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Opinion

Dan Payne

Sunday blues for Obama

MOST SUNDAYS, President Obama faces two obstacles: One is his administration’s own fault, for not putting forceful and knowledgeable policy advocates on the influential morning TV shows. The other is the networks’ fault, for booking a preponderance of Republican and right-wing talkers.

The Davids. Sometimes it seems like the only Obama representatives on the Sunday shows are political operatives David Axelrod and David Plouffe. They are both very good at running a sophisticated, national campaign. But they are not policy experts or cabinet secretaries or particularly good on TV. I’d rather hear about jobs from former labor secretary Robert Reich, who has national standing and doesn’t get sucked into the political muck of polling, positioning, swing states, etc. By contrast, can you even name Obama’s secretary of labor? Google says it’s Hilda Solis.

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