# Posted 12:52 AM by Ariel David Adesnik
SO MUCH FOR ORIGINALITY ON SUNDAY MORNING: Meet the Press, Face the Nation and This Week each decided to gear up for the Alito confirmation hearings by inviting a pair of senators, one Republican and one Democratic, to do some pre-emptive spin on the confirmation process. On NBC it was Cornyn vs. Schumer
. On ABC, Kennedy vs. Brownback
. On CBS, Specter vs. Leahy
Since I have an early meeting tomorrow, I'm going to just grade the senators' performances instead of going into greater detail about what they said:
John Cornyn: B-. Anyone can read the talking points into a camera.
Chuck Schumer: B+. Pure spin, but at least he sounds passionate and intelligent. But facing a sharper opponent, he might've been torn to shreds.
Ted Kennedy: A-. The only one of the six who wasn't boring. But will never get an 'A' until he returns to reality from his alternate far-left universe.
Sam Brownback: B. Great joke about Ted Kennedy's fashion sense.
Arlen Specter: B. Far and away the most reasonable. Far and away the most boring.
Pat Leahy: B-. Manages to sound intelligent and responsible while belittling Alito as a Dick Cheney stooge who will do the Cheney's bidding on the bench.
Well, while I'm at it I may as well grade the hosts, too:
Tim Russert: A-. Punctured a lot of his guests' nonsense, but didn't come up with one of his patented knock-out blows.
George Stephanopoulos: B. Couldn't keep Kennedy under control. On the other hand, Kennedy out of control is pretty entertaining.
Bob Schieffer: B. As reliable and friendly as a Toyota. BAbout as interesting as a Toyota.
And when Fox and CNN start doing podcasts, you'll hear about their shows, too.
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