The future of the pandemic is the top story on the chat shows this fine Sunday morning, with America’s most famous scientist booked to discuss the fork in the road at which we find ourselves. Anthony Fauci will sit down with “This Week,” “Face the Nation,” and “State of the Union” to discuss the prognosis for the next few months. On the one hand, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is set to roll out to Americans nationwide tomorrow, easing supply concerns and accelerating the rate at which we’ll reach herd immunity. On the other hand, variants from the UK, New York, and California are circulating that might ignite a fourth wave of the virus before increasing vaccinations can douse the flames. Fauci will explain whether he thinks cases are set to rise or fall — and hopefully reiterate that those who’ve done their civic duty by getting the jab can now socialize with each other, easing the misery of pandemic life.
Today’s other top story: The GOP civil war that wasn’t. RNC chair Ronna McDaniel will talk with “Face the Nation” and NRSC chair Rick Scott will speak to “Fox News Sunday” about the all but nonexistent divide within the Republican Party over whether Trump should remain its leader or not. Around 80 percent of GOP voters and 95 percent of GOP politicians in Congress believe (or claim to believe, in the latter case) that the party should stay full MAGA. That being so, what is there to talk about?
Finally, Biden press secretary Jen Psaki will sit down with “State of the Union” to dissemble about whether Neera Tanden’s nomination is a dead duck (spoiler: it is) and why Sleepy Joe has refused to sanction Saudi Arabia’s crown prince for murdering Jamal Khashoggi after repeatedly talking tough about doing so on the campaign trail. The full line-up is at the AP.