Below are excerpts from this week's Talk Talk, Sitting by the Phone. Every Sunday CUIP's president Jacqueline Salit and strategist and philosopher Fred Newman watch the political talk shows and discuss them. Here are excerpts from their dialogue on Sunday, March 2, 2008 after watching "The Chris Matthews Show" and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
Newman: I think if Axelrod had greater skills in thinking on his feet, he could have stressed even more in his response to Wolfson something like: These big states you keep talking about that Hillary carried - California, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey - there's not one of them that's not going to go Democrat, even if we ran Donald Duck.
Newman: So your point is empty. Unless you're trying to tell us that Mrs. Clinton is going to go to California or New Jersey or New York (which she represents as one of two Democratic Senators) and say "Don't vote for Barack Obama." Unless you're saying that, then what you're saying just makes no sense whatsoever. So, Howard, tell me if that's what you're saying. Because the Democrats who are voting, the independents who are voting, the American people who are voting want to know if that's what Hillary Clinton is going to do. End of story..... [read more]