he had 2 weeks off (not bad)
David Gregory (look at me) subbed - not the same. For 2 weeks Gregory framed questions as he sees issues instead of the way Russert does it - down the middle
Welcome back Tim - we missed you
Today he had on Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans, David Paulison (bigtime FEMA guy) - missed most of that, then a great roundtable with Al Hunt, Robert Novak, Kate O'Beirne and Eugene Robinson
Nagin reminds me of a young Al Sharpton - very divisive. He was caught making some tough remarks about how response to NO was slow due to the fact that it's a mostly black city, but he of course back tracked and said he meant cause the people were poor. So he didn't even stand by his words. NO is still a big mess - they showed pix - terrible. Then Mayor Nagin got caught on tape making a reference to the "hole in the ground" in NYC - this was his defense to a 60 Minutes reporter about why more hasn't been done in NO. The guy is bad news.
In the roundtable, basically all agreed that the Repubs are in deep trouble in November. That several Repubs (Shays and others) and doing the Iraq dance (war was ok, we're just fighting it wrong). Hillary was showcased as the only lead Dem who has either not recanted her support and begged forgiveness (Kerry, Biden, Edwards) or called for immediate pullout. Novak ripped her (shocking right?) for being mechanical and a puppet for her advisors. He says Al Gore and her hate each other and she fears him. And that she is very vulnerable on the left.
They talked about McCain's call for more troops - not a pullout. And basically all agreed that the Repubs better find a better issue than "do you feel safe". Kate O'Beirne (National Review) is a sharpie - very smart. And Eugene Robinson, columnist for Washington Post is real good. They talked about a column he wrote recently where basically he said he wishes Bush would do what he says - which is to really fight the war on terror. Instead we dilly dally in Iraq and talk about the connection but meanwhile our homeland security is weak. He is soft spoken but not soft - watch out for him - gonna start reading him regular.
Meet the Press is as good as it gets for a political TV program
Hope I wasn't the only one who saw it. Let me know if you did