Ok, CNN … I Probably Would Watch This

A few weeks ago, Ricochet member Butters asked who we’d prefer to see as the co-hosts of a revamped version of CNN’s Crossfire. The network now seems to be further down the road to answering that question for itself. From Politico:

Sources now tell POLITICO that the network is in discussions with former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter about roles on the show.

Not an awful idea — at least on our side of the spectrum. Newt, as we all learned last year, can make for appointment television. Now, you run the risk of destroying that if you weigh him down with too many pure hosting responsibilities, so you probably need a professional broadcaster in there doing the moderation. But there are few things that could as effectively unravel the notion that Republicans are the stupid party than giving Newt a regular platform from which to debate the left.

Cutter — I’m not so sure. To be honest, I had to Google some of her old media appearances to remember how she even presents on camera — in and of itself, not a good sign. She’s telegenic, I suppose, but not someone you can easily envision holding up on the receiving end of the Gingrich rhetorical blitzkrieg. It also seems slightly unbalanced placing a former Speaker of the House with a considerable legacy up against a political operative of fairly recent vintage.

My recommendation for CNN: consider representing the left with another politician who, like Newt, is well past his electoral sell-by date, intelligent, articulate, and willing to make his own party uncomfortable from time to time. Bonus points if he’s somebody who has experience being paired with the former speaker.

I’d probably tune in to the Gingrich-Dean edition of Crossfire:

  1. ParisParamus

    The problem with the idea for a new CrossFire is that calling BS on liberalism requires more time than attacking conservatism does.  So, unless a certain amount of time is spent debating issues, liberalism is never vetted, while conservatism can be made to look “mean.”

    Newt is, I suppose, as good as it gets to in putting liberals in their place.

  2. Mendel
    Troy Senik, Ed.: 

    My recommendation for CNN: consider representing the left with another politician who, like Newt, is well past his electoral sell-by date, intelligent, articulate, and willing to make his own party uncomfortable from time to time. 

    I have the perfect sparring partner for Newt Gingrich: Newt Gingrich.

    Seriously, the guy has endorsed the liberal position on almost every issue at some point in his career, and he is so adept at fluidly linking disparate ideas that he could easily defend opposing opinions simultaneously without anyone noticing the contradiction.

  3. R. Craigen

    It’ll work if they roughly format it like Hannity and Colmes, and let Gingrich play Colmes.  Yeah I know that sounds awful to start with, but think about what Newt does best:  He goes to the heart of an opponent’s assumptions and shows how unreasonable it is.    We need this kind of message injected into primetime, and it would be great to see it on CNN.  I don’t care if it’s a smaller portion of the segment, as long as he gets the last word.  In fact, it’s better if the opponent lays down their memes first, because Newt is best when he riffs off the other guy’s inanities.

  4. DocJay

    Cutter is a fool and will not market well.

    Howard Dean will though.  Would I watch him,  Yeeeeeaaaaaahh!

  5. Percival

    In addition to Mendel’s apt observation, the problem with having Newt represent the Right is that if you give him enough time, eventually he’s going to say something so bone-stupid that only a genius could promulgate it.

  6. Duane Oyen

    If Newt can resist talking about “vulture capitalists” and the like when it is politically convenient, he’d be great. 

  7. Steven Potter

    I tire of the antagonistic format of these shows where it becomes more about scoring style points than making substantive remarks (didn’t we get enough of that with 10 years of GOP debates?).  They end up looking like the Dana Carvey parody of The McLaughlin Group show.  Though, Newt Gingrich would be an excellent person for our side in that format as long as he doesn’t start spit-balling ideas.  As R. Craigen said, Speaker Gingrich has a great ability to cut right to the heart of the opponent’s assumptions.

    I’d rather see CNN pick up Uncommon Knowledge.  Have one long period of commercials in the middle of the show and no interruptions before or after.

  8. Pseudodionysius

    Piers Morgan the host who sounds like a bottle of rum.

  9. Fricosis Guy
    Steven Potter: I’d rather see CNN pick up Uncommon Knowledge.  Have one long period of commercials in the middle of the show and no interruptions before or after. · 2 minutes ago

    Now there’s an idea. I second.

  10. BrentB67

    Cutter is easy on the eyes (I am really getting old to have just typed that) and does exceptionally well at regurgitating campaign talking points with heartfelt sincerity that approaches that of Bill Clinton on an off day.

    I don’t recall seeing her in a spontaneous, think on your feet, type engagement and have my doubts she can hold her own against Newt. 

    I agree with Newt on most things and not sure I could hold my own with him.

  11. Misthiocracy

    As expected, a partisan hack who will always defend the Democrats vs. an independent-minded conservative who’ll criticize the Republicans when they deserve it.

    If this actually happens it’ll be a big win for the Democrats.

  12. Ontos

    No, I see this as a Disaster for conservatives.   Newt has a perverse streak of agreeing with liberal women:  see Hilary and Pelosi.  Cutter is a snark pure and simple.  Lightweight intellectually but aggressive in attacking and  using the tactical weapons at hand [being the woman] with Newt.  Newt will look exasperated, even simmering, and then as angry; and that will be played as boorishness.  

  13. KC Mulville

    I’m not a fan of Stephanie Cutter. 

    How’s this for a suggestion: Bill Bradley, former senator from Jersey, basketball legend. 

    I haven’t heard him lately. I think he does a radio show. But he always struck me as a sharp guy who knew his history. He could carry himself with Gingrich.

  14. Jerry Carroll

    Jim Carrey. He’s proved he’s dumb and dumber, but dumbest has proved a bridge too far.  Michael Moore is looking over his shoulder though.

  15. Antiphon

    How drunk is Dean in this video? I’m guessing he hits a flask when Newt is rebutting.

  16. JimGoneWild

    I’m for a debate format. Each day or week, have new guests. These guests would know a head of time what the subject will be and who their opponent will be.

    It won’t be perfect. Style will win the day because that is what TV is nearly all about. Perhaps, we can get people to start listening and thinking, rather than how cool the put-down was.

    Buckley’s Firing Line went on for years.

  17. Lavaux

    Cutter won’t be honest when doing so hurts Democrats. Newt can’t be honest when doing so hurts Newt. So with these two hosts, Crossfire will become a series of disconnected rants aimed at elevating Democrats and Newt at the expense of their opponents – the GOP and individual Republicans who stand athwart Newt’s ambitions. 

    By the way, Newt was a disaster in the debate clip. America can’t implement the German model because Americans aren’t Germans. Does Newt really believe that he can hand over control of American manufacturing to labor unions and get the same results as the Germans got? If so, the most dangerous man on that stage was Newt, not Howard the Red.

  18. Jeff Shepherd

    Cutter, when pressed, looks unstable and like she’s about to explode – maybe it’s just me just me but I see it in her eyes and the weird mouth twitch.