Political blather plays second fiddle to the state of play in the Carolinas this morning as Hurricane Florence does its damage. The star guest is FEMA chief Brock Long, who’ll be on “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” and “Fox News Sunday” to update viewers on conditions. Normally that’s one of the easier assignments one can have on the Sunday shows but Long’s task is complicated by two things. One is the news that broke this week about DHS investigating him for possibly misusing official transportation for personal reasons, a problem that’s snagged the Trump administration before. The other is POTUS’s tweetstorm of the past few days questioning the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. For most Republican politicians the spin there is easy: Just disagree with Trump and try to change the subject. For Long, who reports directly to the president and will be confronted with evidence that Trump is wrong, it’s harder.
Politics is afoot this morning too, of course. Paul Manafort’s decision to cooperate with Team Mueller will be a hot topic although, because it didn’t happen until Friday, no experts were booked in advance to discuss it. Luckily Adam Schiff is always available at a moment’s notice for a TV gig; he’ll be on “Meet the Press” to hype the development. Meanwhile, on “State of the Union,” next-gen socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will sit down with Jake Tapper to dismiss Cynthia Nixon’s rout in New York as no big deal for the revolution and to rebuke Andrew Cuomo for dunking on progressives in the aftermath of his landslide win. It’s impossible for Cuomo to seem likable in any context but twisting the knife in the Berniebros he just demolished comes pretty close.
If none of that grabs you, Bob Woodward will be on “Meet the Press” to discuss his bestseller “Fear” and all of the knives being twisted in POTUS by the West Wing sources who helped him write his book. The full line-up is at the AP.