Tough call for the Sunday shows. Do they focus on the week’s true headline story, the White House’s embarrassing reaction to protests in the Middle East and the mounting evidence of U.S. negligence in protecting the consulate in Benghazi? Or do they focus on Romney’s big gaaaaaaaffe? Hint: The panels this week include Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Joe Scarborough, and Nicolle Wallace, all of them dependable Republican critics of the GOP. Why David Frum and Steve Schmidt weren’t invited too, I have no idea. Maybe the networks are saving the “big guns” for the stretch run before the election.
Bill Clinton, a.k.a. Obama’s other running mate, will be on too to try to convince America that another four years of Obamanomics is just what the doctor ordered for global prosperity and fiscal restraint. The line-up via WaPo:
NBC’s Meet the Press: Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA); Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Bay Buchanan, senior Romney adviser; Joe Scarborough, MSNBC; David Brooks, New York Times; Dee Dee Myers, Democratic strategist
CBS’ Face the Nation: Former President Bill Clinton; David Corn, Mother Jones; Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal; Rick Stengel, Time magazine; David Gergen, Harvard; John Dickerson, CBS and Slate
ABC’s This Week: David Axelrod, Obama campaign senior adviser; Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chairman; Nicolle Wallace, Republican strategist; Melody Barnes, former Obama policy adviser; Ann Coulter, conservative commentator; Jorge Ramos, Univision anchor; Robert Reich, former Clinton Labor Secretary
Fox News Sunday: Robert Gibbs, Obama campaign adviser; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Whit Ayres, pollster; Anna Greenberg, pollster; Susan Page, USA Today; Ron Brownstein, National Journal