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: