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My Pick of Good Commentators
It is my opinion that anyone can call themselves a commentator. I only like the ones that seem to be correct over time. Sometimes party does not matter. Note that Dick Morris who was high on the commentator list but who claimed sweeping GOP victory in 2012 now seems Missing in Action. We should put his face on a milk carton. But some rise to glory, while others die. This is my take on the better ones.
While several people on Fox News have had panels, Brett Baier seems to get some of the very brightest, but yes he tries to throw in a liberal each day, some of them brighter than others, and some are a waste of time. He even lets them know how they are doing since he uses Bing for people at home to tell what they liked from what the commentators said and what they did not like. As you can guess, some of the bizarre dumb liberals get quite low grades.
His panel does change each day - not sure if it is rotation or whom is available - but yesterday (Tuesday - Nov 5, 2013) I was surprised to see of the three on the panel:
Dr. Ben Carson - the soft spoken very bright man also high in common sense who put Obama in his place when speaking at an Obama dinner. Soft spoken, but brilliant and ethical. A nice combination.
George Will 72 who I am getting quite impressed with after just a few outings, and he seems to be revered by the other panel people. I am not ready to say that George Will is my favorite commentator, but he and Charles Krauthammer, whom even Obama knows and invites to the White house, is in the running of my all time most impressive.
Mara Liasson from NPR radio was the token liberal. But Mara is not stupid. Yes she gives the Democrats every possible slant she can but unlike a few clowns like Juan Williams, Alan Colmes and some others, she never crosses the line into "stupid". So she is not a bad liberal to have on since she at least will not go along with stupid. In fact, it might be nice to hear what reasonable slant the Democrats could get. She also looks somewhat bug eyed when she switches to serious "watch my lips" mode, but ha ha, she could likely say worse than that about me.
Some others on at times that I think have merit:
Charles Krauthammer (Syndicated columnist), a very smart man who went in between being a PHD psychiatrist to a political news commentator switching back and forth is highly regarded by many. Yes I heard him make a financial error... once...but finance is not his field, and he in my mind is always worth listening to. Since he likes politics, he sometimes digs and has interesting tidbits and scoops. "Bing" results show him as being greatly revered by many.
Judge Jeanine Pirro who has been I thought a few times on the Baier panel is a total force and no one to fool with. Few people can get away with being extremely outspoken since what she says always seems extremely correct. She takes chances, but yet, I have never to this date found a day when I thought she was wrong. She of course also has her own show on Fox News weekends, that I find ... most interesting. Riveting might be another word.
Megyn Kelly who has her own show also shows up for Fox News commentator slots - but not sure I recall a Brett Baier spot. She is very bright, generally also quite polite and as such can be used in Fox News for sensitive things - like controlling election debates along with Brett Baier. There are days when I think Kelly and Baier are the same person, different genders. They seem to both understand fair, polite, and yet do not go in for "stupid" - and hence are both hard hitting while maintaining politeness. I cheered when Megyn Kelly got a better prime time news spot on Fox and now record her show... also. I understand that MSNBC complained to the ratings bureau when Megyn Kelly's ratings doubled the second day or so in her new prime time slot. Maybe instead of complaining, they should ask why.
Steven Hayes (Weekly Standard) is one that I would say is well above average. He might not be a Ben Carson, Justice Jeanine or George Will or Krauthammer, but he certainly is not stupid. I usually care about what he says. Like some of the others, Krauthammer included, he polls politicians and people in the battles and just does not make things up. Steven sometimes has some insight (scoops) that is not available from others - just as Krauthammer, George Will and Ben Carson do.
AB Stoddard (Magazine and Online "THE HILL") is a lady who is no dummy. I like listening to her and I honestly do not think I ever heard her saying anything dumb. Like the better commentators, ideology does not come before an obvious issue. I am not sure she has any scoops, but just is a very intelligent commentator who can put common sense together. Sometimes that is what we want, or I want, someone who takes stray information and make sense of it.
Andrew Napolitano (former Judge) pretty much goes straight by the constitution bill of rights and the law. I had seen him attack Bush in the past, and now he is all over Obama. He seems to not allow any legal nonsense. He might not be the best commentator, but he sort of provides a base line in keeping things in Washington from getting really stupid.
Brit Hume, Fox Commentator seems on the Fox payroll and shows up on many shows. I would put him lower than all of the above, but still, not a bad head. He sticks with the obvious and normally says nothing dumb, but unlike some of the above, is not likely to have a scoop.
Jonah Goldberg (LA TImes / National Review) is not at the level of the above folks, but is not stupid and sometimes has some good stuff to say.
MORE THAN THE ABOVE - There are more people, and some of them are decent, but the above I think are the big ones that impress me. I was just blown away yesterday seeing Dr. Ben Carson and George Will both on the panel together - a lot of power. And the liberal was Mara Liasson who is certainly no dummy. If you can get past Mara's bug eyes, she does at least "stay out of stupid" and I have to give her that much credit. She does not try and sell a dead horse, ha ha
Kirsten Powers ("Daily Beast") used to be way far left and openly lied for Obama. I am guessing but I think she got super low ratings for saying dumb things, like one day when very smart but also normally very polite Megyn Kelly sort of ripped Kirsten apart for being stupid. So now like Mara Liasson Kirsten at least tries to stop pushing liberalism when it goes from silly to stupid. She has gotten better. I still feel uncomfortable with the woman since she might be appeasing us in order to get a few votes and make some money. Mara Liasson was smarter in that I do not recall her going through a stupid period where she backed Obama regardless.
THE WORST ARE BELOW IN MY OPINION
(not on panels) Debbie Wasserman (where is my hyphen) Shultz, Demo party head and that seems all that is in her head. Her lies are so obvious that I would not be surprised if people throw up in front of her.
(sometimes on this panel) Juan Williams formerly of NPR until they fired him for not being left enough would back Obama if Obama killed and ate little kids on TV.
Alan Colmes? read the above on Juan Williams but add an exclamation point or two at the end.
(not on this panel, has own show) Sean Hannity - on the right - but he seems too low IQ level of an attack, and bites legs and gets repetitive. I was glad when Fox moved him more out of prime time to later and moved in Megyn Kelly who I think is far far smarter and a sort of female equivalent of Brett Baier meaning she sticks to the facts. It is no surprise to me that when Fox News wants a panel that should not be offensive to the left, they pick Brett Baier and Megyn Kelly
The Sunday version of this show, not Brett Baier also often picks on similar panel members.