War, both foreign and domestic, is the topic du jour this fine Sunday morning, with the chat shows forced to tackle Iran’s missile attack on U.S. bases on Iraq and Nancy Pelosi’s surprise decision to finally send over the articles of impeachment to the Senate within a few days. She’s the star guest on “This Week,” where she’ll address the prospects of John Bolton being called to testify in Trump’s trial (hint: not great) and the prospects of Congress being able to rein in Trump’s power to wage war with Iran (hint: not great). Obvious question for her: What did she gain by her “impeach and withhold” strategy considering that McConnell made not a single concession before she capitulated?
The White House will send out its two biggest names on national defense to defend Trump’s decision to target Qassem Soleimani. SecDef Mark Esper is set for “Face the Nation” and “State of the Union” while national security advisor Robert O’Brien will chat with “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday.” The president told Laura Ingraham on Friday that Soleimani was plotting to target as many as four American embassies; the Washington Post reported on Friday night that the intelligence to support that claim is thin. Will Esper and O’Brien offer specifics to back Trump up or was the “four embassies” claim just one of those things he says because the number seems impressive, like when he claims he’s worth $10 billion?
Also worth watching this morning are Mike Lee and Tim Kaine, who’ll be on “Face the Nation” together. If you watched this video on Wednesday, you know why: Lee walked into the administration’s briefing that afternoon undecided on whether to support Kaine’s resolution limiting Trump’s war powers towards Iran and walked out an ardent supporter. He was enraged that one of the briefers allegedly warned Congress that they’d embolden the enemy by merely holding a debate on the subject. He and Kaine are on this morning to defend the resolution and preview its chances of passing the Senate. They should have 49 votes in the bank already. Can they get Collins and Murkowski to put them over the top?
One last note: Lefty billionaire and presidential candidate Tom Steyer will be on “State of the Union” to discuss the upcoming primaries. Normally that’d be filed under “who cares?” but Fox News published two shock polls on Thursday night showing Steyer in second place in South Carolina(!) at 15 percent and tied with Elizabeth Warren for third place in Nevada at 12 percent. How’s he doing it? With cargo loads of money, of course, saturating the airwaves in both states with campaign ads. The left will have a collective aneurysm if he ends up finishing ahead of Sanders and Warren there given how important SC and NV are to building early momentum.
The full line-up is at the AP.