- Posted September 10, 2013 by
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'Crossfire' Night 2 Wakes Up, Comes Alive
I am sitting in Mark's Den and watching Van Jones and S.E. Cupp hosting the second edition of the new 'Crossfire'.
What a difference these two are having versus Monday night's debut with Stephanie Cutter and Newt Gingrich. Where last night's show was a yawn fest, tonight the hosts and the guests have roused out of slumber and are keeping the eyelids open and the ears itching for more.
Again tonight the topic is Syria. With Jones reprenting the left and Cupp standing up for the right, the hosts have engaged Senator Joe Lieberman and former Senator Rick Santorum to discuss the proposal on the table from Russia to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control. From the get go you could feel the spark of energy that was so sorely missing last night.
While each of the four participants have interrupted each other from time to time, the conversation has been cerebral and lively without devolving into shouting matches drowning out any sensible debate. Now this is the Crossfire which may have a chance at brining viewers to the table.
Take the gloves off Gingrich and Cutter. The telling touch on the forearm of Gingrich by Cutter Monday night made the show seem like it was trying to be too polite, too politically correct. Compare that to the first 15 minutes of tonight's 30-minute show and the hair is standing on the nape of the neck and no one is falling asleep.
From the Cornfield, the photogenic pairing of Jones and Cupp are a winner. Their styling is much more attuned to what the Twitter age expects with rapid fire interjection while maintaining civility.
Two thumbs up for Tuesday's show with a thumb down for Monday's broadcast.
See my review of the debut show: 'Crossfire' Returns Without Sparks in Debut