Like a game of dare, Democratic presidential candidates last week just couldn’t seem to stop issuing press releases announcing when and where they planned to cancel appearances and honor writers’ strike picket lines.
Caught in the crossfire, it seems, was ABC’s “The View.” First John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, dropped out, citing the strike and not wanting to cross picket lines. Then Michelle Obama pulled out of a planned stint as a guest host.
Today, co-host Whoopi Goldberg was a little miffed that her show got singled out. Two of the shows writers are on strike, but Goldberg and co-host Barbara Walters said that they didn’t feel they were being unsupportive of the scribes because the show does not feature opening monologues.
“What they sent made it look like we didn’t care,” Goldberg said, according to the Politico. “I just didn’t like the way it was worded.”
Co-host Joy Behar added, “But these candidates need the union’s backing, so … the reason they’re not coming on is self-serving in a way.”
It comes with the territory. Political guests = political grandstanding.