Meet the Press hosts an IL SEN debate between Alexi Giannoulias (D) and Rep Mark Kirk (R), Time’s Joe Klein and Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan. Face the Nation hosts WH sr. adviser David Axelrod and ex-RNC Chair Ed Gillespie. This Week hosts CT SEN nominees Linda McMahon (R) and Richard Blumenthal (D), ex-Pakistan Pres. Pervez Musharraf and France’s Finance Minister Christine Lagarde. Fox News Sunday, with Bret Baier, hosts Reps. Eric Cantor, (R-VA) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), ex-Bush adviser Karl Rove and Dem consultant Joe Trippi. State of the Union hosts DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), ret. Gen. Michael Hayden, GOP strategist Whit Ayres and Dem pollster Celinda Lake.
“Is she running for president? … Again, hypotheticals. I mean, I don’t know.”DE SEN candidate Christine O’Donnell, on whether ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is qualified to be president, “Situation Room,” CNN, 10/7
Other Weekend Shows
Political Capital features Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) (Bloomberg, FRI, 7pm). Washington Week features Wall Street Journal’s David Wessel, New York Time’s Peter Baker, Time’s Michael Duffy and USA Today’s Joan Biskupic (PBS, FRI, 8pm). Real Time features authors Ricahrd Dawkins, P.J. O’Rourke and S.E. Cupp and New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin (HBO, FRI, 10pm). Situation Room features ex-Labor Sec. Robert Reich, Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore, Gov. Charlie Crist (I), Walter Mondale, Donald Trump and Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) (CNN, SAT, 6:30pm). Communicators features ex-FCC Chair’s Reed Hundt, Michael Powell and Kevin Martin. Guest reporter is Wall Street Journal’s Amy Schatz (C-SPAN, SAT, 6:30pm). Huckabee hosts TBD (FNC, SAT, 8pm). Chris Matthews Show features Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, New York Times’ David Brooks and BBC’s Katty Kay (NBC, SUN, check local listings). Wall Street Journal Report features equity strategist Doug Cliggott, film producer Lesley Chilcott, Success Charter Network CEO Eva Moskowitz and MONEY’s Walter Updegrave(C-SPAN, SUN, 10am/6pm). Newsmakers hosts Emily’s List’s Stephanie Schriock. Guest reporters are TBD (C-SPAN, SUN, 10am/6pm). Reliable Sources features Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and author Diane Dimond (CNN, SUN, 10am). Fareed Zakaria GPS features ex-car czar Steven Rattner, authors Richard Brookhiser and Robert Caro, Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan and San Francisco State Univ. prof. Charles Postel (CNN, SUN, 1pm). Q & A features author Ron Chernow (C-SPAN, SUN, 8pm).
This Morning On TV
“GMA” lead with the new report on Taliban guards at U.S. bases in Afghanistan and hosts ex-CNN host Lou Dobbs and Rick Sanchez. “Today” lead with the Amber Alert of two children abducted in Anaheim, CA. “Early Show” lead with the trapped Chilean miners.
Joe Mathieu is the Program Director of P.O.T.U.S., Sirius XM’s news and talk channel dedicated to covering the Politics of the United States. In addition to his duties as Program Director, he also hosts a daily 3-hour program called “The Press Pool,” covering the White House, Capitol Hill and breaking political stories around the country. Mathieu was one of the youngest news directors in the country while working at the Boch Broadcasting radio group in Hyannis, MA, from ‘96-‘98. In ‘98, he began working as a news anchor and editor at Metro Network News, and delivering reports on stations including DC101 and WASH-FM, here in D.C. Mathieu spent 7 years as managing editor and anchor at the CBS MarketWatch Radio Network, providing updates and analysis on the economy and financial markets to stations including 1010WINS New York, WBBM Chicago, WBZ Boston, WTOP Washington, but today he’s our Friday Feature!
Where’s your hometown? And what was it like growing up there?
Putnam, CT - a small, working-class mill town in Northeast Connecticut that suffered badly in the early ‘80s when so many manufacturing jobs were sent overseas. Funny thing is most people think every town in New England has a local yacht club where people sip martinis, and that is so far from true. It was the antithesis of Greenwich or the other tony NY suburbs. I learned a lot about people growing-up there. It’s also why I managed to start my radio career as a 14-year old, as the local radio station had the nerve to put me on the air.
What were you like in high school?
Fairly normal kid I guess. I was a lot more interested in making radio and playing guitar than I was in studying - thankfully one of them turned into a career.
