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Couric, Palin, and Bush: Everybody’s Talking About the Economy

So there may or may not be a debate tonight. Or Barack Obama may debate himself (calling Fred Armisen!). Or do a townhall. Or do a Q&A with Jim Leher. At this point we’ve given up predicting what the world might look like by noon today let alone twelve hours from now. What we do know is that overnight Washington Mutual bank had to be seized by the government and sold off in pieces — the largest seizure to take place in American history. Right now President George W. Bush is on the television talking about the $700 million bailout that fell apart, saying that any time you have legislation that is this big, that needs to be pushed through this quickly, there will be big challenges. Except! THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. Anyway, in case you missed it here’s the second part of Sarah Palin‘s interview with Katie Couric last night. She’s talking about the economy: “This is a crisis moment for America.” In so many ways.

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Denver ’08: Sunday Morning Talkers at the Shorenstein Brunch

100_2835.JPGThe Shorenstein brunch is underway (thus far free wireless signals appear to be rather easy to come by in Denver…hooray the future). The brunch opened with a tribute to Tim Russert and Joan Shorenstein (the Center was established in her memory). Judy Woodruff is moderating the panel, which includes the current Rushmore of Sunday morning television faces: Tom Brokaw, Bob Schieffer, and George Stephanopoulos. The three are discussing “The Press and the Election.” This is good stuff (and not just because the food and drinks are free), it’s too bad someone hasn’t thought to either televise this, or organize a similar event for television. Thus far Brokaw appears to fall on the side of “the media could have done a better job”: “the coverage was robust, sprawling, but uneven.” Shieffer says that the “coverage reflects the campaign” and generally it has “been very good, however, this time, there’s just so much more of it.” Stephanopolous is the most defensive of the three in terms of the job the press has done, he also notes that the current election season is “an entirely different process than the ones I worked on in ’88, ’92, and ’96.”

Brokaw also remarks on the fact the moderators of the upcoming presidential debates are all white men of a “certain age” (Brokaw, Shieffer, and Jim Leher).

I have suggested that we put up our social security records and have the candidates review them.
Says Brokaw: This has been a three act season. Act one was the primaries, act two is the conventions, and act three will start in September and be a sprint to the finish.”