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Church Chat, Beltway Style - Sports Edition

Filed By John Shields | July 19, 2009 8:00 AM | comments

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Here's what's coming up for the major network morning news shows today. In chronological order - broadcast channel-wise, in D.C. - that means 4, 5, 7 and 9. That would be NBC, FOX, ABC and CBS. Check channels and air times for a station near you.

And since it's July, and the Sotomayor hearings just ended - where every sports analogy was lobbed at the nominee - every network gets their own sport.

How cool is that?

NBC: Solitaire.

Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius explains the Obama administration's proposed health care plan. I wonder if she's going to talk about LGBTQ issues, which our own Dan O'Neill explains is rather important as we discuss the issues surrounding health care in America.

FOX: Softball.

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Republican Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin talk about .... what? HD signal down.

ABC: Golf.

ABC takes the week off to clear the way for the network's coverage of the British Open. Does any Brit not win this event? Whatev....

CBS: Lawn Bowling.

Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch and Democratic New York U.S. Representative Charles Rangel skate around the health care issues. Oh, and RNC Michael Steele is going to show up. To say what?

Even if you have cable (we don't) - turn the TV off. Move along, there's nothing to see here. Time to read a bit - call it Church Chat, the Extended Version (sports analogy, folks....).

From the NY Times: Baseball.

Frank Rich: They Got Some 'Splaining to Do

AS political theater, the Sonia Sotomayor hearings tanked faster than the 2008 Fred Thompson presidential campaign. They boasted no drama to rival the Clarence-Anita slapdown, the Bork hissy fits or the tearful exodus of Samuel Alito's wife. There was rarely a moment to match even the high point of the Senate's previous grilling of Sotomayor -- in 1997, when she was elevated to the Second Circuit. It was then that Senator John Ashcroft of Missouri previewed the brand of white male legal wisdom that would soon become his hallmark at the Bush Justice Department. "Do you believe there's a constitutional right to homosexual conduct by prisoners?" he asked. (She aced it: "No, sir.")

Maureen Dowd: Pharisees on the Potomac

Like cats that have lost their whiskers, the Republicans seem off balance now that they have lost their talent for hypocrisy.

Thomas Friedman: Teacher, Can We Leave Now? No.

I confess, I find it hard to come to Afghanistan and not ask: Why are we here? Who cares about the Taliban? Al Qaeda is gone. And if its leaders come back, well, that's why God created cruise missiles.

The Washington Post: Soccer.

Eugene Robinson: Black America's New Reality

President Obama's speech Thursday marking the 100th anniversary of the NAACP's founding was widely reported as a "tough love" message directed at black America. 'I've noticed that when I talk about personal responsibility in the African American community, that gets highlighted,' Obama said in an interview Friday.

'But then the whole other half of the speech, where I talked about government's responsibility . . . that somehow doesn't make news.'

President Obama's speech Thursday marking the 100th anniversary of the NAACP's founding was widely reported as a "tough love" message directed at black America. "I've noticed that when I talk about personal responsibility in the African American community, that gets highlighted," Obama said in an interview Friday. "But then the whole other half of the speech, where I talked about government's responsibility . . . that somehow doesn't make news."

Fair enough, but he misses the point.

And, finally - the LA Times: Moonwalking.

We came all this way to the moon, and yet the most significant thing we're seeing is our own home planet ..." Forty years after the first moonwalk, NASA has chosen to lead its anniversary coverage with Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders' comment about the Earth.

That fact alone shows how much the focus has changed since the first Space Age, when it seemed that everyone on Earth was looking outward into space.

Ironically, what made the astronauts different was that they alone could look back home.


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