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March 30, 2009
By: dday

IF IT'S SUNDAY, IT'S JOHN MCCAIN.... John McCain appeared on Meet the Press this Sunday, and while the content was unremarkable, a little portion at the end was pretty revealing.

DAVID GREGORY: This is your 54th appearance on Meet the Press. Now I know you're a competitive guy. Bob Dole still holds the record at 63. And so we've been doing the calculations here. We think we can make this up, maybe within a year's time. If you're game for that.

JOHN MCCAIN: I'd love to try. Thank you, David.

DAVID GREGORY: Sen. McCain, thank you very much for being here.

David Gregory was making a joke. And yet there's still much to this that's remarkable. John McCain has appeared on Meet the Press - just one of the multiple Sunday morning talk shows - 54 times, and I would guess that most of them have come in the years since announcing for President in 1999, since before that he was a more obscure figure in Washington. I can't imagine there's anyone else even close to that number. And yet McCain is an easy guy to find on the Rolodex and get to appear on your show. It points to a staleness in the official discourse.

And while this was McCain's inaugural appearance on Meet The Press this year, he has done Face the Nation in 2009, Fox News Sunday on two occasions, and sat down with John King of CNN as well, not to mention the celebrated Twitter-view with George Stephanopoulos. That's 5 appearances and counting and we're only at the end of March. McCain is actually crushing the once-a-month appearance schedule that Gregory jokingly set out for him.

I should mention at this point that McCain lost the 2008 Presidential election.

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Sarah Palin is gaining on him.

Posted by: Ross Best on March 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

Hmmmm. Two Republicans hold the record of most appearances! Who'da thunk it?

Posted by: BernieO on March 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

Don't tell anyone at the neworks that McCain lost. They'll be SOOOOOOO pissed!

Posted by: c u n d gulag on March 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

Don't get me started. I watched the David Gregory interview of John McCain and I like to say that they were joined at the tonsils. What a love fest. Softball questions with no follow-up. It was embarrassing. David Gregory is just awful. The bit at the end really took me over the edge. The more I see of John McCain the more grateful I am that he is still the Senator from Arizona.

And another thing, I loved the way McCain talked about the support that is needed in the border states. It really makes me wonder exactly what was the Bush administration doing about Mexico and the drug war. I know, don't tell me, Mexico and the drug problem are only an issue now that Barack Obama is in the White House.

Posted by: Ladyhawke on March 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

Johnny Boy - How can we miss ya , if ya won't go away?
I don't recall anyone calling on Kerry after 04

Posted by: John R on March 30, 2009 at 2:58 PM | PERMALINK

"I should mention at this point that McCain lost the 2008 Presidential election."

You just have to rub it in, don't you? Enjoy it whild you can. The American people will return to their senses sooner than you think.

Posted by: Al on March 30, 2009 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

Or they could have somebody who makes the slightest difference in the world. Like, maybe, Sarah Palin. Interviewing a responsible Democrat would be too much ask, as would laying off the gotcha questions if they did. Anyone see yesterday's CNN interview with the two Blue Dogs, Conrad and some idiot from N.C.?

And speaking of Mac and Sarah, the old boy is pretty closemouthed on whether he'd support her in 12. Could he be thinking of running again? He'd only be next door to eighty. Maybe he could get Grassley for veep. Slogan: "Over a century and a half's worth of experience!"

Posted by: ericfree on March 30, 2009 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

That's 5 appearances and counting

When John McCain is the go-to person for discussions on the economy, you know your party is intellectually challenged. I only watched the Geithner portion of MTP, but I swear I've seen McCain more than 5 times this year, and most of his talk has been about the 1% issues - earmarks, AIG bonuses, auto union wages, etc.

Posted by: Danp on March 30, 2009 at 3:06 PM | PERMALINK

Wait, is he overexposed yet? Should we be talking about that instead of actual news?

Posted by: Personal Failure on March 30, 2009 at 3:10 PM | PERMALINK

And apart from running for President, the guy has not been a particularly prominent or powerful Senator. At least Dole was Majority Leader, as I recall.

Posted by: tc on March 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

Okay, can we have the counts for John Kerry and Al Gore? Okay, in their defense Al Gore wasn't a Senator after he lost. But what about John Kerry?

Posted by: DR on March 30, 2009 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

ugh, watching them talk is like watching slugs mate

Posted by: onceler on March 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

Meet the Press and The Washington Post are now known as The Daily Arizonan.

