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The New Crossfire?

By Kelly Thomas - Posted on 23 June 2010

Looks like CNN will be bringing a "Crossfire"-type show to Primetime. Interesting combination of personalities and background. Despite his disgraced exit from politics, Elliot Spitzer is a good debater and very knowledgable on various issues.  Many of us have a fondness for Kathleen Parker here at RFO. She seems to be among the dying breed of real Moderate Republicans out there. I hope the show does well.

Washington (CNN) - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Kathleen Parker will co-host a new hour long CNN primetime news program starting in the fall as the nation prepares for the 2010 midterm election, the network announced Wednesday morning.

The yet-to-be-named “roundtable discussion” program will air at 8 p.m. ET replacing Campbell Brown.

“Other cable news channels force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view; in contrast, CNN will be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas – presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country,” Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S., said in a statement released by the network. “Eliot and Kathleen are beholden to no vested interest – in fact, quite the opposite: they are renowned for taking on the most powerful targets and most important causes.”


I can't wait for the first political sex scandal that comes up once the show is on the air. Spitzer can be both point and counterpoint.

I don't trust hypocrites. He should have done jail time. Is there no concept of shame in this country any more?

Spitzer never struck me as good on television. I change the channel every time I see him. But, that's me!

Ignoring the scandal, he actually was a good governor in some respects (we realized that when Patterson starting to steer the ship.) But I agree, the hypocrisy is hard to overcome and ignore and he probably should have done some time. I did see him on a few cable shows since his shameful departure and he is impressive and passionate on various issues. Was he the best candidate for the show? Probably not, but Maddow is already committed to MSNBC : ) CNN probably liked the controversy surrounding him-perhaps good for ratings.

I voted for Spitzer and he talked a good game for his 14 months in office  He talked about all kinds of reinvestments in the state.  Then he disappears in a puff of perfume and SHAZAAM, there is no money in the state.

Even though I stand to be hit (possibly hard) by the budget actions in Albany (I guess we're neighbors somewhere along the line) Patterson is honest, no b.s. about the budget.  I don't know where Spitzer was going to get the money for the stuff he was talking about.

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