John Podesta and Mark Penn
John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress,and Democratic pollster Mark Penn of Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, were Wednesday's guests. Here are excerpts from their remarks:
(Podesta) "One has to give credit to a triumph of public relations over sound economics or a real sense of fairness in this country."
(Penn) "He may be right in saying he was hitting the third rail of politics.... They either have to figure out a new way to change the dynamic, which they have done in the past, or they could be facing some pretty grim [midterm elections next year]. At some point, Republicans are going to start to notice this."
(Podesta) "Ultimately, people want to know what are you going to try to do to help them lead better lives.... I think they would be [well-served] to put some of those ideas out on the table and embrace the need for tackling some of the important issues."
(Penn) "She has a tremendous amount of enthusiasm among Democrats. She has a unique ability ... to generate tremendous enthusiasm.... And if hard-core Republicans don't like her, and you call that polarizing, then every candidate in America is polarizing."