Transcript: Sens. Kent and DeMint

STEPHANOPOULOS: I'm not sure that's exactly true. But he certainly is spending a lot of time with journalists on television giving interviews over the last couple of weeks. And, David, it has led to this discussion that George started, about whether the president is overexposed.

The White House says in response, they have no option in a fractured media universe. The president has to be out there all of the time. He is the best salesman for their policies and there is no substitute.

BROOKS: Yes, first, I'm willing to go read him the columns.

(LAUGHTER)

BROOKS: Maybe while he shaves. I'll just read him Paul's column, not even my own. I actually don't think he's overexposed. He is their best spokesman. Now there is a problem that there are no other spokesmen. They can't send out other people.

But I happen to think he is the best thing they've got. If you look at the polls, what you see is people like Barack Obama...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Personally.

BROOKS: They disagree with the policies. There has been a sharp slide in support for the policies. Health care, he is now under 50 percent, 66 (ph) percent of independents thinks too much big government. But they still like Barack Obama.

So if you've got this unique person who is selling your product, don't give up on him. So I actually -- I see no evidence that he is overexposed.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So not at the point of diminishing returns yet, do you agree?

HUFFINGTON: No, absolutely not. I think this is his capital. His approval rating is his major political capital. The key question is, how is he going to spend it? I don't think he is really spending it enough in terms of making it safe to go...

(CROSSTALK)

STEPHANOPOULOS: Don't you think he is spending it on health care?

(CROSSTALK)

HUFFINGTON: No, no, but in general, health care -- not to make it bold enough, George. Because if it's not going to be bold enough, it's not going to contain cost enough. And that includes prevention, that includes other things that he cannot achieve simply by having endless meetings in the White House with private insurance and hospital providers and the (INAUDIBLE) industry.

Because basically ultimately he will have to confront them. You know, just think of it, he has been trained by Saul Alinsky, right? The great community organizer who wrote about political reform.

In four stages, that's how he saw it. And the final stage was reconciliation. My problem with the Barack Obama style is that he wants to move to reconciliation too fast. And you can't pretend that there is no conflict. And people are going to be upset if there is real health care reform.

WILL: Ronald Reagan, who understood the theatrical dimension of politics, understood the first rule of entertainment, which is the leave the audience wanting more, not less of you. This president has grabbed the country by the lapels and shaken it and talked to it and lectured it and there will be a time when the novelty is gone. You can only be a novelty once in the cabinet and people will use the fundamental instrument of modern life, the remote button, and push the mute.

HUFFINGTON: But George, he probably would have left you wanting less a long time ago. So you know, you are not the typical American.

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