It is hard to say which is worse, for Republicans: appearing on the Sunday morning news shows, or not appearing on them. If they stay away, the Democrats have the airwaves to themselves. If they participate, they function mainly as targets at which hosts can hurl the day’s Democratic Party talking points. For the Republican to come out ahead, he has to be exceptionally skilled, like Marco Rubio.
Rubio was on Face the Nation this morning, and host Bob Schieffer–a complete hack–took the opportunity to castigate Republicans for failing to compromise with President Obama. “Compromise,” in this context, means to agree to tax increases which 1) in any other context could never get through Congress, and 2) are the opposite of the policies which voters elected them to carry out. Is that hard to figure out? For Bob Schieffer, apparently so. But Rubio acquitted himself well–so well, that Schieffer preferred to change the subject, first going after President Bush–as though he had something to do with the current debt limit issue–and then demanding to know Rubio’s views on Social Security. Rubio’s question to Schieffer–what is the President’s plan?–of course goes unanswered: