The National Scene-The Sunday Political Talk Show Report on 3/22/15

Comcast Fail has me losing most of the Sunday political talk shows. Not to worry, I got some of the action and I’ve got a few opinions on national matters I shall share. Biggest interview of the day, John Brennen of the CIA on Fox News Sunday, shows his wussy side.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): CIA Director John Brennan.
MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif.; Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the United States; Riyad Mansour, Palestine’s permanent observer to the United Nations.
FACE THE NATION (CBS): House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.
THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Tom Cole, R-Okla.; former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.; NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Though yon reader sees all those guests on this Sunday’s political talk show, alas, and even with me paying Comcast over $200 bucks a month, three of them would only play back the first twenty minutes or so. Comcast….heh. Charges plenty, delivers little.

I did get to see all of Fox News Sunday and Chris Wallace interviewed CIA Director John Brennan. It was a great interview, kudos to Chris Wallace, he threw all the big questions at him.

Brennan, for his part, demonstrated aptly why President Obama appointed him, in that the man can mealy mouth his way around any major issue to make it sound like everything is all right.

Wallace asked him about the rumored drop in morale of the CIA and Brennan acknowledge that it was a problem. When asked about former CIA Director General Petraeus’ remarks that he feared Iran more than ISIS, Brennan held up calm hand and assured us that the administration has both matters under control.

If I were President-whisperer Valerie Jarrett I’d be very pleased with Brennan’s performance under Wallace’s intense grilling. IF I were….well a humble Blogger from Delaware, I’d curse at the screen and tell the man to grow a pair, no wonder the morale at the CIA is so low with folks like you leading them.

I guess the best illustration I can give, in writing such as it is, would be the way Brennan answered Wallace’s slowly and carefully worded question: Would you say that ISIS consists of extreme Islamic terrorists?

johnbrennenBecause no matter how Wallace asked the question, Brennan kept denying any connection to ISIS and extreme Islam, it’s the same old story that the administration likes to throw out there, in return for some contributions to the Clinton Foundation.

Finally Brennan said, and I paraphrase….’I WOULD say that ISIS consists of a bunch of radicals and extremists with some of them pretending to be part of the radical Islam wing of the faith. But I would emphasize that most Muslims do not approve of this radical fringe of their religion.’

I can count on the fingers of one hand how many Muslims I’ve seen on the Sunday political talk shows-and you know I watch them-that have condemned the radicals in their midst.

Since we’re discussing Fox News Sunday I’d like to suggest that this show has the best round table of all. At least for the day as such things can and do change weekly. There was Laura Ingraham, radio talk show host and third after Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin in my favorite talk show radio choices. There’s Bob Woodward of Washington Post Watergate fame and he’s a bit liberal, thus a bit stupid, but he brings a not too far-fetched point of view. Liz Cheney always brings a Conservative and sane point of view while Judy Woodruff of PBS fame is a liberal but hey, got to have one, right?

I also got to see all of Face the Nation, not that I’m proud of that. Mostly Republican Senator Bob Corker dominated that show and what’s with this guy? He was one of those Republican senators who did NOT sign Cotton’s letter to Iran and why not? And why is this mealy-mouthed guy the darling of the Sunday political talk show circuit?

Corker was strong about the Iran negotiations, they must not lift sanctions, they need to be tough, yes we love Israel. But he then waffles on the seriousness of ISIS and how Iran can be made into a real nice country.

My eyes glazed over.

Political Cartoon of the Week


Indeed John McCain did worm his way on to CNN’s State of the Union and hey, he told President Obama to get over it, to stop his hissy fit and deal with the world. Goodness this is the man who staked his entire political reputation on campaign finance reform and I sleep better every night for knowing he fixed it all up.

He’s also the guy who lost the election against Obama that perhaps a stronger stance on important things and less waffling to Obama he might have won.

NOW he’s talking tough.

I have some conclusions drawn by watching these shows, as many as Comcast deemed to tape, and my addiction to news and politics….not that I’m proud of this. First, it was bandied about on all the shows that Ted Cruz will be announcing his plan to run for President soon, maybe tomorrow.

This is not an announcement of an exploratory committee or something, and Cruz would be the first formerly announced Republican candidate.

Let me state right now that I will use all my influence as an influential Blogger to get Cruz elected. That ought to get him two or three votes. When this man speaks he’s fluid and cohesive, proving that he believes what he’s saying, he speaks his truth. And let me tell yon readers something else….the left is scared to death of Cruz. If the left is scared, be alert. I think Cruz is going to turn things around.

As for Iran….come on, the President-whisperer was born in Iran! I’ve no doubt the President is trying to be on Iran’s side for sure he does not like Israel.

President Obama’s been able to avoid this country’s checks and balances, a bunch due to Republican fear of doing the right thing. Don’t think for a minute he won’t give Iran a loosening of sanctions but might provide them with nuclear plans that they might run with it.

I’m not at all sure that Iran can be stopped in its quest for a nuclear weapon and I’m not sure that our attempts will work. I know that nutty Pakistan and insane North Korea have nuclear weapons although I think it was Democrat administrations that allowed those to happen. Surely Russia still has nuclear technology from their Soviet Union days?

Point being, well I’m not sure beyond our normal defenses that America should be all over the world enforcing sanctions and inspecting centrifuges. I realize my opinions are naïve and while I’d be considered well-informed, like many Americans, Iran is far away to me and I don’t think they’ll ever be able to deliver a big bomb to our door. And the President-whisperer Jarrett knows this too. This is why Netanyahu took matters into his own hands and went around those people.

Let’s see how long Obama holds his breath and threatens to take his ball and go home.
I do not respond to comments on my posts. I certainly have no problem with such commentary and, indeed, encourage it. But I’ve written my piece and I don’t want to argue it further.

Please feel free to email me at if you want to send me a special comment or have any ideas or information you want to share.

NEXT : Got a big thing of my own I’m working on, involves my church, Steve Smyk, Joan Deaver and, of course, ME!

Got something to say? Go for it!