This Week - - Segment A: A roundtable of Newt Gingrich (former Speaker of the House), Stephan Carter (Yale Law Professor), Robert Thompson (Editor at the Financial Times), and John Feinstein (NPR Sports commentator).
NEWT: proclaimed that the popularity of Bush is like that of FDR or JFK-that people have grown to like and feel comfortable with this president. Predictions: Saddam no longer in power; Republicans retake Senate and keep House.
THOMPSON: was boring but offered this, the recession will be, "a digitally compressed recession".
CARTER: Prediction: that the fat years leading to 2001 were not 'our' best and that the future will be one, which is better.
FEINSTEIN: Noted that results in sports are not life and death, but still important. Predictions: That the Olympics are lame and nothing more than a, "corporate television show". He also boldly suggested that George W would have to bring peace, to baseball.
SEGMENT B: Was a snore fest with Michael O'Hanlon from the Brookings Institution and Jeffrey Smith a former CIA General Counsel.
SEGMENT C: was the regular roundtable--Sam Donaldson, George Stephanopoulos, George Will and congressional correspondent Linda Douglass.
WILL: Speculated that long term December 13th (the terrorist attack in India) might be more important to the world than Sept. 11th.
STEPHANOPOULOS & DOUGLASS: both worried that Pakistan is a major problem because they don't have a formal no first use declaration. (Now that is something nobody, I mean nobody, ever talks about)
STEPHANOPOULOS: Bush can't stay up at 90% (Oh really? I thought the same thing about that pig Clinton, and he managed to stay at 60% for what seemed like forever)
WILL: countered that it would not be good if he stayed at 90% because that means that we are still under siege. He also predicted that the war will go under the radar (cops and special ops) until we get to Iraq. [He got into a little exchange with Sam Donaldson-Sam: “We can’t do that (war with Iraq like Afghanistan), we tired after the Gulf War. Will: “No we did not!”]
Prediction for 2002 elections:
WILL: “who knows,” the country is tied.
STEPHANOPOULOS: A split-Democrats take the House, lose the Senate
DONALDSON: Bucking conventional wisdom still hold out that Hillary Clinton will challenge Bush in 2004 if he gets in trouble.