Hot Fudge Sunday March 20

Chu-ing up the airwaves: Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Sundays bring us the political talk shows. If you see something interesting on one of them, jump on the comment board and talk about it. Due to the nuclear crisis in Japan, this week is “Energy Secretary Steven Chu week”; he shows up on all of the majors. The only other significant topic of the week is Libya. Fox is the only one to continue to talk spending cuts…with nary a Democrat in sight. According to Politico, here is the lineup for this week’s shows:

Meet the Press (NBC) — Chu; plus chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Carl Levin (D-MI), and committee member Jeff Sessions (R-AL), to talk about Libya.

This Week (ABC) — Chu; plus former energy secretary and US ambassador to the UN (and former New Mexico governor) Bill Richardson, and former secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, to talk about Libya.

Face the Nation (CBS) — Chu; plus Representative Ed Markey (D-MA), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who will talk about Libya.

State of the Union (CNN) — Chu; plus ranking Armed Services Committee member John McCain (R-AZ), and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Joe Lieberman (I-CT), to talk about Libya.

Fox News Sunday — Chu; plus Senate Armed Services Committee members Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jack Reed (D-RI), to talk about Libya, and with Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to discuss cuts in federal spending. In this case, “fair and balanced” means covering both sides of the Republican Party’s views on spending cuts.

Newsmakers (CSPAN) — No Chu here. Instead, Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Gregory Jaczko will be here to talk about the troubled nuclear reactors in Japan.

Political Capital (Bloomberg TV) — No Chu here. Instead, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) will be here to talk about the future of nuclear energy.

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12 Responses to Hot Fudge Sunday March 20

  1. filistro says:

    On FOX News sunday, Lindsey Graham calls Obama a girly-man:

    Graham praised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, for reportedly pushing for military action during internal deliberations. “I thank God for strong women in the Obama administration,” he said. “I don’t know what finally got the president to act. But I am very worried that we are taking a backseat, not the leadership role.”

    LOL. That’s rich, isn’t it, from a party that has Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann as its most high-profile spokespeople?

  2. filistro says:

    Can somebody please give me the Cliff Notes version of the FNS segment on spending? I don’t get FOX up here, and the Freepers are too cranky and conflicted to be much help anymore, information-wise.


  3. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    Segment was tossed overboard for more Libya

  4. filistro says:

    Thanks, Max.

  5. Segment was tossed overboard for more Libya

    Such a shame…I was looking forward to that nice, fair, balanced discussion of right vs. ultra-right.

  6. Mr. Universe says:

    Correction: Chu was not on Meet the Press. Admiral Mullen was.

  7. Yep. Things change at the last minute, especially with rapidly changing events like Libya. Chu was originally scheduled for MTP. I hope he didn’t feel miffed about losing his top billing for the week. 😎

  8. mclever says:

    T Paw makes it official. His hat is in the ring for 2012.

    “As expected, Tim Pawlenty announced in a video message posted on Facebook that he’s launching a 2012 presidential exploratory committee.”

    He announced it on Facebook, so you know it’s for sure!

    Let the circus begin!

  9. filistro says:


    What’s more, Sarah Palin is in Israel today where she just said Americans shouldn’t diss the President on foreign soil…and then went on to diss the president in her next sentence. So maybe she’s about to launch her skillful, sure-footed campaign as well.

    Oh, man, this is going to be so much fun…

  10. So maybe she’s about to launch her skillful, sure-footed campaign as well.

    Sure-footed in sure-mouthed, it seems to me.

  11. Brian says:

    Is Pawlenty the first Republican to announce it?

  12. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    Herb Cain
    Makes TPaw 3rd

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