What’s your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you’d like to reveal?)
Does throwing-up on the job count?! I realized a childhood dream last year when I flew in an F-16 fighter jet over the Nevada desert with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds squadron, and the experience was equal parts exciting and terrifying. We flew straight-up, straight-down, pulled NINE G-forces, did twists and rolls, and even broke the sound barrier. I actually thought I was going to die during most of it, but instead of dying I threw-up. A lot. Like three times. But, I’m proud to say that we still completed the full hour-long “profile,” and hey, how many people get to say they threw-up at the speed of sound?! Still, it was rather embarrassing to know the entire thing was captured on the cockpit video camera!
What is the most memorable critique/commentary received by a superior?
Never deal with important matters via email or memo. Always do things face-to-face. Sounds simple but most managers don’t do this, and I will forever be grateful for the advice from Frank Barnako, the former managing editor at CBS MarketWatch Radio. I later got his job and realized how important this was.
Guilty pleasure song of the moment?
Well it’s not “pop” - I couldn’t even name one contemporary pop song - but I’ve had the new Black Crowes acoustic album on heavy rotation in my car. Love the new version of “Girl From A Pawn Shop.”
What’s your favorite political book and why?
Ed Rollins book “Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms” had a big impact on me. It was highly entertaining, but more importantly it opened my eyes to the absolutely brutal nature of politics.
If you could have one super power to aid you in your job, what would it be?
The ability to clone oneself. I could really use the extra bodies.
If you could take a road trip with any person in history, who would it be and where will you be going?
I would ride with Mario Batali to anywhere in Italy.
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Left over smoked pork butt, prosciutto, some guanciale (look that one up). Yeah, lots of pork.
In one sentence, your best advice to young, fresh out-of-college journalists.
As a broadcaster, I tell all prospective journalists to start small. Don’t go to New York or DC until you learn to do everything in a small market. The money is awful, so you really need to want it. But, you won’t learn much if you start by chasing big call letters or big networks in the big city. There will always be exceptions to this rule, but I recommend making your bones in a place where you can have lots of different experiences, get lots of air time and build confidence. You’ll be much more valuable as a result.
Finish this sentence: Today I …
… worked 14 hours, did 3 shows (including my own) and somehow still managed to get home before my kid went to bed. Nov. 3rd couldn’t get here fast enough.
Maybe Another Tasing Is Needed
Ex-CNN host Rick Sanchez appeared on “GMA” this a.m. to talk about the controversy that got him fired from CNN last week.
Sanchez: “It’s tough. I screwed up.”
Sanchez, on why he said what he did: “I was tired. I’d been working 14-hour days for like 2 1/2 months. I was doing three shows. I was exhausted. … And I was a little impatient. And I said some things that I shouldn’t have said. And they were wrong. Not only were they wrong. They were offensive. And people were offended by it.”
Sanchez:, on screwing up: “It was my mistake. I screwed up. I take full responsibility. It’s not CNN. It’s Rick Sanchez. Rick Sanchez screwed up. I went in there with a chip on my shoulder. I was a little bit angry. And, look, I will be honest with you. I hope you don’t mind me saying it but I’m just going to say it. If you look at the landscape in our media, in primetime, there’s not a single Hispanic. There’s not a single African-American.”
Sanchez, on CNN: “CNN is a wonderful, wonderful organization that treated me well. And I owe them loyalty because they’ve been good to me. … If CNN ever takes me back, I’d be happy” (ABC, 10/8).
One’s Horse Keeper Is Another’s Illegal
The Nation reported 10/7 that ex-CNN host Lou Dobbs “relied on illegal immigrants to help maintain his homes,” while he “spoke out on the air against them” (AP, 10/7).
Well on MSNBC’s “Last Word,” Dobbs fought back. Dobbs: “I have never hired an illegal immigrant nor has any company that I own.” And said he has “been working very hard” to “come up with a compromise on illegal immigration.” But Dobbs admits: “The only person who would have been an illegal in any context would have been a landscaper who was working for the contractor working on my house in Florida. That may have happened. But that isn’t my employee.”
And Dobbs points out that “at no time” has he called “for the deportation, in this entire debate, of a single illegal immigrant” (MSNBC, 10/7). And on “GMA” this a.m., Dobbs held strong denying the allegations: “I never, ever used a contractor as a way in which to indirectly hire an illegal immigrant purposely. Never, never, never” (“ABC, 10/8).
