BEST AND WORST GUESTS….ThinkProgress links today to this year’s survey by TVWeek about which guests TV bookers like and which ones they don’t. Here’s one category:


Leading vote-getter: Vice President Dick Cheney. “He doesn’t give a s***. He’s checked out,” said one respondent. “I don’t know what he does all day,” said another.

Also mentioned: Former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore (“just unwilling to do a long, serious, substantive interview”); Michelle Obama; Sen. Reid (“never does Sunday shows”); Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (“very hard to book”); Bill Clinton; Hillary Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams; Mr. Edwards; “someone who’s actually in charge of the war.”

After seeing Reid on the Daily Show last week I can understand why he doesn’t do the Sunday talkathons. I’ve never seen a guest so reluctant to open his mouth and say something. Pelosi isn’t as reticent, but apparently she’s very high maintenance (typical comments: “won’t come to the studio,” “wants the grandeur of her Speaker’s office,” “the queen — spare me”).

This is sort of unfortunate for the Democratic Party, isn’t it? I don’t suppose party leaders always have to be ones in front of the camera, but it would be nice to have ones who at least know how to play the game.

On the bright side, though, neither John Boehner nor Mitch McConnell even got mentioned in TVWeek’s survey. That’s even worse than being dissed, isn’t it?

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