Colin Powell Warns GOP: More Progress, Less Pouting
From surprise jabs by Dick Cheney to comedic criticism from Mitt Romney, the speakers at this year’s CPAC convention have been pretty heavy on the Obama-bashing. On Face the Nation Sunday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell says that while the political attacks come with the territory, Republicans and conservative critics are gong to have to prove they can get along with Democrats at some point to win the respect of the American people.
Schwarzenegger: Republicans Are Hypocrites Over Stimulus
Arnold Schwarzenegger may have an "R" next to his name, but that hasn't ever stopped the moderate California governor from pointing out hypocrisy and inconsistency in his own party and on the part of his colleagues. On This Week, the movie star-turned-politician blasted Republicans who claim that Obama's stimulus package hasn't created any jobs—and then pose for photo ops touting the money they secured for their constituents.
Evan Bayh Gives a Lesson in Bayh-Partisanship
Evan Bayh made headlines this week with his surprise decision to retire from the Senate, because he just didn’t “ love” Congress and has been criticizing the way things have been working (or not working). On State of the Union, Bayh elaborated a bit more, denouncing what he calls the “tribal” nature of the two parties and even blasting his fellow Democrats for being too driven by “ideology.”
Mitch McConnell: Woods, Edwards Had Better Year Than Stimulus
Some “big” non-political news that seeped its way into many of the political talk shows Sunday: the Tiger Woods press conference Friday. While some of the talking heads offered their two cents on the disgraced golfer’s apology, on Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) found a way to bring Woods (and John Edwards’ affair) into a discussion about whether or not the stimulus was creating jobs.
George Will: John Birch Society 'Freak Show' Within Big GOP Tent
George Will defended his fellow conservatives and their CPAC antics while on This Week, saying that the "hour of the entertainer" was at hand. The columnist was also dismissive of concerns about the reinvigorated extremist John Birch Society, pointing out that under any "big tent" there will be "freak shows."
David Gregory Asks About DADT, Gen. Petraeus Doesn’t Tell
There has been a lot of talk about repealing "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" lately, and it seems no matter whom you ask, politicians are more or less staying mum and leaving the decision in the hands of top military officials like Gen. David Petraeus. On Meet the Press, David Gregory pressed Petraeus on his personal thoughts on the issue, and while he didn’t quite get a direct answer, Petraeus says he’s “not sure” that soldiers really care whether their fellow troops are gay.
Mort Zuckerman: I Haven't Thought About Senate Race
Is Mort Zuckerman going to run for Senate? Despite encouragement from fellow McLaughlin Group panelist Monica Crowley—and a list of reasons why he should from moderator John McLaughlin—the New York publishing magnate and real-estate billionaire attempted to dodge the question, saying he had been distracted by a ski trip in Aspen.