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So this was the big talking point of last week. It was a logic pretzel of truly impressive proportion: yes, as governor Mitt Romney didn't have great success economically in Massachusetts, but he inherited a worse economy from his predecessor, so give the guy a break. He turned the state around from the bottom to a solid middling, donchaknow? But Barack Obama? Pffft. That guy has done nothing, knows nothing about the economy and everyone knows the stimulus failed. It just shows how much our media fails us that the Republicans can go out there with a straight face and push this line of bovine excrement and know that they will never--ever--get challenged.
But it's a new week and a new news cycle. What are the official talking points for this week? The Wisconsin recalls will definitely play into it. I'm sure that every Republican will have grave concern for the Democrats' chances based on the recall, ignoring that even if Scott Walker's overwhelming money advantage helped him avoid recall (although probably not indictment for corruption), exit polls showed that Wisconsin voters still favored President Obama in the general election. And what will everyone's favorite Sunday guest John McCain have to say about the national security leak on our activity to slow down Iran's nuclear program? How about Ann Coulter and Van Jones--fresh from his closing keynote address of Netroots Nation--on the same roundtable? And will Rahm Emanuel continue in the tradition of rogue surrogates with Fareed Zakaria? So many opportunities for talking points, so little time. Share if you start hearing the same themes from show to show.
ABC's "This Week" - Economy, Wisconsin recall, national security leak: David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, former Pennsylvania senators and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Roundtable: former Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ann Coulter and former Obama White House environmental adviser Van Jones.
NBC's "Meet the Press" ? Pre-empted by the French Open.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Katty Kay, BBC; Andrew Sullivan, Daily Beast; Andrea Mitchell, NBC; John Heilemann, New York magazine. Topics: Will Romney's stregnth on the economy trump Obama's likability? Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne. Meter Questions: Will voters blame Obama PERSONALLY for his campaign's negative attacks on Romney? YES: 11 NO: 1. Will TV ads more effectively portray 2012 as a referendum of Obama rather than a choice? YES: 9 No: 3.
MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" - Obama campaign election strategy, food politics and the future of the labor movement after Wisconsin: John Nichols, The Nation magazine, Jamila Bey, Contributing writer to washingtonpost.com?s blog, Frank Bruni, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and former chief restaurant critic.
MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" - Stop and Frisk and the role of profiling by our law enforcement; the showdown over Florida?s voter purging; minimum wage versus livable wage: Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC?s PoliticsNation and Founder & President, National Action Network; Diallo McClammy, high school student; George Nunez, high school student; CJ Morrison, high school student; Ailsa Chang, WNYC-FM reporter; Anthea Butler, Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair of Religion at the University of Pennsylvania; Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project; Joe Olivo, Owner of Perfect Printing and member of Nat'l. Federation of Independent Business; Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Illinois); Joan Morgan, cultural critic.
CBS' "Face the Nation" ? Wisconsin recall, unions, impact on general election: Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Martin O'Malley, D-Md.; AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. National security leak: Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., 40th anniversary of Watergate: Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein. Roundtable: Norah O'Donnell, John Dickerson.
CNN's "State of the Union" ? Wisconsin recall, rogue surrogates, fundraising gap: Axelrod; National security leaks, Syria: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Use of drones: Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif. Reporter roundtable TBA
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Shale gas revolution, Rwanda?s transformation with President Paul Kagame; Immigration policy: NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 2012 Election: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Obama WH Chief of Staff.
CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Media bias in the coverage of Obama vs. Romney: The Washington Post?s Jennifer Rubin and David Shuster, of WeActRadio and Current TV. Cable TV's declining ratings: Terrence Smith, former correspondent for PBS? Newshour, Christina Bellantoni, political editor of PBS? NewsHour, and Paul Farhi of The Washington Post. US cyber attacks on Iran: David Sanger, The New York Times chief Washington correspondent; istorian Douglas Brinkley discusses his new book, Cronkite.
"Fox News Sunday" ? Labor issues, Wisconsin recalls: Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind.; Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association; Thea Lee, AFL-CIO deputy chief of staff. Roundtable: Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard; Charles Lane, Washington Post; Liz Cheney, Keep America Safe; Mara Liasson, NPR.
So what's catching your eye this morning?