A Sunday morning boycott

A SUNDAY MORNING BOYCOTT…. If I didn’t know better, I might think the McCain campaign lacked confidence in Sarah Palin.

This Sunday, November 2, is the final Sunday before Tuesday’s highly anticipated presidential election. Gov. Sarah Palin has thus far opted not to participate in what has become a campaign ritual: Interviews on the various Sunday talk show programs.

Well, all of the major Sunday talk shows — NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CNN’s “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer,” Fox’s “Fox News Sunday,” ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” — have now announced their weekend lineups and none were able to land an interview with the Alaska governor, just days before the election.

It should be noted: The last vice presidential candidate to avoid NBC’s “Meet the Press” — long a ratings and gravitas champ among its competitors — was…Dan Quayle.

It was just 48 hours ago that John McCain accused the Obama campaign of “boycotting” programs that ask “tough questions.”

The irony is rich.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.