ABC announced yesterday that they have completed the process of recasting their daytime women’s talkfest, The View, with the hiring of liberal actress Rosie Perez and GOP political communications veteran Nicolle Wallace.
Perez and Wallace will join holdover Whoopi Goldberg, and Rosie O’Donnell, who is returning after a seven-year absence from the show.
Wallace, who was President George W. Bush’s communications director, will fill the conservative chair, which was vacated by Elisabeth Hasselbeck when she left the show for the friendlier confines of Fox News.
The news probably will delight O’Donnell, since Wallace is more of a moderate-to-liberal Republican. She didn’t vote for McCain in 2008 over her dislike for Sarah Palin, and has repeatedly defended Democrats, even comparing Republicans who are trying to defund Obamacare to a little child who you are trying to stop from running into traffic, and labeling the effort as “idiotic.”
Wallace won out over the more conservative S.E. Cupp, who reportedly clashed with O’Donnell. After all of the O’Donnell-Hasselbeck fights of the past, producers apparently had no stomach for a repeat. By choosing Wallace they will get someone who is less confrontational, but at the same time much less interesting than Cupp would have been. Another potential candidate, former senior Washington Times Opinion Page editor Emily Miller, was probably quickly ruled out for her strong defense of the Second Amendment, which O’Donnell has railed about in the past.
Instead of bringing in a strong conservative voice to provide real debate on the issues, ABC punted by hiring Wallace, thus ensuring another year of blathering, boring liberalism from The View.