With co-host S.E. Cupp leaving The Cycle, MSNBC will need a replacement — most likely a woman, to preserve the show’s gender ratio. Here are some female pundits whom MSNBC might consider for the job.
3. Michelle Malkin
It’s more than a long shot for many reasons, but the pugnacious Malkin taking on three liberals every day would be hard to resist for people watching cable news in the middle of the day.
4. Abby Huntsman
Young. Conservative. Plays nice with liberals (that’s her with The Cycle’s Krystal Ball). Plus, her dad, John Huntsman, could come on the show to clash regularly with Touré, à la Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Zbigniew Brzezinsk. Sorry, HuffPost Live, but this seems like a match made in heaven for MSNBC.
5. Rachel Campos-Duffy
The former Real World: San Francisco cast member has co-hosted The View and is no stranger to Fox News punditry. Definitely worth a look.
6. Nicole Wallace
Sarah Palin’s former best frenemy is one of Rachel Maddow’s favorite conservative guests and regularly contributes to Morning Joe’s Emmy-nominated roundtable format.
7. Michelle Bernard
Bernard, who has has worked for Patton Boggs and Bush-Cheney, is already an MSNBC contributor and is a favorite guest of Chris Matthews, appearing numerous times on Hardball and Matthew’s weekend show, The Chris Matthews Show. Picking her might not be the boldest move, but Bernard is a solid commentator who could help the show pick up where Cupp left off fairly painlessly.
8. Ann Coulter
MSNBC probably has zero chance of nabbing this popular conservative pundit, but, holy crap, can you imagine the ratings? Maybe Chris Hayes can help persuade her.