November 11th, 2008
08:08 PM ET

On the Radar: Wednesday

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tick, tick… there are barely 70 days until Inauguration Day. (We’re counting so you don’t have to.) Tomorrow, President-elect Obama’s transition council holds its third meeting. There will be plenty to hash over: Treasury Secretary Paulson holds a news conference tomorrow to give an update on the financial rescue package; and Army Maj. Gen. Robert Cone will hold a press briefing on security and training operations in Afghanistan. These two crises are just two of the extreme challenges facing Obama. Candy Crowley will file a news-of-day piece on the latest in the transition.

On a lighter note, Randi Kaye will be digging deeper on Presidential Fitness and Americans’ fascination with it. Quick, how many of you have heard of Hooverball, the White House game du jour during the Hoover administration? If you’re drawing a blank, watch Randi’s report. President-elect Obama has already signaled that basketball, not Hooverball, will be the new game in town when he takes office. Randi will look at the fitness routines of presidents past and present to see what works best, what doesn’t and how former presidents’ preferred workouts have reflected on their presidencies.

What’s that, you’re craving a big helping of Raw Politics? Funny you should say so. Sarah Palin can’t seem to get enough air time these days. Tomorrow, she sits down with Wolf Blitzer and Larry King. Apparently, she has a lot to say – and we’re listening.

While Palin is busy responding to nasty leaks by former McCain staffers, her party is taking on water, drowning in a post-election identity crisis. Tomorrow Republican governors from across the country will convene in Miami, their first gathering since the election. We’re also following the behind-the-scenes battle raging between former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele. Both men are fighting to take the reins of the Republican National Committee but they’re not the only ones. Joe Johns will look at who else is trying to muscle in to become the next GOP star.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Joyce

    RE: Auto industry bail-out

    Instead of giving money to the auto industries, why not use the money to give a rebate from the government to anyone who buys a car made in the USA.
    That way people who need cars have help paying for it and the industry has increased sales, which should help their bottom line.

    November 11, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  2. Barb Pittman

    Poor Sarah Palin, she's upset that the campaign staffers have criticized her behavior. She thinks they are "cruel,mean-spirited, immature, unprofessional, and that they are jerks." Gosh, Sarah, it could have been worse, they could have traveled around the country, falsely accusing you of being a Socialistic, Marxist UnAmerican terrorist!

    Karma? You Betcha!

    November 11, 2008 at 9:44 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Sarah Palin needs to get back to governoring Alaska instead of doing so many interviews. The race is over – they didn't win. She needs to get over it and work on her present job – she can run for President in 2012, if that is her intent, closer to 2012. I don't want another election cycle starting up before Obama is even inaugurated.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    November 11, 2008 at 9:39 pm |
  4. Brian in Alpharetta

    It absolutely amazes me how Gov. Palin and the rest of the Republican Party are in the news cycle. If Gov. Palin wasn't ready for primetime last week, why would any Republican be ready to follow her this week?
    Newt Gingrich lead the Republican Party successfully back in the 90's, but he did it by solidifying the party around the conservative movement that has morphed under Karl Rove into what Americans have resoundingly said no to on last Tuesday. If the Republicans line up behind Gingrich (and all his skeletons) while keeping Steele and other minorities out of the inner circle, they're going to keep on getting more of what America gave them last Tuesday on election day. America is not "center-right" or "center-left." America is moderate. Catch up.

    November 11, 2008 at 9:20 pm |
  5. Ed Towers

    The reconstruction

    Obama Administration plans billions for infrastructure, as one of the multiple job catalysts like FDR. The projected 2010 $100 billions plus dollar remittance to Latin America by millions of illegal workers in the US weakens the objectives. By the way, the $100 billion is pale to $1.44 billion daily national debt increase but equivalent to the first Bush Stimulus. The funding is designed to stay and re-circulate for economics. But expatriating money dilutes the net available monies.

    I am a strong Obama supporter and one of the first to write Barrack pleading that he run and even more proud that he responded and worked hard on his campaign. But enforcement comes with a price for Barrack since 76% of the Hispanic vote went to him.

    Enforcement that US contractors use US materials and employ legal residents and US citizens is prerequisite for expansion and success of the model. Furthermore, tens of millions of illegal workers do not pay income taxes, even though the employer may deduct the taxes from the worker as a disguised deduction but pocketing the taxes, and rely on city, county and state social services exacerbating the state level problems. But the national reconstruction, a casus belli for economy, has national urgency.

    November 11, 2008 at 8:53 pm |
  6. maio kerr

    sarah palin 1 hr of fame is goin on 2 long when is it goin to run out hillerrys ran out.

    November 11, 2008 at 8:53 pm |
  7. steve hollingsworth

    Hi hello.. I was wondering where your getting the impression that the Rep party is having an... identity crisis. In Canada our instincts tell us the crisis may be... an intellectual theory submitted for discussion at the early mourning round table at AC 360. Vetted and then used as fodder for the upcoming show. Would it be not safer to say, that the party has taken a well deserved thumping and has retreated ,away from the media , to lick the wounds and plot the return. Not under a new flag per say .....But with a... new face.

    November 11, 2008 at 8:50 pm |
  8. maio kerr

    hi anderson i think u should do a store on the crime that is happenin in jamaica the crime rat is higher than here and something needs to be done.

    November 11, 2008 at 8:43 pm |
  9. Larry

    I'm the only person in the country, besides Gov. Palin, that didn't know that Morocco was the 1st country to recognize the United States of america (politically), in 1777.
    The Moroccan people have an endearing letter from George Washington.

    November 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm |