It’s a theme day for the Sunday shows as they focus on two failed coups, one the lame move against Erdogan in Turkey and the other the even lamer move against Trump on the GOP Rules Committee. RNC chief Reince Priebus will be on “Face the Nation,” “State of the Union,” and “Fox News Sunday” to describe what it’s like for the Republican establishment to have finally found an opponent it can defeat and when exactly he decided he was all-in on turning the GOP into America’s National Front. More interestingly, jilted VP candidate Newt Gingrich will follow Priebus on “Face the Nation,” putting on a brave face amid bitter disappointment. How bitter will he be? News leaked yesterday, coincidentally, that despite refusing to release his tax returns, Trump insisted that Gingrich provide his own as part of the VP vetting. Was that Newt leaking to hurt Trump? If so, I doubt he’ll retaliate any further. There’s probably still a cabinet position waiting for him if he’s a good soldier for the rest of the campaign.
Say, where’s Mike Pence this morning? I know that “60 Minutes” was promised the first joint interview with him and Trump but there’s nothing stopping Pence from going solo this a.m. Expect him as a late addition (unscheduled as of Saturday afternoon), most likely on “Meet the Press.” Either way, Paul Manafort will be on “Fox News Sunday” to deny, deny, deny that he had anything to do with painting his boss into a corner by leaking Pence as the pick before it was finalized. And if none of that interests you, CIA chief John Brennan will be on “State of the Union” and “Fox News Sunday” to discuss the terror attack in Nice and how the CIA totally missed the abortive coup against Erdogan in Turkey. The full line-up is at the AP.