Sunday, July 25, 2004
There were two major news events under discussion on the Sunday talk shows. The first is the release of the 9/11 Report. I'll leave discussion of that to the likes of the inestimable John Marshall.
The other topic of discussion was, of course, the Democratic National Convention. There was a pretty good Ted Kennedy interview on the Brinkley show (yes I still call it that), but old Ted seemed a little defensive on Kerry's position on Iraq. This might still be a real problem. Edwards was his usual sparkling self. And can I just say that Cokie Roberts has become truly annoying? She used Republican spin relentlessly: partial birth abortion, liberalism, Kerry's boring, blah blah blah. Of course, we have George Will to balance her, making his usualy profound remarks like "George Bush is a champion of the welfare state" and "I can't put a napkin between Bush and Kerry."
Russert was pretty interesting. Now I see what all the fuss about Barack Obama is about. He is as cool as the other side of the pillow. He smoothly deflected any jabs by Russert while staying on message. Of course, like Edwards, he ducks the liberal label, which I continue to think is a mistake. But I think making him the keynote speaker was a good move. If he performs as well is formal speechmaking as he does in interviews, then he is going to be a superstar.
Okay, I have to go grocery shopping. Have a nice Sunday.