Based on the staff that they already have, NBC‘s choice of Chuck Todd to host Meet the Press makes perfect sense. He will modestly improve the show for the simple reason that he actually has a better understanding of politics than David Gregory. However, I don’t think he’ll make the show “must-see” television. Maybe he will surprise me, but I expect it will just accelerate a drift I have seen from Todd over recent years away from solid analysis into more of a dispassionate “objective” perspective that really adds very little to the debate. Considering the condition of American politics at the moment, we could use someone like Norm Ornstein as a host. Chuck Todd isn’t going to call crazy “crazy,” and that’s a problem.

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