C-SPAN World

Brian Lamb is stepping down from heading C-SPAN, which he founded 33 years ago.

You don’t need me to tell you how wonderful C-SPAN is. But it’s worth remembering that C-SPAN didn’t have to happen, and it didn’t have to be a good as it is…it all seems so obvious to us, but none of it was sure to happen, and without Brian Lamb it might not have happened. It’s getting to be spring, so I’ll put it this way:

If we only got live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and the Senate, it would have been enough.

If we only got live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and the Senate and they filled the other hours with committee hearings, it would have been enough.

If we only got live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and the Senate and committee hearings and Prime Minister’s Question Time from Britain, it would have been enough.

If we only got live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and the Senate and committee hearings and Prime Minister’s Question Time from Britain and miscellaneous other British stuff including the ceremonial opening of Parliament and Australia and Canada too, it would have been enough.

If we only got live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and the Senate and committee hearings and Prime Minister’s Question Time from Britain and miscellaneous other British stuff including the ceremonial opening of Parliament and Australia and Canada too, and TV ads from the presidential race (back when you couldn’t get them elsewhere), it would have been enough.

If we only got live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and the Senate and committee hearings and Prime Minister’s Question Time from Britain and miscellaneous other British stuff including the ceremonial opening of Parliament and Australia and Canada too, and TV ads from the presidential race, and sub-presidential debates, local news election night coverage, and candidate appearances, it would have been enough.

If we only got live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and the Senate and committee hearings and Prime Minister’s Question Time from Britain and miscellaneous other British stuff including the ceremonial opening of Parliament and Australia and Canada too, and TV ads from the presidential race, and sub-presidential debates, local news election night coverage, and candidate appearances, and gavel-to-gavel coverage of the conventions, it would have been enough.

If we only got live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and the Senate and committee hearings and Prime Minister’s Question Time from Britain and miscellaneous other British stuff including the ceremonial opening of Parliament and Australia and Canada too, and TV ads from the presidential race, and sub-presidential debates, local news election night coverage, and candidate appearances, and gavel-to-gavel coverage of the conventions, and conference panels, it would have been enough.

If we only got live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and the Senate and committee hearings and Prime Minister’s Question Time from Britain and miscellaneous other British stuff including the ceremonial opening of Parliament and Australia and Canada too, and TV ads from the presidential race, and sub-presidential debates, local news election night coverage, and candidate appearances, and gavel-to-gavel coverage of the conventions, and conference panels and historical clips such as Inaugural Addresses and Convention Speeches (and again back before it was each to get that sort of thing elsewhere), it would have been enough.

But Brian Lamb brought us live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and the Senate and committee hearings and Prime Minister’s Question Time from Britain and miscellaneous other British stuff including the ceremonial opening of Parliament and Australia and Canada too, and TV ads from the presidential race, and sub-presidential debates, local news election night coverage, and candidate appearances, and gavel-to-gavel coverage of the conventions, and conference panels and historical clips such as Inaugural Addresses and Convention Speeches. And Book TV, and the Supreme Court and White House and other special series, and long-form interviews, and more and more and more.

Thank you for C-SPAN, Brian Lamb — a true Hero of the Republic.

[Cross-posted at A plain blog about politics]

Jonathan Bernstein

Jonathan Bernstein is a political scientist who writes about American politics, especially the presidency, Congress, parties, and elections.