This morning at 10:00, MSNBC premiered the Melissa Harris-Perry show, which will air for two hours every Saturday and Sunday morning.
Melissa is an author and professor of political science at Tulane University. Her new cable news program will feature political commentary with guests representing both the left and the right.
If the first edition is a true indicator of what is ahead, Melissa's show will become must-see viewing for political junkies, and time well-spent for the general audience.
Today's commentary included an expression of hope for a better Republican party--a point of view I share.
That doesn't mean that Melissa or I are walking away from President Obama, or leaning any less to the left during these days of Republican party ultra conservatism and Tea Party zealots.
It's simply a recognition of the need for two strong political parties--so as to always have the choice that is so necessary for a true democracy. And at this point in time, it would seem to be within the realm of possibility that November's general election could leave the GOP in shambles.
Even many Republicans admit that theirs is a flawed field of Presidential candidates. Each of the contenders carries heavy baggage, and their policies and proposals reek of extremism. They cater to the far right, and each has taken positions that run counter to the thinking of the vast majority of Americans.
As Melissa Harris-Perry pointed out this morning, it is important that the Republican party take stock, and return to its roots.