A roundtable you’ll want to miss

A ROUNDTABLE YOU’LL WANT TO MISS…. ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos posted an item yesterday, letting viewers know what to expect on Sunday’s episode of “This Week.” In addition to an exclusive interview with Vice President Biden in Iraq….

We’ve also got a terrific Roundtable.

George Will is back. He’ll be joined by Liz Cheney, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker and former Bush-Cheney strategist and ABC News contributor Matthew Dowd to talk about comedian turned Senator Al Franken and what his addition to the senate means for the Democrats and the latest on Governor Mark Sanford’s future in South Carolina.

You don’t want to miss this show.

Or, maybe you do.

It’s the kind of ideological balance we’ve come to expect on the Sunday morning shows. Consider the breakdown of the four roundtable guests: one conservative pundit (Will), one liberal pundit (Tucker), and two former employees of the Bush/Cheney team, including yet another appearance for the former vice president’s daughter.

Now, I realize that Matt Dowd has been critical of his former boss, and can’t be described as a reflexive Republican ideologue. But that hardly improves the “balance” of the panel — two conservatives, a liberal, and an ABC pundit who was the chief campaign strategist for Bush/Cheney in 2004.

Typical.

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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.