It’s thin gruel this morning for Sunday brunch as big-name guests are strangely absent, at least according to the schedule as of Saturday afternoon. No Trump, no Pence, no Manafort today: The closest we’ll come to a member of the Trump campaign is Newt Gingrich, who was critical of Trump this week, on “Fox News Sunday.” Hillary won’t be on this morning either, although goofy suburban dad turned vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine will appear on “Meet the Press.” The most potentially newsworthy interview will happen on “State of the Union,” when Jake Tapper sits down with John Kasich. Has there been any thaw between him and Trump? Is the Ohio GOP working hard for the nominee in a state that’s must-win? Is there any chance that Kasich, a centrist who’s term-limited as governor, would switch sides and endorse Hillary? Given how close Ohio is likely to be and how popular Kasich is there, him crossing the aisle could singlehandedly throw the election to Clinton.
Another interesting interview this morning: Jeff Flake, who hasn’t gone #NeverTrump but has been relentlessly critical of the nominee for the past year. He’ll be on “Face the Nation” to address Trump’s refusal to endorse McCain, whether he thinks the recent downturn in the polls is fatal, and the odds of his home state tilting blue this year. It seems hard to believe that Goldwater country would vote for Hillary Clinton (I know, I know, she was a Goldwater fan growing up) but between the large Latino and Mormon minorities there, she’s got a shot.
Tom Cotton will also be on “Face the Nation” and “Fox News Sunday” this morning to explain why he’s comfortable with Trump as nominee despite him being Cotton’s near polar opposite on foreign policy. The full line-up is at the AP.