Steve Benen: “Looking over the guest lists for all of the Sunday shows, viewers will see two Republican senators (McCain, Graham), three Republican House members (Boehner, Ryan, Schilling), three likely Republican presidential candidates (Barbour, Gingrich, Pawlenty) … and zero Democrats from Congress or the Obama administration.”
This right-wing tilt of Sunday shows is nothing new, but it also seems to me to be part of a trend of the media being confused about which party has a majority in the Senate. If you think back to the dark ages of 2009 and 2010 you’ll recall that the press generally took a skeptical view of liberal legislation passed by the House that stood no chance of securing 60 votes in the Senate. Such legislation would often be ignored as irrelevant, and coverage of it when it existed would focus on things like getting senators to point out that it was DOA or pestering House leaders about how they expected to get these ideas passed the Senate. And that was when Democrats actually had a majority in both Houses. But since the New Year, I keep hearing about the House GOP being lined up for confrontation with Barack Obama. But what about Harry Reid? Where are the questions for Paul Ryan, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, etc. about getting 60 votes for things? That means all the rock-ribbed conservative senators, plus Scott Brown and Olympia Snow and Susan Collins and Mark Kirk, then a dozen Democrats of one sort or another. That’s a high bar to pass.