ABC This Week host Christiane Amanpour (11/6/11) kicked the show off with a pretty funny joke:
Clash of the titans in Texas last night, as Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich met for the first of a series of one-on-one Lincoln/Douglas-style debates.
Less funny was the show's very imbalanced roundtable discussion:
So let's bring in our roundtable: George Will, the Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington, former George W. Bush strategist Matthew Dowd, and historian and Newsweek columnist Niall Ferguson, author of the new book Civilization: The West and the Rest.
Three conservatives and the left-liberal Huffington.
But if anything, ABC's panel was teetering leftward. On NBC's Meet the Press:
Finally, our roundtablewill discuss ifthe state of the Republican race in flux now that the front-runner is engulfed in controversy. Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, Wall Street Journal editorial board member Kim Strassel, author of the new book Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero and host of MSNBC's Hardball Chris Matthews, and Politico senior political writer Maggie Haberman give their views.
Two conservatives, a Beltway reporter and Matthews, who described himself recently as a George W. Bush-voting pragmatist.
And on CBS's Face the Nation:
The guests are Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee Chair; Ed Rollins, former Bachmann campaign manager; Ken Blackwell, Perry supporter, Liz Cheney, Republican consultant and John Dickerson, CBS news political analyst.
So four conservatives and a reporter.