Monday, May 08, 2006

# Posted 9:34 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

SUNDAY MORNING ROUND-UP: Future Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke with Tim Russert. John McCain spoke with Bob Schieffer. George Stephanopoulos spoke with everyone: Dianne Feinstein, Saxby Chambliss, Tom DeLay and Howard Dean.
Pelosi: C. Russert kept her on the defensive. When she sought to dodge, evade and spin, it came off as a transparent effort to dodge, evade and spin. Interestingly, she didn't say anything very liberal.

John McCain: B+. Mostly solid, still needs to do better on the Jerry Falwell questions. The real question is what McCain will say next week at Liberty University.

Dianne Feinstein: B+. Very reasonable.

Saxby Chambliss: B. Quite reasonable as well, but his defense of Porter Goss was less than persuasive.

Tom DeLay: C-. In spite of being thrown mostly softballs, he managed to sound like a dishonest hack.

Howard Dean: B-. Nothing over the top. Just the usual partisan fire with a hint of nuttiness.
And now for the hosts:
Russert: A. He just landed one shot after another with no effective response from Pelosi.

Schieffer: B.

Stephanopoulos: B-. How can you have Tom DeLay on your show and not grill him about his apparently criminal and corrupt behavior? One vague question was all we got.
And don't forget to check out Mark Kilmer's round-up over at Red State!
(3) opinions -- Add your opinion

Link to Redstate goes to the Kos WaPo piece
I would have about as hard a time listening to anything Saxby says objectively as you would John Kerry, so I'd rate him a letter or two lower.

Delay was his normal bitter hateful self. It's funny to hear him talk about the great medicare drug thing as a great conservative achievement. It would seem that his post candidate status would liberate him from having to talk up a vote buying scheme like that.

But did you notice how Stephanopolous kept saying "Speaker Pelosi"? It was weird. I think he did it three times. Seems like fodder for Oxblog's media criticism...
I have to agree with Stress about Stephanopolous and "Speaker Pelosi" as well as his thoughts on Saxby...alas, he does represent me...

Dean made his *first* good statement in my opinion when asked about Congressman Jefferson, Dean said that he too should resign before he is indicted. Good to see that he at least doesn't spare his rhetoric based on party affiliation.

I agree that Pelosi could have actually done a mediocre job on MTP and improved her performance. Visibly shaking the whole time with anger. And her mascara was messed up on national tv!
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