due to the scope, the size, and the incompetence of the Obama administration and the Federal government generally.

Jaibones on January 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Well Jailbones, Snowpocalypse is not even close to drawing to a close. We here in St Louis have about 7 more hours of snow to fall and a high tomorrow of -2F. Looking at 12 to 15 inches of snow where I live in Jefferson county.

Vince on January 5, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Hilarious, Vinnie. I was out snow blowing the 220 foot driveway, and thinking I think I told Hotair that Snowpocalypse is over…what was I thinking?

While I shoveled the deck, it snowed another inch. While I cleared the drive…it snowed another inch. WTH…good luch staying in front of it, Vince; the really ugly stuff comes next. -15 tonight.

Jaibones on January 5, 2014 at 11:06 AM

She’s not sorry at all. Harris-Perry could cry crocodile tears, sniff and wipe her eyes, and attack someone else in the next breath.

Howie Kurtz seems to be moved by her action (awww). Why this guy is on Fox I will never know.

Philly on January 5, 2014 at 11:09 AM

As if either the Berlin games (1936) or the Munich games (1972) were events mankind should look back on with fondness.

BuckeyeSam on January 5, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Yeah, but I expect the MSNBC fans to be saying things like “Romney thinks Hitler was still alive and in power in 1972″, instead of “Romney thinks that the 1936 Olympics that Hitler attended were held in Munich instead of Berlin.” Basically, I’m talking about a situation where people’s errors are interpreted in the way that will make them look the most stupid, rather than in a way that would be erroneous but plausible.

J.S.K. on January 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

But that’s just the latest inane consequence of attempts to restrict horse slaughter. The history and terrible consequences of America’s recently ended federal ban on horse slaughter is something I’ve detailed here before.

“The ban was always controversial,” I wrote over the summer. “And its terrible unintended consequences were both predictable and predicted.”

Those consequences included everything from farmers and ranchers having to ship horses abroad for slaughter to those same farmers and ranchers being forced to set horses free—to roam and eventually starve to death.

http://reason.com/archives/2014/01/04/they-want-to-eat-horses-dont-they

davidk on January 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Jaibones on January 5, 2014 at 8:57 AM

…forgot to thank you!…didn’t watch anything…the weather…is bad enough!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2014 at 4:19 PM

didn’t watch anything…the weather…is bad enough!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Hahahaha. I might have liked to watch Mitt do the one-on-one with Wallace, but I have been swamped with snow.

Jaibones on January 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM