“Punting the Pundits“ is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.
The Sunday Talking Heads:
This Week: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ). Roundtable: Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, Donna Brazile, Stephen Hayes.
CBS’ Face The Nation: Abigail Thernstrom, Vice Chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University. Cornel West, Princeton University. John Fund, Wall Street Journal Columnist. Michael Gerson, Washington Post Columnist.
Chris Matthews: Amy Walter The Hotline; Howard Fineman Newsweek; John Heilemann New York Magazine; Cynthia Tucker Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Topics: Will African Americans Stick With Obama This Year? Will This Year’s Elections Be an Historic Wave Year, and Is it Better for Obama to Lose Control of Congress?
CNN’s State of the Union: Gen. Michael Hayden on national intelligence. FinReg with Mort Zuckerman. Christopher Edley Jr., Dean of University of California, Berkeley School of Law and past member of the Commission on Civil Rights, and contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute City Journal and conservative commentator John McWhorter on race.
Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Afghanistan – U.S. Special Representative Richard Holbrooke; plus Richard Haass, Council on Foreign Relations; George Packer, New Yorker and Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal. Then Harvard historian Niall Ferguson and Lord Robert Skidelsky: to spend or not to spend. Plus oil drilling in the Niger Delta.
Frank Rich: There’s a Battle Outside and It Is Still Ragin’
This country was rightly elated when it elected its first African-American president more than 20 months ago. That high was destined to abate, but we reached a new low last week. What does it say about America now, and where it is heading, that a racial provocateur, wielding a deceptively edited video, could not only smear an innocent woman but make every national institution that touched the story look bad? The White House, the N.A.A.C.P. and the news media were all soiled by this episode. Meanwhile, the majority of Americans, who believe in fundamental fairness for all, grapple with the poisonous residue left behind by the many powerful people of all stripes who served as accessories to a high-tech lynching.