Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

posted at 8:01 am on May 25, 2014 by Allahpundit

An always somber holiday turns grim this morning as the Sunday shows mark Memorial Day by zeroing in on the VA fiasco. Your best bet is “State of the Union” on CNN, which will have Jeff Miller and Bernie Sanders, the heads of the Veterans’ Affairs Committees in the House and Senate, respectively, on to preview legislative remedies. If you’d rather hear from vets themselves, “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday” will feature leaders from the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. (See this poll for a taste of just how skeptical military families are of treatment at VA hospitals these days.) Obvious first question: Mend it or end it? Do we spend a few more decades forcing wounded troops to navigate this red-tape jungle or do we finally voucher this system out?

Beyond that, there’s a trifecta of long-shot 2016 candidates for the GOP nomination on the menu. Jon Huntsman will be on “This Week,” Ben Carson will appear on “Face the Nation” (interesting to see him turning up on broadcast networks lately as he mulls a run), and, most credibly, Mike Pence will drop by “State of the Union.” He’ll be asked about Indiana’s variations on Common Core and ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion; I hope for the sake of his political future that he comes well prepared. The full line-up is at Politico.


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Great respect for the man, but I don’t see in him the things that I look for in a politician I support.

But he would be better than any Democrat, and better than most Republicans, of that I have no doubt.

Johnny 100 Pesos on May 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Great respect for the man, but I don’t see in him the things that I look for in a politician I support.

But he would be better than any Democrat, and better than most Republicans, of that I have no doubt.

I want to know who is in his Rolodex.

The President, at least this current one, doesn’t do much except act as Royalty and Figurehead for the State.

I would like to say its the people he appoints that do the work, but that isn’t really true either. The leadership and the appointees can really only do mischief while in office. Meaningful leadership is impossible given the entrenched bureaucracy.

Lets say that the Angel Gabriel was sworn into the Oval Office. Could he clean up the VA mess? Could he cut entitlements? Reduce the deficit? Cut out the dead-wood in the various departments and offices?

Of course not. Not as long as there are public employee unions and a hostile and seditious press.

Since leadership can’t inspire human flourishing, there can not be any positive change in Government. Leadership can be absent or malevolent, such as the collection of characters occupying the various offices now.

Reuben Hick on May 26, 2014 at 9:18 PM

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