Hey, everyone! Remember a few weeks ago when GQ published a list of the most powerful people in Washington, DC, and then named Condoleezza Rice as the number one most powerful person in Washington, thus proving that GQ basically doesn't have a sodding clue what it's even talking about? Well Condi's POWER was on full display this past weekend, when she once again couldn't get anyone in the news to acknowledge her sad existence.
The secretary of state has always been considered a prize catch for the Sunday talk shows. But when the White House offered Condoleezza Rice for appearances eight days ago, after a week focused on Iraq, two programs took the unusual step of turning her down.Naturally, Schieffer's being polite, because everyone knows that the Senate Republicans are all out cornholing each other in public restrooms.
Executives at CBS and NBC say Rice no longer seems to be a key player on the war and that her cautious style makes her a frustrating guest.
"I expected we'd just get a repetition of the administration's talking points, which had already been well circulated," says Bob Schieffer, host of CBS's "Face the Nation," who questioned two senators instead. "We'd had a whole week of that with General Petraeus and President Bush. I thought it was more important to get a sense of where the Senate Republicans were."
A State Department spokesman issued a a non-denial denial type statement that just reeks of pity for Rice's lost cachet: "She was happy to have her Sunday morning back. There are lots of weekends where we're getting urgent phone calls requesting her to be on Sunday shows."
By the way, do you remember the last time a Sunday morning political show didn't bring on a guest on the grounds that they'd "just get a repetition of the administration's talking points?" The answer: September 6, 1927--the day before Philo Farnsworth invented the goddamned television!