After a respectful pause, Bill Carter and Jacques Sternberg of The New York Times begin the horse race on just who will replace Tim Russert on Meet The Press, that most prestigious of Sunday talk shows:
"Any open speculation about whom NBC might turn to was muted out of deference to Mr. Russert and his family. One manifestation of NBC’s reluctance to engage in any planning for its future was the network’s decision not to name a host for next week’s edition of 'Meet the Press.' The former NBC anchor, Tom Brokaw, filled in on Sunday, hosting a show devoted to a celebration of Mr. Russert’s career.
"But the list of potential names to assume the moderator role on 'Meet the Press' is already well known. From inside NBC, the potential candidates include the evening news anchor, Brian Williams, who would be doing double duty (as Mr. Schieffer did for a time at CBS), correspondents David Gregory and Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC hosts like Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough and Keith Olbermann. Several of those names are already lightning rods for critics, however."
We ask: Who do you think would be the best replacement?