Posted by: LaurenM on March 30, 2009 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

and (unless Paul Rudd has finally passed him) McCain is The Daily Show's most-frequent guest.

liberal media. etc..

Posted by: cleek on March 30, 2009 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

I should mention at this point that McCain lost the 2008 Presidential election.

Yes, but you're overlooking the fact that he's sponsoring important new legislation that will... I mean he's *co*sponsoring important new legislation that'll... um... Check that. Meant to say that he's been instrumental in the ongoing negotiations about... errr... You're forgetting that he's an expert on... wait a minute. It'll come to me. Well, remember that he has a unique insight into...

Gaddammit, what's your point? The guy's entitled to spend a little time with his base, after all.

Posted by: junebug on March 30, 2009 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

If I was interested in what McCain had to say, I would have voted for him.

Posted by: qwerty on March 30, 2009 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

I didn't see McSilly's interview because I was too busy re-arranging my sock drawer. Did he happen to mention that secret plan for taking out bin Laden, the plan he talked about when he was running for President?

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on March 30, 2009 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

How many times has Noam Chomsky been on?

Posted by: Ed Dunkle on March 30, 2009 at 3:48 PM | PERMALINK

All well and good but I really need to know the size of his tele-prompter.

Posted by: Kevin on March 30, 2009 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

He doesn't feel relevant or important unless he's seen on TV. His tremendous ego needs recognition. It can't be anything else since he's been wrong on every issue and seldom has any keen insights and has a very shallow grasp of the issues.

He still insists that Bush's sectarian cleansing-neighborhood bombing-segregation and Iraqi displacement program known as the 'surge' was what saved Iraq despite the Sunni awakening (also know as re-employing the Iraq army Bush initially had fired, which started the insurgency) which was the turning point for bringing down the violence and should have been utilized from the very beginning.

McCain's understanding of things is if you nuke an island then the violence will be brought down. He should know how to win wars because he was a POW..captured in one. Will we ever be done with this man, this bundle of suppressed rage and greedy hypocrisy. He's very wealthy, has plenty of homes so why is he still in the senate? Oh yeah...recognition...the king/president complex to which being insignificant is death. MTP is an arm of the republican party where the message is controlled. Now that dems are in shouldn't we be seeing more of them rather than the likes of McCain...oh no...to MTP that translates into inviting Joe Lieberman on.

Posted by: bjobotts on March 30, 2009 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

MSM, bought and paid for by the Rethugs.

Posted by: SteveA on March 30, 2009 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

junebug That was priceless - I think you missed your calling as a comedy writer . It would make a good Tom Tomorrow strip

Posted by: John R on March 30, 2009 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

I see DAVID GREGORY was too much of a pussy whimp to hold any republicans feet to the fire about that horse shit budget those idiots tried to pretend they had...... And you wonder why no one trusts any media outlet.

Posted by: Ned Pepper on March 30, 2009 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

"The American people will return to their senses sooner than you think."

I look forward to Al's run for City Council in Chillicothe.

Posted by: red@cted on March 30, 2009 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

Bookers have small rolodexes. And McCain has a tire-swing.

Then again, Biden never seems to have turned down a chance to appear on the Sunday shows, either.

Posted by: pseudonymous in nc on March 30, 2009 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

For context, I wonder how many times Ted Kennedy has been on Meet The Press.

Posted by: dr sardonicus on March 30, 2009 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

but, ned, republicans wouldn't go on his show if gregory held their feet to the fire.

don't you understand the first thing about journamalism?

Posted by: karen marie on March 30, 2009 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

But dont forget: It's President Obama who is being overexposed by appearing on TV too much.

Posted by: TG Chicago on March 30, 2009 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

I watched NBC's Meet the Press while Tom Brokaw served as interim host after Tim Russert's death, but stopped once David Gregory took over the show.

Speaking for myself, David Gregory lost me the day I saw that disgraceful video footage of him as he clowned around assholishly onstage with best bud Karl Rove at the D.C. press corps' annual Gridiron Dinner.

I was so offended by that public mockery that I can't even look at this bozo anymore and still take him seriously as a bona fide reporter. Like Jake Tapper at ABC News, Gregory's a vacuous gossip with a media platform, and really nothing more.

I think as more of us choose to foreswear future viewings of the Sunday Beltway gasbag shows and instead seek out information elsewhere, the less relevant those fools will become over time.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on March 30, 2009 at 4:34 PM | PERMALINK

"David Gregory was making a joke."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Oh, and you know this, how?

