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I never watch the blessed things, myself – there are people who do that so I won’t have to, and God bless their sacrifice – but I do note who’s on them, because if you know who’s usually on them then you know when something unusual is going on. And something unusual is going on: the lineup this week is Robert Gibbs, Gov. Martin O’Malley, Brett O’Donnell (professional TV debate coach), Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Ed Gillespie, Newt Gingrich, Chuck Todd, Mike Murphy, Hilary Rosen (finally out of the penalty box?), Arnold Schwarzenegger, RNC chair Reince Priebus, and DNC figurehead chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
It would seem that both campaigns have decided to mostly skip this week’s festivities. Makes sense for Romney-Ryan – they had a great week, and are busy, accordingly – but Obama-Biden did not have a great week*. If there was ever a time for damage control, this is the time… but apparently the Democrats are hunkered down and buttoned up. Which is rather typical of them; and before you say ‘Good,’ remember: the Obama administration does the same thing with natsec problems, too.
[UPDATE]: Oh, wait, they also have Axelrod on. Yeah, that will save the Obama campaign. Not.
PS: Do click the link: Andrew Malcolm has some good snark this morning.
*When you are stuck trying to demagog Big Bird and act as if a 7.8 unemployment rate is great news, you by definition are not having a great week. When you apparently have to hide your record fundraising tally by reporting it on a Saturday, you are apparently having a sockelganger of a bad week; the kind where the full details don’t come out until everybody involved is out of office.
This was picked in honor of Representative Stupak’s fierce crusading hearing against the evils of… bottled water*. My wife mocked this one, and she doesn’t do politics. Anyway:
*Seriously. Although I should note that Stupak’s fellow-Democrats weren’t taking this as such, themselves, given that he was pretty much the only one there at the panel. Let me sum up the level to which your tax dollars were properly spent with this quote from the Milbank piece:
A small dog escaped from the Democratic staff room and made its way to the witness table before being apprehended.
You just know that was the high point of the proceedings.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.