Sunday morning talking heads

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It’s Sunday morning in America and the pandemic isn’t over, which means the star guest on the Sunday shows is — who else? — Anthony Fauci. He’ll be on “This Week” and “State of the Union” to reiterate the usual messages, that it’s important to get vaccinated and/or boosted, that one should wear a mask in crowded indoor settings even when Fauci himself refuses, and that three doses might soon be the official federal standard for “fully vaccinated.” You know what he’s going to say. You’ve heard it all before.

You should watch “State of the Union” anyway, though, as it’ll bring you interviews with two rising Republican stars who aren’t quite yet in the national spotlight. One is Chris Sununu, the governor of New Hampshire, who shocked the political world last week when he decided not to run for Senate. He’ll tell CNN why he concluded that being chief executive in a small state was a better use of his time than taking dictation from Mitch McConnell in a Republican caucus that won’t be able to make law until 2025 at the earliest. During the same hour, the new lieutenant-governor of Virginia, Winsome Sears, will chat with “State of the Union” about her and Glenn Youngkin’s agenda for her state over the next four years. As an African-American Republican woman holding high statewide office, Sears is a figure with long-term national potential. Today’s her chance to make an impression on a national viewing audience.

Elsewhere, a smorgasbord of senators is booked to discuss the dismal prospects for the House’s Build Back Better bill in the upper chamber. Keep an eye on red-state Democrat Jon Tester of Montana, who’s set for “Meet the Press,” as he has almost as much of an electoral incentive to tank BBB as Joe Manchin does. Pete Buttigieg is also scheduled this morning for the same show to try to sell BBB to American voters and to dodge questions about his prospects for primarying Kamala Harris in 2024. Finally, Beto O’Rourke will speak with “State of the Union” about how he intends to spin his all but certain loss to Greg Abbott in next fall’s Texas gubernatorial election, which should end his political career. The full line-up is at the AP.