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November 28, 2010

IF IT'S SUNDAY.... You'll never guess who's on one of the Sunday morning public affairs talk shows.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is calling for "regime change" in North Korea -- and blames the recent crisis on the failings of Pyongyang's lone international supporter, China.

"It's time we talked about regime change in North Korea -- and I do not mean military action -- but I do believe that this is a very unstable regime," McCain told Candy Crowley Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." [...]

McCain, in his first appearance on the show, lit into Beijing, while tepidly endorsing China's plan for emergency multi-party talks. [emphasis added]

As a substantive matter, McCain's foreign policy analysis was strikingly superficial, which should only come as a surprise to those in the Washington establishment who continue to mistake the senator for someone who has an expertise in international affairs.

But I especially liked that line about this being McCain's first-ever appearance on "State of the Union." That's only true if one plays some semantics games -- the conservative Arizonan has been on the show many times, just not since the rebranding and change in hosts.

Indeed, the words "John McCain" and "first appearance" clearly don't belong in the same sentence when we're talking about the Sunday shows. This morning's appearance was McCain 26th appearance on a Sunday show just since President Obama's inauguration.

Since the president took office 22 months ago, McCain has been on CBS's "Face the Nation" five times (1.24.10, 10.25.09, 8.30.09, 4.26.09, and 2.8.09), NBC's "Meet the Press" six times (11.14.10, 6.27.10, 2.28.10, 12.6.09, 7.12.09, and 3.29.09), ABC's "This Week" four times (7.4.10, 9.27.09, 8.23.09, and 5.10.09), and "Fox News Sunday" six times (9.5.10, 4.18.10, 12.20.09, 7.2.09, 3.8.09, and 1.25.09). His appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" this morning is his fifth since Obama took office (11.28.10, 1.10.10, 10.11.09, 8.2.09, and 2.15.09).

If there's a good explanation for bookers' obsession with the failed presidential candidate, I can't think of it.

Steve Benen 10:10 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (26)

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The political media, with a few notable exceptions, is worthless.

If any of the hosts on the Sunday morning shows were competent, McCain wouldn't be willing to be a guest virtually every week. He would have been exposed as a know-nothing long ago.

Posted by: Holmes on November 28, 2010 at 10:18 AM | PERMALINK

"And I do not mean military action": in other words, while accepting that military action isn't feasible, let's bloviate about how somebody should "do something" about regime change in North Korea, without actually suggesting anything that isn't already being done or hasn't already been tried.

Posted by: Chris Kearin on November 28, 2010 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

"If there's a good explanation for bookers' obsession with the failed presidential candidate, I can't think of it."

He has a good agent. It's show business.

Posted by: SaintZak on November 28, 2010 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

It's because McSame is running again in 2012 on an "Obama fucked up" platform.

There is no person in all of history who thinks he's more entitled to the Presidency than McCain. In his mind, the black guy stole McCain's job.

Posted by: McCainHater420 on November 28, 2010 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

McCain comes cheap and can afford to pay his own expenses. Plus he can get away from his wife for a bit.

Posted by: Steve on November 28, 2010 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe they should just let Johnny Mac HOST one of the dmaned Sunday shows!
That way, between vacations, tennis or golf matches, we'd see LESS of his jowled puss.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on November 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

"Regime change"? How? North Korea should hold an election or something? Why not wish for each North Korean to get a pony while you're at it?

Posted by: Bat of Moon on November 28, 2010 at 10:54 AM | PERMALINK

Watch as John McCain morphs into Crusty the Clown on any a given Sunday hot-gasbag-talk-show! What a rerun! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on November 28, 2010 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

So, then, McCain's proposal is what? We ask politely for Kim Jong-il to retire and appoint John McCain as the next beloved leader? If you aren't talking about military, just how DO you talk about regime change in North Korea that isn't just "blah-blah-blah-blah" nonsense. Oh, wait, it's McCain. Never mind.

Posted by: biggerbox on November 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM | PERMALINK

maybe they have some kind of weird "dead pool" where they are betting on which show he keels over on?

Posted by: andyvillager on November 28, 2010 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

Every time I see McCain I thank God there weren't enough racists and/or idiots to elect him and his ridiculous running mate.

Posted by: max on November 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM | PERMALINK

Shorter: McAce is still gritting his teeth over the failed counting of ballots which left him spinning his wheels. If they had counted them the way he was entitled to, he would be preznit and would install the regime change he deems necessary. There would be no discussion and he would still have time to explain shit on Sunday TeeVee.