Posted by: steve duncan on March 30, 2009 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

"David Gregory was making a joke."

David Gregory *is* a joke.

Posted by: synykyl on March 30, 2009 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, Meet the Press might make John McCain significant. Maybe David Gregory? No?!

Posted by: The Galloping Trollop on March 30, 2009 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

Al: "The American people will return to their senses sooner than you think."

They already did, Al. That's why you can now call Barack Obama "Mr. President" and Hillary Clinton "Madame Secretary" ...

And let me rub some more salt in your wounds, and note that at least we had some senses that we could return to, unlike some right-wing bimbos posting here who clearly don't embarrass easily.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on March 30, 2009 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

David Gregory is such a suck up. Tim Russert must be spinning in his grave

Posted by: Greytdog Δ on March 30, 2009 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

I'd note that loser Republicans serve a fine purpose as the public face of government as the economy worsens. They're hated anyway: for at least a couple of years I don't think they're going to get a lot of traction with the same bullshit they lost on.

Posted by: Righteous Bubba on March 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Is it just me, or does John McCain remind anyone else of "Dumber-than-Roadkill, the Unknown Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse"?

Posted by: S. Waybright on March 30, 2009 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

No-one has yet mentioned Gregory's stunt yesterday that got me to fire the remote at the TV --- very early on he put up a quote from the Washington Examiner (written by Byron York) and asked McCain to comment --- no mention of York (let alone explaining who he is) by Gregory, he just reads this anti-Obama quote like it is a mainstream view...What an ass...

Posted by: Fred B on March 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

I should mention at this point that McCain lost the 2008 Presidential election.

Please mention that to David Gregory. Also, while you are talking to him, could you see if he would start doing follow-up questions when Republicans make silly claims? Yesterday's interview made me cringe.

Posted by: freelunch on March 30, 2009 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

So-called liberal NPR also interviewed McCain last week - and indulged him with unwarranted praise - as I yelled at my radio asking what made him relevant.

Posted by: anonymous on March 30, 2009 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

David Gregory is such a suck up. Tim Russert must be spinning in his grave

So, why does he suck up to the losers?

Posted by: freelunch on March 30, 2009 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe the MSM whore press wants to elect his corpse in 2012.

Posted by: Medical Diagnosis by Video on March 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

I used to watch Tim Russert every week, I cannot watch Gregory, I cannot stand him, I have this feeling that if I never watch perhaps his ratings will drop and he will be dropped - I can dream!!!!

Posted by: JS on March 30, 2009 at 7:18 PM | PERMALINK

"I should mention at this point that McCain lost the 2008 Presidential election."

This is EXCELLENT news for the McCain campaign!

Posted by: Corporate Media Whores on March 30, 2009 at 9:00 PM | PERMALINK

The most important point is: Lame David Gregory presents McCain's pseudo-record as something McCain is responsible for, as if he scheduled himself on MTP. As my dog knows, MTP IS SETTING THE RECORD by inviting the ridiculous Arizonan on the show.

Talk about flim-flam and buck-passing...

Posted by: Howie Kurtznot on March 30, 2009 at 9:23 PM | PERMALINK

McCain spends so much time in Washington, he couldn't find Phoenix from I-17.

Posted by: david in norcal on March 30, 2009 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK

54 time too many.

Posted by: Luther on March 30, 2009 at 11:48 PM | PERMALINK

To paraphrase the media on November 4th 2008 after being trounced into mulch by Obama:

"This is good news for John McCain"

Posted by: Luther Brixton on March 31, 2009 at 3:40 AM | PERMALINK

Gringrich must be a close runner up to McCain.

But I would like someone (like Media Matters) calculate the total time the gas bags spend discussing the Clintons, v. the actual face time on the Sunday shows. The ratio has to be something like .0000001.

Posted by: esaud on March 31, 2009 at 7:12 AM | PERMALINK

Barack is the biggest celebrity in the WORLD!!!!

Posted by: CelebrityHunter on March 31, 2009 at 10:26 AM | PERMALINK

God forbid "Dancin' David" would get somebody on who actually understands what is going on with the economy and could discuss it. No, obviously, everyone would rather talk to the guy who lost the presidential election, big-time, because a large majority of Americans determined that he didn't know what he was talking about and lied constantly.

Posted by: Kathleen on March 31, 2009 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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