What can viewers of the Sunday morning public-affairs shows see today? A whole lot of Republicans.
Looking at the lineups of the five major Sunday shows — NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’s “Face the Nation,” ABC’s “This Week,” Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday,” and CNN’s “State of the Union” — we see the following:
* 5 Republican presidential candidates (Paul on NBC, Bachmann on CBS, Huntsman on ABC, Perry on Fox, and Santorum on CNN)
* 2 Republican senators (Lindsey Graham on NBC and Mitch McConnell on Fox News)
* 1 Republican congressman (Steve King on CBS)
* 1 Republican governor (Terry Branstad on NBC)
* 1 Republican former governor (John Sununu on CNN)
* 2 Republican former congressmen (Bob Walker and Tom Davis on CNN)
* 1 Democratic senator (Dick Durbin on NBC)
* 1 former Obama White House official (Anita Dunn on CNN)
For those keeping score, that’s a 12 to 2 advantage for one party over the other.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But, Steve, this makes sense. We’re in the midst of a contentious race for the Republican presidential nomination, as evidenced by a debate just 12 hours ago. Of course the Sunday shows are going to have a lot of GOP voices on.”
My advice: if you’re looking for a great public-affairs show over the weekend, watch Chris Hayes.