You know you've had a long day when you start at 6 a.m. in New York with Morning Joe and wind up at 6 p.m. in Washington playing Hardball.
Especially since my encounters with Joe Scarborough and Chris Matthews came on very little sleep after a two-day marathon, bouncing between O'Reilly and Olbermann and Jon Stewart. Such is life on book tour. Squeezed in some radio in between, lots more next week, plus an appearance! on Tucker! on Monday.
What's fascinating is how each host takes what interests him from REALITY SHOW, filters it through the prism of his own experience or ideology, and steers the conversation in that direction. It also makes each interview surprisingly different. I'll say this for Jon Stewart -- he didn't go for the cheap laugh (only the expensive ones). He really wanted to have a conversation about problems in the TV news biz. Matthews was interested in how campaigns try to manipulate the evening newscasts and the morning shows.
No one really knows whether all these appearance help sell books, but they are, at least, a way of spreading the word. Until you start babbling incoherently, which may happen any day now...