Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Talk Talk: Bail Out Philanthropy

Sunday, December 7, 2008
Below are excerpts from this week's Talk Talk, Bail Out Philanthropy. 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, December 7, 2008 after watching "The Chris Matthews Show", Meet the Press and several Charlie Rose Interviews.

Newman: I think Obama believes that the relevant mindset here is the mindset of the American people, and that he won dramatically enough to have that be the determining mindset. And so his appointees will be taking on the positions of the American people. That is how he succeeds, it's how he pulls all of this off.

Salit: In a sense, that's what Chris Matthews was asking his panelists. What kind of room does he have to maneuver? John Heilemann says there are big problems to deal with but he had a big win. That gives him room.

Newman: Yes. And the assumption built in there is that his election represents more than just a normal election.

Read Talk Talk in its entirety here.

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