In what seems like another lifetime ago, our old pal and brilliant colleague Cliff Schecter used to write a Friday "Cliff's Corner" post at AMERICAblog that always started out with, "Another week. More preposterousness to report."
I am tempted to take it from there on a weekly basis: Another Sunday. More outrage to report. I can't and won't watch all the Sunday talk shows, and sometimes I refuse to watch any of them. However, today I caught some of "This Week" and a little of Alex Witt's MSNBC show.
Witt was discussing gun safety measures with two commentators (I didn't catch their names). One wondered why President Obama was taking his message to different cities, traveling around trying to rally the American people. The guest's point was, hey, the crowds clearly agree with him, so why waste his time? He should be in DC meeting with Congress members, getting personal, appealing to them one-on-one, because that's what they'd prefer and that might work.
Did Obama's goal really escape this guy? He's not trying to convince America of anything. They are convinced. They're 91% and 88% and 59% convinced. He's trying to get them to pressure their representatives, because that's what works. In fact, I believe the commentator even said that very thing. Congress won't pass laws, because constituents aren't pushing them enough, not because Obama's not in their faces. When the hell have Republicans ever cared about what the president tells them? When have they not blocked him, despite his reaching out or meeting with them or wining and dining them or golfing with them? Good lord.
Next: The panel on "This Week". George Will and Greta Van Susteren. Really? When will Sunday talkers have the balls to include an equal number of true Progressives on their panels, let alone their guest lineups (scroll)?
Next: All Hillary all the time. Enough already. Here's an idea: STFU about Hillary. It's 2013, and we have the 2014 elections to worry about. 2016 can wait. Just. Stop.
Next: North Korea. The news media's familiar crescendoing drumbeat. Have we learned nothing? Reporting news objectively is one thing, stoking fear is another.
And finally, enough about President Obama's "controversial comments" complimenting Kamala Harris. Obama had called Harris "the best-looking Attorney General" after saying she was brilliant, dedicated and tough. Whether or not his remarks were offensive, it simply doesn't warrant this much time and attention:
"Everybody should relax, lighten up. Mock outrage. I wish there was more outrage about the jobs numbers than we had about Kamala Harris."
How about more outrage about GOP obstruction, their phony "reinvention," their terrible policies, their unconstitutional efforts to outlaw legal abortion, and their ongoing campaigns and legislation to disenfranchise voters? How about that, "This Week" panel?