Don’t Mess With The Silver Fox
CNN’s Anderson Cooper “is critical” of actor Vince Vaughn’s new movie, “The Dilemma,” due to the trailer starting “with the actor’s character saying, ‘Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay.’” Cooper went on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this past week to discuss bullying.
Cooper: “I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview, they thought that it was okay to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it. … I just find those words, those terms, we’ve got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids. … I think we need to really focus on what language we’re using and how we’re treating these kids” (Powers, Hollywood Reporter, 10/8).
Couric Talks A Lot
New York Post sources are claiming that “CNN appears especially eager to sign” CBS’s “Evening News” anchor Katie Couric now “the chances of her remaining at CBS are getting slimmer” and due to “Parker Spitzer” off “to a stumbling start.”
Time Warner’s CEO Jeff Bewkes said 10/6 CNN has the money “to pay for some of the biggest talent in TV News.” And CBS Pres. Les Moonves said this week: “The Katie Couric deal will be the last big deal of that kind ever done. Those days are over.” Moonves also commented on the state of TV news: “People are getting the news elsewhere. … Now, there is nothing that Katie Couric is saying that everybody doesn’t know already.”
Couric’s $16M/yr contract ends in May. But Post sources at CBS say: “Les and Katie remain close, so don’t be surprised if Katie stays.” However, friends of Couric say her reign at CBS “has not been happy” (Shain, New York Post, 10/8).
No McLovin’ For Colbert Nation
Grover Norquist‘s group “Americans for Tax Reform” is running an ad “against two vulnerable,” making note of Stephen Colbert’s “in-character testimony before a House panel” in Sept.
Narrator: “Instead of passing tax cuts, Washington liberals invited a comedian to Congress, and then went home.”
The ads will air in NV-03 “against” Rep. Dina Titus (D), and in KY-06 against Rep. Ben Chandler (D). In the NV spot, the narrator says: “Nevada’s not laughing. This November, send Dina Titus home for good.”
These aren’t the “first ads” to feature Colbert. Days after his testimony, the Committee for Truth In Politics “used the spectacle in an ad” against a Dem running for U.S. SEN - “though not an incumbent” (Wheaton, New York Times, 10/7).
What Did One Funny Man Say To Another Funny Man?
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert stopped by the “Late Show,” on 10/7 p.m. Here are some of the highlights:
Colbert, on whether he has a permit for his rally: “I do not. I didn’t know you had to have one. I thought it was like this land is your land, this land is my land. I want to hold a rally anywhere I want.”
Colbert, on some logistical problems with his rally: “Yeah, the Marine Corps marathon is the next day and they have all the port a potties. And they announced today that they are going to padlock them so my fans can’t use them. … Evidently if I join the Marines they will open them up again.”
Colbert, on the expected crowd size: “I see in the mid billions for my rally.”
Colbert, on whether he’ll make an appearance at Jon Stewart‘s rally: “I might try to disrupt Jon Stewart. … If I can’t find a place to do my rally because I know he has already, he has chosen the mall between the Washington Monument and the Capitol. And that is kind of where I wanted.”
More Colbert: “I might do what you do in college, if you have a roommate you don’t like, you just build a loft over their side of the room. I might build an eight foot loft over the entire Mall and have my rally on top.”
Colbert, on whether he’s heard from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) since he testified before Congress: “Not so much. Not yet. Not yet. But I hope she had a good time. Because I had, it was an honor. I had an amazing time.”
More Colbert: “If Congress asks you to testify, how do you say no? And I said, you know, I’m going to go down there I’m happy to bring attention to this issue if you think it would help in some way. But I’m going to do it the way I do it because there’s not other reason for me to go. And she goes that’s great that is what I want. And I said, now you don’t think that there is any chance that people are going to go, I don’t know, ape (bleep)? And she goes no! Absolutely not” (CBS, 10/7).
Jay Leno: “Well the White House now announced it’s going to install solar panels to conserve power. Is that the White House’s biggest problem right now, conserving power? How about staying in power? Try that. Work on that first. … And President Obama has moved up a long 12-day tour to India and Asia to right after the November election. Gee, I can’t imagine why he’d want to leave the country right after the midterm election. No, he’s going to tour India, he’s going to our Asia. I guess he wants to check up on American Jobs, you know, see how they’re doing. … oh, here you go. CNN’s ‘Parker Spitzer’ with Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer. That show premiered this week. It’s a one-hour show, which has gotta be strange for Eliot. I mean, the last time he was with a woman for an hour, it cost him $5,000” (“Tonight Show,” NBC, 10/7).
