I Scream, “Sunday!”

From POLITICAL ANIMAL at Washington MONTHLY (October 23, 2009):

SUNDAY SHOW BOOKERS REFUSE TO READ POLITICAL ANIMAL…. Maybe I should start taking this personally.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been booked for yet another Sunday talk show appearance this weekend — this time on CBS’ Face The Nation. Despite a “wildly unsuccessful presidential campaign” last year and his comparative irrelevancy in the U.S. Senate, this will mark the 15th time McCain has appeared on a Sunday talk show since January.


Since the president took office, McCain has been on “Meet the Press” twice (July 12 and March 29), “This Week” three times (September 27, August 23, and May 10), “Fox News Sunday” three times (July 2, March 8, and January 25), and CNN’s “State of the Union” three times (October 11, August 2, and February 15). His appearance on “Face the Nation” this weekend will be his fourth appearance since February (October 25, August 30, April 26, and February 8).

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And who, exactly, is John McCain? He’s the one who lost last year’s presidential race badly, and is now just another conservative senator in the minority. He’s not in the party leadership; he has no role in any important negotiations on any issue; and he’s offered no significant pieces of legislation. By all appearances, McCain isn’t even especially influential among his own GOP colleagues.

Now, I suspect producers for “Face the Nation” will point out that U.S. policy in Afghanistan is a very important topic right now, and argue that McCain represents the conservative Republican perspective on the issue. Perhaps.

But let’s not forget a) McCain has already discussed his position on Afghanistan on other programs very recently; b) his understanding of U.S. foreign policy is tenuous at best; c) we already know what he’s going to say, making the interview dull before it even happens; and d) there are plenty of other Republicans who agree with McCain who aren’t on every 2.6 weeks.


Last week, ABC News ran a segment about the possibility — promoted by conservatives and journalists but undermined by public polling — that President Obama is “overexposed.”

The Washington Monthly‘s Steve Benen points out that this weekend, ABC’s This Week hosts Sen. John McCain.  It will be McCain’s third appearance on This Week in five months, and his 13th Sunday show appearance this year.  Thirteenth.

John McCain is not president, he chairs no Senate committees, he represents two percent of the U.S. population, he lacks a strong constituency even among his own party — a party that is pretty widely disliked and has taken a thumpin’ in two straight elections.  He is not playing a central, or even peripheral role in the health care debate.  And yet he’s on television all the time.

When can we expect rampant media talk about John McCain being “overexposed”?

UPDATE: For comparison, John Kerry was on three Sunday shows in the first eight months of 2005.  The media treated Kerry like he lost a presidential campaign.  They treat McCain like he won his.


Two weeks ago, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos justified booking McCain on This Week arguing that he “is the leading GOP voice on Afghanistan.” Yet McCain has consistently been off the mark when in comes to the war there. In fact, during McCain’s last Sunday appearance discussing Afghanistan, he dodged questions of the role the war in Iraq — a war he fervently supported and much of which he was also wrong about — in the deteriorating situation there.


[…] when Al Gore and John Kerry lost their presidential bids, “the media had a clear message for them: Get out of the way and let George W. Bush govern.” In fact, Kerry appeared on just three Sunday talk shows in the first eight months of President Bush’s second term.

It appears that the Beltway media are just still in love with their maverick pal John McCain.


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20 responses to “I Scream, “Sunday!”

  1. Maybe they are hoping for some footage of McQueen with his 2 backup singers Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman. They look so precious in their flak jackets with the Blackhawk circling 50 ft overhead and a wave of armored Hummers all around them last time they played Baghdad. How about the way the MSM allow people like Beck, O’Reilly and Dobbs to pose as thoughtful and deliberate individuals whose best thinking on all subjects seems to somehow land them on the looney right fringe time after time. I’d even be more impartial than they are.

    • silly rastamick! i already have footage of capt underpants and his back-up singers! i posted it a while back over at american street. one of these days, i’ll have to find them and post them here.

      i think you’re correct. why do the msm keep reporting the propaganda from blechhh/billO/dobbs as though it was real news? i guess that’s easier than doing actual reporting.

  2. i guess nanook of the north, the quitter on the shitter, the one who russia homes – cant make the shows – so they have to book her sidekick

    you know – may without nichols, meara without stiller

    maybe they should book megan mccain so she can have a wardrobe malfunction on air

    • the funniest thing is that capt underpants will sidestep every question about his former running-mate. i love watching him squirm when he’s asked about her.

  3. And the punchline to every political joke is “that’s good news for John McCain!”

  4. But seriously, McCain is painful to listen to…. be babbles, stumbles, repeats his segway phrase, even struggles with the prefab talking points. OK maybe he’s the only one who has time & says yes to these yammerfests.

    You already know what he’s going to say, my friends, pork barrel spending, ax & spend liberals…. hell they could just roll old tape & get the same result.

    Hey wait a minute….. maybe they are!

    • i have to wonder if the rest of the rethugs are very thrilled to have him out there. who’s his demographic? most people can’t stand him.

      • Freudian typo slip???

        AX(e) & spend liberals!!!!

        Guess that is appropriate for halloween week.

        But seriously, I’ve not hear McGramps say anything new in a very long time.

        His demographic is maybe the top 1% & creepy really old guys???

        He represents the old coot demographic?

        • 😆 i didn’t even notice! i usually will fix a typo if i spot it and the commenter doesn’t mention it in a subsequent comment. i’m glad i didn’t catch that one.

          even if capt underpants did say something new, would anyone other than lindseypoo and joe mcliebercain notice?

  5. writechic

    McCain LOVES media. I lived in Bumfuck, AZ (Yuma), and he would come on our midday news! The least watched…yet his demographic–ancient.

    Rep. JD Hayworth was another media whore. And he was nasty, red, and bloated. Always licking his chops and checking out women like it was dinner time.


    Now when McCain came to Alabama, I told my assistant ND we could easily get an hour of McCain’s time. (He had announced his candidacy for presidency.) The AND was like, for what? Which is funny. McCain is considered a crazy ass liberal here.

  6. If God wanted us to watch these tired old weekend shows with the retread guests, he wouldn’t have reality show reruns on Bravo all day Sunday.
    David Gregory replacing Tim Russert was the ultimate example of jumping the shark.


    • i think mtp would be a lot better if they had rotating hosts. i don’t mean a different one each week, i mean they should rotate. the guests should rotate, too. it would be a lot more interesting and a lot funnier with everyone getting dizzy and throwing up.

  7. But, but, but the media has a well known liberal bias!