Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Little Of The Old In And Out

(image via hulu)

In: NBC News. There are several reasons why this is a good time for NBC: 1) In the Evening News Ratings for the week of September 22nd, NBC tied ABC to top the 25-54 demographic with 2,570,000 viewers. 2) NBCOlympics.com claims to have drawn 7 million viewers. 3) On the "Meet The Press" host question, according to the NyTimes, "[NBC] is leaning toward an ensemble of hosts that would be led by Chuck Todd, NBC's political director, and include David Gregory." And 4) CNBC -- the financial arm of the Peacock Network -- is doing gangbusters covering the financial news story of the millennium.

Out: Roy Blunt. Counting heads and "cracking the whip," when necessary, are the two skills that House Whips need to have in abundance if they are going to do their jobs correctly. Roy Blunt, unfortunately, seems to be having some problems with his numeracy, as evidenced by his short count on yesterday's bailout bill. From TheHill:

"When Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) went to the floor on Monday, he anticipated that 75 House Republicans would vote for the revamped financial rescue package.

"But only 65 voted for it.

"Had 75 voted yes, the rescue plan would have been within striking distance of passing the lower chamber."

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