The winner in this category usually earns the bittersweet honor in a good way. Although some feel Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) “always pulls his punch” on TV, most believe he is “the new John McCain.” That means he is overexposed, because he’s well versed in foreign relations and intelligence, “a very sharp guy” who makes himself available to very appreciative newsmaker producers and moderators (“He’s not [an administration] mouthpiece on Iraq” and he and ranking minority member Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., “are good together”).
Also on the list are Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe (“Not in a good way”) and “any pundit who had a book that was successful,” a group that includes conservative political commentators Laura Ingraham (“Having a very good year. She’s getting good.”) and Ann Coulter. Also on this year’s list: CNN’s ragin’ Cajun James Carville (“With conservative columnist Robert Novak a close second”).
2003 Most Overexposed: Sen. McCain, R-Ariz., former Gore-Lieberman campaign manager and now CNN pundit Donna Brazile, conservative scold William Bennett (now establishing himself as a talk show host), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn.