'This Week' Transcript: Speaker John Boehner

HUFFINGTON: At the moment. At the moment. As all the front-runners are imploding, one after the other, and as Mitt Romney is so radioactive, to continue the nuclear metaphor, Jon Huntsman may be the last man standing.

DOWD: I think the next -- the next guy to rise is Newt Gingrich. If Herman Cain, in the course of this -- this week, and he doesn't handle it well, and there's more stories out, if he falls, the numbers aren't going to go, the votes aren't going to go to Mitt Romney yet. They're going to go to somebody else. And the natural one I think right now to go to is Newt Gingrich.

AMANPOUR: But is it still playing? Is it still just going and then -- are these the shifting or permanent numbers?

DOWD: I think it's going to be fluid until the Iowa caucus. And I think actually can happen up until the Iowa caucuses. I think it's fluid, because as George pointed out, there's this huge vote -- there's this huge vote out there that's moving around, that's 70 percent, 75 percent, that keeps wanting somebody other than Mitt Romney. Until they're forced to actually make the decision, they're going to keep moving.

AMANPOUR: How many of you watched the Rick Perry video?


DOWD: I've watched it.

FERGUSON: Quite enjoyed it, actually.

AMANPOUR: What do you think it says?

FERGUSON: I like -- I like that side of him, the sort of swaggering Texan. I can't get enough of that. The problem is, all the Texans I know can't stand him. And that seems like a pretty bad sign to me, because if he really was that guy that we saw, swaggering, they would love him.


HUFFINGTON: ... charitable explanation is that he was drunk.


FERGUSON: That's always a good sign of a politician. Think of Churchill.

HUFFINGTON: His campaign should come out and admit it.

DOWD: I've seen -- I've seen Rick Perry before in Texas and have watched him for 25 years. I have seen that side of him, and it's not necessarily related, people say, to pain-killers, or whatever. He sometimes does that. That's some sort of his -- what he does. He sort of loosens up and has that shtick. I actually think in some ways it could help him, because part of the thing, he's been too stiff, and he hasn't performed well, until you get a little bit goofy. And there's parts in that that were a little bit goofy.

FERGUSON: Yeah, he went too far.

AMANPOUR: A little goofy.

FERGUSON: He went too far.

AMANPOUR: But, George, he has sort of stiffened up his campaign process. He's retooled. He's got more people.

WILL: First of all, you know the wrong Texans, because the majority of Texans...

FERGUSON: I know the right Texans.


WILL: ... keep re-electing him. Well, you know a minority.


WILL: Second, the people in the room in New Hampshire seemed to like it. Third, now, about Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney may be our Henry of Navarre. Navarre famously converted to Catholicism to keep the throne, saying memorably, as all politicians eventually do, "Paris is well worth a mass," and it may work for Mitt Romney.

AMANPOUR: All right. And the rest will continue on our roundtable in the green room.

And up next, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and the Republicans who would be president. Stay with us.


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