'This Week' Transcript: Former President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, Lt. General Ken Keen and USAID Chief Rajiv Shah.

But from day one, from the first piece of legislation, the stimulus, he has shown much less cleverness than his campaign showed in 2008. Letting the Congress write that legislation was a rookie mistake, and that's been followed by a series of rookie mistakes. So leaving aside my policy differences, that has been stunning, A.

B, I think the level of cynicism, at least from -- totally unexpected, the carve-out that unions got in the negotiation over the health bill, on paying the tax on their so-called Cadillac plans, so over the top, you wouldn't expect -- I wouldn't expect that from Bill Clinton, actually.

So I am -- I give a D, and I'm stumped (ph).

TAPPER: Later today, President Obama is going to Massachusetts, where he's going to be putting some of his political capital on the line to campaign for the Democratic Senate candidate there, the attorney general, Martha Coakley. She's had a bad couple weeks. Here's a clip from a radio interview she did a couple days ago where she was talking about Rudy Giuliani campaigning with the Republican candidate, Scott Brown.


MARTHA COAKLEY (D), U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: Probably, if it weren't so close, Rudy Giuliani wouldn't have come, either. And, besides, he's a Yankee fan. I just want people to know.

(UNKNOWN): Yeah, but now Scott Brown has Curt Schilling, OK?

COAKLEY: Another Yankee fan.

(UNKNOWN): Schilling?


(UNKNOWN): Curt Schilling, a Yankee fan?

COAKLEY: No. All right, I'm wrong on my -- I'm wrong...

(UNKNOWN): The Red Sox great pitcher of the bloody sock?

COAKLEY: Well, he's not there anymore.


TAPPER: Curt Schilling responded yesterday saying, "I've been called a lot of things, but never -- and I mean never -- could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that. If you didn't know what the hell is going on in your own state, maybe you could."

Donna, are Democrats going to lose this seat, at least in part because of rookie mistakes like that?

BRAZILE: Well, that is a rookie mistake. And, look, if Obama can go to Copenhagen to try to bring the Olympics to Chicago, can go to try to get climate change, clearly, he can go to Boston to rally a demoralized base and to ensure that Democrats turn out. If Democrats turn out, Democrats will win. And I think...

TAPPER: But that's not -- those are not (inaudible) I mean, he did not get the Olympics for Chicago, and he did not get much of a climate change deal.

BRAZILE: But -- but -- but doing nothing is not an option, because his entire domestic agenda hangs in the balance. That's why it's important to go out there to rally people, to get those Obama voters who came out in 2008 to once again go to the polls and to explain to them the connection between voting for Ms. Coakley and completing his domestic agenda, which, by the way, has been very good.

Tucker, I wish we had more time, because we could really go down and call the role, from the economy to health care to the serious struggles that this country faced just a few months ago and demonstrate how this president has led by example, but he's going up there. It's the right thing to do.

CARLSON: Really?

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