Sunday, October 02, 2011
David Gregory: Welcome, panel. The Washington Post this morning noted a growing unrest among the Democratic Party faithful: the president's poll numbers are dropping in almost all major categories. His coup this spring in finding and killing Osama bin Laden didn't bounce him in national security, his jobs plan is, for all intents and purposes, dead on arrival, and even likeability numbers are in the basement. (snickers) It seems no one even wants to have a beer with the guy. So now the inevitable rumors have begun. We saw it a few weeks ago with even Dick Cheney suggesting Hillary Clinton should run in 2012. What do you think, panel? Is there room for a challenger from the left?
Chuck Todd: Well, look, David. We're seeing the same thing here as we're seeing with the republican field. The American voters just aren't happy with who's out there. There's a softness to the slate of candidates available overall. No one's really speaking to them, personally. That's why we're seeing someone like Governor Chris Christie--
David Gregory: (interrupting)--But I'm talking about the Democrats here. They have their candidate. They have the incumbent president. He's supposed to be their guy. The party supports the one who's already in the White House. That's the rules of the game. Doris?
Doris Kearns Goodwin: But we've seen this before. Before the Civil War when the country was so fragmented, so roiled up with dissent. There were any number of political groups, all clamoring for their pet causes, whether it was the Natives who wanted to do something about the influx of immigrants or the Know-Nothings who--
David Gregory: (interrupting)--How about this woman who calls herself merely Nance? She's recently burst onto the political scene and has all but threatened to challenge the president for the nomination. We know very little about her, but it's clear that that's about to change.
Erin Burnett: There's not much that we know about her, but pretty soon, we might. Or we might not. That much we do know.
David Gregory: She's a blogger, and her blogs serve as a sort of manifesto of her politics. She's liberal, pro-union, pro gay marriage, pro agriculture, pro animal rights but eats beef, and (laughing) would definitely object to most of my ties.
Chuck Todd: Look, David, like it or not, this Nance candidate--or potential candidate--has something to say and has, already, for the most part, said it. And said it to one of the largest audiences this country has, the Internet. She's already reached, perhaps, her target demographic in a pointed and meaningful way. If she's who she says she is, all she has to do now is declare and raise her money. But she'd better do it soon because just like with Chris Christie, it may already be too late. This Nance, whoever she is, needs to--
David Gregory: (interrupting)--And that's all we have time for. See you next Sunday on Meet the Press.