Continuing my complain from yesterday and before...
Greg Sargent wants the networks to stop booking Rudy Giuliani to talk about national security, because "walking through the smoke and dust on 9/11 does not give him any authority or credibility on foreign policy and national security issues." As I said yesterday about Newt Gingrich and the Today Show, this is a Republican story, not a media story. I'm confident that if Republicans wanted someone who actually knew what they were talking about to represent them on the Nuclear Posture Review, they would let Wolf Blitzer know that Senator Dick Lugar was available. But you know what? Dick Lugar probably wouldn't just repeat GOP talking points, might not be willing to say whatever Rush was saying, and can't be counted on to oppose Barack Obama regardless of what Obama does. Nor if Dick Lugar probably willing to make a fool of himself by getting the basic facts of the issue wrong in order to slam Obama as an appeasing Frenchified terrorist lover. That's not what the Republicans want on TV; they want Rudy, and so that's what they get.
One more time: it's not Wolf Blitzer's job, nor is it the job of liberals, to pick who represents the Republicans. If Republicans were unhappy about Giuliani giving their talking points, you can be sure that they would complain to CNN, and someone more in tune with the party would replace him -- but these complaints are all coming from the liberal side, not from conservatives. That's who Sargent and Benen should be addressing.
(And by the way, Sargent's belief that John McCain knows what he's talking about on these issues is, in my view, quite a stretch; like Giuliani, McCain does appear to care a lot about security issues, but doesn't seem to think that means doing his homework about them. At least in my opinion).