Posted by: Kevin (not the famous one) on November 28, 2010 at 12:05 PM | PERMALINK

Let's hope that one of these times when McLame doesn't know the answer to a question, he at least exercises his "street shout out" or "call a friend". Frankly, I think he's gotten more than 3 strikes and deserves to be dumped out on the street.

Posted by: mmm on November 28, 2010 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

"If there's a good explanation for bookers' obsession with the failed presidential candidate, I can't think of it."

I fondly remember John Kerry and Al Gore being invited on all the cable shows. Oh wait.

The obsession isn't with failed presidential candidates. The obsession is with re-litigating an election in which the producers and hosts believe that the electorate made the wrong decision.

Posted by: Sly on November 28, 2010 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

McCain has been constantly booked since the 2008 election for the same reasons he was booked before that election. He is a media icon for the Viet Nam War generation, the aging boomers. In that demographic, he is like Eisenhower was for the WWII generation. He is regarded as a hero with all the honorable military virtues, including the incredible belief that he is somehow above politics.

This is a status that the corporate press/media built for McCain as much as McCain built it for himself. I am sure it's complicated psychologically. Why is McCain treated this way while John Kerry, who was in many ways more heroic in the same era, is disdained?

Posted by: James E. Powell on November 28, 2010 at 1:03 PM | PERMALINK

Cause republican swift boat liars are more believable . . .

Posted by: Michael on November 28, 2010 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

Calling for "regime change"

And what rock has McSame been hiding under, for the last several months? "Regime change" IS what's going on now in North Korea, as Kim Jung Il passes the reins of power to his youngest son, Kim Jung Un. That's why it's been so crazy, why the sabers have been rattling and artillery booming.

Little Kim is proving his manhood to the military establishment of North Korea, and putting the US in our place. Kicking off another generation of Kims - a little less competant, a little more crazy, and with some degree of nuclear firepower.

Funny that McSame hasn't yet noticed. Guess he's still peeved about losing to Obama.

Posted by: zandru on November 28, 2010 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

What, you were expecting maybe an "Idi Amin" solution, aka, send the North Korean leaders into exile in China (ok, without the revolution)? Perhaps agree to downsize US forces in Korea and to keep them out of present day North Korea? Setup a transition government in the North that will eventually be integrated into South Korea, basically funded by the South, to rebuild the north? Ok, that would require a Maverick...

Posted by: golack on November 28, 2010 at 1:50 PM | PERMALINK

After Rachel Maddow's devastating rundown of McCain's almost psychotic position switching on virtually every issue, why is the media listening to him at all?

Oh, I guess they think his schizophrenic utterances allow them to show 'both sides' and be 'fair and balanced'???

He's almost senile, poor old dude, and the only thing that keeps him fired up is his absolute disbelief that the could have lost to Obama.

Not a good basis for news shows, is that?

Posted by: jjm on November 28, 2010 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

I wish someone ask McCain to comment on the 661 POWs who were returned home alive but have been ignored by McCain and what passes for media in this country.

Has he ever mentioned that he was not the only one held by VN?

Posted by: Sammy on November 28, 2010 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

All the Sunday shows are Republican-centric. They all have 2 Republicans for every Democratic guest. But if you want to see how that works for NBC's Meet the Press, check out the screenshots in the iPhone App store for the Meet the Press app.

Posted by: mm on November 28, 2010 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

Well, what did you expect from the lamestream media?

Posted by: exlibra on November 28, 2010 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

"...but I do believe that this is a very unstable regime," McCain told Candy Crowley Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

Brilliant insight! Of course, that's what everybody NOT living in North Korea thinks, too.

Posted by: Danton on November 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM | PERMALINK

The can't get anyone else to come onto their tired, old shows that few people watch anymore.

Posted by: getaclue on November 28, 2010 at 8:33 PM | PERMALINK

Ya know what freaked me out? That little bit of laughing. It seemed so 'inappropriate.'

Posted by: Wordsmith on November 28, 2010 at 9:56 PM | PERMALINK

He wrecked three airplanes (not counting the two that blew up underneath him.) If his daddy hadn't been an admiral, his naval career would have ended early on and we wouldn't be stuck having to listen to his crotchety twaddle every Sunday morning. Oh,and by the way John, thanks for unleashing The Shrew.

Posted by: d m nolan on November 28, 2010 at 10:57 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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