Next up is what I call the "Y Factor"—which is to say, Hillary's lack of a Y chromosome.
And last, but certainly not least, is the prospective GOP field.
This is not the same clown car as 2012; their talent pool now includes rising stars (Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio), seasoned pros (Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Romney/Ryan), powerful governors (Chris Christie, Scott.Walker@Wisconsin.Gov), token blacks (Dr. Ben Carson, Allen West), and Bobby Jindal—to say nothing of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin.
Bottom line: Let's not count our chickens before they hatch.
Meet The Press: National Security Adviser Susan Rice; Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird; Michael Brune (Sierra Club); Roundtable: David Brooks (New York Times), Helene Cooper (New York Times), Judy Woodruff (PBS) and Chris Matthews (MSNBC).Evening lineup:
Face The Nation: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Political Roundtable: Jonathan Martin (New York Times), Dan Balz (Washington Post), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report) and John Dickerson (CBS News); Foreign Policy Roundtable: Margaret Brennan (CBS News) and Bobby Gosh (TIME).
This Week: Former President George W. Bush (R); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd and Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard).
Fox News Sunday: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R); Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Michael Needham (Heritage Action for America) and Juan Williams (Fox News).
State of the Union: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R); Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D); Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R); Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D); Actor Joe Morton; Roundtable: Robert Costa (Washington Post), Democratic Strategist Penny Lee and Ramesh Ponnuru (National Review).
60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Frank Hall, a football coach at Chardon High School in Ohio , who chased a gunman out of the school in 2012 (preview); an interview with master art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi (preview); and, an interview with actor Liam Neeson (preview).
On Comedy Central...
"Daily Show" correspondent Jason Jones charted communist Russia's transformation into the ultimate red state.
Monday: Author/Journalist Hooman Majd
Tuesday: Physicist Michio Kaku
Wednesday: Actor Liam Neeson
Thursday: Author Kevin Roose
And Stephen Colbert grappled with gender diversity.
Monday: Singer/Actress Darlene Love
Tuesday: Musician St. Vincent
Wednesday: Olympic Gold Medalists in Ice Dancing Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Thursday: Actor Jeff Goldblum
Former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) reminded us who America's real Founding Father is.
DeLay said that Americans have forgotten "that God created this nation [and] that He wrote the Constitution, that it's based on biblical principles," but he is also optimistic that the tide is beginning to shift, noting that when he was in Congress, he sealed off the rotunda in the Capitol building so that leaders from Congress could come together for three hours to get on their knees and seek the face of God.
Bristol Palin found inspiration of her own in God's words.
"Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth." Proverbs 10:4
I came across this Scripture and wanted to pass it along. I love it because it reminds me of my parents and the work ethic they instilled in all of us kids. If you want something, you go out and work for it.
No one owes you anything, and I'm embarrassed to be in a generation that doesn't have that mindset.
Honest, hard work, is the only way to do it right. Don't rely on anyone to provide for you.
The world doesn't owe you anything!
And, in related news...
Professional wordsmith Peggy Noonan railed against our decadent elites.
And it is all about the behavior of our elites, our upper classes, which we define now in a practical sense as those who are successful, affluent and powerful. This group not only includes but is almost limited to our political class, Wall Street, and the media, from Hollywood to the news divisions.
They're all kind of running America.
They all seem increasingly decadent.
The stupid, it burns.