You can expect most of the talk shows this morning to focus on three competing stories. One will be the car bomb in Nashville and the subsequent investigation. Next is the expiration of unemployment benefits for millions of people who were receiving checks through a federal program that expired last night. President Trump’s refusal to sign the relief package allowed them to run out. And finally, of course, the distribution of the vaccine and the various hiccups that have cropped up along the way.
On State of the Union, CNN will be talking to Dr. Fauci (or “Saint Fauci” if you prefer) about the ongoing vaccination program. Perhaps he will be able to explain why he lied for months on end about what level vaccine distribution we would need to have to reach herd immunity. He started at 60-70% and now he’s up to 90. He’ll be joined by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who will probably explain what she meant by saying she was “relieved” not to have been chosen as Biden’s VP pick. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will be interviewed and asked for the bazillionth time whether or not he’s running for president in 2024 and he’ll once again be all coy about his answer. Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R- Illinois) will join in on the fun for some reason.
Fox News Sunday will feature Pat Toomey. Since he’s being credited for negotiating the COVID relief bill with Chuck Schumer, he’ll be asked to explain why President Trump didn’t sign it. I won’t speculate here, but I’ll be very curious to hear the answer. They will also interview Admiral Brett Giroir, US Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary. Plan on more vaccine distribution analysis.
CBS’ Face the Nation will have the Mayor of Nashville on to talk about the investigation into the Christmas bombing. There’s supposedly a person of interest who has been identified. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Gretchen Whitmer (again) will likely be asked about both the vaccination issues and the COVID relief bill. Also, former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb will be on to talk about the pandemic.
If you’re looking for fresh interviews, you can probably skip Meet the Press. Instead of any new content, they’ll be running a greatest hits collection of fifty interviews that Joe Biden has done on their network. Drink plenty of coffee before sitting through that one.