From Howie Kurtz:
The secretary of state has always been considered a prize catch for the Sunday talk shows. But when the White House offered Condoleezza Rice for appearances eight days ago, after a week focused on Iraq, two programs took the unusual step of turning her down.
Executives at CBS and NBC say Rice no longer seems to be a key player on the war and that her cautious style makes her a frustrating guest.
“I expected we’d just get a repetition of the administration’s talking points, which had already been well circulated,” says Bob Schieffer, host of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” who questioned two senators instead. “We’d had a whole week of that with General Petraeus and President Bush. I thought it was more important to get a sense of where the Senate Republicans were.”
Tim Russert, moderator of “Meet the Press,” who also hosted two senators, declined to comment on why he turned down Rice.
But, wait: Doesn’t Joe Biden basically say the same thing each week, too? And he never seems to have a hard time getting booked.