The resurgent pandemic is the lead story on the Sunday shows this morning but not the prime topic for the lead guest. That would be Nancy Pelosi, who’ll be on “This Week” to discuss the January 6 select committee and the status of infrastructure negotiations. She’ll be asked about vetoing two of Kevin McCarthy’s appointments to the committee and whether she plans to add Adam Kinzinger or any other Republicans to replace them. Hopefully she’ll also offer a theory as to why the Senate GOP is still trying to make a deal with Biden on infrastructure knowing that Democrats plan to pass a reconciliation mega-package immediately afterward, as I can’t figure that one out. Jim Banks, one of the two House Republicans whose appointments were vetoed by Pelosi, will be on “Fox News Sunday” to lambaste her for her decision.
Elsewhere it’s all COVID all the time. Anthony Fauci will chat with “State of the Union” and hopefully offer a straight answer to Rand Paul’s allegation that his agency funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology several years ago, as he’s somehow managed to avoid doing that so far this week. And former surgeon general Jerome Adams will speak to “Face the Nation” about why he thinks the surge of cases from the Delta variant means it’s time for everyone, including the vaccinated, to start masking up again. It’s strange to see an alumnus of the Trump administration leading the charge for universal masking, but here we are.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will also speak to “State of the Union” about the COVID outlook in his state, which has been hit hard by the new wave. Just 36 percent of the population in Arkansas has been fully vaccinated, among the lowest rates in the country and one that makes it easy pickings for the Delta variant. Hutchinson has undertaken a statewide tour lately to encourage vaccination but it wasn’t going great as of a week ago. The full line-up is at the AP.