On Sunday morning, Dan Pfeiffer, a top adviser to President Obama, fanned out across five Sunday shows, in an effort to move the administration past the controversies that are currently distracting from the administration's second-term agenda.
On Sunday morning, Republicans insisted their fixation on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya last fall has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton and 2016.(1)
On Sunday morning, former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint previewed the primary conservative attack against the immigration bill, which is expected to begin winding its way through the Senate this month.
Kirsten Gillibrand generally leaves the Sunday morning duties to Chuck Schumer.
But this weekend, Gillibrand and Schumer earch appeared on a Sunday show, to make complementary cases for the gun control bills that the Senate is expected to take up this month.
On Sunday morning, four months after Mitt Romney badly lost an election he thought he'd win, the former Massachusetts governor sat down with Fox News for his first television interview about what went wrong and what his role might be in the Republican Party's future.
"I recognize that I lost, so I'm not going to be the leader of the Republican Party," he said. "Other people will take that mantle. But I want to have influence on getting our party into a position where we can be successful in solving the problems the country has."
On Sunday morning, Chuck Schumer shrugged off a weekend leak from the White House that showed the administration is sketching its own left-leaning legislation to address immigration reform.
"I know that Senator [Marco] Rubio was upset with this leak," said Schumer on CNN's "State of the Union." Asked if he was upset too, Schumer replied, "No, I am not upset."(3)
On Sunday morning, Colin Powell defended Chuck Hagel's nomination as defense secretary, and excoriated the current state of the Republican Party.
"There’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the Party," Powell said on "Meet the Press."
"What I do mean by that? I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities."
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made the rounds on Sunday morning to insist that taxes are no longer up for discussion, after last week's deal to avert the fiscal cliff, and signaled that Republicans are ready to fight over the debt ceiling.
The White House and John Boehner dug in on Sunday morning, assuring their respective bases that they'll stand strong in the negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner appeared on all five Sunday shows, and insisted that President Obama's existing budget proposal was a serious first offer in the negotiations, despite the fact it contains almost nothing House Republicans have demanded as part of any potential deal, and that it's Republicans who hold the keys to the deal.
On Sunday morning, after a slow holiday news week, the Sunday shows, like so many families, gave in to conversations about the movie of the moment, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."
In the movie, Abraham Lincoln cajoles Congress to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, and all the guests seemed to have an idea about what Obama could learn from "Lincoln," and from other past presidents.
The suggestions included: hosting a regular cocktail hour at the White House, locking legislators in the White House, taking a cross-country train trip, playing more golf with congressional leaders, stating his case more plainly to the public, and generally being more schmoozy with Congress and also more connected to the public.
Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham, who announced they would be working together on immigration reform, were among a number of senators from both parties who fanned out across the Sunday shows to argue whether Democrats had won a mandate on Tuesday night, when President Obama trounced MItt Romney by more than 100 electoral votes, and Democrats gained two seats in the Senate, despite having to defend some Republican-leaning territory.
Democrats claimed there was an obvious mandate for raising taxes on the highest-earners, and got some support from conservative columnist Bill Kristol on "Fox News Sunday."
On Sunday morning, amid the ongoing questions over the attacks in Benghazi and the predictable expressions of confidence from both presidential campaigns, the Sunday show guests tried to make sense of Hurricane Sandy and what effect such a late-breaking storm would have on tomorrow's outcome.
"The hurricane is what broke Romney's momentum," said Haley Barbour, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, on CNN's "State of the Union."
The big pitfall in picking Paul Ryan was supposed to be his controversial plan to overhaul Medicare. But on Sunday morning, Mitt Romney had a different problem with his running mate, who voted for the automatic defense cuts included in last year's debt ceiling deal that Romney now calls an "extraordinary miscalculation" on the part of House Republicans.
"That's a big mistake," said Romney, who was making his first appearance this cycle on "Meet the Press" with a two-part interview on his campaign bus, followed by an open-air, rooftop sit-down near his campaign headquarters. "I thought it was a mistake on the part of the White House to propose it. I think it was a mistake for Republicans to go along with it."(1)
Vice President Joe Biden strayed a little from the official administration position on gay marriage on Sunday morning.
"I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties," he said on Meet the Press.
Maloney turns the Secret Service affair into a women's issue; King turns it into a joke about Newt Gingrich
With the Secret Service scandal in Colombia consuming much of the conversation on Sunday morning, Representative Peter King said he continues to have "full confidence" in Secret Service director Mark Sullivan.