What's Better Than Joe Manchin On One Channel? JOE MANCHIN ON EVERY CHANNEL!

Your infuriating Joe Manchin Sunday shows rundown

Last week, rather than negotiating with the Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders or Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Joe Manchin wrote a public "Dear Diary" for everyone (behind a paywall) in The Wall Street Journal. The idiotic op-ed had Manchin asking to "hit the pause button" on the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, without giving many specifics about what he really wants. So, the Sunday shows, as they always do, invited Manchin on to give him attention further elaborate on his op-ed. Clearly, Manchin was not expecting the anchors to actually push him to explain himself.

On CNN's "State of The Union," after confirming Manchin would be a "no" vote on the reconciliation bill, Dana Bash asked the next logical question...which apparently Manchin never was prepared to answer.

BASH: [A]re you saying it's the price tag, it's the timeline? Both?

MANCHIN: It's the urgency. Do we have the urgency to do what they're wanting to do in such a quick period of time?

BASH: But can you be specific? OK, let's just -- let's talk about the dollar sign. [...] Do you have a specific number in mind?

MANCHIN: Here's a number you should be getting to. First of all, I have agreed to get onto the reconciliation, because that's the time for us to make financial adjustments and changes. [...]

BASH: So, what's the number?

MANCHIN: And bottom line is, what's -- the number would be what's going to be competitive in our tax code.

Bash kept pushing Manchin to answer the elusive "what do you want" question, while Manchin kept saying meaningless folksy things like "I have always said if I can't explain it, I can't vote for it."

BASH: And I'm -- again, I want to get to that, but just because this is -- this is the thing that people consume. Do you have a ceiling?
MANCHIN: I -- my ceiling is this, the need of the American people, and for us to basically take in consideration inflation.

Manchin knows the price is too high but when asked what the number should be, it's just word salad.

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Right Wing Extremism

The Good, Bad And Ugly Of This Week's Sunday Show Republicans!

It's your Sunday show rundown!

Republicans went on the Sunday shows this weekend. It didn't go well.

Take Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson's appearance on CBS's "Face The Nation."

As we mentioned a few days ago, Hutchinson has been trying to back off the rakes he stepped on when he signed a bill banning mask mandates in his state. He appeared on Sunday shows numerous times, always playing politics with a virus that doesn't give a damn about politics.

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National Politics

Lindsey Graham Such A POS, He Gets His Own Sunday Show Roundup Again!

We're sure this will happen again.

There is a special kind of torture in watching Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures."

Hosted by Maria Bartiromo, the Melissa Rivers to Jeanine Pirro's Joan Rivers, except for how they're not actually related, it's named to make you think it's about the stock market, but instead is a breeding ground and hangout for the worst assholes in GOP politics. Whether you are an insurrection-agitating former president or a congressman under investigation for underage sex trafficking or a disgraced former mayor of New York, Bartiromo will gladly let you into her conservative Mos Eisley Cantina to spread disinformation and bullshit.

Normally we don't include it in the Sunday show rundown because it barely ever qualifies as a legitimate news show, but sometimes a sonic boom of stupidity or scumbaggery happens there that cannot be ignored.

Enter Lindsey Graham, GOP senator of South Carolina and political remora.

Graham seemingly just can't decide if he's in the group of Republicans who wants a bipartisan infrastructure deal, and appeared to issue a veiled threat to Democrats, while proposing an idea to his own colleagues:

GRAHAM: If for some reason, they pass the budget resolution to bring that [$3.5 trillion] bill to the floor of the United States Senate … You gotta have a quorum to pass a bill in the Senate. I would leave before I'd let that happen. So, to my Republican colleagues, we may learn something from our Democratic friends in Texas when it comes to avoiding a $3.5 trillion tax-and-spend package. Leave town.
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Your Sunday Show Rundown Is Full Of Idiots, As Usual

It's kind of a running theme.

While billionaires were launching themselves into space to demonstrate wealth inequality and a nest of insurrectionist fuckbonnets gathered in Texas for CPAC this weekend, the Sunday shows kept chugging along.

On "Fox News Sunday," Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott was questioned by Chris Wallace about his and the Texas legislature's priorities. Wallace pointed out their utter waste of taxpayer money on a special session to pass laws to suppress voters and scratch the right's weird culture war itches:

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