Drag Out


It’s not that often that the Sunday talk shows turn from dueling marketing themes into a good old knock down, drag out fight, but yesterday on This Week, Karl Rove kicked the talking points out of David Plouffe. It was delightful.

“Karl and the Republicans would be familiar with that,” Plouffe retorted. “Under their leadership, they took us from big budget surpluses… to a $1.3 trillion deficit,” he said.

Rove hit back: “Look, you have run up more deficit, before this bill, in the first 20 months and 11 days of your term in office then was done in the entire Bush years!”

“Don’t be lecturing us about what you’re doing with the profligate spending that started last year with the failed stimulus bill,” Rove said, “and continued with your budget increases.”

It was too bad that Rove wasn’t in studio, as Plouffe had the chance to ignore him at times, but at the same time he got to talk for a lot longer and fill-in host Jonathan Karl had trouble interrupting him over satellite.

Plouffe said Democrats were helping to get the country back on track and address big issues like health care and that “the Republican Party, for the most part, is not lifting an oar to help row us…” Plouffe said.

“That’s bunk!” Rove interjected. “Republicans have offered a positive alternative on health care and you didn’t bother to have one meeting between March 5 of 2009 and February 25 of 2010 to discuss how the White House could involve some of those Republican ideas in the bill. Don’t give us that bunk,” Rove said.

With Stephanopoulos having moved on to Good Morning America, his show will soon be turned over to Christiane Amanpour. Will there be this kind of excitement with her at the helm?

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