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Is it just me or was he trying, and failing, to be giddy? I know this is a prime gig, but this is a somber occasion. I also hope that he drops 1600. I want to see someone else in that timeslot for a while.
I have heard a lot of interesting things about DG's appointment to MTP. First I hope that he is successful and proves us all wrong. That said, Mickey Kaus from Slate had this to say:How bad a choice was Gregory? Let me put it this way: I've heard George Stephanopoulos say interesting things. I've heard Tom Brokaw say interesting things. I've heard Mort Kondracke say interesting things. I've heard David Broder say interesting things, and Norah O'Donnell and David Gergen and Gwen Ifill and even (once) Sam Donaldson. I heard Tim Russert say interesting things. I've never heard David Gregory say an interesting thing. He is a can't-miss discussion-killer--the Sunday morning equivalent of Senator Montoya. ... But that's an insult to Sen. Montoya. Montoya didn't actually drain the Watergate hearings of interest. He just gave everyone a chance to take a brief break. ... Gregory seems not straightforwardly dull, but somehow goofily hollow. Hard to believe those people out "beyond the Potomac and beyond the Hudson River in New York City" won't pick up on this.It may just be that we haven't seen what he can do, but judging from his work on 1600, I am skeptical.
Chuck Todd is the best thing to happen to network news. I'm disappointed, but not surprised, NBC didn't select him for MTP.I hope he doesn't become plastic like the rest of the NBC news pundits. Most of those people are just plain condescending and/or arrogant toward Chuck.
Well said D.B. Yes, I will give him some time to transition, but as an interviewer/moderator I am skeptical. As someone outside Washinton, west of the Mississippi It's his... "I'm the smartest guy in the class and I know it, and you will know it too" attitude that wears on me. We shall see.
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