David Letterman: “Number 16 on the list of world’s most powerful women, Sarah Palin. Number 16. Uh-huh. Number 15, Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. Donald Trump is running for president, ladies and gentlemen. You know, I think it’s true. I mean he is not that kind of guy that would stage something like this for publicity. … I know it’s official because today he threw his hair into the ring. Happy birthday to Bo the White House dog. Bo is two years old. Bo is, I believe he is a Portuguese water dog and for a while people were worried that the Portuguese water dog would become an extinct breed. The Democrats know that feeling. Here now is the difference between Obama’s dog, Bo, and the economy. Obama fixed the dog. That’s the difference. … You know down in Delaware you have a witch running for Senate. And then so she then had a commercial and she comes on and she says I’m not a witch. And I’m thinking well that’s exactly what I witch would say, isn’t it, I mean think about it. I’m not a witch” (“Late Night,” CBS, 10/7).
Stephen Colbert: “Folks, the off-year elections are less than one month away, so it’s about time I kicked off my official mid-term coverage. … Now, one of the greatest tools to motivate voters in any election is fear. And there are two terrifyingly great ads out this year from Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle and Louisiana Senator David Vitter. … Holy frijoles! Those are the same hombres. Look at those two pictures. This is the most terrifying scenario of all. There aren’t enough stock photos of scary minorities out there to represent all the scary minorities we know have got to be out there. I mean, when you do a search for stock photos of hispanics, all you get are Mexicans, who I assume have been photoshopped to look like they love their families. Well, to address this tragic shortage, I have started my own fear-based photo licensing service, Fearstock.com. Here’s how it works. It’s just one photo of me, in a mildly threatening pose. But fearstock has special customization tools to make me in to the fear you need. For instance, if we move the skin tone slider from white to latte and then put a hammer in my hand, suddenly I’m a illegal immigrant from Guadalajara here to take your job. Now let’s replace that hammer with a glock, give me a lid and use the hat rotation tool. Now I’m a cholo gangbanger. Or returning to my natural pallor, we can use the lifestyle reorienter to crank up the gay. And we just add the straight husband I’m trying tempt with two tickets to Wicked. Anyway, Ms. Angle, Senator Vitter, next time use Fearstock.com for when reality is not as terrifying as you need it to be” (“Colbert Report,” Comedy Central, 10/7).
Jimmy Fallon: “Well, after a lot of speculation, Hillary Clinton said yesterday that she has no interest in running for Vice President in 2012. Hillary was like, ‘but you know who I think should run for vice president, Barack Obama. Because I’m running for President.’ … Listen to this. Lady Gaga me in ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Forbes list of the most powerful women in the world. I’m not saying Pelosi’s jealous, but today she showed up to work wearing a meat pantsuit. I’m not saying she’s jealous. Here’s some news about the New York Governor’s race. Carl Paladino‘s pit bull Duke bit another dog during a campaign stop this week. People who were there said he was growling, foaming at the mouth and completely out of control. And so was his pit bull” (“Late Night,” NBC, 10/8).TOP TEN SIGNS YOU’LL NEVER WIN A NOBEL PRIZE 10.You’ve nicknamed your abdominal muscles. 9.On application you misspelled “Nobel,” “Prize,” and “The.” 8.You had to clarify your past by saying, “I’m not a witch.” 7.Most of your “chemistry experiments” involve drinking large amounts of cold medicine. 6.Locked your keys in your failed car bomb 5.You only get nominated for the less prestigious Daytime Nobel Prize. 4.You read lame Top Ten Lists for a living. 3.At some point in your life, you’ve eaten a cheeseburger off a bathroom floor. 2.The word most frequently used: “Uhhhhhhhh…” 1.You once thought cocaine was gum (CBS, 10/7).
Rick Santorum brought two distinctive messages to the Republican presidential race. One, focused on restoring upward mobility, offered opportunities to expand the GOP’s audience. The second, reaffirming a militant cultural conservatism, threatened to narrow it. But the latter nonetheless seems more likely to lastingly affect his party — particularly the presidential hopes of the man who beat him, Mitt Romney.
Santorum’s focus on the erosion of upward mobility, particularly in blue-collar communities, was unusual for any politician but virtually unique among Republicans. While his GOP rivals (especially Romney) pretty much confined themselves to celebrating America as a land of unparalleled opportunity, Santorum correctly quoted academic research concluding that a young person born near the bottom of the income ladder now has a better chance of reaching the top rungs in many European countries than in the U.S.
