Crossfire – And Newt Gingrich – Return

Tonight at 6:30 pm (hey, that’s about now), CNN will reboot Crossfire.  It will feature “meaningful debate and not a cheap date” according to one online description the Google just provided me.

I’m hopeful that the hosts will actually create an environment where issues of the day can be rationally discussed.  I’m also keenly aware that rational debate usually loses to shrill voices that chase ratings and pageviews over thoughtful discussions over governance.  Let’s hope CNN understands this, and invests in this show as part of a brand that needs to distinguish itself as an information source over their “competitors” that seem to prefer an offering of infotainment.

The show also marks the public return of Newt Gingrich – the man who has not yet lived all of his nine lives of politics.  I see this as a good thing.  Gingrich has been many things, and has hit most pegs on the positive and negative ends of the political spectrum.  But when he’s good, he’s very very good, especially when he’s focused, makes regular attempts at self discipline, and asserts and articulates reasonable debate.

I’m also looking forward to S.E. Cupp.  I’m prepared to tolerate Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones as part of the process.

I have measured but high hopes for this show.  CNN (the local guys) needs it.  But if done right, it should also be a show that current political media needs.  Let’s hope they do it right.


  1. Charlie says:

    Initial thoughts:

    Both Gingrich and Cutter will have to adjust to being host rather than subject. That will come in time, and they otherwise handled it well.

    Says a lot that the “right” brought a potential Presidential candidate (and I guess a possible rival to Newt) on the showcase show of thoughtful cable news.

    And the left chose…Senator Menendez.

  2. Noway says:

    Van Jones? I think not. Bring back the Capitol Gang. Best round table on TV in its day. Novak is gone but still, bring it back.

  3. Noway says:

    And Class Warfare Newt? I lost all respect for that slob when he tried to use Romney’s wealth against him in the primaries. He was no better then than a liberal Democrat. Good ‘ol fashioned Envy, there Newt?! Typical Politician!

  4. seenbetrdayz says:

    meh. It kind of seemed like an internet forum where everyone combs through each other’s statements for the slightest contradictions, exhaustingly so, to the point where people forget what they were initially arguing about.

    I give it a few months before they pull it again.

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