Expect wall-to-wall fiscal cliff coverage from the Sunday shows until the end of the year or a deal is reached, whichever comes first. Which is another way of saying that you should expect wall-to-wall fiscal cliff coverage until the end of the year. Today it’s Tom Coburn on ABC plus the high priests of deficit reduction, Simpson and Bowles, on CBS. Expect the latter to reassure Democrats that Boehner’s version of “the Bowles plan” is not, in fact, the Bowles plan.
Meanwhile, Tom Cole will appear on CNN to repeat his call for a quick compromise on tax hikes for the rich and Dick Durbin will hit NBC to do some more hemming and hawing about the sort of entitlement reform that he knows is absolutely necessary but which his base opposes anyway. The line-up via WaPo:
NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA); Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg; Helene Cooper, New York Times; Bob Woodward, Washington Post; Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC
CBS’ Face the Nation: Erskine Bowles; Alan Simpson; Newark Mayor Cory Booker; Major Garrett, CBS; Joe Klein, Times; Michael Gerson, Washington Post; Norah O’Donnell, CBS
ABC’s This Week: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK); Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX); Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ); James Carville, Democratic consultant; Mary Matalin, Republican consultant; Paul Krugman, New York Times; George Will, ABC News; Matthew Dowd, political strategist
Fox News Sunday: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Amb. Michael Oren, Israel; Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard, Kirsten Powers, Daily Beast; Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal; Juan Williams, Fox News
CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Christine Lagarde, IMF; Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal; Jackie Calmes, New York Times; Mark Zandi, Moody’s Analytics; Dana Bash, CNN