He offered an unflinching explanation for that reversal. Although the knowledge-based economy is generating great rewards for those who conceive and design innovative products from computer tablets to solar panels, it does too little for people who work with their hands, largely because businesses are mostly manufacturing these innovations abroad. “We are creating all this new technology,” Santorum lamented in Marshalltown, Iowa, in December. “But we’re not building it here in the U.S.”
His diagnosis was much more unconventional than his solution, which revolved around the familiar Republican themes of cutting taxes and regulations for manufacturers. But, at his best, Santorum drew from his background in a Pennsylvania steel town to speak with conviction and compassion about the costs of narrowing opportunity in working-class America.
With his attention to blue-collar distress, the former senator offered Republicans a path to enlarge their advantage among white working-class voters. But even Romney’s advisers acknowledge that, given his privileged background, he is unlikely to convincingly seize that baton. Santorum’s conservative economic nationalism, like that of Pat Buchanan before him, will likely prove more of a novelty than a model for the GOP.
Santorum’s staunch social conservatism, by contrast, will probably cast a more enduring shadow. In his campaign, those issues consistently eclipsed his economic message and left him overly dependent on the votes of one faction, evangelical Christians. (Ironically, Santorum’s inability to carry his fellow Catholics in battlegrounds such as Michigan and Ohio probably doomed his campaign.)
He stoked his socially conservative base with a stream of vehement pronouncements — pledging to expose “the dangers of contraception”; insisting that states should be allowed to ban birth control (while declaring that he himself would vote against such a ban); accusing President Obama of practicing a “phony theology”; and asserting that John F. Kennedy’s famous speech on the separation of church and state made him “throw up.” Santorum’s unrelenting ardor shifted the race’s focus from the economic issues that Romney preferred to cultural confrontations, a movement reinforced by a series of concurrent events that included the GOP backlash against Obama’s rule requiring religiously based employers to fund contraception in health insurance and Rush Limbaugh’s denunciation of a young woman supporting Obama as a “slut.”
Romney didn’t match the vitriol from Santorum (or Limbaugh), but he never renounced it either. And Romney embraced comparable positions, proposing to terminate all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, to end federal family-planning money for low-income women, and to allow employers to deny contraceptive coverage if it violated their moral beliefs. “Romney has inextricably identified himself with that current in Republican thinking,” insists Democratic pollster Geoff Garin. “And women have noticed that.”
Romney doesn’t have a problem with all women: Polls show him leading solidly among blue-collar white women. But Obama has opened commanding leads with the electorate’s most socially liberal component: white women with at least a four-year college degree. He won 52 percent of those voters in 2008; an ABC News/Washington Post poll this week, echoing other recent surveys, showed an unprecedented 60 percent of these women backing the president against Romney. If Obama can stay close to that number, he can lose about two-thirds of all other whites and still win reelection (so long as he remains strong among minorities, as seems likely).
Romney began trying to dig out this week by hitting Obama’s economic record for women. But the White House believes that many upscale women are feeling secure enough about the economy to vote on their cultural liberalism. If that equation holds through November, Romney may rue his decision not to paddle against the surging conservative current on social issues that Santorum unleashed with his unlikely ascent.
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"Even as he acknowledged the importance of an open internet, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday set his telecom agency on a course to scrap the tough, broad net neutrality protections imposed by the Obama administration. During a major speech in Washington, D.C., Pai outlined the need for a total revision of existing federal rules that seek to prevent companies like AT&T, Charter, Comcast and Verizon from blocking or slowing down web content, including the movie or music offerings from their competitors." Separately, Pai told Reason's Nick Gillespie that the Clinton Administration "basically got it right when it came to digital infrastructure. We were not living in a digital dystopia in the years leading up to 2015."
The White House on Wednesday laid out its plan for tax reform, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying it would be "the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country." The tax code would be broken down into just three tax brackets, with the highest personal income tax rate cut from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. The plan would also slash the tax rate on corporations and small businesses from 35 percent to 15 percent. "The White House plan is a set of principles with few details, but it’s designed to be the starting point of a major push to urge Congress to pass a comprehensive tax reform package this year," said National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement today established the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE), as called for in a presidential executive order from January. The new office's website states that its staff "will be guided by a singular, straightforward mission—to ensure victims and their families have access to releasable information about a perpetrator and to offer assistance explaining the immigration removal process."