Today is the first of three GOP presidential debates scheduled for this September and the third debate since May. This isn’t counting the Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) candidate shakedown, er, Palmetto Freedom Forum that happened Monday.
And this is just the beginning of a full year of presidential politics and debates that we have to look forward to. We have to sit through 12 more GOP debates before Super Tuesday in March ... or do we? HOH has helpfully put together the alternative television listing for all those looking to avoid the debates!
(Don’t worry, we’ll have another one for the president’s campaign, er, economic message to a joint session of Congress on Thursday.)
The debate will air at 8 p.m. on MSNBC, so ignore that station and surf over to normal NBC for “Minute to Win It: Battle of the Sexes.” A teacher and a construction worker will compete for $1 million. (To be fair, this doesn’t seem to be especially groundbreaking for either gender, unless the woman is the construction worker and the man is the teacher.)
AMC is rebroadcasting “Goodfellas,” which is always amaze-balls. If you have Encore, you can relive “Casino,” starring Don Rickles.
“Animal Cops: Houston” will be airing on Animal Planet. We assume this will be about a team of animal cops in Houston rescuing animals. Tears will be shed. Fists will be clenched in rage.
One of the world’s greatest TV shows, “Top Gear,” will be on BBC America. It will feature a Bentley super coupe and a classic Alfa Romeo.
“Big Brother” is on CBS — stuff happens and probably someone is voted off.
“True Blood” is on HBO. Sookie saves Bill, and sexy stuff with vampires will ensue.
“Dance Moms” will be shaking their craziness on Lifetime, and on Lifetime Movie Network, Vivica A. Fox stars as a woman who uses manipulation to gain control of her boyfriend’s mind in “Two Can Play That Game.”
And much more ... so go ahead and skip the debates. Instead, follow @HeardontheHill and @Neda_Semnani for all the snarky debate commentary you can handle.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.