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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 06/18/2012

Obama lost the Sunday news show cycle

I worried about Mitt Romney doing a Sunday show. There was no real upside. But he got through it. The person who made a mistake going on the Sunday shows was White House senior adviser David Plouffe. His answers on the administration's handling of leaks of national security information were so rehearsed, clumsy and full of forced distractions and faux frustration that if this interview at the Fox studio had been conducted by law enforcement instead of Chris Wallace, Plouffe would have been told he was going for a ride downtown to the police station for further questioning. The administration has something to hide. Plouffe could not have been more parsed, poorly prepared or unconvincing.

After the Fox debacle, Plouffe proceeded to ABC, where he told George Stephanopoulos that Romney and Republicans are for the "wealthy, more war, and more debt." Either Plouffe believes this and therefore a more contextualized statement isn't required, or he believes voters are stupid and will accept his assertions at face value. Even Stephanopoulos pushed back a little on the "more war" comment, but Plouffe stuck with it. Charges like this turn voters off and, until now, have been the currency of wannabe TV commentators who aim to be the one to say the nuttiest thing on TV that day in hopes for a return appearance.  

Politics is getting even stranger. It's hard to believe that the spokesperson sent to address the White House's handling of a criminal investigation of leaks of vital national security secrets is the same person sent out to throw comical, bombastic charges at the opposition. I guess the White House misses the old Al Sharpton, and Ed Rendell's thoughtful, adult style was never welcomed at the White House.

The White House is too parsed, glib and transparently partisan on every issue for its own good. It invites more unflattering questions and cynical assumptions.   

P.S. - The Daily Caller reporter who interrupted the president last week was out of line. Period. There is no excuse for that unprofessional, disrespectful behavior.

By  |  09:10 AM ET, 06/18/2012

 
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