A Great Analysis By... Meet The Press??


I was traveling yesterday and just caught up on Meet the Press via podcast this morning. Wow. I think they actually had a fascinating discussion about the Democratic race on there.

The trick is sharing that discussion with you. While the entire episode is available on NBC's website, the part I think is most interesting begins 18 minutes in, and NBC's video player does not let you fast forward. The guests discuss:

  • Obama's recent statement on Reagan (and the extreme distortion applied to it by the Clintons, and to a lesser extent John Edwards)
  • The awkwardness of the first female presidential frontrunner depending so much on her husband for defense
  • The unsubstantiated claims by Bill Clinton that he directly witnessed voter intimidation
  • The complexity of the black vote in South Carolina
They quote both Bill and Hillary either saying how they admire Ronald Reagan or saying that Democrats have no ideas. They have good video clips all around.

So here's what I'll do. First, a section from YouTube focusing on the Reagan comments and distortion:





and here's a later section talking about Obama v Clinton in the red states:





You can find the full show transcript and video here at NBC.

I try not to get caught up in the noise generated by the big media folks because it's all too easy to follow their lead, but in this case, like I said, I was shocked at the range of discussion and even depth in some cases.