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While We Were Sleeping: You Sound Drunk
Not sleeping so much as passed out. And what a morning to miss! First, Giuliani blame the troops for the missing weapons, then Bill Richardson cops to being tanked on Imus. We're definitely waking up before 10AM tomorrow.
In between interviews of creepyCurt Schilling, the morning shows hit voter registration irregularities and Al-Qaqaa. The Today Show leads the pack withJohn Edwardsand a bizarrely off-messageRudy Giuliani. Plus, dueling celebrities joinBrad Pittin the fight over California's stem cell Proposition 71. News peg: None. Literally nothing new all morning. Let's say the Red Sox. Hot topic: Democrats love voter fraud. Unsurprising revelation:Frank Luntzflunked calculus.
7: 11 NBC. Today:
Campbell Brown interviewsJohn Edwards. Edwards hammersBushon Al-Qaqaa. Is uncomfortable being called an "attack dog." Sits on the edge of his seat like an eager schoolboy. Profoundly unimpressive.
7: 14 NBC. Today:
Rudy Giuliani actually blames the troops for Al-Qaqaa. "No matter how you try to blame it on the President, the actual responsibility for it should be on the troops that were there. Did they search carefully enough?" Later, he realizes he botched it and reverses course. Compares the Iraq war to the Civil War and WW2, says capturingSaddam Husseinmakes it a remarkable success. Uses the word "nuisance" about 10,000 times. I Cannot Believe He Said: "I want to see us successfully finish what the terrorists started in New York City. George W. Bush will do that." Bush will knock down therestof the skyscrapers in New York?
7: 24 FNC. Fox & Friends:
SenatorSaxby Chambliss(R-GA): Republicans are concerned about voter fraud; Democrats aren't.
7: 25 FNC. Fox & Friends:
Frank Luntz, pollster: "Dead peoplevote Democrat 98-2." Thinks early voting should be illegal because it inconveniences pollsters. Flunked calculus in college.
7: 33 ABC. Good Morning America:
Mel Gibsonopposes Prop. 71. Comes off as a crazy person, refuses to make eye contact with camera. Even if embryonic stem cell research would treat his own sick child, he would not allow it. Scores points in comparison of this cause to the licks he took for "The Passion of the Christ."
7: 39 NBC. Today:
Michael J. Fox supports Prop. 71. Has little of substance to say, but ends interview shaking and shifting in his chair with Parkinson's symptoms. "This is what happens, I get wound up and it starts kicking in," he says.Katie Courictells him he did great. Fox says, "Cool." Sort of makes Mel Gibson over on ABC look like a jerk.
7: 46 FNC. Fox & Friends:
Bernard Goldberg, author ofBias: If it turns out they got the Al-Qaqaa story wrong, CBS should just shut its doors. Wins my heart when he claims that "anyone who's undecided at this date has a mental defect and shouldn't be allowed to vote."
7: 52 FNC. Fox & Friends:
Head vs. Head: Chuck Booms, radio show host outragesJerry Springer, talk show host.
Springer: The only wayKerrywill lose Ohio is if Republicans intimidate voters.
Booms: Edwards is a lawyer!
Springer: The number of questionable registrants is minuscule.
E.D. Hillasks why anyone who's legally registered should be concerned about being challenged at a polling place.Springerpoints out that plenty of people don't trust the government to do right by them. A classyBoomsrebuts, "Why are they intimidated? These are the same people who aren't intimidated to get in line for welfare!"
8: 19 FNC. Fox & Friends:
Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor, addresses a number of big fat softballs fromBrian Kilmeade. Hits campaign talking points: coalition has destroyed 400,000 tons of explosives; we should learn the facts before we jump to conclusions. Takes the high road and refuses to blame the UN for the oil-for-food situation.Brent Scowcroftis still her friend. Oh, andRumsfeldandPowell loveeach other. Condi figure skated as a child, leading to this morning's most unintentionally poignant quote: "Sometimes when you have to work hard at something you're not naturally talented at, that's the most fulfilling."
8: 33 CNN. American Morning:
Head vs. Head: Ohio Secretary of StateKen Blackwell(R) cleans the clock of Iowa Secretary of StateChet Culver(D).
Culver: We're focused on enfranchising a record number of Iowans. That's why we're allowing people to vote provisionally out of their precinct.
Blackwell: In Ohio, we don't have a system of "voters without borders."
Culver: I'm super-positive about everything!
Blackwell: "Elections are human enterprises. We expect hiccups, and we manage against systematic choking."
8: 38 FNC. Fox & Friends:
SenatorBob Graham(D-FL): Blah blah blahOsamaescaped, inadequate planning.
8: 41 MSNBC. Imus in the Morning:
Gov.Bill Richardson(D-NM): Kerry will use international good will to get countries who weren't participating in Iraq to consider doing so, and to get the UN better involved.Imus: "You sound drunk. You sound like a crazy person." Richardson: "Well, you know, it's election time."
8: 45 FNC. Fox & Friends:
Cliff May, former RNC Communications Director: Cites Syrian/Russian angle to Al-Qaqaa pushed all morning by F&F hosts. "The media is being credulous, maybe willfully credulous."
It's a push. Edwards is a lightweight, but Republicans are mean.Message of the day: The Bush Administration is an ungainly child, wobbling bowlegged on figure skates, wishing just once for a moment of grace.