PRESIDENT GINGRICH ON ‘MTP’…. So, I was perusing the guest lists for the Sunday morning shows, wondering which channel would feature John McCain. (For the record, he hasn’t been booked for any of the shows — yet.) The line-up for “Meet the Press” stood out.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be on, which certainly makes sense, given her recent traveling. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be on, which also makes sense, given new education proposals unveiled this week.

And then, there are the other two guests.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), and civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton have been touring the country — visiting classrooms and talking with students — to highlight education issues and rally support for their proposed education reforms. We’ll join them on the road this week, then sit down with them Sunday morning for a live interview to discuss their plans to improve the quality of education in this country.

Seriously? Do the producers just not like us?

I have no idea why Gingrich and Sharpton — the original odd couple — are in a position to talk about education reform. The Secretary of Education? Sure. These two? Not so much.

This will, by the way, be Newt Gingrich’s fourth appearance on “Meet the Press” this year. The guy was run out of Congress by members of his own party more than a decade ago; he’s held no positions of influence or authority since; but he’s been a featured guest on “Meet the Press” every other month this year since March.


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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.