Every weekend CUIP's president Jacqueline Salit and strategist and philosopher Fred Newman watch the political talk shows and discuss them. Here are excerpts from their dialogues compiled on Sunday, April 5, 2009 after watching selections from "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," "Hardball with Chris Matthews," a Charlie Rose interview and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos".
Salit: We listened to the conversation between David Brooks and Mark Shields, and Brooks had a cautionary tale relative to the Wagoner thing. He says that it's the politicization of the industry, that when the government starts to pick winners and losers in the private sector, it's a problem. This point has been made before, relative to Lehman Brothers being allowed to go down vs. the other investment banks. But Brooks introduced this notion of politicization.
Salit: As he said, politicization without nationalization.
Newman: That's what Obama stands for. That's what he believes in.