The White House briefing room, which has been among the more sleepish and sheepish I’ve seen in covering the place over the last 15 years, is getting a shot of NoDoz with the return of Major Garrett.
Garrett, who recently moved back into the press room to lead White House coverage for CBS, was an aggressive, tenacious cross-examiner for years during earlier stints with CNN and Fox News. Now, along with Ed Henry of Fox News and Jake Tapper of ABC, the front row of the briefing room will be a far less welcoming place for the press secretary and anyone else who wanders up to the podium.
Along with his TV partner Bill Plante and radio correspondents Mark Knoller and Peter Maer – veterans who have seen it all and not been impressed by much of it – CBS has a team in the West Wing that will provide the White House with some of the skepticism and accountability it so desperately needs.
Here’s a sample of what you can expect, as Major decided to tamper with the faucet as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blandly dripped contempt on Republicans for finding out about UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s investments in the company building the Keystone pipeline.